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Merton's Correspondence with:

Martin Lings; Abu Bakr Siraj al-Din; al-Din, Abu Bakr Siraj; Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din

Lings, Martin, 1909-2005  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965
Volume: 6 item(s); 7 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Biography

Martin Lings (also using the nom de plume, Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din) was a scholar from England who wrote many books on Sufism, Islam, and the mystical traditions. Inspired by the French Muslim René Guénon, he converted to Islam in the 1940's and spent over a decade in Cairo. After leaving Egypt due to political unrest in 1952, he spent much of his career at the British Library and the British Museum. Lings first writes at the suggestion of Marco Pallis, asking if Merton would review his book, Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions. (Sources: The Hidden Ground of Love, p. 453. / Eaton, Gai. "Obituary - Martin Lings: Islamic scholar concerned with spiritual crisis." The Guardian Unlimited online. 27 May 2005. Bellarmine College Library. Accessed 8 Sept. 2005. ‹http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,1493343,00.html›.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Lings in The Hidden Ground of Love, pp. 453-454.

Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1965/04/19 HLS to Merton I am sending you a copy of my new book, which I hope you will be able to review. It's a very little «detailed view»
2. 1965/04/24 TL[c] from Merton Your new book reached me this morning, and I must say it looks extremely interesting. I am not «detailed view»
3. 1965/04/27 HLS to Merton I was very glad to receive your letter this morning. I am afraid I don't know if one recent book «detailed view»
4. 1965/06/15 HLS to Merton Thank you very much for sending me the review of my book on the Shaikh Al-'Alawi, «detailed view»
5. 1965/06/20 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your kind letter. I should be interested to see your review of the Nasr book. «detailed view»
6. undated/no/no other   MARTIN LINGS biographical information «detailed view»

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