Great Books to Read

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General Books on Islam

Sachiko Murata & William Chittick. The Vision of Islam (2006).

Seyyed Hossein Nasr. The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity (2004)

Fazlur Rahman. Islam (1979).

Charles Le Gai Eaton. Islam and the Destiny of Man (1994)


 

– Books on the Qur’an

M. A. S. Abdel Haleem. The Qur’an: A new translation (2004).

Fazlur Rahman. Major Themes of the Qur’an (2009).

Ingrid Mattson. The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life (2013).

Amina Wadud. Qur’an and Woman: Re-Reading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective (1999).

Yahiya Emerick. The Holy Qur’an for Kids – Juz ‘Amma: A Textbook for School Children with English and Arabic Text (2011)


– Books on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Martin Lings. Muhammad: his life based on the earliest sources (1983).

Tariq Ramadan. The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad (2008).

Tariq Ramadan. In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad (2009).

Sayyid Muhammad Ibn Alawi Al-Maliki Al-Hasani (Mostafa Badawi, transl.). Muhammad the Perfect Man (2013).

Mardijah Aldrich Tarantino & Khurram Murad. Marvelous Stories from the Life of Muhammad (Muslim children’s library) (1998).


– Books on Hadith

Jonathan A. C. Brown. Ḥadīth: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Foundations of Islam Series) (2009).

Muhammad Zubayr Siddiqi. Hadith Literature: Its Origin, Development & Special Features (1993).

Abu Zakariya Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (Ezzedin Ibrahim, transl.). An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith (1997).


– Books on Sufism

Abdallah Ibn Alawi al-Haddad (Mostafa al-Badawi, transl.). The Book of Assistance (2003).

Abdallah Ibn Alawi al-Haddad (Mostafa al-Badawi, transl.). The Lives of Man: Guide to the Human States – Before Life, in the World, and After Death (2003).

Yasmin Mogahed. Reclaim Your Heart (2012).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Kojiro Nakamura, trans.). Al-Ghazali on Invocations and Supplications: Book IX of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (1990).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Denys Johnson-Davies, trans.). Al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating: Book XI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (2000).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (T. J. Winter, transl.). Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul & on Breaking the Two Desires: Books XII and XIII of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (1995).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Henry T. Littlejohn, trans.). Al-Ghazali on Patience and Thankfulness: Book XXXIII of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (2011)

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Asaad F. Shaker, trans.). Al-Ghazali on Poverty and Abstinence: Book XXXIV of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (2002).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Asaad F. Shaker, trans.). Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness: Book XXXVII of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (2014).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (T.J. Winter, trans.). Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife: Book XL of the Revival of the Religious Sciences (1989).


 

– Books on Theology and Philosophy

Timothy Winter. The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (2008).

John Walbridge. God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason (2013).

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (David B. Burrell, trans.). On Faith in Divine Unity and Trust in Divine Providence (2001).

Majid Fahkry. Ethical Theories in Islam (1991). Majid Fakhry. A History of Islamic Philosophy (1983).

Majid Fakhry. A Short Introduction to Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism (1997).

William L. Craig. The Kalam Cosmological Argument (1979).


– Books on Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh & Usul al-fiqh)

Khaled Abou El Fadl. Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women (2001).

Khaled Abou El Fadl. Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law (2002).

Mohammad Hashim Kamali. Shari’ah Law: An Introduction (The Foundations of Islam) (2008).

Ibn Rushd (Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, trans.). The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer, Vol. I. (2000). Ibn Rushd (Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, trans.). The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer, Vol. II. (2000).

Aron Zysow. The Economy of Certainty: An Introduction to the Typology of Islamic Legal Theory (Resources in Arabic and islamic Studies) (2013).

Mohammad Hashim Kamali. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (2000).

Bernard G. Weiss. The search for God’s law : Islamic jurisprudence in the writings of Sayf al-Din al-Amidi (2010).


 

– Books on the History of Islam

George Makdisi. The Rise of Colleges: Institutions of Learning in Islam and the West (1981).

George Makdisi. The Rise of Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West (1989).

Ibn Khaldun (Franz Rosenthal, trans.). The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History, 3 Vols. (1969).

Salma Khadra Jayyusi. The Legacy of Muslim Spain, 2 Vols. (1994).


 

– Books on Contemporary Issues, Muslims, Modernity & the West

Khaled Abou El Fadl. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists (2007).

Tariq Ramadan. Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (2005).

Tariq Ramadan. To Be a European Muslim (1999).

Fazlur Rahman. Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition (1984).

Tariq Ali. Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads, and Modernity (2002).

Seyyed Hossein Nasr. A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World (2013).


 

 

– Miscellaneous Books

Afsaruddin, Asma. Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (2002).

Fatima Mernissi. The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam (1992).

Fatima Mernissi. Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society (1987).

Lila Abu-Lughod. Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East (1998).

Norman G. Finkelstein. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (1995).

Khaled Abou El Fadl. The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books (2001).

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