Works on the Prophet’s (P) life history

sealed nectarHere is a short list of books written on the life of the Prophet (PBUH).

Earliest sources:
The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq

Sirat-e-Nabi by Ibn Hisham (Urdu)

Modern historical accounts by Muslims:
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings

Seerat-un-Nabi by Shibli Nomani

The Sealed Nectar by Saif ur Rahman al Mubarakpuri

Historical accounts by non-Muslims:

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong

Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires by Juan Cole

Anti-Muslim sources:

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion

Other lists:

From Wikipedia

The following is a list of some of the early Hadith collectors who specialized in collecting and compiling sīra and maghāzī reports:

  • ʿUrwa ibn al-Zubayr (d. 713). He wrote letters replying to inquiries of the Umayyad caliphs, Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan and al-Walid I, involving questions about certain events that happened in the time of the Prophet. Since Abd al-Malik did not appreciate the maghāzī literature, these letters were not written in story form. He is not known to have written any books on the subject.[6]
  • Wahb ibn Munabbih (d. during 725 to 737). Several books were ascribed to him but none of them are now extant. Some of his works survive as quotations found in works by Ibn IshaqIbn HishamIbn Jarir al-Tabari, and Abū Nuʿaym al-Iṣfahānī.
  • Ibn Shihāb al-Zuhrī (d. c. 737), a central figure in sīra literature, who collected both ahadith and akhbār. His akhbār also contain chains of transmissions, or isnad. He was sponsored by the Umayyad court and asked to write two books, one on genealogy and another on maghāzī. The first was canceled and the one about maghāzī is either not extant or has never been written.
  • Musa ibn ʿUqba, a student of al-Zuhrī, wrote Kitāb al-Maghāzī, a notebook used to teach his students; now lost. Some of his traditions have been preserved, although their attribution to him is disputed.[6]
  • Muhammad ibn Ishaq (d. 767 or 761), another student of al-Zuhrī, who collected oral traditions that formed the basis of an important biography of the Prophet. His traditions survived through a number of sources, most notably Ibn Hisham and Ibn Jarir al-Tabari.


Dated And Datable Texts Mentioning Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ From 1-100 AH / 622-719 CE
(A Muslim view)

What do we actually know about Mohammad? (PBUH)
(?A Humanistic view)

The historicity of Islam and Muhammad
(An atheistic view)

Historicity of the Quran

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