“This work is widely recognized as the most readable account of the life of the Prophet to date.” (Times of London)
"Lings provides a wealth of detail on the life of Muhammad, the time and place of many Koranic revelations, and the foundation of Islam, all based exclusively on 8th- and 9th-century Arabic biographical sources and collections of the sayings attributed to Muhammad. General readers will find a well-written, straightforward chronological narrative; Muslim readers will appreciate the favorable treatment of Muhammad; while specialists will find a faithful and convenient rendering of source material." (Joseph Gardner, California State Univ. Lib., Northridge Library Journal)
“For those interested in Islam . . . it is mesmerizing.” (Parabola)
Martin Lings (1909-2005) was a renowned British scholar with degrees in English and Arabic from London University and Oxford University. At Oxford, he studied English under C. S. Lewis, who later became a close friend. Lings taught at several European universities and the University of Cairo and served as the keeper of Oriental manuscripts for the British Museum and the British Library. His friendship and similar beliefs with philosophers René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon inspired Lings to convert to Islam. He went on to become an influential member of Western Muslim society, participating in several international Islamic councils and conferences, including acting as consultant to the World of Islam Festival Trust. He is the author of twelve books on religion and spirituality.See all Product Description
Very informative and moving. Reading this book one feels a gentle breeze softening hearts. Excellent and highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by saab
Recommended read for anyone wanting to know about the Prophet Muhammad.
The chapter on Banu Qurayza explains this issue especially well. Read more
Excellent recap of lifetime and rise of Islamic Prophet that depicts an unbiased and true picture of the most influential personality of all times.Published 4 months ago by Nancy
I love it.Its a perfect book for someone who wants to know the history of Islam.Published 10 months ago by Henna
I thought I knew about the life of the prophet pbuh until I picked this book up, and could not put it down afterward. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2012 by princess_mimi
Martin Lings must have a degree is story telling, because he sure does have a knack for it. It is absolutely impossible to put this book down once you pick it up. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
This book helped me SO MUCH on my school report of Muhammad. The facts were what I needed, and simple enough for me to understand. I can feel an A comming on!Published on May 24 2004
I don't care if ppl say that there are a few weird stories in this one, this is the BEST as far as I am concerned and one that made me relate to the Prophet like never before!Published on March 28 2004 by "aarif1"
There is indeed no better biography about Muhammad in the English language. This book is well written, and is effective at painting a complete picture of the Islamic prophet's... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by R A