The Essential Martin Lings

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About the Author

Martin Lings (1909-2005), the former Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts at the British Museum, was a leading member of the perennialist school and a renowned author, editor, translator, scholar, Arabist, and poet. After a classical education he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. Lings is the author of several award-winning books on subjects ranging from Sufism to Shakespeare, including A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-ʿAlawi, His Spiritual Heritage and Legacy, the best-selling Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (translated into over a dozen languages), and Shakespeare in the Light of Sacred Art.

Reza Shah-Kazemi (b. 1960) is an author in the fields of Islamic studies and Comparative Religion. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, and has been involved in important interfaith initiatives for the last two decades. He has edited, translated, and written numerous books and articles, including Paths to Transcendence according to Shankara, Ibn Arabi & Meister Eckhart, the award-winning Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam Ali, and Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism, which was prefaced and launched by HH The Dalai Lama. Shah-Kazemi lives in Westerham in the south of England.

"One of the great privileges of my life has been to know Dr. Martin Lings. He saw beneath the surface of things and helped us penetrate the veil behind which lies the sacred meaning to so many of life's mysteries."--HM King Charles III
"After the three founding figures of the Traditionalist school, that is, Guénon, Coomaraswamy, and Schuon, Lings is without doubt one of the most significant voices. . . . In him piety and intelligence, knowledge and love were combined. . . . He left behind many works of unusual light and beauty combined with scholarly and intellectual rigor."--Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The George Washington University "author of Knowledge and the Sacred and The Heart of Islam"
"Martin Lings has been a role model for me. . . . Like everyone else who knew him intimately, I revered him for being the saint he was."--Huston Smith, Syracuse University "author of The World's Religions and Why Religion Matters"
"This marvelous anthology draws on Lings' masterly exegeses of sacred texts and doctrines, his peerless lives of the Prophet and Shaykh Ahmad al-ʿAlawi, his elucidations of Shakespeare and the Sufi poets, his acute diagnosis of our contemporary spiritual malaise, and his reaffirmations of the perennial wisdom. A veritable treasure-house!"--Harry Oldmeadow, Bendigo University "author of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy"