A RETURN TO THE SPIRIT –

Authors:Martin Lings

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A RETURN TO THE SPIRIT -Questions and Answers

A RETURN TO THE SPIRIT- Questions and Answers

A RETURN TO THE SPIRIT Questions and Answers Martin Lings This autobiographical work answers questions like, ‘Do religions contradict one another?” “What is the spiritual significance of tears and laughter?” and, ‘What is the Qur’anic doctrine of the Afterlife and how is it related to Sufism?” As Lings, in fact, “returned to the Spirit” on the completion of this summing-up, an appended In Memoriam includes recollections from the world over by those who read his books, may have known him personally, or were under his spiritual direction. *** “In Dr Lings’ case, he saw beneath the surface of things and helped us to penetrate the veil behind which lies the sacred meaning to so many of life’s mysteries. He helped us to look beyond the literal and to comprehend that there are many layers of meaning within the hidden universe— something which science is now at last beginning to recognize through the acknowledgement of an inherent order and harmony to the world about us and within us.” — From the Foreword, HRH The Prince of Wales

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“A remarkable summation of a body of work extending over half a century dealing with some of the most difficult questions dividing Christians and Muslims…and is essential reading for anyone who seeks answers to the really important questions which trouble the contemporary mind.” — Gai Eaton

Author

Martin Lings

(Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn)

 (1909-2005)

Martin Lings was born in Burnage, Lancashire. After a classical education, he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935, he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English at the University of Kaunus. After four years, he went to Egypt and was given a lectureship in English Literature at Cairo University where he lectured mainly on Shakespeare. He later returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University and subsequently joined the staff of the British Museum where he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts until his retirement in 1973. He is the author of The Sacred Art of ShakespeareAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsThe Eleventh Hour, Symbol & Archetype, The Book of Certainty (the Sufi Doctrines of Faith, Vision and Gnosis), A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth CenturyWhat is Sufism? and Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources has been acclaimed as the best biography of the Prophet. He was also the author of several articles for the new Encyclopaedia of Islam, of the article on Sufism in the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and participated in various Islamic conferences form time to time. He was a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and member of its council and also a member of the British Museum Society.

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