Authors:Martin Lings


THE ELEVENTH HOUR- The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern World in the Light of Tradition and Prophecy

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THE ELEVENTH HOUR- The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern World in the Light of Tradition and Prophecy

The Spiritual Crisis of the Modern World in the Light of Tradition and Prophecy Martin Lings The Eleventh Hour gives us from the outset powerful reasons for believing that we have now reached a point in time from which `the end’— whatever that may mean— is already in sight without being immediately imminent. In other words, we are now at an hour, which is neither the tenth nor the twelfth. The ‘twelfth hour’ will mark the conclusion, not of time as a whole, btit of one of the great cycles of four ages, which will be followed by another such cycle; and he argues that what Judaism, Christianity and Islam call ‘the end of the world’ can be understood in the same non-absolute way. He analyses first of all the negative aspects of the modern world, then its positive aspects, showing it to be, all things considered, far worse and yet far better than is generally supposed. The future is touched on no more than briefly, but our attention is drawn to a considerable weight of prophetic evidence that we are on the brink of a world-wide devastation. But despite these ‘days of destruction’, after which a brief positive aftermath is also predicted, and despite some of the appalling evils of the present, most reade


Martin Lings

(Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn)


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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