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Martin Lings (Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din) (January 24, 1909 — May 12, 2005) was an English Sufi Muslim writer and scholar, a student and follower of Frithjof Schuon, and Shakespearean scholar.

Lings was born in Burnage, Manchester in 1909 to a Protestant family. The young Lings gained an introduction to travelling at a young age, spending significant time in the United States due to his father's employment.

Lings attended Clifton College and went on to Magdalen College, Oxford (BA English Language and Literature). At Magdalen, he was a student and then a close friend of C. S. Lewis. After graduating from Oxford Lings went to Vytautas Magnus University, in Lithuania, where he taught Anglo-Saxon and Middle English.

For Lings himself, however, the most important event that occurred while he was at Oxford was his discovery of the writings of the René Guénon, a French metaphysician and Muslim convert, and those of Frithjof Schuon, a German spiritual authority, metaphysician and Perennialist. In 1938, Lings went to Basle to make Schuon's acquaintance and he remained Frithjof Schuon's disciple and expositor for the rest of his life.

In 1939, Lings went to Cairo, Egypt in order to visit a friend of his who was an assistant of René Guénon. Not long after arriving in Cairo, his friend died and Lings began studying Arabic.

Cairo became his home for over a decade; he became an English language teacher at the University of Cairo and produced Shakespeare plays annually. Lings married Lesley Smalley in 1944 and lived with her in a village near the pyramids. Despite having settled comfortably in Egypt, Lings was forced to leave in 1952 after anti-British disturbances.

Upon returning to the United Kingdom he continued his education, earning a BA in Arabic and a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies . His doctoral thesis became a well-received book on Algerian Sufi Ahmad al-Alawi (see Sufi studies). After completing his doctorate, Lings worked at the British Museum and later British Library, overseeing eastern manuscripts and other textual works, rising to the position of Keeper of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts 1970-73. He was also a frequent contributor to the journal, Studies in Comparative Religion.

A writer throughout this period, Lings' output increased in the last quarter of his life. While his thesis work on Ahmad al-Alawi had been well-regarded, his most famous work was a biography of Muhammad, written in 1983, which earned him acclaim in the Muslim world and prizes from the governments of Pakistan and Egypt. His work was hailed as the "best biography of the prophet in English" at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad. He also continued travelling extensively, although he made his home in Kent. He died in 2005.

In addition to his writings on Sufism, Lings was a Shakespeare scholar. His contribution to Shakespeare scholarship was to point out the deeper esoteric meanings found in Shakespeare's plays, and the spirituality of Shakespeare himself.More recent editions of Lings's books on Shakespeare include a foreword by Charles, Prince of Wales. Just before his death he gave an interview on this topic, which was posthumously made into the film Shakespeare's Spirituality: A Perspective. An Interview With Dr. Martin Lings.

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Total Books: 62
Enduring Utterance Collected Lectures
2014 - Enduring Utterance Collected Lectures [1993-2001 - Words of Wisdom] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781908092090
ISBN-10: 1908092092
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

To Take Upon Us the Mystery of Things The Shakespeare Lectures
2014 - To Take Upon Us the Mystery of Things the Shakespeare Lectures [Words of Wisdom] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781908092106
ISBN-10: 1908092106
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality

Muhammad His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
Shakespeare's Window into the Soul The Mystical Wisdom in Shakespeare's Characters
Symbol  Archetype A Study of the Meaning of Existence
2006 - Symbol Archetype a Study of the Meaning of Existence [Quinta Essentia series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781887752794
ISBN-10: 188775279X
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

Splendors of Qur'an Calligraphy and Illumination
2005 - Splendors of Qur'an Calligraphy and Illumination (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500976487
ISBN-10: 0500976481
Genres: Arts & Photography, Religion & Spirituality

A Return to the Spirit  Questions and Answers
2005 - A Return to the Spirit Questions and Answers [Quinta Essentia series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781887752749
ISBN-10: 1887752749
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

Sufi Poems  A Mediaeval Anthology
2005 - Sufi Poems a Mediaeval Anthology [Islamic Texts Society Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781903682173
ISBN-10: 1903682177
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality

Mecca From Before Genesis Until Now
2004 - Mecca From Before Genesis Until Now (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781901383072
ISBN-10: 1901383075
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

2004 - Muhammad (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783927606425
ISBN-10: 3927606421

Ancient Beliefs  Modern Superstitions
2004 - Ancient Beliefs Modern Superstitions (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781901383027
ISBN-10: 1901383024
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

Creencias antiguas y supersticiones modernas
2003 - Creencias Antiguas Y Supersticiones Modernas (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788497162869
ISBN-10: 8497162862

El libro de la certeza  doctrina suf de la fe la visin y la gonsis
2002 - El Libro De La Certeza Doctrina Suf De La Fe La VIsin Y La Gonsis (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788497161534
ISBN-10: 849716153X

The Eleventh Hour The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern World in the Light of Tradition and Prophecy
Collected Poems Revised and Augmented
2001 - Collected Poems Revised and Augmented (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781901383034
ISBN-10: 1901383032
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Un Santo Suf del siglo XX  el Says Ahmad Al-Alawi
2001 - Un Santo Suf Del Siglo Xx El Says Ahmad Al-alawi (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788476519035
ISBN-10: 8476519036

What is Sufism
1999 - What Is Sufism [Islamic Texts Society] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780946621415
ISBN-10: 0946621411
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Sacred Art of Shakespeare  To Take Upon Us the Mystery of Things
1998 - Sacred Art of Shakespeare to Take Upon Us the Mystery of Things (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780892817177
ISBN-10: 0892817178
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century  Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi
1993 - A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century Shaikh Ahmad Al-alawi [Golden Palm Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780946621507
ISBN-10: 0946621500
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi  his spiritual heritage and legacy
Symbol and Archetype  A Study in the Meaning of Existence
1991 - Symbol and Archetype a Study in the Meaning of Existence [Quinta Essentia series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781870196055
ISBN-10: 1870196058
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

1971 - A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century [Ethical & Religious Classics of East & West] (Hardcover)Paperback