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Book Publisher : The Islamic Texts Society (ITS) – Part 1

The Islamic Texts Society is a peer reviewed publishing house founded in 1981 and registered as an educational charity in the UK . The Society produces English translations of works of traditional importance to the Islamic faith and culture, including editions of hitherto unpublished manuscripts, and also sponsors contemporary works on Islamic subjects by scholars from all parts of the world. The Society hopes thereby to promote a greater understanding of Islam among both Muslims and non-Muslims, catering for laypersons as well as academics in the field of Islamic studies. The society has been an influential publisher in the English speaking Muslim community in UK and around the world.

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To date the Society has published over 60 books on various aspects of Islam and the Islamic heritage, ranging from the best-selling and award-winning biography by Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, generally acknowledged as the best book in English on the Prophet Muhammad, through works of hadith, jurisprudence and sufism. One of the major and on-going projects of the Society is the publication in English of the most important works of the great medieval theologian Muhammad Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. So far eight volumes have appeared in this series, of which two have won the British Book Design and Production Award for the best general paperback: Al-Ghazali on Invocations and Supplications (1991) and Al-Ghazali on The Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God (1993). Some of the books of ITS are also published by Fons Vitae.

The Quran and the hadith are the most important parts of Islam. All the below works derive their main content from these two sources along with the Prophetic Sunnah. So, the reader must not have any doubt (if any) regarding the place of the Quran and the hadith in Islamic tradition while reading these books.

Websitehttp://www.its.org.uk 

Free resources : Audio book – Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

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QURAN, SIRA & HADITH

The Holy Quran: Translations of Selected Verses (Martin Lings)

The renowned scholar and Sufi master, the late Dr Martin Lings (Shaykh Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn) was working on a full translation of the Quran when he passed away. The publishers extracted from previously unpublished writings, and from all his other publications, both books and articles, his translations of verses from the Quran. These are here presented as The Holy Quran: Translations of Selected Verses accompanied by the original Arabic text on facing pages. Occasionally, Dr Lings translated a particular verse in more than one way; all the different versions have been retained. On the one hand, this is a reflection of the fact that there can never be a definitive translation of the sacred text; and, on the other hand, this brings out the multiple meanings that may exist in one verse. In addition, there is an appendix of Dr Lings’ translation of the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God with
the original Arabic.

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (Martin Lings)

Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet in the English language, Martin Lings’ life of the Prophet Muḥammad is unlike any other. Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of men and women who heard Muḥammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Martin Lings has an unusual gift for narrative. He has adopted a style which is at once extremely readable and reflects both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is a book which will be read with equal enjoyment by those already familiar with Muḥammad’s life and those coming to it for the first time. This book was given an award by the government of Pakistan, and selected as the best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad in 1983.

Free audio book : Audio book – Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad (Leila Azzam & Aisha Gouverneur)

This children’s book on the life of the Prophet Muḥammad is taken from traditional
Muslim biographical literature, including ḥadīth. Passages from the Quran are used
throughout to reinforce the stories. The material is authentic and the style lively and
attractive. Although the book has been written for children of 10 to 15 years of age, it can be usefully read by anyone as an introduction because of its completeness and clarity.There are 32 colour illustrations although there has been no attempt to portray either the Prophet or his Companions. The illustrations are representative of traditional Islamic life as lived in many Arab countries and portray scenes that have occurred in those countries for over a thousand years.

Recommended by the Education Guardian January 1992.

Al-Nawawī’s Forty Hadith (Translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim & Denys Johnson-Davies)

This collection of forty hadith by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is gener­ally regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of the Prophet’s sayings which, together with the Quran, contain the essential teachings of Islam. The Arabic original has been printed alongside the English translation for the benefit of those with a knowledge of Arabic. The translation, by two scholars working in close collaboration, combines accuracy with readability.

Ezzeddin Ibrahim was a professor of Arabic literature and authored a number of books and translations. He was Cultural Adviser to the President of the United Arab Emirates and was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the UAE University in 1981. He died in January 2010 at the age of 81.

Denys Johnson-Davies (born in 1922) is one of the leading Arabic-English translators of our time. He has translated religious literature, novels and children’s books. In 2007, he was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Book Award “Culture Personality of the Year”.

Forty Hadith Qudsi (Selected and Translated by Ezzeddin Ibrahim & Denys Johnson-Davies)

The ḥadīth qudsī are the sayings of the Prophet divinely communicated to him. The pre­sent collection has been compiled from all the available books of ḥadīth. The forty chosen here are all well authenticated and present many of the doctrinal, devotional and ethical elements of Islam. A scholarly introduction deals fully with the subject and shows the way in which the ḥadīth qudsī differs from the Quran and from the Prophetic ḥadīth. Forty Hadith Qudsi is regarded as a companion volume to An-Nawawī’s Forty Hadith and has been printed in similar format with the original Arabic text given alongside the English translation.

Ḥadīth Literature: Its Origin, Development & Special Features (Muḥammad Zubayr Siddīqī)

The hadith, the sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, form a sacred literature which for Muslims ranks second in importance only to the Quran itself. As a source of law, ethics and doctrine, the vast corpus of hadith continue to exercise decisive influence. Islamic scholarship has hence devoted immense efforts to gathering and classifying the hadīth, and ensuring their authenticity.

This book is a pioneering introduction in English which presents all the aspects of the subject. It explains the origin of the literature, the evolution of the isnād system, the troubled relationship between scholars and the state, the problem of falsification, and the gradual development of a systematic approach to the material. This edition is a fully revised and updated version of the original, which was first published in 1961 to consid­erable scholarly acclaim.

Muḥammad Zubayr Ṣiddīqī was Professor of Islamic Culture in the University of Calcutta.

ISLAMIC LAW & JURISPRUDENCE

Copyright in Islamic Law (Mohamed Ali Ahdash)

Copyright in Islamic Law is the first work in English to systematically address the ideas of intellectual property and copyright from an Islamic perspective. The author builds a framework from within Sharīʿa law to address the concepts of intellectual property and copyright. In so doing, he adopts the classical uṣūl al-fiqh approach by firstly defin­ing the key terms associated with the field, namely: right (ḥaqq), ownership (milkiyya), wealth (māl), and utility (manfaʿa). Dr Ahdash then analyses how these terms are used in the Quran and in the Ḥadīth before looking at how the secondary sources of qiyās (analogy), maṣlaḥa (public interest), ʿurf (custom) and al-qawāʿid al-fiqhiyya (legal maxims) can be applied to copyright. The result of this study is a framework wherein the concept of copyright is defined and understood in an Islamic manner. This then gives a consist­ent approach from which specific rulings can be derived. Copyright in Islam is a ground-breaking study not only within Shari’a law, but also by making a contribution to the on-going debates on copyright in general.

Mohamed Ali Ahdash is a lawyer and an expert in Islamic law and Islamic studies

Muslims in non-Muslim Lands: A Legal Study with Applications (Amjad Mohammed)

Since the Second World War, there has been a significant migration of Muslims to coun­tries in the Western world. Muslims in Non-Muslim Lands traces the process by which these migrants arrived in Western Europe—in particular Britain—and explains how the community developed its faith identity through three particular stances: assimila­tion, isolation and integration. The findings argue that the assumption that Islam causes Muslims to isolate from the indigenous population and form a ‘state within a state’ is false and that Islamic Law actually gives Muslims confidence and the ability to integrate within the wider society.

Shaykh Amjad Mohammed is a scholar qualified in Islamic law, jurisprudence, tafsīr and ḥadīth. He is founder and principal of the Institute for the Revival of Traditional Islamic Sciences and is on the board of a number of fatwa committees.

Al-Shāfiʿī’s Risāla: Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence (Translated by Majid Khadduri)

Written in the second Islamic century by al-Imām al-Shāfiʿī (d. 204 ah/ 820 ad), the founder of one of the four Sunni schools of law, this important work gives the funda­mental principles of Islamic jurisprudence, and its influence continues to the present day. During the early years of the spread of Islam, the exponents of Islamic legal doctrine were faced with the problems raised by ruling and administering a diverse and rapidly growing empire. It took the genius of al-Shāfiʿī to establish the principles by which the various legal doctrines could be synthesized into a coherent system. In the Risāla, which laid down the basis for such a synthesis, al-Shāfiʿī established the overriding authority, next only to the Quran, of the example of the Prophet Muḥammad as transmitted in the traditions.

Majid Khadduri was recognized as a leading authority on a wide variety of Islamic sub­jects, modern history and the politics of the Middle East. He was the author of more than 35 books in English and Arabic and hundreds of articles. He died in January 2007 at the age of 97.

Language and the Interpretation of Islamic Law ( Šukrija Husejn Ramic )

The discipline of ‘principles of Islamic jurisprudence’ (uṣūl al-fiqh) constitutes the theoretical basis of Islamic law (Sharīʿa) and the indisputable foundation on which it is based. One of the most important branches of uṣūl al-fiqh is the study of the usage of language. Language and the Interpretation of Islamic Law is the first work to appear in the English language dealing with this important aspect of Islamic law. Dr Šukrija Husejn RamiĆ gives us the background to the terminology used by the different schools of Islamic law and then discusses the different applications of language in legal reasoning and the interpretation of Islamic law.

Dr Šukrija Husejn RamiĆ studied Arabic and Islamic law in Saudi Arabia and at the
University of Wales (Lampeter). He is Dean of the Teachers Training College in
Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence ( Muhammad M. Al-Azami )

This in-depth study presents a detailed analysis and critique of the classic Western work on the origins of Islamic law, Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence. Azami’s work examines the sources used by Schacht to develop his thesis on the relation of Islamic law to the Quran, and exposes fundamental flaws in Schacht’s methodology that led to the conclusions unsupported by the texts examined. This book is an important contribution to Islamic legal studies from an Islamic perspective.

Dr Muhammad Mustafa al-Azami was Professor of Hadith Science at King Saud University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early ḥadīth. In 1980 he received the prestigious King Faisal Award for his research and presentations on the Sunna.

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

This third edition of the best-selling title Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence has been com­pletely revised and substantially enlarged. In this work, Prof Kamali offers us the first detailed presentation available in English of the theory of Muslim law (uūl al-fiqh). Often regarded as the most sophisticated of the traditional Islamic disciplines, Islamic jurispru­dence is concerned with the way in which the rituals and laws of religion are derived from the Quran and the Sunna—the precedent of the Prophet. Written as a university textbook, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence is distinguished by its clarity and readability; it is an essential reference work not only for students of Islamic law, but also for anyone with an interest in Muslim society or in issues of comparative jurisprudence.

The best thing of its kind I have ever seen … exactly the kind of thing I have wanted for years to put into the hands of students.Professor Charles Adams (McGill University)

Free resource : Download the book here. (2nd edition)

Islamic Commercial Law: An Analysis of Futures and Options ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

Islamic Commercial Law: An Analysis of Futures and Options focuses on options and futures as trading tools and explores their validity from an Islamic point of view. Futures and options are a recent phenomenon which has no precedent in Islamic commercial law. After reviewing the exisiting rules of Islamic law of contract and verifying their rel­evance or otherwise to futures trading, Professor M. H. Kamali, advances a new perp­sective on the issue of futures and options based on an interpretation of the Quran and the Sunna and referring to the principle of maṣlaḥa (consideration of public interest) as enshrined in the Sharīʿa. This work will be of use to anyone working on Islamic law, comparative law or working in Islamic banking.

A model of Islamic analysis that I would recommend to everyone.Mohammed Amin

The Fundamental Rights and Liberties In Islam Series

The Fundamental Rights and Liberties in Islam Series is a pioneering attempt by Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali to introduce an alternative to Western concepts of human rights, as enshrined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to present these universal rights from an Islamic perspective.

The Series is divided into two parts: Principles and Applications.

The first three volumes constitute the discussion of the Principles :

  1. The Dignity of Man 
  2. Freedom, Equality & Justice in Islam 
  3. Equity & Fairness in Islam 

The remaining four volumes address the specific Applications of the fundamental rights and liberties :

  1. Citizenship & Accountability of Government: An Islamic Perspective 
  2. The Right to Education, Work & Welfare in Islam
  3. The Right to Life, Security, Privacy and Ownership in Islam
  4. Freedom of Expression in Islam 

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia (2007—continuing), and a world renowned scholar in his field of specialisation. He served as Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM, 1985–2004); and was Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC, 2004–2006). Currently he is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, and also Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy of Jordan. He serves on the International Advisory Board of thirteen academic journals published in Malaysia, USA, Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia and Pakistan. Professor Kamali has served as a member and sometime Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission of Afghanistan (2003); as a UN consultant on constitutional reforms in Afghanistan, the Maldives, and Iraq; and currently advises the UN on a new constitution for Somalia. Professor Kamali has given presentations at over 130 national and international conferences, published 20 books and over 120 academic articles.

Citizenship & Accountability of Government: An Islamic Perspective ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

Citizenship and Accountability of Government: An Islamic Perspective is the final volume in Prof. M. H. Kamaliʾs series on fundamental rights and liberties in Islam. It includes dis­cussions of: the definitions of citizenship; the rights of citizens; the duties of citizens; citizenship laws; the concepts of dār al-Islām (adobe of Islam), dār al-ḥarb (adobe of war) and the dār al-ʿahd (adobe of treaty); the umma and the nation-state; government as a trust; the selection of officials; the relationship between authority and citizens; cor­ruption and the misuse of public funds; despotism and dynastic misrule; the right of complaint; the limits of obedience; impeachment of officials and heads of state; the foundation of institutions of accountability. In addition, this volume contains a dis­cussion of freedom of movement in Islam which is the last of the fundamental rights discussed by Prof. M. H. Kamali.

The Right to Education, Work & Welfare in Islam ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

Continuing from his earlier discussions of fundamental human rights from an Islamic perspective, Prof M.H. Kamali discusses in this volume a personʾs right to education, work and welfare. The following subjects are discussed: a classification of knowl­edge from the Islamic perspective, childrenʾs education, aca­demic freedom, science and religion; the value of work, work ethics, fair trading, workersʾ rights; the obligations of society and the state towards those who are in need, the obligations of individuals, and the establishment and objectives of charities.

The Right to Life, Security, Privacy and Ownership in Islam ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

A person’s right to life, personal security, privacy, and owner­ship are the most basic of all the fundamental rights and liber­ties and are of concern to all legal systems and traditions. The following subjects are discussed: the sanctity of life, uninten­tional killing, murder, the death penalty and compensations for victims, abortion, suicide, and euthanasia; security against unlawful arrest, the right to fair treatment, the right to coun­sel, freedom from aggression and torture; the privacy of one’s home, confidential correspondence, immunity against invasion of privacy; legitimate and illegitimate means of acquisition of ownership, restrictions imposed by the Sharīʿa on the exercise of this right including taxation, inheritance and bequests.

Freedom of Expression in Islam ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

In recent years the subject of freedom of expression has become a topic of heated debate. Freedom of Expression in Islam offers the first and only detailed presentation in English of freedom of expression from both the legal and moral perspectives of Islam. This work is a pioneering attempt in examining both the evi­dence on freedom of expression in the sources of the Sharīʿa and the limitations, whether moral, legal or theological, that Islam imposes on the valid exercise of this freedom. Freedom of Expression in Islam is informative not only on the subject of the possibilities of freedom of expression within Islam, but also on the cultural tradition of Islam and its guidelines on social behaviour.

‘Freedom of Expression in Islam will almost certainly inform all future discussion of its theme.International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Equity and Fairness in Islam ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

This is the first work in the English language to deal specifi­cally with the subjects of equity and fairness in Islamic law. Prof M. H. Kamali relates these concepts to the Islamic legal notion of istiḥsān, thus taking these concepts back to their origin in the Quran, the sayings of the Prophet Muḥammad and the era of the Companions of the Prophet in the first two centuries of Islam. Equity and Fairness in Islam contains in-depth explorations of equity and its applications, and it also attempts to apply the concepts of equity and fairness to certain issues of contemporary concern and especially to commercial transac­tions. The issues raised here are related to Islamic banking, sale transactions, charitable endowments, pensions funds and other long-term saving accounts. The concluding part of the books deals with the relationship between the concepts of equity and fairness and the goals and objectives of Islamic law; and how these two concepts can work as instruments for securing the objectives of Islamic law.

Freedom, Equality & Justice in Islam ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

In Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam, M. H. Kamali presents the reader with an analysis of the three concepts of freedom, equality and justice from an Islamic point of view and their manifestations in the religious, social, legal and political fields. The author discusses the evidence to be found for these con­cepts in the Quran and Sunna and reviews the interpretations of the earlier schools of law. The work also looks at more recent contributions by Muslim jurists who have advanced fresh interpretations of freedom, equality and justice in the light of the changing realities of contemporary Muslim societies.

A rich source of information, and a helpful starting point for those seeking evi­dence.American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective ( Mohammad Hashim Kamali )

This is the first volume in Prof M. H. Kamali’s series on fun­damental rights and liberties in Islam. The author argues that, from an Islamic perspective, all human rights derive from the proclamations on human dignity found in the Quran and then discusses topics pertaining to or resulting from human dignity: the physical and spiritual nobility of man; God’s love for humanity; the sanctity of life; and the necessity for free­dom, equality and accountability. Finally, the author exam­ines the measures that the Sharīʿa has taken to protect human dignity and to promote it in social interaction. The discussion is here presented in the light of the debate on the universality of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

THE GHAZALI SERIES

The Islamic Texts Society’s al-Ghazali Series is one of the long-term projects of the Society and aims to translate into English the major works of the great medi­eval theologian and mystic Muhammad Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 505/1111). Of these works, The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Iḥyā’ ʿUlūm al-Dīn) is widely regarded as the greatest work of Muslim spirituality, and has, for centuries, been the most read work after the Quran in the Muslim world.

The Revival of the Religious Sciences is divided into four parts each containing ten chapters. In brief,

  • Part One deals with knowledge and the requirements of reli­gion—ritual purity, prayer, charity, fasting, pilgrimage, recitation of the Quran, etc.;
  • Part Two concentrates mostly on man and society—the manners relating to eating, marriage, earning a living, friendship, etc.;
  • Parts Three and Four are dedicated to the inner life of the soul and discuss first the vices that man must overcome in himself and then the virtues that he must strive to achieve.

The Islamic Texts Society is working on a full translation of The Revival of the Religious Sciences. To date nine of the forty chapters have been published and have attracted wide acclaim: Al-Ghazālī on Invocations & Supplications (Chapter ix), Al-Ghazālī on the Manners Relating to Eating (Chapter xi), Al-Ghazālī on the Lawful and the Unlawful (Chapter xiv), Al-Ghazālī on Disciplining the Soul & Breaking the Two Desires (Chapters xxii & xxiii), Al-Ghazālī on Patience & Thankfulness (Chapter xxxii), Al-Ghazālī on Love, Longing, Intimacy & Contentment (Chapter xxxvi), Al-Ghazālī on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness (Chapter xxxvii) and Al-Ghazālī on the Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife (Chapter xl). The next three volumes will be: Al-Ghazālī on Vigilance (Chapter xxxviii), Al-Ghazālī on Poverty and Abstinence (Chapter xxxiv) and Al-Ghazālī on Conduct in Travel (Chapter xvii).

Aside from translations from The Revival of the Religious Sciences, the Islamic Texts Society has also translated Al-Ghazālī on the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of God (al-Maqṣad al-Asnā fī Sharḥ Asmā’ Allāh al-Ḥusnā) and Al-Ghazālī’s Letter to a Disciple (Ayyuhā ’l-Walad) as an English-Arabic edition.

Al-Ghazali on Poverty and Abstinence (Translated by Anthony F. Shaker)

Al-Ghazālī on Poverty and Abstinence is the thirty-fourth chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. It falls in the section dealing with the virtues. Ghazali traces poverty and abstinence back to the Prophet Muhammad, who exhorted the faithful to love the poor and described this love as a key to heaven. But behind the Prophet’s love of the poor lay his legendary humility, and the life of poverty on which Ghazali expatiates in this treatise refers to what every devoted follower of the Prophet is meant to adopt, not simply an accidental state of destitution that might befall anyone.

Dr Anthony F. Shaker holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University and is the author of Thinking in the Language of Reality: Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnavī and the Philosophy of Reason and translator of Al-Ghazālī on on Vigilance and Self-examination and Al-Ghazālī on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness.

Al-Ghazali on Vigilance & Self-examination (Translated by Anthony F. Shaker)

Al-Ghazālī on Vigilance and Self-examination is the thirty-eighth chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences and follows on from Al-Ghazālī on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness. Here Ghazali focuses on the different stations of steadfastness in religion (murābaṭa), vigi­lance and self-examination being its cornerstones. As in all his writings, Ghazali bases his arguments on the Quran, the example of the Prophet and the sayings of numerous scholars and Sufis.

Dr Anthony F. Shaker holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University and is the author of Thinking in the Language of Reality: Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnavī and the Philosophy of Reason and translator of Al-Ghazālī on Poverty and Abstinence and Al-Ghazālī on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness.

Al-Ghazali on Conduct in Travel ( Translated by Leonard Librande)

Al-Ghazālī on Conduct in Travel is a translation of the seventeenth book of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. In it Ghazali explains the different outer and inner reasons for travel. Outer reasons include the pilgrimage, the search for knowledge, and the flight from danger; while inner reasons include the acquisition of virtue and the disciplining of the soul. Ghazali divides travel into four classes and portrays the right inward and outward conduct for each. He then follows this with a practical chapter on the use of religious concessions while travelling and concludes with a final chapter on how the traveller is to establish the proper direction and times for prayer.

Prof. Leonard Librande received a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University in 1976. He is a professor at Carlton University in Canada.

Al-Ghazali on Invocations & Supplications (Translated by Kojiro Nakamura)

Al-Ghazālī on Invocations and Supplications is a translation of the ninth chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. This chapter falls in the section dealing with the require­ments of religion. The present volume is probably the most widely read compendium of invocations and supplications in the Muslim world, popular not only for its compre­hensiveness and beauty, but also for the analytical approach of its author, who explores the psychological and spiritual effects of prayer and the celebration of God’s name. This translation includes the invocations and supplications in Arabic for those Muslim readers who would like to use them in their prayers.

In this fourth edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imām Ghazālī’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences, which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

Prof. Kojiro Nakamura was Head of the Islamic Studies Department at the University of Tokyo.

Al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating (Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies)

The eleventh chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences begins the section dealing with man and society. In this volume concentrating on the manners relating to eating, Ghazālī first discusses what a person must uphold when eating by himself; then proceeds to discuss eating in company and says that to all the above should be added the necessity of courtesy, conversation and the proper presentation of food. Finally, Ghazālī expounds the virtues of hospitality and generosity and the conduct of the host as well as that of the guest. Other topics that are discussed are: abstention from food, fasting, and general health.

In this second edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imām Ghazālī’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

Denys Johnson-Davies (born in 1922) is one of the leading Arabic-English translators of our time. He has translated religious literature, novels and children’s books. In 2007, he was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Book Award “Culture Personality of the Year”.

Al-Ghazali on the Lawful and the Unlawful (Translated by Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo)

Al-Ghazālī on the Lawful and the Unlawful is the fourteenth chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. Al-Ghazālī on the Lawful and the Unlawful is unlike other Islamic works concerned with legal issues. Here, Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazali aims to teach his readers firstly the theory of what is lawful and what is unlawful and how to deal with dubious or ambiguous issues, and secondly how to apply the knowledge they have gained to their everyday lives. Thus the sincere practice of what is lawful and desisting from what is unlawful become integrated into one’s spiritual life. As in his other works, Ghazali bases himself on the Quran and narrations from the Prophet Muhammad, followed by examples from the Companions, the Successor generations and the pious Predecessors.

Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is a scholar of Islamic Law and is closely involved in the trans­actional implementation of modern Islamic Finance. He is the author of a number of works on Islamic law and finance including Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks. Yusuf DeLorenzo is a member of numerous Sharia Supervisory Boards for financial institutions.

Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul & on Breaking the Two Desires (Translated by Timothy J. Winter)

This translation of two chapters from the Revival of the Religious Sciences details the sophis­ticated spiritual techniques adopted by classical Islam. In the first part, On Disciplining the Soul, which cites copious anecdotes from the Islamic scriptures and biographies of the saints, Ghazālī explains how to acquire good character traits, and goes on to describe how the sickness of the heart may be cured. In the second part, Breaking the Two Desires, he focusses on the question of gluttony and sexual desire, concluding, in the words of the Prophet, that ‘the best of all matters is the middle way.’

In this second edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

T.J. Winter is Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Al-Ghazali on Patience & Thankfulness (Translated by Henry T. Littlejohn )

Al-Ghazali on Patience and Thankfulness is a translation of the thirty-second chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. This chapter falls in the section dealing with the virtues or what is conducive to salvation. Ghazali here presents definitions for patience and its different forms; the need for patience; the degrees of patience; and why patience is con­sidered to be half of faith. The second part of this chapter deals with thankfulness and again Ghazali gives us definitions for thankfulness, its nature and its blessings. In addi­tion to the translation, Dr Henry Littlejohn provides an extensive introduction which illustrates the importance of the topics of patience and thankfulness in Islam throughout the centuries.

In this second edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

Dr Henry T. Littlejohn is a retired university lecturer and pastor.

Al-Ghazali on Love, Longing, Intimacy & Contentment (Translated by Eric Ormsby )

The Book of Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment is the thirty-sixth chapter of Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazali’s Revival of the Religious Sciences. This was the first treatise which estab­lished not merely the possibility but the necessity for the love of God. Ghazali argues that all the virtues and spiritual stages that precede love, like repentance, patience and thankfulness, lead to love; and all the spiritual stages that follow on from love are a result of it. Out of Ghazali’s pioneering treatment would emerge not only new trends in Sufi theory and practice, but an entire body of mystical poetry including that of the great Persian poets Rumi and Hafiz. The translation is preceded by an extensive introduction which sets the work in its historical and spiritual context.

In this second edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

Prof. Eric Ormsby was Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He is at present Professor at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.

Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity & Truthfulness (Translated by Anthony F Shaker)

Al-Ghazali on Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness is the thirty-seventh chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. Here Ghazali asks: ‘How can someone ignorant of the meaning of intention verify his own intention; or how can someone ignorant of the meaning of sin­cerity verify his own sincerity; or how can someone sincerely claim truthfulness if he has not verified its meaning?’ In the Book of Intention, Sincerity and Truthfulness, Ghazali gives a response to each of these questions by expounding the reality and levels of intention, sincerity and truthfulness, those acts which affirm them and those acts which mar them.

Dr Anthony F. Shaker holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University and is the author of Thinking in the Language of Reality: Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnavī and the Philosophy of Reason and translator of Al-Ghazālī on Vigilance and Self-examination.

Al-Ghazali on the Remembrance of Death & the Afterlife (Translated by Timothy J. Winter)

Al-Ghazali on Death is the last chapter of the Revival of the Religious Sciences. After expound­ing his Sufi philosophy of death and showing the importance of the contemplation of human mortality to the mystical way of self-purification, Ghazali takes his readers through the stages of the future life: the vision of the Angels of the Grave, the Resurrection, the Intercession of the Prophet, and finally, the torments of Hell, the delights of Paradise and—for the elect— the beatific vision of God’s Countenance.

In this second edition, the Islamic Texts Society has included a translation of Imam Ghazali’s own Introduction to the Revival of the Religious Sciences which gives the reasons that caused him to write the work, the structure of the whole of the Revival and places each of the chapters in the context of the others.

This book is an excellent translation of a very important work … This translation and the series as a whole, are significant contributions to our understanding of this key figure in Islamic intellectual thought. Oliver Leaman (BRISMES Bulletin)

T.J. Winter is Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge

Some other books by Al-Ghazali (not part of the Revival of religious sciences) :

Al-Ghazali on the 99 Beautiful Names of God / Al-Maqṣad al-Asnā fī Sharḥ Asmā’ Allāh al-Ḥusnā ( Translated by D. Burrell & N. Daher )

In this work, Ghazali takes up the Prophet’s teaching that ‘Ninety-nine Beautiful Names’ are truly predicated of God. He explores the meaning and resonance of each of these divine names, and reveals the functions they perform both in the cosmos and in the soul of the spiritual adept.Although some of the book is rigorously analytical, the author never fails to attract the reader with his profound mystical and ethical insights.

This is a beautiful book which is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about God.

David Burrell is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, USA;

Nazih Daher is Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University.

Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple / Ayyuhā ’l-walad (Translated by Tobias Mayer)

An old disciple of Ghazali had studied the Islamic sciences, including the many works of his master, for most of his life. Faced with the proximity of death, he turns again to his master this time asking for a summary of all his teachings. Letter to a Disciple is Ghazali’s response. The emphasis in this short treatise is on religious and spiritual action and on putting into practice the knowledge that one has acquired. Letter to a Disciple can be con­sidered as the last testament of he who is regarded as Ḥujjat al-Islām, the ‘Proof of Islam.’ This new translation is presented here as a bilingual, English-Arabic, edition.

Tobias Mayer holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He was a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London, and is presently at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

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