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Product details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946621330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946621330
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject.' -- The Spectator

'Muhammad is a true work of art, as enthralling as the best novels with the difference that this is not fiction but fact.' -- The Islamic Quarterly

'This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.' Dr. Victor Danner -- Indiana University

‘An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject.’ -- The Spectator

‘This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.’ -- Dr. Victor Danner (Indiana University)

About the Author

Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of four works on Islamic mysticism, 'A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century', 'What is Sufism?', 'Sufi Poems' and 'The Book of Certainty', all published by the Islamic Texts Society.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Miah on 23 Dec. 2013
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The start to the book is slightly heavy-going where there is a great deal of focus on ancestry and lineage. However, if you bear with it, you'll find this book an easy read and that the author has a fluent writing style. The bitesize chapters mean it's easy to dip in and out of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mariyam on 26 May 2015
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The best biography on the prophets life. when you read you feel as if your there at the time of the prophet. my 4th time reading and i never get enough each time! Would definiently recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serat-E ALi on 13 Jan. 2013
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Wow, I cried and cried when this book finished <3 , it was amazing! It simple, but that is what makes it seem just utterly eye watering. Every little detail. Good on you martin Lings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By US on 1 Oct. 2013
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Author has an encapsulating manner of narrating history. Excellent read. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to read about the life of Muhammad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M A Halepoto on 8 Jan. 2014
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Well articulated, well versed and a amazing way of telling bio story of a Great Man who has deep down heart felt influence on people around the globe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss AM Adam on 30 Jan. 2014
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A beautiful, detailed account story telling the era of the beloved. Wonderfully written and carefully pieced together. Definitely recommend it!
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Jehangir on 11 Jan. 2003
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I read Martin Lings' wonderful biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam --may Allah bless him and give him peace) for the first time when I was a teenager; what attracted me then was the caption on the cover which said, "based on the earliest Islamic sources"! But I loved the book the very first time I read it and since then I have read it a few times and bought my own copy. It is a book I always recommend to anyone interested in Islam as I believe it is the best introduction one can have to Islam. After all, if one does not know the Messenger, how can one ever accept the Message?
This book is wonderfully written and although the English is slightly archaic, I think that in this instance it actually adds to the books qualities, as such noble language is totally concommitant with the grandeur and theme of the book. The quality of the language used is indeed one aspect of this book which sets it apart from other biographies of the Beloved of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) written in English and for that alone it is superior to the others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yusuf Rawat on 18 April 2015
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A fantastic story based biography. Very immersing and well written. Would certainly recommend. One of the best English Biographies.
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