TRANSLATIONS FROM THE ISLAMIC HERITAGE
The Work of Day and Night: Suyuti’s Collection of Prophetic Practices and Prayers (Translated by Rashad Jameer)
Imam Jalal al-Din Suyuti (d. 911AH/1505CE) was one of the most prolific writers produced by the Islamic world. He authored over 700 works in virtually every field known to Islamic science including the famous Jalalayn commentary of the Qur’ān (of which he was co-author). His works are still widely used, and his name is a by-word for breadth of learning, voluminous output, and a saintly life. The Work of Day and Night is Imam Suyuti’s collection of the daily and nightly practices of the Prophet of Islam and includes instructions on how to follow the Prophet in everyday actions and supplications. In it the reader will find: the prayers said upon awakening, before eating and when dressing; the acts carried out at various times of the day, and between prayers; the supplications recited in times of distress as well as of intimacy; and much else. This book is invaluable for learning the Sunna of the Prophet and integrating it into one’s life.
Rashad Jameer studied Arabic, Quran, Hadith, Hanafi and Maliki fiqh and ʿaqida in Canada, Egypt and Yemen. He is the translator of several classical texts on Hadith.
The Fragrant Scent – Abd al-Raḥmān al-ʿAydarūs (Translated by Mokrane Guezzou)
The Fragrant Scent is the first English translation of the work of the great 18th century scholar Sayyid ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-ʿAydarūs. The book is a meditation on the fleeting thoughts that pass through the mind of the spiritual wayfarer, and the author’s aim is to provide guidance for those on the spiritual path.
The author describes his treatise as a commentary on Suhrawardī’s famous Sufi work, ʿAwārif al-maʿārif, and he draws on a rich selection of authoritative sources to answer key questions about the wayfarer’s experiences, including the Qur’ān, the Ḥadīth, Ghazālī, Jilānī and Abū Madyān. This concise, yet wide-ranging treatise covers topics such as the different types of passing thoughts and their causes, knowledge of the soul and finding the perfect spiritual guide, as well as the necessity of retreat and practicing one’s knowledge.
Shaykh al-ʿAydarūs was a follower of the Bā ʿAlawī ṭarīqa, a famous Sufi order from Hadhramaut in southern Yemen known for its piety and careful observance of the Sharīʿa. The Fragrant Scent reflects the Bā ʿAlawī order’s emphasis on maintaining a balance between the inner and outer worlds, making the work an accessible entry point to understanding the profound spiritual insights and everyday practice of Bā ʿAlawī Sufism.
Medicine of the Prophet – Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (Translated by Penelope Johnstone)
Written in the 14th century by the renowned theologian Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, this book is a mine of information on the customs and sayings of the Prophet, as well as on herbal and medical practices current at the time of the author. In bringing together these two aspects, Ibn Qayyim has produced a concise summary of how the Prophet’s guidance and teaching can be followed, as well as how health, sickness and cures were viewed by Muslims in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Medicine of the Prophet will appeal not only to those interested in alternative systems of health and medicine, but also to people wishing to acquaint themselves with, or increase their knowledge of, hadith and the religion and culture of Islam.
Penelope Johnstone holds a doctorate in history of Arabic medicine and herbals and taught Arabic at the University of Oxford.
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God / Al-Wābil al-Ṣayyib (Translated by M. Abdurrahman Fitzgerald & Youssef Slitine)
Written in the fourteenth century by the renowned theologian Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, this treatise movingly details the many blessings of the remembrance of God. Through discussions of the ego, the nature of the body, the ephemerality of the world, the degrees of prayer, fasting, charity, and the purification of the heart, this beautifully written work is a genuine contribution to Muslim spirituality. What makes Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God of great interest is that it illustrates the spiritual life of Ibn Qayyim and of his teacher, the Hanbalite reformer Ibn Taymiyya (1263 AH /1328 AD).
Abdurrahman Fitzgerald has studied classical Islamic texts for over 40 years, and published translations of the works of Ibn Ajiba.
Youssef Slitine is an independent scholar of Islam who resides in Marrakesch, Morocco.
‘This book is a spiritual book, and it goes a long way towards making a hard, cruel and oblivious heart become lenient, compassionate, kind and merciful…’ Muslim World Book Review
Ibn Taymiyya’s Epistle on Worship: Risalat al-ʿubudiyya ( Translated by James Pavlin )
Ibn Taymiyya remains one of the most controversial Islamic thinkers today because of his supposed influence on many fundamentalist movements. The common understanding of his ideas have been filtered through the bits and pieces of his statements that have been misappropriated by alleged supporters and avowed critics alike. However, most people still have limited access to his beliefs and opinions as expressed in his own writings. This book, Epistle on Worship: Risālat al-ʿUbūdiyya, aims to begin filling this gap by presenting an annotated translation of one of his most important epistles on the theology behind the concept of worship. The introduction gives the reader an overview of his biography and situates Ibn Taymiyya in the broader world of Islamic intellectual history by explaining his methodological arguments and theological opinions. The annotated translation captures the immediacy of his ideas as they impacted his world as well as the relevancy they have for our times.
James Abu Zakariya Pavlin currently lectures in the Department of Religion at Rutgers University as well as being an adjunct professor in the History Department at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
The Goodly Word / Al-Kalim al-Ṭayyib by Ibn Taymiyya ( Translated by
Ezzeddin Ibrahim & Denys Johnson-Davies )
Written by the renowned jurist of the fourteenth century, Taqī al-DĪn Aḥmad Ibn Taymiyya, The Goodly Word is one of the most referred to works on prayer and the merits of prayer. Exclusively based on what the Prophet Muhammad himself said and did, this work includes prayers for every moment of the Muslims life. The Goodly Word is here presented in a bilingual edition so that the exact prayers of the Prophet can be read in the original Arabic. The translation is by two distinguished scholars who have also translated An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith and Forty Hadith Qudsi, both published by the Islamic Texts Society.
Al-Nawawi’s Manual of Islam ( Translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller )
Imam Nawawi’s classic manual of Islam, al-Maqāṣid, was first composed as a fiqh matn, or synopsis of the practical requirements of Islam—faith, purification, the prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage—for students to memorise. The handbook’s clear and concise style will help anyone seeking to learn the essentials of Islamic practice and spirituality from a reliable, traditional source. Although best known for his work on ḥadīth, Yaḥyā ibn Sharaf al- Nawawī (d. 676 AH /1277 AD) was also the Imam of the later Shafi school of jurisprudence, and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir of Imam Shafi. He was a great scholar and jurist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Islamic learning.
Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller is a specialist in Islamic law having studied with many eminent teachers in Syria and Jordan, where he currently resides.
The Quran & the Prophet in the Writings of the Shaykh Ahmad Al-ʿAlawī (Translated by Khalid Williams)
The Quran and the Prophet in the Writings of the Shaykh Aḥmad al-ʿAlawī presents for the first time in English all the collected works of the Shaykh on the two guiding principles of Islam. The Shaykh al – Alawi had embarked on a full commentary on the Quran but only completed an introduction explaining his approach to Quranic exegesis and commentaries on three chapters. All these pieces are included here with an additional appendix of answers to questions that the Shaykh’s disciples had put to him on the Quran. The Quranic commentaries are followed by a treatise on the meaning of the invocation of blessings on the Prophet. This extremely profound treatise delves into the spiritual nature of the Prophet explaining how he represents both the summit of spiritual attainment and the example for all those seeking enlightenment. Also included in the appendix are answers that the Shaykh gave his disciples on sayings of the Prophet.
Khalid Williams specialises in translation from Arabic with a particular focus on Islamic Studies and Sufism.
A Collection of Sufi Rules of Conduct (Translated by Elena Biagi)
Written by one of the foremost early masters of Sufism, A Collection of Sufi Rules of Conduct ( Jawāmiʿ Ādāb al-Ṣūfiyya) is considered as the first work devoted to the description of the way of life and the customs of the Sufis. It represents an early attempt to illustrate the conformity of Sufi beliefs and manners with the Qur’ān and the example of the Prophet (Sunna). A Collection of Sufi Rules of Conduct is therefore not only a pioneering work of ethics and mysticism, it is also a summary of the views of Sufis up till the 11th century, and was a major influence on the development of Sufism from the 11th century onwards. The translation by Dr Elena Biagi includes an introduction that places the author in his historical, literary and religious context, and a general glossary of Sufi technical terms.
Elena Biagi is professor of Arabic at the University of Milan, Italy
The Secret of Secrets (Interpreted by Tosun Bayrak )
An interpretative translation by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak of Sirr al-Asrār by Ḥaḍrat ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlanī (1077–1166ad), considered by many to be one of the greatest saints of Islam and the eponymous founder of the Qādiriyya order. This book, appearing in English for the first time, contains the very essence of Sufism, giving a Sufi explanation of how the outward practices of Islam—prayer, fasting, alms giving and pilgrimage— contain a wealth of inner dimension which must be discovered and enjoyed if external actions are to be performed in a manner pleasing to God. When this is achieved the soul finds true peace and the spiritual life becomes complete.
Shakyh Tosun Bayrak is the leader of the Jerrahi-Halveti Sufi order in the USA.
The Way of Abū Madyan (Translated by Vincent J. Cornell )
This is the first English translation of works attributed to Abū Madyan, a seminal figure of Sufism in Muslim Spain and North Africa. The Arabic text accompanying the English translation also represents the first scholarly edition of these works in the original language. The variety of Abū Madyan’s oeuvre, which includes doctrinal treatises, aphorisms and poetical works in the ode, qasīda, style, provides a unique opportunity for students of Arabic and Sufism, as well as the interested layman, to experience several of the most important genres of religious writing in the Islamic Middle Period. The Arabic texts have been extensively vocalised in order to aid the student. The work as a whole is well-suited for use as a reader for advanced level classes in the Arabic language. In addition, notes have been provided in the English translation.
Vincent J. Cornell is Professor of History at Emory University, Atlanta.
The Key to Salvation (Translated by Mary Ann Koury-Danner)
This is the first English translation of Miftāḥ al-falāḥ, a 13th century Sufi text, written by Ibn ʿAṭā’ Allah, one of the great masters of the Shadhili Sufi order. It is considered to be one of his most important works because it sets out the principles of actual Sufi mystical practices, shedding light on the sacred invocations, and associated practices, such as the spiritual retreat. Written in a clear, lucid style, it offers a glimpse into the Sufi world of the 7th Islamic century and allows us to see almost at first hand how the novice was guided by the Sufi Shaykh and, above all, the purpose and preparation involved in engaging in the invocation, dhikhru ’Llāh. Ibn ʿAṭā’ Allāh sets out to define it, to explain its nature and power, to show its results and to prove that it is part of the Prophet’s Sunna, or practice. The author goes to great lengths to point out many Quranic verses where dhikru ’Llah is mentioned and cites many noted authorities.
Mary Ann Koury-Danner was Area Specialist for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University Library. She has already won two awards for this translation.
The Speech of the Birds (Presented and translated by Peter Avery)
Manṭiqu’ṭ-Ṭair is one of the masterpieces of Persian literature of which a complete and annotated translation into English is here presented for the first time as The Speech of the Birds. The text revolves around the decision of the birds of the world to seek out a king. Their debilitating doubts and fears, the knowing counsel of their leader Hoopoe, and their choice of the Sīmurgh as a king, is in reality an allegory of the spiritual path of Sufism with its demands, its hazards and its infinite rewards. In The Speech of the Birds, Peter Avery has not only given us a precise and moving translation, but also ample annotation providing much information to fill in what ʿAṭṭār would have expected his readers to know.
Peter Avery was Persian lecturer at Cambridge from 1958 until 1990.
‘Avery’s The Speech of the Birds is the first complete translation in prose of Attar’s Mantiqu ’t-Tair. More important, Avery’s copious notes. . . are invaluable—a real mini-encyclopaedia of mysticism in general and of Sufism in particular, which enhances the understanding and the pleasure of poetry.’ Times Higher Education Supplement
MONOGRAPHS ON SPIRITUALITY & SUFISM
What is Sufism? (Martin Lings)
Martin Lings provides an excellent and authoritative introduction to the mystical movement of the Sufis based on his lifelong interest in Islamic culture. His explanation derives from a profound understanding of Sufism, and extends to many aspects which are usually neglected. His illuminating answer to ‘What is Sufism?’ gives a taste of the very subject matter itself. What do Sufis believe? What do they aim at? What do they do? Unlike other writers on the subject, Martin Lings treats all the three questions with equal justice. He is thus able to give a wealth of answers to the main question ‘What is Sufism?’, each answer being from a different angle but all going to the root of the matter.
What is Sufism? has become a set book in colleges and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. It is now accepted as the authoritative statement on the subject of Sufism and it has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Tamil. It has also been published in Sarajevo in Bosnian, and is available in Braille.
‘… from the small number of books one can recommend unreservedly to people interested in Islamic civilization, Muslim perspectives on spirituality, and religion in general.’ Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies
A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century : Shaikh Ahmad al- Alawi, his spiritual heritage and legacy (Martin Lings)
‘Almost a prerequisite for any serious study of Sufism in European languages’: this was the verdict of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in his review of the first edition of the book. According to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, it is ‘one of the most thorough and intimately engaging books on Sufism to be produced by a Western scholar.’ The author lets Sufis speak for themselves and, in a series of unusual and absorbing texts mainly translated from Arabic, he gives a vivid picture of life in a North African Sufi order. Against this background stands the unforgettable figure of the Algerian Shaikh who was head of the order from 1909 until his death in 1934. The last few chapters are mainly devoted to his writings, which include some penetrating aphorisms, and which end with a small anthology of his remarkable mystic poems.
‘A masterly study of a man whose sanctity recalled the golden age of medieval mystics. In this well documented book Dr Lings draws on many rare sources…and has made some important original contributions.’ A. J. Arberry
‘What Martin Lings adds by way of commentary is of the greatest significance and may serve as a key to a deeper understanding of Islam as a whole.’ Titus Burckhardt
Sufi Poems : A Medieval Anthology (Compiled and translated by Martin Lings)
Sufi Poems is a selection of poems from the golden period of Sufism especially chosen and translated from the Arabic by the distinguished scholar Dr Martin Lings. Dr Lings is the author of numerous best-selling works on Sufism and is a published poet in his own right. Including poems here translated for the first time, Sufi Poems brings together selections from the giants of Sufism; for example, Rābiʿa, Ḥallāj, Ibn al- Fāriḍ and Ibn ʿArabī. Sufi Poems is published as bilingual Arabic-English edition which will be of interest to all those wishing to read the original Arabic and will also be helpful for university students of Arabic.
‘Extremely well-chosen and exquisitely translated, this masterly rendition resonates with spiritual qualities of the original Arabic verses.’ S. H. Nasr
‘…a daunting standard for future translators…a work of slow and careful crafting of stanzas over a period of thirty years, these masterly translations have a moving force for hearts on the Path.’ Muzaffar Iqbal (Islamic Studies)
The Book of Certainty : The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision & Gnosis (Abu Bakr Siraj ud din / Martin Lings)
‘To express in the language of Sufism, that is, Islamic mysticism, some of the universal truths which lie at the heart of all religions’—this is the book’s avowed purpose. It came into being because the author was asked by a friend to set down in writing what he considered to be the most important things that a human being can know. He was also asked to make it very easy, and despite the depth of all that it contains, it has in fact a remarkable simplicity and clarity, due no doubt to the constant use of traditional imagery which awakens and penetrates the imagination.
‘This book is an excellent introduction to Sufism, highly intelligent, balanced, lucid, well-written and in places really eloquent.’ Islamic Culture, Hyderabad
‘Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn has bestowed upon the world a great benefaction in giving it this very important Sufic treatise, for, belonging as it does to our own time, it is easier for us to assimilate than are the treatises and commentaries of Sufis of old.’ Islamic Quarterly
‘A wonderful, short and sweet discussion of symbols and the spiritual world. An important and significant window into the Sufi mode of speech.’ Journal of Islamic Studies
The Seal of the Saints : Prophethood and Sainthood in the Doctrine of Ibn Arabi (Michel Chodkiewicz)
Ibn Arabi —born in 1165 in Andalusia and died in 1240 in Damascus— was recognized in his lifetime as al-Shaykh al-Akbar, the supreme spiritual Master. Over a period of eight centuries he has exerted a profound influence on Islamic mysticism.
In recent years a number of important studies have helped acquaint the Western reader with Ibn Arabi’s metaphysics and this process is now greatly enhanced by the present volume in which Michel Chodkiewicz explores for the first time, the Master’s ‘hagiology’ or teaching on sainthood. Founded on a careful analysis of the relevant texts, Chodkiewicz’s work examines this essential aspect of Ibn Arabi’s doctrine of sainthood, defining the nature and function of sainthood, while also specifying the criteria for a typology of saints based on the notion of prophetic inheritance.
‘An extraordinarily good book about an extremely difficult thinker… Chodkiewicz not only knows the texts remarkably well, but also avoids and rejects certain errors of perspective common among other scholars.’ TLS
Ibn Arabi : The Voyage of No Return (Claude Addas)
This is a concise introduction to the life and thought of Ibn Arabi who is considered as the ‘Greatest of Sufi Masters.’ Written by the author of a best-selling biography of Ibn Arabi , Ibn Arabi: The Voyage of No Return traces the major events of Ibn Arabi’s life: his conversion to Sufism; his travels around Andalusia and the Maghreb; his meetings with the saints of his time; his journey to Mecca; his travels in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Syria; his most important books. The events of Ibn ʿArabī’s ‘inner voyage’, however, are far more spectacular than those of his outer life and are here presented directly from the many auto-biographical sections found in his writings. Claude Addas gives us a comprehensive insight into the major doctrines of this most influential of Sufi masters: the doctrine of prophethood and sainthood, the inheritance from the prophets, the ‘imaginal world’, the ‘unicity of Being’, the ‘Seal of the Saints’, and many others. Addas also introduces the main disciples of Ibn Arabi down to the nineteenth century and traces both his unequalled influence on the course of Sufism and the controversies that still surround him till today. Ibn Arabi: The Voyage of No Return is essential reading for anyone interested in Islamic mysticism and is a genuine contribution to scholarship in this field.
‘… there can be no question as to the comprehensive scope and scholarly reliability of this work: the author has included all the major themes of Ibn ʿArabī’s writing, for the most part expressed in his own words, and has placed them carefully in the context of his major writings and both their immediate and wider historical settings.’ James Morris ( Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society)
Quest for the Red Sulphur : The Life of Ibn Arabi (Claude Addas)
Quest for the Red Sulphur: The Life of Ibn Arabi is undoubtedly a landmark in Ibn Arabi studies. Until the publication of this book, anyone who wanted to learn about the life of Ibn Arabi has had little choice of material to work from. This major study by Claude Addas is based on a detailed analysis of a whole range of Ibn Arabi’s own writings as well as a vast amount of secondary literature in both Arabic and Persian. The result is the first-ever attempt to reconstruct what proves to have been a double itinerary: on the one hand, the journey that took Ibn Arabi from his native Andalusia to Damascus—and on the other hand, the ‘Night Journey’ which carried him along the paths of asceticism and prayer to the ultimate stage of revelation of his mystic quest.
‘I read it like a novel, a novel written in captivating style and with a seeming infinite love for its hero—a novel distinguished by its meticulous care for details and full of trustworthy information taken from manuscripts and printed sources… It is more than a translation: with the author’s help some additions have been made, some points clarified.’ Annemarie Schimmel ( Journal of Islamic Studies)
Sufi Metaphysics and Quranic Prophets : Ibn Arabi’s Thought and Method in the Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam (Ronald L. Nettler)
The Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam is acknowledged to be a summary statement of the sufi metaphysics of the ‘Greatest Master’, Ibn Arabi (d.1240). It is also recognised that the Fuṣūṣ is a work of great complexity both in its ideas and its style; and, over the centuries, numerous commentaries have been written on it. Each of the chapters of the Fuṣūṣ is dedicated to a Qur’ānic prophet with whom a particular ‘wisdom’ is associated. In Sufi Metaphysics and Qur’ānic Prophets: Ibn Arabi’s Thought and Method in the Fuṣūṣ al-Ḥikam, Ronald Nettler examines ten chapters from the Fuṣūṣ which exemplify the ideas, method and perspective of the entire work. Concentrating on a detailed analysis of the text, the author brings out the profound connection and integration of scripture and metaphysics in the world-view of Ibn Arabi. Sufi Metaphysics and Qur’ānic Prophets serves not only as an explication of Ibn Arabi’s ideas in the Fuṣūṣ, but is also a great aid in the overall understanding of Ibn Arabi’s thought.
Ronald L Nettler is university research lecturer in Oriental Studies, Oxford University, and fellow and tutor in Oriental Studies at Mansfield College, Oxford.
GENERAL TITLES ON ISLAM
The Muslim Creed: A Contemporary Theological Study (Amjad M. Hussain)
What do Muslims believe in and how have these theological beliefs been understood
throughout the intellectual history of Islam? These are the questions that The Muslim
Creed: A Contemporary Theological Study seeks to answer. Dr Amjad Hussain introduces the reader to the range of debates and discussions that have occurred in relation to the subject of creed and theology throughout Muslim history, including the opinions of various theologians who represent the unity as well as the diversity of Muslim theology. The work is divided into three parts. Part One is an introduction to Islamic creed and a survey of the most important developments in classical
theology, including discussions of the schools of the Ashʿariyya and the Māturīdiyya.
Part Two provides a detailed account of the six articles of faith––God, the angels, the
prophets and messengers, the sacred scriptures, the Hereafter and the divine decree–– and the debates that surround them. In Part Three the author discusses the current state of Islamic theology and raises the subject of its future, making a genuine contribution to this debate.
Dr A. Hussain is a Professor in the Faculty of Theology at Marmara University, Istanbul.
100 Books on Islam in English (Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad)
100 Books on Islam in English is a companion guide for anyone who is interested in reading about the different aspects of Islam. The author, HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, has created three main lists to help readers find their way to titles that give a true explanation of Islam. In 100 Books on Islam in English, the reader will find three main lists: 25 Essential Books on Islam in English, 50 Excellent Books on Islam in English and 25 Recommended books on Islam in English. These three lists cover: general introductions to Islam, Quranic studies, the life of the Prophet, doctrine, theology, philosophy, law, sufism, history, culture, art, science and politics. Finally, there is an additional list of 40 general titles that Muslim—and many other—readers would find beneficial.
HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad is a Professor of Islamic Philosophy and is well
known as an interfaith activist and writer. He is the author of Love in the Holy Qur’an and joint editor of War and Peace in Islam: The Abuses and Abuses of Jihad.
Saladin : The Triumph of the Sunni Revival ( A.R. Azzam )
Over 800 years since his death, Saladin’s fame as the Muslim liberator of Jerusalem, the great foe of Richard the Lionheart and the paragon of justice and nobility remains as powerful as it was during his lifetime. In this new edition, the author A. R. Azzam traces the historical rise of the great Kurdish general and the dramatic events that led to his famous victory at the battle of Hattin. The author also examines how Saladin became a legend in his own lifetime and how and why the legend has continued to endure so powerfully to the present age. But Saladin: The Triumph of Sunni Revival is not just the study of the man but also the study of the historical age in which he lived and of the profound intellectual forces that influenced his thoughts and actions so deeply.
Dr Abdul Rahman Azzam obtained his DPhil in history from Oxford University in 1992. He is an independent scholar specialising in Islamic history and thought.
‘Absorbing.’ FT Weekend
‘[Azzam’s] book is a comprehensive survey not just of the man, but of the age in which he lived.’ Edinburgh Evening News
‘The strength of Azzam’s study lies in illuminating Saladin’s many connections with Sunni theologians, jurists and teachers, and their mutually reinforcing activities…’ Times Higher Education
War & Peace in Islam ( HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Professor Ibrahim
Kalin, Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali )
No word in English evokes more fear and misunderstanding than ‘jihad’. To date the books that have appeared on the subject in English by Western scholars have been either openly partisan and polemical or subtly traumatised by so many acts and images of terrorism in the name of jihad and by the historical memory of nearly one thousand four hundred years of confrontation between Islam and Christianity. War and Peace in Islam: The Uses and Abuses of Jihad aims to change this. Written by a number of Islamic religious authorities and Muslim scholars, this work presents the views and teachings of mainstream Sunni and Shi’i Islam on the subject of jihad. Though jihad is the central concern of War and Peace in Islam, the essays also discuss: War and Its Practice, Peace and Its Practice, and Beyond Peace: The Practice of Forbearance, Mercy, Compassion and Love.
War and Peace in Islam: The Uses and Abuses of Jihad aims to reveal the real meaning of jihad and to rectify many of the misunderstandings that surround both it and Islam’s relation with the ‘Other’.
‘This is the best book on the subject in English. It will be of inestimable value.’ Shaykh Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia
‘A dynamic myth-busting clarification of the real position of mainstream orthodox Islam on the whole question of violence and jihad.’ T. J. Winter, University Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cambridge University
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Arabic through the Quran (Alan Jones)
Arabic through the Quran is the first Arabic grammar book to appear in many years. Written by Prof. Alan Jones, Emeritus Professor of Arabic at Oxford University, this work aims at teaching Arabic using only the vocabulary in the Quran . In forty lessons and starting with the alphabet, Arabic through the Quran covers the whole of Arabic grammar. Each lesson is followed by exercises and a key to the exercises is available at the end of the book. Arabic Through the Quran gives the student a thorough understanding of Arabic grammar and a substantial vocabulary from the Quran including many of the often-repeated verses. Arabic Through the Quran is an indispensable aid to those wanting to learn Arabic in order to be able to read the Quran and to Arabic students at university level.
Professor Alan Jones was Emeritus Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford where he taught Arabic for many years. He is well known both for his knowledge of the Arabic language and for his work on the Quran.
‘An entertaining and valuable companion to any English speaker struggling to read and understand the Quran.’ Journal of Quranic Studies
Arabic-English Lexicon (E.W. Lane)
The most scholarly dictionary of the Arabic language available. This work is the product of over thirty years of unrelenting labour. It is a work of such unique greatness that, since its first appearance almost 150 years ago, it has remained to this day supreme in the field of Arabic lexicography. No scholar or group of scholars has produced anything to supplant it.
As it originally appeared and was later reproduced, the Lexicon consisted of eight large, cumbersome volumes, which made it difficult to use. Now, for the first time, the Islamic Texts Society has, with no loss whatsoever of clarity or legibility, brought together the eight large volumes into two compact volumes. It is now possible to keep the Lexicon on the work desk and refer to it with ease.
‘It is a work of such fundamental importance and of such matchless excellence that praise for it is quite superfluous. Every Arabist since Lane has had good cause to bless him for his superhuman labours… It is certainly true to say that every work produced in this century relating in any way to Arabic studies has drawn heavily upon the Lexicon.’ A. J. Arberry
Islam and the Destiny of Man ( Gai Eaton )
A new, revised edition of a highly successful book. Islam & the Destiny of Man is a wide-ranging study of the religion of Islam from a unique point of view. The author was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book ( commissioned by T. S. Eliot) on Eastern religions and their influence on Western thinkers. The aim of Islam & the Destiny of Man is to explain what it means to be a Muslim, a member of a community which embraces a quarter of the world’s population and to describe the forces which have shaped their hearts and minds. Throughout the book the author is concerned not simply with Islam in isolation, but with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition.
Charles Le Gai Eaton was born in Switzerland and educated at Charterhouse and King’s College, Cambridge. He worked as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt (where he embraced Islam in 1951) before joining the British Diplomatic Service. For many years, he was a consultant to the Islamic Cultural Centre in London.
‘Considered essential by [those] seeking to understand Islam.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘This book deserves to be read over and over again.’ Muslim Education Quarterly
Reflections ( Gai Eaton )
Between the years 1978 and 1996, the late Gai Eaton gave a series of talks on BBC Radio about Islam and its role in contemporary society. Eighty-six of these talks—variously titled Reflections, Words of Faith and Pause for Thought—are published here for the first time as Reflections. Together these talks provide a beautifully clear and accessible introduction to the central tenets, principles and practices at the heart of Islam and, as such, are not only a unique guide for non-Muslims, but also an inspiring reminder to Muslims of the essence of their faith.
Connecting everything that Eaton discusses in Reflections are the two principles of the Oneness of God (Tawhid) and the Viceregency of man (khilafah). Therefore, whether discussing the five pillars of Islam or the sufi concepts of fear (makhafah), love (mahabbah) and knowledge (maʿrifah) or the idea of a ‘just war’ or environmental changes, Gai Eaton reminds us that nothing is independent of the One who is Truth, Mercy and Beauty and that we, who are the Viceregents of the Truth, must—if we are to do justice to the potential within us—undertake the human struggle, the inner jihad, to convert our divided souls into unified, harmonious, balanced souls; souls not motivated by selfishness, self-regard and self-righteousness, but souls in a state of peace, illumined by the permanent consciousness of the Divine. While always expresses himself as a Muslim, Gai Eaton’s voice, with all its wisdom, its humanity and its humour, speaks not only to Muslims but to all those interested in a spiritual approach to life.
Remembering God : Reflections on Islam ( Gai Eaton )
Written by the best-selling author of Islam and the Destiny of Man, Remembering God is a profound analysis of the most urgent concerns and questions facing us at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Contrasting modern, secular society with religion and tradition in general and with Islam in particular, Gai Eaton clarifies the essential need for spirituality, religion and values based on eternal principles. The main ideas expounded in Remembering God are that religion is not an isolated part of human life which can be disregarded at will and without consequences; that a total rejection of the past cannot be the basis for the future; and that a true link with Heaven modifies all the decisions and actions of society. Gai Eaton illustrates the subtle harmony of a religious perspective and its ability to transform both the individual and society.
‘This book possesses a profound message for both Westerners who are in quest of authentic knowledge of Islam…and for Muslims who are caught in the labyrinth of modern ideas and trends.’ From the Foreword by S. H. Nasr
King of the Castle : Choice and Responsibility in the Modern World ( Gai Eaton )
King of the Castle examines closely many of the unquestioned assumptions by which we live our lives, comparing them with the beliefs that have shaped and guided human life in the past. It begins with a consideration of how secular societies attempt to possess their citizens, body and soul and how, as a consequence, the necessity of redefining human responsibility becomes an ever more urgent imperative. The book continues with a presentation of the traditional view of man as ‘God’s Viceroy on Earth’, with an eye to its practical implications in a world that has all but forgotten, under the pressure of mass social persuasion, that man must always be free to choose his own ultimate destiny. The author’s thesis is a passionate yet incisive plea for the restoration of the sacred norms of religion, as against the debilitating and falsifying aims of a profane world-view based on no more than recent scientific and technological achievements.
‘This marvellous book… abounds with penetrating insights… The most remarkable quality of the book however is its courage.’ Fourth World News
‘This is a book of the utmost importance to anyone concerned… with the really basic questions of human life.’ Country Life
‘This is an urgent piece of writing, a reading of what we are and where we are.’ TLS
Ideals and Realities of Islam ( Seyyed Hossein Nasr)
A revised and updated edition of the best-selling introduction to Islam written by one of the foremost scholars in the field. Ideals and Realities of Islam seeks to answer criticism brought against Islam by presenting the point of view of Islam. In six chapters dealing with the universal and the particular aspects of Islam, the Quran, the Prophet and the Prophetic tradition, the Sharia, Sufism, and Shiʿism, Seyyed Hossein Nasr outlines the essential aspects of the Islamic beliefs, making frequent references to other religions in general and Christianity in particular. Drawing mainly on the Quran and the ḥadīth, but also on the works of some contemporary Western scholars, the author presents the Islamic spiritual and intellectual tradition in the light of contemporary modern thought. This edition includes an new introduction by the author and an updated annotated bibliography.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of numerous books including: Islam and the Plight of Modern Man, A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World and Science & Civilization in Islam.
‘Seyyed Hossein Nasr dominates his subject… he unites in his person an Islamic structure which encompassed two points of view: that of religious law and contemplation, and a supreme knowledge of modern scientific methods.’ From the Preface by Titus Burckhardt
Islam and the Plight of Modern Man ( Seyyed Hossein Nasr)
This is a revised and updated edition of this seminal work on the responses of Islam to the modern world. Starting with the present day condition of man in the modern world and the dilemma of the present day Muslim, Seyyed Hossein Nasr discusses the interchange that has continued between Islam and the West over the centuries. The author then proceeds to examine the profound struggle in the Muslim world between the Islamic tradition and Western ideologies and culture concentrating on the present situations in the Arab world, in Iran, in India and in Pakistan. In addition to a new preface, this revised edition of Islam and the Plight of Modern Man includes two new chapters: ‘Islam at the Dawn of the Third Christian Millennium’, and ‘Reflections on Islam and the West: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.’
‘This book can be recommended for its panoramic and balanced view of dār al-islām.’ Muslim World Book Review
‘This book can be mined for answers to questions such as how to build an education which is both modern and Islamic and how to revive the Islamic intellectual traditions.’ Sophia
Science & Civilization in Islam ( Seyyed Hossein Nasr)
Science and Civilization in Islam has remained unsurpassed as the authoritative statement on this subject.With his characteristic breadth of learning, clarity of exposition and insight, Seyyed Hossein Nasr presents a full picture of Islamic science, not as a chapter in the history of Western science, but as an integral aspect of Islamic civilization and the Islamic intellectual tradition.
By means of an historical presentation, an analysis of its forms, including the use of passages from the writings of many Muslim scientists and philosophers, the author is able to convey not only a sense of the operative context of Islamic science but he also demonstrates its interrelatedness with the sapiential wisdom on which it is based. An introductory chapter provides the reader with a necessary orientation to the subject according to the principles of Islam, while subsequent chapters survey the whole spectrum of the individual sciences from cosmology, philosophy, theology to alchemy, physics, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine concluding with a chapter on the gnostic tradition.
For this edition, Dr Nasr has written a preface surveying the fields covered in the book since its first appearance in 1968, and has provided a supplement which brings the Bibliography up to date.
A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World (Seyyed Hossein Nasr)
A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World, by one of Islam’s greatest contemporary scholars, was written specifically for Muslims, and in particular young Muslims, urging them to become familiar with their religion and to gain an understanding of the modern world from the Islamic point of view in order to respond positively to its challenges. This guide, the first of its kind in any language, presents an exposition of the teachings of Islam as revealed in the Quran, explained in the hadith and Sunna of the Prophet and commented upon by Muslim scholars and thinkers, as well as outlining the Western religious and intellectual tradition.
‘Of all the books Seyyed Hossein Nasr has written, this is the most elegant and informative. It is an extremely valuable and highly commendable introduction to the message of Islam and the contemporary world.’ The Muslim News
‘Packed full of information on the modern world and the world of Islam… There is much of interest for the non- Muslim readers as well who feel intrigued, fascinated and threatened by Islam as a potent force in the modern world.’ Journal Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
Love in the Holy Quran ( Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad )
The author treats in a simple and accessible style with reader-friendly and teaching-friendly features, not only of love of God and love of the neighbour, but also of family love; friendship; the stages of falling in love; sexual love; extra-marital love; beauty; taste and much more, all based entirely on the Holy Quran. At least one verse from every chapter–and over one fifth of the total text of the Holy Quran is cited. Love in the Holy Quran is written and structured both to be read in its totality or as individual ‘stand-alone’ chapters to be sampled at will. This work is thus essential reading not only for Muslims and those interested in Islam and the Holy Quran, but for all those interested in the secrets and mysteries of love as such.
‘What the world should understand when it hears the Qur’an.’ Sheikh Ali Gomaa, former Grand Mufti of Egypt
‘Prince Ghazi has produced a definitive study of love in the Qur’an.’ Professor David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
‘Love in the Holy Qur’an is bound to become a classic.’ Tamara Sonn, Kenan Professor of Humanities, College of William and Mary
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The Other in the Light of the One : The Universality of the Quran and Interfaith Dialogue ( Reza Shah Kazemi )
As a result of world events over the past few years, Islam has entered our consciousness in an unprecedented way. The Quran, guiding text for over one billion Muslims, is being looked to for answers to questions like: does the Quran promote peace and harmony or discord and conflict, does it contribute to pluralism or exclusivism, is its message spiritual or fanatical? Based on a profound study of the Sufi perspectives of the likes of Ibn ʿArabī, Rūmī and Ghazālī, The Other in the Light of the One is an attempt to answer the above questions and is an invitation to study the universality that is present in the Quran. Its aim is to relate some of the most profound interpretations of the Quran to philosophical and spiritual questions concerning interfaith dialogue. For Muslims, The Other in the Light of the One offers a pioneering view of daʿwa, in that it allows them the tangible means of putting into practice the many Quranic verses that commend discoursing with others on the basis of ‘the finest, most beautiful manner. ’
‘The Other in the Light of the One is a pioneering masterpiece.’ Gai Eaton
Classification of Knowledge in Islam : A Study in Islamic Philosophies of Science ( Osman Bakar )
The classification of knowledge is a recurring theme in Islamic scholarship. Successive generations of Muslim scholars, from al-Kindi in the ninth century to Shah Wali Allah of Delhi in the eighteenth century, have devoted considerable efforts to the exposition of this theme.
The lives and the ideas of the three thinkers discussed in Classification of Knowledge in Islam—al-Fārābī (870–950ad), al-Ghazālī (1058–1111ad) and Quṭb al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī (1236–1311ad)—cover the pivotal period of Islamic history from the first flourishing of the philosophical sciences to the sacking of Baghdad by the Mongols. In addition, each of these three thinkers was either a founder or an eminent representative of a major intellectual school in Islam. Prof. Osman Bakar’s Classification of Knowledge in Islam is the first work of its kind in the English language and is based on extensive scholarship and reference to the original texts.
Dr Osman Bakar is Director of the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies, Univeristi Brunei Darussalam, and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Malaya. He has published 18 books and over 300 articles on Islamic thought and civilization, particularly on Islamic philosophy and science. He served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Malaya (1995–2000) and was awarded a Datukship by the Malaysian King in 2000.
The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science (Osman Bakar)
The essays presented in The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science discuss the principles behind the different sciences cultivated in the Islamic world from the third century of the Islamic era onwards and the place of science in relation to other branches of Islamic learning. In defining what Islamic science means, Professor Osman Bakar shows how these sciences are organically related to the fundamental teachings of Islam. Covering all the natural and mathematical sciences, The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science illustrates what Islamic science shares wih modern science. Professor Osman Bakar also highlights where the Islamic approach to science differs from the secular, modern approach.
‘[Osman Bakar’s book] marks a most valuable contribution both to the effort of revealing the Islamic intellectual and spiritual approach to science, and to the concomitant endeavour to highlight the deeper causes of the contemporary crisis in western science and technology… it opens up, with clarity and simplicity, the philosophy of Islamic science.’ Islamic Quarterly
Eternal Message of Muhammad ( Abd Al-Rahman Azzam )
This translation into English of a great Islamic classic offers the western world a simple yet profound interpretation of Islam. Drawing upon years of unparalleled experience in diplomacy and government, Azzam examines the social and economic ramifications of the Muslim state, one based on humane ideals of law and justice expressed in the Quran, and one which can provide the foundation for a just society.
Abd al-Rahman Azzam (1893–1976) is generally considered as the father of the Arab League. He served as the League’s first Secretary-General between 1945–52 as well as distinguishing himself in a long career as an ambassador and parliamentarian. As Vincent Sheean points out in his introduction ‘In Damascus as well as in Djakarta, Istanbul and Baghdad, this man is known for valour of spirit and elevation of mind… He combines in the best Islamic mode, the aspects of thought and action, like the Muslim warriors of another time who are typified for us Westerners by the figure of Saladin.’
Malcolm X’s reading of The Eternal Message of Muhammad and his meeting with Azzam Pasha are vividly recounted in his Autobiography. It is clear that these events marked the point in his life at which Malcolm X turned towards orthodox traditional Islam.
‘A very penetrating and stimulating book.’ World Affairs
Unveiling Islam ( Roger Du Pasquier )
Over the past decade, Islam has captured the attention of the West and has baffled it. Alone among the world’s religions, Islam is not just surviving but flourishing. Yet many people know little about Islam and regard its continuing attraction as something of a mystery. In this book, Du Pasquier, an award-winning Swiss journalist, provides a thorough introduction to Muslim belief, history and culture. He deals not only with topical issues, such as ‘fundamentalism’ and the status of Muslim women, but provides an overview of the Quran, the Prophet, Islamic history, and the nature of Muslim art and literature. Unbiased yet passionate, the book offers an ‘unveiling’ which must be heeded if the present incomprehension of Islam is to be overcome.
‘This book offers an exceptionally lucid and concise introduction to Islam specially intended for those with little prior knowledge or understanding of it… The author is endowed with a pronounced gift for thoroughly explaining complex issues or ideas in only a very few words.’ Maryam Jameelah (Muslim World Book Review)
‘In this excellent translation by T. J. Winter from the French original, the principal tenets of Islamic faith are presented elegantly and succinctly. Recommended to both non-Muslims who want to learn more, and to Muslims who find their commitment wavering, and are in need of intellectual reinforcement.’ Islamica
Fez: City of Islam ( Titus Burckhardt )
Fez, City of Islam is undoubtedly one of Titus Burckhardt’s masterpieces. It conveys a profound understanding of the sacred roots that nourish Islamic culture and civilization. As a young man in the 1930s, Burckhardt spent some years in Morocco where he became acquainted with several remarkable representatives of the spiritual heritage of the Maghrib. Although he committed much of this experience to writing, it was not until the 1950s that these writings were developed into a book. In Fez, City of Islam, Burckhardt writes of the history of a people and their religion—a history that was often violent, often heroic and sometimes holy. The book relates the teachings, parables and miracles of the saints of many centuries and demonstrates not only the arts and crafts of Islamic civilization, but also its sciences and administrative skills. Burckhardt’s unique black and white photographs from the 1930s are included. In addition 41 new colour illustrations have been specially selected to enhance Burckhardt’s originals. Here, text and illustrations come together to provide an insight into the way the life of a people can be transformed at every level by a religious tradition.
‘Titus Burckhardt is an authority whose works are a constant source of inspiration… the publication of this book in English is like the unearthing of a great treasure.’ Martin Lings