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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: INNER TRADITIONS INTL; 5 edition (Nov. 7 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771538
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Munir on April 26 2003
Format: Paperback
Its important to recognize that all Mr Lings did here was take some manuscripts about Prophet Muhammad from the 800s and 900s and form a synthesis of them. The result is a book that happens to be beautifully written- but not strictly historical (to say the least). There are no scholarly discussions or examinations of differing viewpoints here. The author's role is that of a traditional storyteller, not a discerning historian. This fact is reflected rather sadly in the comments of some non-Muslim reviewers who have been misled by the author's approach. A biography of Muhammad should be based primarily on the authentic hadith collections (such as Bukhari) and secondarily from folklore. For more accurate biographies I would suggest readers start with Yahiya Emerick's recent book which is short but detailed and based on authentic sources. Good luck!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kamran Pasha on Aug. 10 2003
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When I first read this wonderful book by Martin Lings, I felt something I've never experienced before in biographies of early Islam -- a sense that I was actually there, experiencing the drama, tragedy and triumph of the early Muslim community. Lings is an incredibly gifted storyteller who makes you feel like you are an active witness to events unfolding right now, rather than reading 1400-year old stories.
Some reviewers have criticized this book because it tells the story of the Prophet's life story without "critical" analysis. What these reviewers are really complaining about is that the book does not start off under the presumption that the Prophet was false in his claim to be the Messenger of God. This is a book that presents the earliest accounts of the Prophet's life, which were passed along by devout Muslims who believed in his Divine inspiration. These early accounts DO contain stories of remarkable miracles and list countless examples of the Prophet's piety and idealism. And, of course, if the Prophet was who he claimed to be, these stories are perfectly plausible as historical events.
But if you are a non-Muslim bent on denigrating the Prophet, you have to presume that these stories are myths and hagiographies, because they do not fit into your predetermined worldview. So anyone who accepts them either is an apologist or deluded, and any book presenting these accounts without rejecting them as human inventions must be "uncritical." The truth is that you will approach the Prophet exactly the way you have already decided you want to -- as a believer or an unbeliever regarding his fundamental mission.
But as you read this wonderful tale of a remarkable man who single-handedly changed human history, you must ask yourself -- what if, as one billion human beings already know in their hearts, the story is actually true...?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By princess_mimi on Oct. 23 2012
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I thought I knew about the life of the prophet pbuh until I picked this book up, and could not put it down afterward. This book is an amazing read for Muslims and non Muslims alike. God bless you Martin Lings
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By movies&music on March 24 2012
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This is an excellent biography. The author has taken time to research the topic and write a concise biography from Arabic sources. I may never have the opportunity to read the detailed version of the biographies available but this book not only provided me the necessary information but also arose my interest to read more on this topic. I strongly recommend this book to all Muslims and especially to inquisitive minds from other religions. In fact I have bought this book as a gift for a few of my non-Muslim friends. I also like the manner in which the author has written this book and treated the subject matter. It is a very interesting narrative style. I especially like and recommend this book to everyone. The chapter on "The Degrees" is a treasure in itself. May Allah bless Martin Lings.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pedric on Dec 23 2000
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Martin Lings has written "Muhammad: his life based on the earliest sources" (Islamic Texts Society & George Allen and Unwin, 1983, London). Examination of this book reveals it to be an uncritical hagiography. By "uncritical" I mean that Lings clearly accepts without question and at face value, whatever is recorded in his Islamic biographical sources, including all the pious stories. By "hagiography" I mean that Lings has portrayed Muhammad with the pearly luminescence of character that is balm to the soul of a believer -- but death to a claim of scientific scholarship.
Now to specifics:
A look on page 349 of his "Muhammad..." gives us his "Key to References". These are his "earliest sources". They are:
1. Ibn Ishaq's "Sirat Rasul Allah", as edited by Ibn Hisham. 2. M. ibn Sa'd's "Kitab at-Tabaqat al-Kabir 3. Waqidi's "Kitab al-Maghazi"
All of these Lings correctly dates to "the eighth and ninth centuries". That is, 100-200 years after Muhammad died.
He also lists as minor references:
al-Azraqi: "Akhabar Makkah (A history of Mecca) al-Tabari: "Ta'rikh al-Rusulwa l-Muluk (The History of the Messenger and the Kings); and his "Tafsir" (a commentary on the Qur'an) as-Suhayli: "as-Rawd al-unuf (a commentary on ibn Ishaq)
Also: various eighth and ninth century collections of Hadiths
Also, the "11th century traditionists":
al-Bayhaqi "Kitab as-unan al-Kubra" al-Bagwahi "Miskat al-Masabih"
The earliest of these sources is that of ibn-Ishaq. He wrote in the middle 700's, meaning about 120 years after Muhammad died. Ibn-Ishaq's work is lost, but we have ibn-Hisham's edited version of it.
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