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Lings, Martin (1909–2005), scholar of Islam, was born on 24 January 1909 at Barciecroft, Burnage Lane, Burnage, Lancashire, the son of George Herbert Lings, cotton spinner and ornithologist, and his wife, Gladys Mary, née Greenhalgh. After spending much of his childhood in the ...

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Muhammad Ahmad ibn 'Abdullahi [Muḣammad Aḣmad ibn Abdullāhi; known as the Mahdi] (1844–1885), religious leader, was born on 12 August 1844 at Labab island, Dongola province, Sudan. He was one of the five children of 'Abdullahi Fahl, a boat maker. After studying with several religious teachers he was initiated into the ...