One of the most beautiful tributes to the messenger of God - this is coming from a Muslim. At the same time, it is an extremely thorough academic work looking into the relationship between Muslims and the messenger.
This remains a classic and has been for many years regarding the veneration of the Prophet Muhammad in Islam. Written by a German orientalist who spent a great deal of time in both Turkey and the Indian Sub Continent the author covers a number of chapters relevant to traditional Islam. These being the Prophets birthday and its celebration, the "Muhammadan light" and the names of the Prophet.
As the authors main studies are of Asian Islam there is extensive use of Persian, Urdu and Turkish poets such as Hafiz, Iqbal and Rumi. The author well documents her sources and there is an excellent index at the back and bibliography so should you wish you can find and read her sources for yourself.
For a traditional understanding of Islam this is an excellent place to start.
The most splendid work I have ever read on the prophet. Not a biography, but a serious insight into the nature and veneration of the prophet - his names, nature, essence, power and miracles. Gathered from hadith, quran, tradition all branches of Islam and Islamic mysticism. Professor Schimmel has structured and written the book so that the reader flows from page to page and chapter to chapter held fascinated and transfixed until the very last page has been read. Includes most beautiful names of the prophet, complete extensive bibliography and source of quotes, traditions etc.
This is a book about how the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is venerated in the different nations of Islam. Its excellent it brings forth various references from all kinds of Muslim nations who have traditions of veneration towards the last messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Its worth the purchase buy now!