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Muslim philosophy

Philosophy, from the Greek word philosophia literally meaning “love of wisdom”, is an essential part of every creed – theistic or atheistic. It gives the broader underpinnings of the belief which is important to properly understand the belief and ensure it’s everlasting continuity by applying it to later times and new situations.

Muslimphilosophy.com is a rich online resource having information about major Muslim philosophers from the advent of Islam in 7th century to the modern times. The source material of the website is from the Encyclopedia of Philosophy From the Routledge. The sheer diversity of philosophical is a unique feature of this project.

It has prominent Muslim philosophers like –

  • al Kindi (death 866 AD) , al Farabi (870-950) , Ibn Sina (Avicenna; 980 – 1037 ),  Al-Ghazali (1058-1111),  Ibn Rushd (Averroes; 1126-1198),  Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), Ibn Taymiyyah (1263-1328), Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406 AD), Mulla Sadra (1571-1640), Muhammad Iqbal (1877 -1938),etc. and
  • modern philosophers like Abdel-Rahman Badawi (1917- 2002), Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr (1935-1980), Syed Hossein Nasr (1933- ), etc.

Apart from Muslim philosophers the website has links to research journals and other resources related to the subject like Dictionary of Islamic Philosophical terms. The contribution to the online resource has been made by some of the most prominent scholars in the field. The resources are present in multiple languages like Arabic, English, French,etc.

Link to the website – http://www.muslimphilosophy.com/

Routledge is a multi-national academic publisher on various subjects. The editor of this encyclopedia is Oliver Leaman. He is the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (REP) Subject Editor for Arabic and Islamic Philosophy. He was Reader in Philosophy at Liverpool John Moores University and now at University of Kentucky, USA.

Some of his publications include :

  1. History of Islamic Philosophy, ed. S. H. Nasr & O. Leaman, Routledge, 1996
  2. Friendship East and West – Philosophical Perspectives, ed. O. Leaman, Curzon, 1996.
  3. History of Jewish Philosophy, ed. D. Frank & O. Leaman, Routledge, 1996.
  4. Moses Maimonides Curzon, 1997, 2nd Edition
  5. Averroes and his Philosophy  Curzon, 1997, 2nd Edition
  6. Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, ed. G. Howarth & O. Leaman, Routledge,2001
  7. Lost in Translation: Essays in Islamic and Jewish Philosophy, Sarajevo: buybook, 2004
  8. Islamic Aesthetics: An Introduction, Edinburgh University Press, Islamic Surveys Series, 2004. In the US published by University of Notre Dame Press.
  9. The Qur’an: An Encyclopedia, ed. O. Leaman, Routledge, 2006; paperback 2008
  10. Jewish Thought: an Introduction, London, Routledge, 2006

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Institutions

Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC), Amman, Jordan

Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an independent research institution affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The purpose of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is to serve Islam and humanity at large. Among its objectives are: promoting awareness of Islam and Islamic thought, rectifying unsound ideas and misconceptions about Islam, highlighting the Islamic intellectual contribution and its impact on human civilization, deepening the dialogue and fostering cooperation between the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, highlighting the achievements of Aal al-Bayt (Household of the Prophet) and their calling for middle ground, moderation and tolerance, fostering the encounter of Muslim scholars, the strengthening of their intellectual links and exchange of opinions, and cooperating with research centres, institutes, academic entities and universities in accordance with the objectives of the Institute

RISSC has a plethora of rich content related to Islam and many contemporary topics like terrorism, a modern ‘Islamic State’, environment,etc. Most of their publications are available free of cost for download on their website. It is a rich repository of information for all the people concerned about Islam.

Website : RISSC

Initiatives :

  • The Muslim 500 – a list of the world’s top 500 influential Muslims in the world.

Publications (English) : 

This is a treasure trove of information on Islam. All of them are available free for download.

  • Islam series – click here for download – Books in the series are : 
    • A Classical Primer on Tajwidtajwid is the discipline of proper recitation of the Quran which is governed by strict rules as followed by the Prophet to enhance the impact and melody of the recitation. It is an annotated translation of Sheikh Sulaymān al-Jamzūrī’s Tuḥfat al-Aṭfāl.
    • 40 Hadith on Sufism – by Sheikh Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami
    • 40 Hadith on Divine Mercy
    • Red Sulphur –  by ‘Abd Allah Ibn AbiBakr al-‘Aydarus
    • The Project of a Viable and Sustainable Modern Islamic State
    • War and Peace in Islam: The Uses and Abuses of Jihad – one of the best books on the subject.
    • Condemning Terrorism – statements of prominent Muslims denouncing terrorism.
    • The Quran and Combat – By Imam Mahmoud Muhammad Shaltut
    • Warfare in the Qur’an
    • Islam and Peace – by Dr Ibrahim Kalin
    • Jihad and the Islamic Law of War
    • On Invoking the Divine Name ‘Allah’
    • The Concept of Faith in Islam
    • Reason and Rationality in the Quran – by Dr Ibrahim Kalin included the Arabic and French version also.
    • True Islam – summary and description of the fatwa’s (legal rulings) and international Islamic consensus on the Amman Message up until 2007.
    • The Holy Quran and the Environment – discusses Islamic view on environment, relationship between man and environment, how human corruption leads to environment pollution and how human purification can help address the environmental crisis.
    • The Amman Message – historic initiative from the Muslim world to engage with others and promote the message of peace.

 

  • Interfaith series – click here for download – Books in the series are : 
    • A Common Word Between Us and You 5-Year Anniversary Edition
    • World Interfaith Harmony Week – this document summarises the key events leading up to the UN resolution as well as documenting some Letters of Support and Events held in honour of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2011.
    • Islam, Christianity and the Environment – Essays by: Dr.Ingrid Mattson, Dr.Murad Hoffman, Dr.Martin Arneth, Dr.Dietmar Mieth
    • Common Ground between Islam and Buddhism – by Reza Shah Kazemi. “This is an important and pioneering book, which seeks to find common ground between the teachings of Islam and of Buddhism. It is my hope that on the basis of this common ground, followers of each tradition may come to appreciate the spiritual truths their different paths entail, and from this develop a basis for respect for each others’ practice and beliefs.This may not have occurred very often before, because there has been so little opportunity for real understanding between these two great traditions.This book attempts to set that right … From a Buddhist point of view, the practice of Islam is evidently a spiritual path of salvation.” — His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    • Body Count – quantifies the human death toll of religious and political violence throughout the last two millennia and relates these to religio-cultural civilizations.

 

  • Jordan series – click here for download. It has a single book on ‘What Remains Behind – A Eulogy’.

 

  • Jerusalem series – click here for download – Books in the series are :
    • Why Should Muslims Visit Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa? – by Dr.Wasfi Kailani
    • On the Israeli Demand for Recognition of a ‘Jewish State’ – by Prof. Sari Nusseibeh
    • Keys to Jerusalem – brief overview of the history and religious significance of the Holy City of Jerusalem as a background to understanding the current legal and political status of the city.

 

  • The Great Commentaries of the Holy Quran Series click here for download – This has the translations of some of the most well respected and widely read commentaries (exegesis/tafsir) on the Holy Quran. The commentaries are :
    • Tafsir Al-Jalalayn
    • Tafsir Ibn Abbas
    • Al-Wahidi’s Asbab Al-Nuzul – information of when the different verses of the Quran were revealed i.e. the context of revelation.
    • Tafsir Al-Tustari
    • Tafsir al-Kashani
    • Abul-Qasim al-Qushayri’s Lataif al-Isharat
    • Rashid al-Din Maybudi’s Kashf al-Asrar

 

Address :  The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre
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Book Publisher : The Islamic Texts Society (ITS) – Part 2

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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 Thoughtare 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

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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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books

Reading list of Dr Joseph Lumbard

Joseph Lumbard
former Assistant Professor, Brandeis University
presently Scholar of Islamic Studies, American University in Sharjah 
co-author The Study Quran

(Compiled 2009)

Courtesy : Amman Message

Download in PDF format : Recommended books by Dr Joseph Lombard

 

Qur’an:

Izutsu, Toshihiko. Ethico-religious Concepts in the Qur’ān (Montreal: McGill-Queen’sUniv., 2007).

Perhaps the best academic study of the Qur’an in any European language. Advanced historical-linguistic analysis of the Qur’an. Can be very difficult, but well worth the effort.

Izutsu, Toshihiko. God and Man in the Koran: Semantics of the Koranic Weltanschauung (North Stratford: Ayer Company, 1998).

Similar to Ethico-Religious Concepts.

al-Khu’i, Al-Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Musawi. Prolegomena to the Qur’an (Oxford University Press, 1998).

Al-Khui revisits many critical and controversial topics connected with the collectionand ultimate canonization of the text that have received little attention in contemporary Muslim scholarship. For instance, he tackles what is probably the single most controversial subject in Qur’anic studies: the question of possible alterations to the Qur’an as maintained by some succeeding generations of compilers of the Qur’an. Al-Khui stresses the importance of understanding the historical setting in which the Qur’an was revealed. His arguments illuminate some of the substantial yet little-understood and appreciated issues that have been debated between the two principal segments of the Muslim community.

Mattson, Ingrid. The Story of the Qurʼan: Its History and Place in Muslim Life (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008).

The best introduction to the Qur’an for those who wish to know how Muslims read and interact with the Qur’an. A delicate balance of highly scholarly material and inviting anecdotes, bringing the Qur’an alive in ways only someone fully engaged with Islam and sensitive to twenty-first century realities can.

Rahman, Fazlur. Major Themes in the Quran (Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Book Trust, 1999).180 pgs.

A nice introduction to the basic themes of the Qur’an, divided into seven categories: God, Man as Individual, Man as Society, Nature, Prophethood and Revelation, Eschatology, Satan and Evil.

Sells, Michael. Approaching the Quran (White Cloud Press, 1999)

Nice translations with straightforward explanations that make the text more accessible than an independent translation. An excellent way to begin understanding the depth and complexity of the Qur’anic message. Includes a CD to provide an auditive approach.

Tabātabāʼī, Muhammad Husayn. The Qu’ran in Islam (Tehran: Islamic Propagation Organization, 1990).130 pgs—

A straightforward account of the central teachings of the Qur’an by one of the leading Muslim scholars of the 20th century. An excellent opportunity to see how an traditional scholar attempts to think with the Qur’an.

 

Qur’anic Commentary:

Ayoub, Mahmoud M. The Qur’an and its Interpreters, vol.1-2. (Albany: SUNY Publications, 1984).

The most accessible selection of translations from traditional Qur’anic commentaries. Good for an introduction but requires historical and intellectual contextualization. Gatje, Helmut.

The Qur’an and Its Exegesis (Oxford: Oneworld; 2Rev Ed edition, 1996).328pgs.

Saleh, Walid A. The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition: The Qur’an Commentary of al-Tha’labi, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003).

An introduction to the genre of classical tafsir and an in depth study of one of its major architects. Through a detailed study of al-Tha’labi’s al-Kashf and the history of its reception, Saleh demonstrates how the tradition of tafsir has developed and narrowed over time.

 

 Sirah—Biography of the Prophet:

Lings, Martin. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (Cambridge, Islamic Texts Society).

Thoroughly researched and grounded in the traditional sources, this is the definitive biography of the Prophet Muhammad in the modern period. Written in beautiful English with great sensitivity and attention to detail. A remarkable achievement.

Watt, William Montgomery. Muhammad at Mecca (Oxford: Clarendon, 1953).

Still one of the best treatments of the life of the Prophet. Unlike many biographies in the modern period, this usually allows the primary texts to speak for themselves and does not distort the texts through the over-application of modern academic theories.

Watt, William Montgomery. Muhammad at Medina (Oxford: Clarendon, 1956).

The continuation of Muhammad at Mecca, written with the same care and sensitivity.

 

Hadith:

Lucas, Scott. Constructive Critics, Hadith Scholars, and the Articulation of Sunni Islam (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004).

Demonstrating the central role of third/ninth century hadith scholars in the articulation of Sunni Islam, this book bases its findings largely upon the analysis of multiple biographical dictionaries. Part I establishes conceptual and historical frameworks for the study of Sunni hadith scholarship. Part II examines in detail the three foundational principles of Sunni Islam: 1) the collective probity of the sahaba, 2) the discipline of hadith-transmitter criticism, and 3) a historical vision of the authoritative channels by which hadith traversed the two centuries between the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the first major hadith books.

Motzki, Harald. The Origins of Islamic Jurisprudence: Meccan Fiqh Before the Classical Schools, (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002).343pgs.

Though ostensibly about early Islamic Law, this work presents the clearest outline of the development of skepticism towards the hadith among Western scholars and the inaccuracy of their hypothesis. Employing texts that were previously unavailable, Motzki demonstrates that many sayings of the Prophet Muhammad were in circulation by the end of the first century. This undercuts the theoretical basis for all skeptical approaches toward the development of the hadith and jurisprudence that have dominated academia over the last fifty years. It is a must read for every scholar of early Islam and anyone who wishes to understand the arguments regarding the authenticity of the hadith tradition.

Siddiqi, Muhammad Zubair. Hadith Literature: Its Origins, Development and Special Features (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1996).192pgs.

A concise introduction to the development of the hadith sciences and some of the basic terminology. A nice introduction, but should be supplemented by other materials.

 

Islamic History:

Hodgson, Marshal. The Venture of Islam, Volume 2: The Expansion of Islam in the Middle East (Chicago: Chicago University, 1977).618 pgs.

The most comprehensive history of the Islamic World in the Medieval Period. Deals with dynastic, culture and intellectual developments. Well written and extremely erudite, it is a reference used by all specialists in the field.

Hodgson, Marshal. The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times, (Chicago: Chicago University, 1977).476 pgs.

Continues the brilliant analysis of Volume 2. The most comprehensive history of the Islamic World in the pre-modern and modern periods. Well written and extremely erudite, it is a reference used by all specialists in the field.

Lapidus, Ira. A History of Islamic Societies (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2nd edition, 2002).1000 pgs.

Perhaps the most comprehensive single volume on Islamic history. Focuses upon the distinctive development of communal, religious and political institutions within the Islamic world. Covers the transformation of pre-Islamic Middle Eastern civilization, the diffusion of Islam to other regions, and the disruption of Muslim societies under European domination.

Saunders, John Joseph. A History of Medieval Islam (London: Routledge and K. Paul, 1972).

A simple, straightforward account of medieval Arab history into the Ottoman period. Excellent for one’s first exposure to the history of the region, but should be complemented by other materials.

 

Islamic Law:

On Legal History:

Coulson, Noel J. A History of Islamic Law (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2007).

A good introductory text in Islamic law. Covers most of the basics.

Dutton, Yasin. Origins of Islamic Law: The Qur’an, the Muwatta’ and Madinan Amal (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002).

If the Qur’an is the first written formulation of Islam in general, Imam Malik’s Muwatta’ is arguably the first written formulation of the Islam-in-practice’ that becomes Islamic law. This book considers the methods used by Malik in the Muwatta’ to derive the judgments of the law from the Qur’an and is thus concerned on one level with the finer details of Qur’anic interpretation. However, since any discussion of the Qur’an in this context must also include considerations of the other main source of Islamic law, namely the sunna, or normative practice, of the Prophet, this latter concept, especially its relationship to the terms of had the and ‘amal (praxis), also receives considerable attention, and in many respects, this book is more about the history and development of Islamic law than it is about the science of Qur’anic interpretation.

Hallaq, Wael. Origin and Evolution of Islamic Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2004).246 pgs.

A coherent narrative of the formation of Islamic jurisprudence that provides an overview of the organic development of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence from the Qur’an and sunna. Very good treatment of early period, but lacking in treatment of the later period.

Hallaq, Wael. A History of Islamic Legal Theories: An Introduction to Sunni usul al-fiqh (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1999).304 pgs.

A lucid, nuanced, and sophisticated study based on extensive reading in the sources. Traces the history of Islamic legal theory from its beginnings until the modern period, an essential tool for the understanding of Islamic legal theory in particular and Islamic law in general.

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

Demonstrates how education developed around mosques in the early Islamic period and then developed into madrasas focused upon Islamic law and the propagation of particular schools. Then examines how the rise of these colleges influenced the rise of the university in the Medieval Christian West. Among the most important studies of the intellectual exchange between Islam and the West.

Motzki, Harald. The Origins of Islamic Jurisprudence: Meccan Fiqh Before the Classical Schools, (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002).343pgs.

Though ostensibly about early Islamic Law, this work presents the clearest outline of the development of skepticism towards the hadith among Western scholars and the inaccuracy of their hypothesis. Employing texts that were previously unavailable, Motzki demonstrates that many sayings of the Prophet Muhammad were in circulation by the end of the first century. This undercuts the theoretical basis for all skeptical approaches toward the development of the hadith and jurisprudence that have dominated Western academia over the last fifty years. It is a must read for every scholar of early Islam and anyone who wishes to understand the arguments regarding the authenticity of the hadith tradition.

Stewart, Devin J. Islamic Legal Orthodoxy (University of Utah Press, 1998).280 pgs.

Demonstrates the manner in which Shi’ite fiqh developed in the context of Sunni legal debates. An invaluable contribution to our understanding of the early history of Islamic law.

On Legal Theory:

Kamali, Mohammad Hashim. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Islamic Texts Society, 3rd edition, 2005).550 pgs.

A good outline of the principles of Islamic jurisprudence and their application is specific fields. Pretty much the standard for Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh) in the English language. It explains most of the various methodological tools that are used in deriving law, often with examples. Requires concentration, but accessible to the undergraduate with proper guidance.

Rauf, Feisal Abdul. Islam a Sacred Law: What Every Muslim Should Know About Shariah, (Threshold Books, 1999).210 pgs.

Helps one understand the richness and complexity of Islamic legal traditions while also examining the underlying spirit of Islamic Law, not just its outward form. Includes examples of immediate dilemmas Muslims face in modern life, thus making it more accessible to the non-specialist.

Weiss, Bernard G. The Spirit of Islamic Law (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006). 211 pgs.

A detailed yet accessible summary of the basic issues of Islamic Law. Good summary of how legal theories were developed.

Also Recommended:

Kamali, Mohammad Hashim. Freedom of Expression in Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1997).340pgs.

Offers the only detailed presentation in English of freedom of expression from both the legal and moral perspectives of Islam. Attempts to examine both the evidence on freedom of expression in the sources of the Shari’ah and the limitations, whether moral, legal or theological, that Islam imposes on the valid exercise of this freedom.

 

Islamic Theology:

Jackson, Sherman. On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance on Islam (Oxford University, 2002).156 pgs.

The long introduction provides a good outline of some central debates in Islamic theology, particularly the tension between rationalists and traditionalists. But does not provide a full understanding of the comprehensive understanding from direct experience that al-Ghazali sees as the only path to true knowledge.

Martin, Richard C. and Mark Woodward with Dwi S. Atmaja. Defenders of Reason in Islam, Mu‘tazilism from Medieval School to Modern Symbol (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 1997).251 pgs.

A good introduction to the early development of Islamic theology with useful translations of primary texts and interesting comparisons to developments in the modern period.

Watt, Montgomery. An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy and Theology (Edinburgh:Edinburgh University).

A nice introduction, though somewhat outdated. Focuses more upon theology than philosophy. Provides a general outline of the main issues that divided Muslim thinkers and the schools of theology that arose therefrom.

Wolfson, Harry A. The Philosophy of the Kalam (Cambridge: Harvard University, 1976).

Still the best examination of the debates over the nature of the Quran in Islamic theology. But the book does enter in some very esoteric debates and is not a good introduction to Kalam.

 

 Islamic Philosophy:

Chittick, William. The Heart of Islamic Philosophy, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

The Introduction is perhaps the best summary of the real intentions behind Islamic philosophy, especially in the later period. A must read for anyone who is truly interested the subject.

Izutsu, Toshiko. The Fundamental Structure of Sabzawari’s Metaphysics, (Tehran: McGill University, 1972).

A tour de force. The introduction is still the best essay on Islamic philosophy in any European language. Provides an unparalleled exposition of the development of the philosophy of being (wujud), the key philosophical concept in all Islamic philosophy.

Leaman, Oliver. An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).253 pgs.

Perhaps the best general introduction to Islamic philosophy available, though not without mistakes, especially as regards later Islamic philosophy and some aspects of Ibn Sina’s ontology.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. The Islamic Intellectual Tradition in Persia (London: Curzon Press, 1997).

A collection of essays on Islamic philosophy written over the past forty years by one of the leading experts on Islamic philosophy who studied within the classical Islamic philosophical tradition. Though written originally as introductory essays, many of the essays have yet to be surpassed in modern scholarship.

Wisnovsky, Robert. Avicenna’s Metaphysics in Context (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003).320 pgs.

An in depth analysis of the development Avicenna’s treatment of both God and the soul. Demonstrates how Avicenna built upon previous thinkers, yet created an entirely new frame of reference, thus inaugurating a new philosophical tradition. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the early period of Islamic Philosophy.

Yazdi, Mehdi Ha’iri. The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy: Knowledge by Presence (Albany: SUNY Publications, 1992). 248 pgs.

A remarkable outline of developments in Islamic philosophy by one of the few people to have mastered both the Western and Islamic philosophical traditions. Explains the key concepts of Islamic epistemology and how knowledge by presence has played a crucial role its development over the centuries.

 

Essential Reference Works:

Corbin, Henry. History of Islamic Philosophy. trans. Liadain Sherrard (London: Kegan Paul, 1993).

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein and Oliver Leaman. History of Islamic Philosophy (London: Routledge, 1996).

The most comprehensive study of Islamic philosophy. Quite uneven. Some essaysare excellent, others are poorly researched and incomplete.

Sufism:

On Sufi Thought:

Burckhardt, Titus. An Introduction to Sufi Doctrine (Wellingborough, 1976).

A masterful exposition of the teachings of the School of Ibn al-Arabi. Should be read many times over by the serious student of Islamic thought.

Chittick, William C. The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn Al-Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination (Albany: State University of New York, 1989).

The most comprehensive examination of Ibn al-Arabi’s teachings available in any European language. The introduction is a beautiful synopsis of Ibn al-Arabi’s worldview.

Chodkiewicz, Michel. The Seal of the Saints: Prophethood and Sainthood in the Doctrine of Ibn al-‘Arabi (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1993).

A detailed and concise examination of Ibn al-Arabi’s understanding of prophecy and sainthood. Though limited to one specific area, this is perhaps the best book on Ibn al-‘Arabi in any European language.

Lings, Martin. What is Sufism (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, New Edition, 1999).134 pgs.

The most eloquent introduction to Sufism in any European language, but some of the discussions assume knowledge of certain aspects of Sufism.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Sufi Essays (London: Allen and Unwin, 1972).

An enduring collection of essays that presents many important aspects of Sufism which have yet to be explored in full by modern scholarship.

 

On Sufi History and Practice:

Ernst, Carl. The Shambala Guide to Sufism (Boston: Shambala, 1997).

A very accessible account of the main teachings of Sufism, the relation of Sufism to other aspects of Islam and the place of Sufism within Islamic civilization.

Karamustafa, Ahmet T. Sufism: The Formative Period (University of California, 2007).256 pgs.

An accessible account of the development of early Sufism, with a real taste for its inner meaning. This is the book I will use for course on Sufism.

Knysh, Alexander. Sufism, A Brief History (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004).

A Nice outline of the early historical development of Sufi ideas, but somewhat dry in presentation. Never really gets to the heart of the matter

Lings, Martin. A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad Al-ʻAlawī; His Spiritual Heritage and Legacy (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1993).

A moving account of the life and teachings Shaykh al-Alawi. Shows Sufism in action,not merely in theory.

Schimmel, Annemarie. Sufism: The Mystical Dimension of Islam (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina).

The classic resource for the development of early Sufism by one of the most influential scholars in the field. The presentation of later Sufism and the school of Ibn al-Arabi is, however, lacking.

Trimingham, J. Spencer. The Sufi Orders in Islam (New York: Oxford, 1998).333pgs.

 

Shi’ism:

Amir-Moezzi, M. Ali. The Divine Guide in Early Shi’ism, (Albany, SUNY, 1994).

An excellent discussion of the full meaning of the imamate as a spiritual, not just a political, reality, with a heavy emphasis on metaphysical and mystical ideas within Shi`ism. The sheer breadth of the sources employed makes this a truly exceptional work.

Modaressi, Hossein. Crisis and Consolidation in the Formative Period of Shi’ite Islam: Abū Ja’far Ibn Qiba Al-Rāzī and His Contribution to Imāmite Shī’ite Thought (Princeton: Darwin, 1993).

An excellent study of the Imamate as it develops over time, especially from the period of Ja`far al-Sadiq through the disappearance of the Twelfth Imam, and the political and theological issues involved in establishing the doctrine of the ghaybah (Incultation) of the Twelfth Imam. Provides edited and translated texts of theological and polemical debates between the Twelver thinkers trying to establish the soundness of the ghaybah doctrine, and their Zaydi and Sunni detractors.

Newman, Andrew. The Formative Period of Twelver Shi`ism (Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 2000).

The best available study of Shi`ite hadith literature and the way in which it reflects tensions between different centers of Shi`ite thought in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Sobhani, Ja`far. Doctrines of Shi`i Islam: A Compendium of Imami Beliefs and Practices. trans. Reza Shah Kazemi (London: I.B. Tauris/Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2001). A nice overview of fundamental Shi`ite beliefs from a prominent contemporary Shi’ite scholar, with good sections on the more interesting dimensions, such as taqiyyah and bada.

Tabatabai, Allamah Hossein. Shi’ite Islam (Albany: SUNY, 1977).

Watt, Montgomery. The Formative Period of Islamic Thought (Oxford: Oneworld, 1998).

Has some good sections for an introduction to Shi’ite thought and its relationship toother branches of Islam, but should be used in conjunction with other works on Shi’ism.

 

Islamic Art and Architecture:

Burckhardt, Titus. The Art of Islam: Language and Meaning (London: World of Islam Festival Publ. Co., 1976).

An amazing book with excellent pictures and penetrating insight.

Burckhard, Titus. Sacred art East and West (Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2001).

An incredible exposition of the unifying principles underlying all forms of religious art.

Al-Faruqi, Lois Lamya. Islam and Art (Islamabad: National Hijra Council, 1405 /1985).

Gonzalez, Valérie. Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture(London: I.B. Tauris, 2001).

Grabar, Oleg. The Formation of Islamic Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987).

Revised and enlarged edition.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Islamic Art and Spirituality (Albany, NY: State University of New York, 1987).

A beautiful collection of essays on calligraphy, poetry and architecture in the Islamic world.

 

Islam and the West/Islam in the Modern World:

Bulliet, Richard. The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (New York: Columbia University, 2006).

Offers insights that are desperately needed in the current environment.

Daniel, Norman. Islam and the West: The Making of an Image (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 1993).

An excellent study of the relations between Islam and the West for over one thousand years. A must read for any serious student of the subject.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Islam and the Plight of Modern Man (Chicago: Kazi, 2002).

Perhaps S. H. Nasr’s most important book, contains both historical examinations and philosophical essays. An excellent book for contextualizing current misunderstandings between Islam and the West.

Voll, John. Islam Continuity and Change in the Modern World, 2nd Edition (Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1994).

 

Islamic Fundamentalism:

Algar, Hamid. Wahhabism, a Critical Essay. (Oneonta, NY: Islamic Publications International, 2002).

A concise account of the history and teachings of Wahhabi Islam, arguing that this sect is a complete historical aberration.

El Fadl, Khaled M. Abou. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005).320 pgs.

Argues that the extremist sects of Islam, mainly Wahhabism, blatantly defy the true values of Islam. Clarifies that Wahhabism was once an unpopular, fringe, cult like movement, which only grew through a chance partnership with the Saudi Arabian ruling family and the discovery of oil that created an unprecedented infusion of petro-dollars into the fledgling, conservative belief system.

Lumbard, Joseph. Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars (Bloomington, Ind.: World Wisdom, 2004).326 pgs.

A collection of essays covering the Religious, Historical and Political dimensions of fundamentalist interpretations of Islam by Muslim authors from many different ethnic backgrounds.

Oliveti, Vincenzo. Terror’s Source: The Ideology of Wahhabi Salafism and its Consequences, Vincenzo Oliveti (UK: Amadeus Press, 2002).

A concise account of the aberrations from which modern fundamentalism arises.

 

Islam and Other Religions:

Parrinder, Geoffrey. Jesus in the Quran, Geoffrey Parrinder (Oxford: One World, 1995).

A well-researched book with excellent insights into the underlying relationship between Islam and Christianity.

Shah-Kazemi, Reza. The Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur’ån and Interfaith Dialogue (London: Islamic Texts Society, 2006).

Examines verses of the Quran that discuss other religions in light of the Sufi principles of Quranic interpretation. An incredible achievement that should change the view of way the Quran presents other religions for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

 

 

 

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Reading list of Timothy Winter/Abdul Hakim Murad

Timothy Winter
Sheikh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies
University of Cambridge

(Compiled 2009)

Courtesy : Amman Message

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Beginners:

Abdel, Haleem M. A., trans. The Qurʼan (New York: Oxford UP, 2005).

Du Pasquier, Roger. Unveiling Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1990).

Emre, Yunus. The City of the Heart: Yunus Emre’s Verses of Wisdom and Love. trans. Süha Faiz (Shaftesbury, Dorset: Element, 1992).

al-Haddad, Abdullah. The Book of Assistance (London: Quilliam Press, 1989).

Hammad, Ahmad Zaki. Lasting Prayers of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (Bridgeview, IL: Quranic Literacy Institute, 1996).

Hofmann, Murad Wilfried. Islam: the alternative (Reading: Garnet, 1993).

Ibrahim, Izzedien and Denys Johnson-Davies. trans. Forty Hadith (Beirut, 1983).

Khan, Maulana Wahiduddin. Islam and Peace (New Delhi: Goodword, 1999).

Lawrence, Bruce. The Qur’an: a biography (New York, 2007).

Lings, Martin. Muhammad: his biography based on the earliest sources (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1986).

Maqsood, Ruqaiyyah Waris. The Muslim Marriage Guide (London: Quilliam, 1995).

Masri, Al-Hafiz Basheer Ahmad. Animal Welfare in Islam (3rd ed. Leicester: Islamic Foundation, 2007).

Murad, Abdal Hakim. Muslim Songs of the British Isles, Arranged for Schools (London: Quilliam Press, 2005).

al-Nawawī, Yaḥyā Ibn-Šaraf. Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi’s Manual of Islam. trans. Noah Keller (Evanston: Sunna Books, 1994).

English translation and appendices by Sheikh Noah Ha Mim Keller.

Schleifer, Aliah. Mary the Blessed Virgin of Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1998).

Shalabi, Abdul Wadod. Islam Religion of Life (London: Quilliam Press, 1990).

Stockton, Peter. Transcending Jerusalem (Stockton, 2008). (Web.http://www.transcendingjerusalem.com)

Tawfiq, Idris. Gardens of Delight: A Simple Introduction to Islam (London: Stacey International, 2007).

Winter, Tim, and John A. Williams. Understanding Islam and the Muslims: The Muslim Family and Islam and World Peace. (Louiville KY: Fons Vitae, 2002).

Wolfe, Michael. The Hadj: an American’s pilgrimage to Mecca (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993).

Wolfe, Michael, ed. Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim their Faith (New York: Rodale, 2002).

Yusuf, Hamza. The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi (Hayward CA: Zaytuna, 2007).

 

Intermediate

Akhtar, Shabbir. A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the challenge of the modern world (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1990).

al-Akiti, Shaykh Muhammad Afifi. Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians (U.K.: Aqsa Press, and Germany: Warda Publications, 2005).

Asad, Muhammad. The Message of the Quran (new edition, London: The Book Foundation, 2008).

Ayub, Muhammad. Understanding Islamic Finance (New York: Wiley, 2008).

Burckhardt, Titus. Art of Islam: language and meaning. Commemorative edition (Bloomington: World Wisdom, 2009).

Esposito, John and Mogahed, Dalia. Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York: Gallup Press, 2007).

Hallaq, Wael B. Islamic Legal Theories: an introduction to Sunni usul al-fiqh. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

al-Hanbali, Ibn Rajab. The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom (London: Turath Publishing, 1428/2007).

Helminski, Camille Adams. Women of Sufism: a Hidden Treasure (Boston: Shambala, 2003).

Izetbegovic, Alija. Islam between East and West (Indianapolis: American Trust Publications, 1984).

al-Jawziyya, Ibn Qayyim. The Invocation of God: al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al- Tayyib. Tr. Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald and Moulay Youssef Slitine(Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2000).

Kamali, Mohammed Hashim. The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2002).

Legenhausen, Muhammad Islam and Religious Pluralism (London: Al-Hoda, 1999).

Lumbard, Joseph E.B. ed. Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition (Bloomington IN: World Wisdom, 2004).

Mahmutcehagic, Rusmir. The Mosque: the heart of submission (Fordham: Fordham University Press, 2007).

Momen, M An Introduction to Shii Islam (London: George Ronald, 1999).

Roald, Anne Sofie. Women in Islam: the Western experience (London: Routledge, 2001).

Sheikh, Aziz and Gatrad, Abdul Rashid. eds. Caring for Muslim Patients. Second edition (Abingdon: Radcliffe, 2008).

Siddiqi, Muhammad Zubayr. Hadith Literature: its origin, development and special features (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1993).

Tura, M. Nusret. The Path of Love (Istanbul: Insan, 2008).

Winter, Timothy. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Yaran, Cafer S. Understanding Islam (Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2007).

Advanced

Açar, Halil Rahman. Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? (Istanbul: Insan, 2008).

Açıkgenç, Alparslan. Being and Existence in Sadra and Heidegger (Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC, 1993).

Akhtar, Shabbir. The Quran and the Secular Mind: A Philosophy of Islam (London: Routledge, 2007).

Bakar, Osman. Classification of Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1998)

Hacinebioglu, Ismail Latif. Does God Exist? Logical foundations of the cosmological argument (Istanbul: Insan, 2008).

Iskenderoglu, Muammer. Fakhr al-Din al-Razi and Thomas Aquinas on the Question of the Eternity of the World (Leiden: E.J.W. Brill, 2002).

Jackson, Sherman A. On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Kamali, Muhammad Hashim. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1997).

Koshul, Basit Bilal and Kepnes, Steven, eds. Scripture, Reason and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter: Studying the ‘Other’, Understanding the ‘Self’ (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

al-Misri, Ibn Naqib. Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law. Trans. Nuh Keller (Beltsville: Amana, 1993).

Murad, Abdal Hakim. Bombing without Moonlight: the Origins of Suicidal Terrorism (Bristol: Amal Press, 2008).

Murata, Sachiko. The Tao of Islam: a sourcebook on gender relationships in Islamic thought (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992).

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein and Leaman, Oliver, eds. History of Islamic Philosophy (New edition. London: Routledge, 2001).

al-Said, Labib. The Recited Koran: a history of the first recorded version (Princeton: Darwin Press, 1975).

Sentürk, Recep. Narrative Social Structure: Anatomy of the Hadith Transmission Network 610-1505 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005).

al-Shafi’i. Al-Shafi’i’s Risala: Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence, tr. Majid Khadduri (Repr. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1987).

Shihadeh, Ayman, ed. Sufism and Theology (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007).

Shihadeh, Ayman. The Teleological Ethics of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (Leiden: E.J.W. Brill, 2006).

Yazdi, Mehdi Ha’iri. The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy (Albany NY: State University of New York Press, 1992).

 

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Reading list of Sheikh Ali Goma’a

Sheikh Ali Goma’a
former Grand Mufti of Egypt

(Compiled 2009)

Courtesy : Amman Message

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Book List :

Abd, Al-Aṭi Ḥammudah. The Family Structure in Islam (American Trust Publications, 1977).

Abdul, Rauf Feisal. Islam, a Sacred Law: What Every Muslim Should Know about the Shariʼah (Kuala Lumpur: Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia, 2002).

Abu-Hamdiyyah, Mohammad. The Qur’an: an Introduction (London: Routledge, 2000).

Adamson, Peter, and Al-Kindi. Al-Kindi (Oxford: Oxford Univ., 2007).

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Peters, Francis E., and John L. Esposito. The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006)

Philosophy of Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Library of Living Philosophers Series) (Lasalle: Open Court Publishing Company, 2000).

Qaraḍawi, Yusuf. Approaching the Sunnah: Comprehension & Controversy (London: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2007).

Quinn, Frederick. The Sum of All Heresies the Image of Islam in Western Thought (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008).

Qutb, Sayyid, John B. Hardie, and Hamid Algar. Social Justice in Islam (Oneonta: Islamic Publications International, 2000).

Rahim, Abdur, and Abdur Rahim. The Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence According to the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafiʻi and Hanbali Schools (New Delhi: Kitab Bhavan, 1994).

Ramadan, Tarik. Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. (New York: Oxford UP, 2005).

Ramadan, Tariq. Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity (Markfield: Islamic Foundation, 2004).

Reynolds, Gabriel Said. The Qurʼan in Its Historical Context (London: Routledge, 2008).

Rippin, Andew. Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (Blackwell, 2006).

Rippin, Andrew. Muslims Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (London: Routledge, 2006).

Rosenthal, Franz, Emile Marmorstein, and Jenny Marmorstein. The Classical Heritage in Islam (Berkeley: University of California, 1975).

Ruthven, Malise, and Azim Nanji. Historical Atlas of the Islamic World. (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004).

Saeed, Abdullah. Interpreting the Qurʼan: towards a Contemporary Approach (Abingdon: Routledge, 2006).

Saeed, Abdullah. The Qurʼan: an Introduction (London: Routhledge, 2008).

Safi, Omid. The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam: Negotiating Ideology and Religious Inquiry (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2006).

Sajoo, Amyn B. Muslim Ethics: Emerging Vistas (London: I. B. Tauris, 2009).

Sanasarian, Eliz. Religious Minorities in Iran (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000).

Sardar, Ziauddin. The Future of Muslim Civilization (Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia: Pelanduk Publications, 1988).

Scarfe, Beckett Katharine. Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of the Islamic World. (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003).

Schuon, Frithjof. Sufism: Veil and Quintessence A New Translation with Selected Letters (The Writings of Frithjof Schuon) (Bloomington: World Wisdom, 2007).

Sedgwick, Mark J. Islam & Muslims: a Guide to Diverse Experience in a Modern World (Boston: Nicholas Brealey, 2006).

As-Sibaa’ie, Dr Mustafa. The Life of Prophet Muhammad—Highlights and lessons. trans. Nasiruddin al-Khattab (International Islamic Publishing House 2003 , English Edition 2004.

Siddiqi, Mohammad Ahmadullah. Islam: a Contemporary Perspective (Chicago: NAAMPS Publications, 1994).

Siddiqi, Muhammad Yasin Mazhar. The Prophet Muhammad: A Role Model for Muslim Minorities (Markfield: Islamic Foundation, 2006).

Siddiqui, Ataullah. Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Twentieth Century (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2002).

SJ, Ovey Mohammed. Muslim-Christian Relations (Obris, 2002).

Smith, Wolfgang. The Quantum Enigma: Finding the Hidden Key 3rd edition. 3 ed (Brussels: Sophia Perennis, 2005).

Stepaniants, Marietta T.. Sufi Wisdom (Suny Series in Islam) (Albany: State University Of New York Press, 1994).

Sullivan, Lawrence Eugene. Enchanting Powers: Music in the World’s Religions.

Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by Harvard UP for the Harvard University Center forthe Study of World Religions, 1997.

Waly, Muhammad Isa. The Signs Before the Day of Judgement.

Williams, Rowan and Seyyed Hossein Nasr, HH Pope Benedict XVI. Sophia; A Common Word between Us and You (Oakton: Foundation for Traditional Studies, 2008).

Sophia Volume 14, No. 1 by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, HRH Prince of Wales, and Wolfgang Smith.

Winter, T. J., and John A. Williams. Understanding Islam and the Muslims: Expanded to Include The Muslim Family and Islam and World Peace (Louisville, Ky.: Fons Vitae, 2002).

Yahya, Harun. An Index to The Qur’an (Idara Isha’at-e-Diniyat, 2007).

Yeomans, Richard. The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo (Reading, UK: Garnet, 2006).

Zein, M. Faruk. Christianity, Islam and Orientalism (London: Saqi, 2003).

 

 

 

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books

Reading list of Professor Seyyed Hossien Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr
University Professor of Islamic Studies
George Washington University

(Compiled 2009)

Courtesy : Amman Message

Download in PDF format : Recommended books by Prof Seyyed Hossien Nasr

High School through College:

Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A Short History (Modern Library, 2002).

Chttick, W. and Murata, S. The Vision of Islam (Paragon House Publishers, 1995).

Danner, Victor. The Islamic Tradition: An Introduction (Sophia Perennis, 2005).

Eaton, Charles L.G. Islam and the Destiny of Man (SUNY Press, 1986).

Esin, E. Mecca the Blessed, Medinah the Radiant (Paul Elek, 1963).

Lings, Martin. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (Inner Traditions, 2006).

Michon, Jean-Lois. Introductions to Traditional Islam: Foundations, Art and Spirituality (World Wisdom, 2008).

Nasr, S.H. A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World (Kazi Publications, 1994).

Nasr, S.H. Ideals and Realities of Islam (Kazi Publications, 2000).

Nasr, S.H. Islam: Religion, History and Civilization (HarperOne, 2002).

Nasr, S.H. and Normachi, A.K. Mecca the Blessed, Medinah the Radiant: The Holiest Cities of Islam (Aperture, 1997).

Padwick, Constance. Muslim Devotions: A Study of Prayer Manuals in Common Use (One World Publications, 1996).

College through MA:

Ahmed, Nazeer. Islam in Global History: From the Death of the Prophet Muhammad to the First World War (American Institute of Islamic History, 2001).

Crow, Karim. Facing One Qiblah: Legal and Doctrinal Aspects of Sunni and Shiah Muslims (Ibex, 2005).

Daniel, Norman. Islam and the West: The Making of an Image (Oneworld Publications, 2009).

Iqbal, Muzaffar. Islam, Science, Muslims and Technology: Seyyed Hossein Nasr in Coversation with Muzaffar Iqbal.

Kamali, M.H. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Islamic Texts Society, 2005).

Kazemi, Reza Shah. The Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur’an and Interfaith Dialogue (Islamic Texts Society. 1999).

Murata, S. The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought (SUNY Press, 1992).

Nasr, S.H. The Heart of Islam: Endearing Values for Humanity (HarperOne, 2004).

Nasr, S.H. Islamic Art and Spirituality (SUNY Press, 1987).

Nasr, S.H. Ed. Islamic Spirituality: Foundations (Crossroads Publishing Co., 1991).

Schuon, Frithjof. Understanding Islam (World Wisdom, 1998).

Siddiqi, M.Z. Hadith Literature: Its Origin, Development and Special Features (Islamic Texts Society, 1996).

Ph.D. and Post Graduate:

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

Buckhardt, Titus. The Art of Islam: Language and Meaning (World Wisdom, 2009).

Chittick, William. The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal al-Din al-Kashani (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Dakake, Maria. The Charismatic Community: Shi’ite identity in Early Islam (SUNY Press, 2008).

Jackson, Sherman. On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance on Islam (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Hallaq, Wael. Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Keller, Nuh Ha Mim. Reliance of the Traveller: The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Umdat al-Salik (Amana Publications, 1997).

Madelung, Wilferd. The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Moezzi, M.A. Amir and Streight, David. The Divine Guide in Early Shi’ism: The Sources ofEsotericism in Islam (SUNY Press, 1994).

Mohammad, Kamali. Freedom of Expression in Islam (Islamic Texts Society, 1997).

Nasr, S.H., Islam and the Plight of Modern Man, (Kazi Publications, 2001).

Schuon, Frithjof. Christianity/Islam: Perspectives on Esoteric Ecumenism (World Wisdom, 2008).

Schuon, Frithjof. Sufism: Veil and Quintessence (World Wisdom, 2007).

 

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Scholars

Shabbir Ally

Dr Shabbir Ally (Ali) holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature. He also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Quranic Exegesis. He is the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto where he functions as Imam. He travels internationally to represent Islam in public lectures and interfaith dialogues.

shabbir ally

He takes part in debates with Christians, gives dawah, lectures and book reviews on various issues related with Islam.

WebsiteShabbir Ally

YouTube : Quran Speaks

Shabbir Ali debates

Podcasts : listen here

InitiativesIslamic Information & Dawah Centre International

Quran translation recommended by Shabbir Ally (can be downloaded for free) : Wahiduddin Khan

Some articles : 

  1. Problems with Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (link)
  2. This helpful guide by Dr. Shabir Ally helps the reader understand the history, context, and significance of the Quran. As well, readers are introduced to the major themes found in the Quran. (link)
  3. Mathematical miracles in Quran (link)

Other resources : link

Videos :






Institutions

Zaytuna college, Berkley, California

Zaytuna college is the first Muslim liberal arts college in North America co-founded by Hamza Yusuf Hanson , Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian.It is located in Berkley, California, USA.

WebsiteZaytuna college

YouTubeZaytuna College

Free Resources by Zaytuna college : Seek knowledge

Recommended booklist of Zaytuna curriculum Zaytuna curriculum

(browse through the bookstore website to get an idea of various books to be studied on various topics – arranged in a thematic fashion.)

Select video :

Theological refutation of ISIS

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