RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 3705122 LA Translated from the author's adaptation of the Sirah of Ibn Ishak. T1 The life of Muhammad; A1 Ibn Hishām, ʻAbd al-Malik,, Ibn Isḥāḳ, Muḥammad,, PB Oxford University Press PP London YR 1955 AB Sirat Rasul Allah (Life of the Messenger of God) or al-Sirat al-Nabawiyah (Prophetic biography) is the Arabic term used for the various traditional Muslim biographies of Muhammad, from which most historical information about his life and the early period of Islam is derived. Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah is the earliest surviving traditional biography, and was written just over 100 years after Muhammad's death. It survives in the later editions of Ibn Hisham and al-Tabari. The translator used Ibn Hisham's abridgement and also included many additions and variants found in the writings of early authors. The book thus presents in English practically all that is known of the life of the Prophet. In the introduction, the translator discusses the character of the Sira in the light of the opinion of early Arabian scholars, noting especially the difficulties of the poetry. As the earliest monument of Arabian prose literature, the Sira remains a work of the first importance.