A revised edition of the internationally acclaimed biography of the prophet • Includes important additions about the prophet’s spread of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states • Contains original English translations from 8th and 9th century biographies, presented in authoritative language • Represents the final updates made on the text before the author’s death in 2005 Martin Lings’ biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet. Based on the sira, the eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophet’s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. This revised edition includes new sections detailing the prophet’s expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states. It represents the final updates made to the text before the author’s death in 2005. The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad.
A biography of the Prophet Muhammad, written from within the Islamic tradition and based on Arabic sources of the 8th and 9th centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time. The book often uses the words of the men and women who heard the Prophet speak.
Author: Martin Lings
Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
Release Date: 1991
Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet in the English language. Martin Lingsʹ life of Muhammad is unlike any other. Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Martin Lings has an unusual gift for narrative. He has adopted a style which is at once extremely readable and reflects both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is a book which will be read with equal enjoyment by those already familiar with Muhammadʹs life and those coming to it for the first time. This book was given an award by the government of Pakistan, and selected as the best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad in 1983. -- Description from http://kitaabun.com (Jan. 26, 2012).
A history of the prophet's life and times offers a vivid portrayal of sixth-century Arabia, charting Muhammad's early years, the night he received his religious vision, his work to establish Islam and the classical Arabic of the Qur'an, and his role as the founder of a world empire and civilization.
This impressive biographical work deftly weaves translated accounts from authentic Ottoman Turkish texts with ancient lore, resulting in a compelling, unforgettable portrait of the founder of Islam as seen through the eyes of Muslims around the world. Since the 7th century, the biography of Islam's Prophet Muhammad has shaped the perception of the religion and its place in world history. English biographies of Muhammad -- founder of the faith which currently claims 1.5 billion followers -- have characteristically presented him in the light of verifiable historical authenticity. Muhammad, The Messenger of Islam goes one step further in skillfully etching the personal portrait of a man of incomparable moral and spiritual stature, as seen through the eyes of Muslims areound the world. Compiled from classical Ottoman Turkish sources and translated into English, this comprehensive biography will be of interest to scholars of Islam and to all who seek to understand te essence of the faith, which is deeply rooted in the life example of its prophet. This biography not only details Prpohet Muhammad's life, upon whom be God's peace and blessings, it also includes mystical secrets that Muslims believe were granted to the prophets who preceded him in the Holy Land and in other regions of the Middle East. This impressive work deftly weaves quotes from authentic religious sources with ancient lore, resulting in a compelling, unforgettable read.
A retelling of the life of the iconic prophet of Islam draws on records from disciplines to profile his complexity, vitality, and legacy, tracing his rise from humble origins to a powerful figure who challenged an established order with a new vision of social justice.
-- Given the current prominence of Islam, it has become more important than ever that Westerners -- and Muslims -- gain an accurate look at who Muhammad was and what he stood for.-- Provides a fascinating picture of both Muhammad and the world in which he lived.Rather than settling in to the comfortable life of a merchant, Muhammad had a vision of himself bringing the message of the one God to his idolatrous people. Coverage includes: the claim to prophethood -- Muhammad's teachings, and his first coverts; the Muslim flight to Medina, Muhammad's battles, and the eventual bloodless Muslim conquest of Mecca; Muhammad's political victory in the Arabian peninsula, and wars with Byzantium and Persia; the death of Muhammad, and the ways in which his message lived beyond him, and Muhammad's place in history -- his role in Muslim theology and cosmology, the ways he is viewed in different Muslim sects and regions, and the influence of Muhammad today in Islamic movements, both peaceful and fundamentalist.