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Martin Lings

Martin Lings (1909-2005) was a distinguished philosopher, theologian, and poet associated with the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school. He extensively explored the relationship between God and humanity through religious doctrines, literature, and art. Best known for his writings on Islam and Sufism, Lings was born in Lancashire, England, and obtained degrees in English literature from Oxford University. Influenced by French philosopher René Guénon, he recognized the common inner Truth within the world’s religions and became Guénon’s dedicated disciple. Lings taught in Cairo and wrote extensively on Sufi doctrine, Islamic art, and the life of the Prophet Muhammad. He contributed to the Perennialist school’s philosophical perspective, which highlights esoteric truths in all religions. Additionally, Lings was an accomplished poet, displaying a deep appreciation for nature and the sacred in his verses. His spiritual insights and profound scholarship left a lasting impact on Islamic spirituality and the wider Perennialist tradition.

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