(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Martin Lings (also known as Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din) (January 24, 1909 – May 12, 2005) was an English writer and scholar, a student and follower of Frithjof Schuon, and Shakespearean scholar.
He is best known as the author of a very popular and positively reviewed biography, Mohammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, first published in 1983 and still in print.
Lings provides a wealth of detail on the life of Mohammad, 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 Mohammad.
Martin Lings’s biography of Mohammad 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 Mohammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.
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.