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Recommended Books on Islam

by Sheila Musaji

The books listed here are books that we recommend.  This list began with the publication of The American Muslim Resource Directory in 1994.  At that time we asked 35 people to submit information about the books about Islam that they would most highly recommend.  This list was published in the directory with the initials of those who had recommended the book listed after the entry, and with the books that had received the most recommendations noted.  This new list began with that original list and has expanded over the years.

This list will be regularly updated.  Most of these books can be found in our book section listed alphabetically and available to order from Amazon.com.  If you plan to order through Amazon we would appreciate your clicking on the Amazon links here as that will help us Insh’Allah earn enough to pay the expenses of maintaining this website.  If you have recommendations, please send them along.

(The individuals who began this list were:  Mona Abul-Fadl, Carole Ahmed, Amir Ali, Khadija Asad, Steven Barboza, Zahra Buttar, Vincent Cornell, Robert D. Crane, Jamal Elias, Alan Godlas, Suzanne Haneef, Kabir Helminski, Gray Henry, Robert Hurd, Muminah Kowalski, Maulana Syed Jalali, Jeffrey Lang, Sheila Mmusaji, Akram Safadi, Yahya Monastra, Daniel Abd al-Hayy Moore, Aminah McCloud, Gred Noakes, Akram Safadi, Ahmad Sakr, Imam Alauddn Shabazz, Shemim Siddiqui, Benyameed VonHattum, Abu Munir Winkel, Michael Wolfe, Mohamed Zakariya)

ARABIC

A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language, J.A. Heywood & H.M. Nahmad
Al-Faraid Arabic-English Dictionary, J.G. Hava
Arabic English Dictionary, Hans Wehr (translates from Arabic to English)
Arabic English Lexicon, E.W. Lane
Arabic for English Speaking Sudents, Muhammad Abdul-Rauf
Arabic Language: Its Role in History, Anwar Chejne
Arabic Made Easy, Abul Hashim
Arabic Through the Qur’an, Alan Jones
Al Mawrid, Munir Ba’labakki (translates from English to Arabic)
Introduction to Classical and Koranic Arabic, Wheeler Thackston


ARTS – CALLIGRAPHY, POETRY, LITERATURE
Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design, J. Bourgoin
Arabic Islamic Cities: Building and Planning Principles, Besim Selim Hakim
Architecture of the Islamic World, Grube, Dickey, Grabar & Sims
Art and Architecture of Islam, Blair & Bloom
Art of Islam, Language and Meaning, Titus Burckhardt
Art of the Islamic Garden, Emma Clark
Awake As Never Before, Daniel Abd al-Hayy Moore
Beyond a thousand and one Nights: A Sampler of Literature From Muslim Civilization, C.I.E., Susan Douglass
Calligraphy of Islam, Mohamed Zakariya
Calligraphy in the Arts of the Muslim World, Anthony Welch
Chronicles of Akhira, Abd al-Hayy Moore
Contemporary Art From the Islamic World, Wijdan Ali
Desert Is the Only Way Out, Abd al-Hayy Moore
The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems, byKabir Helminski
Islamic Architecture, Robert Hillenbrand
Islamic Art and Architecture, Thomas Arnold
Islamic Art and Spirituality, Seyyed H. Nasr
Islamic Patterns, I. Critchlow
Laughing Buddha, Weeping Sufi, Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore
Modern Arabic Poetry: an Anthology, ed. Salma K. Juyusil
Modern Poetry of the Arab World, tr. Abdullah al-Udhari
The Mosque: History, Architectural Development & Regional Diversity, Martin Frishman
Pashtun Tales, Aisha Ahmed, Roger Boase
Poems from Iqbal (Allama Muhammad Iqbal) 
Poems of Arab Andalusia, Cola Franzen
Poems of Iqbal, Muhammad Iqbal
Qur’anic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination, Martin Lings
Ramadan Sonnets, Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore
Rumi, Shems Friedlander
Rumi Collection, tr. Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Daylight, tr. Kabir & Camille Helminski
Rumi: Essential Rumi, Kabir Helminski
Rumi: All the Kings Falcons, John Renard
Rumi: the hidden treasure, Shems Friedlander
Rumi’s World, Annemarie Schimmel
Sacred Art of the East and West, Titus Burckhardt
Sacred Trusts, Hilmi Aydn
Salt Prayers, Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore
Sense of Unity: the Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture, Nader Ardalan & laleh Bakhtiar
Signs of the Unseen: Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi, tr. W.M. Thackston
The Soul of Rumi, Coleman Barks
Splendours of Qur’an Calligraphy and Illumination, Martin Lings
Story of Layla & Majnun, Nizami
Sufi Poems, Martin Lings
Tulip in the Desert, Muhammad Iqbal, tr. Mustansir Mir


BIOGRAPHIES – PERSONAL JOURNEYS
A Border Passage: From Cairo to America, Leila Ahmed
Adhan Over Anatolia, Marian Kazi
American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America, Richard Wormser
American Jihad, Steven Barboza
As the Light Shineth From the East, W. D. Muhammad
Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley
Avicenna, Tony Street
Believing As ourselves, J. Lynn Jones
Biography of Abdullah Yusuf Ali
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson 
Daughters of Another Path, Carole Anway
Even Angels Dare to Ask, Jeffrey Lang
Finding Fran, Lois Banner
Focus on Al-Islam: A series of interviews with Imam W. Deen Mohammad
Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, Mohja Kahf 
Helen of Tus, Laleh Bakhtiar
Ibn Arabi: The Voyage of No Return, Claude Addas
Islam, Our Choice, ed. Debra Dirks
Losing My Religion, Jeffrey Lang
Makers of Contemporary Islam, John L. Esposito, John Voll 
Me and Rumi: the Autobiography of Shams i Tabrisi, tr. William Chittick
Mulla Sadra: Philosopher of the Mystics, Sajjad Rizvi & Seyed Safavi
Non-Violent Soldier of Islam – Badshah Khan, Easwaran
Makers of Contemporary Islam, John Esposito
Mulla Sadra, Rizvi & Safavi
Notable Muslims: Profiles of Muslim Builders of the World Civilization and Culture by Natana Delong Bas 
Revolution By the Book, Imam Jamil Al-Amin
Road to Mecca, Muhammad Asad
Saladin: Sultan and Uniter of Islam, Lane-Poole
Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam (Plus) by Asra Nomani 
Sufi Sage of Arabia, Mostafa al-Badawi
Windows of Faith: Muslim Women Scholar Activists in North America, Gisella Webb
Writing on the Water, Muhyi Shakoor


BIOGRAPHIES OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD
And Muhammad Is His Messenger, Annemarie Schimmel

[url=In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, Tariq
Ramadan
In the Footsteps of Muhammad, John
Renard 
Life of Muhammad, M.H. Haykal
Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters, Omid Safi 
Muhammad, His Life Based on the
Earliest Sources, Martin Lings

Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet,
Karen Armstrong

Muhammad: Man of God, Seyyed Hossein
Nasr

Seven Phases of Prophet Muhammad’s
Life
, Javeed Akhter
War and Peace in the Life of the Prophet Muhammad, Zakaria Bashier

ECONOMICS
Economic Concepts of Ibn Taymiyyah, A.A.
Islahi
Islamic Banking and Interest: A Study of the Prohibition of Riba and Its
Contemporary Interpretation, Saeed, Abdullah
Islamic Economics: Theory and
Practice
, M.A. Mannan
Islamic Finance in the Global Economy, Warde, Ibrahim
Partnership and Profit-Sharing in
Islamic Law
, M. Siddiqui
Unlawful Gain & legitimate Profit
in Islamic Law
, Nabil Saleh

EDUCATION

Concept of an Islamic University, H.H.
Bilgrami & S.A. Ashraf
Crisis in Muslim Education, S.A.
Ashraf, S.S. Husain
Rise of Colleges: Institutions of
Learning in Islam & the West
, George Makdisi


ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGY
Animals in Islam, Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri
Animals Lawsuit Against Humanity,
Ikhwan al-Safa

The Book of Nature: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Perspectives on Nature and the
Environment (The Education Project series) by Camille Helminski 
Environmental Dimension of Islam,
Mawil Izzi Dien

Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet by Ibrahim
Abdul-Matin and Keith Ellison
Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust,
Richard Foltz
Man and Nature: the Spiritual Crisis
of Modern Man
, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Religion and the Order of Nature,
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Water: Its Spiritual Significance, Edited by Gray Henry-Blakemore & Elena
Lloyd-Sidle
Water Management in Islam (Water Resources Management and Policy Series) by
Naser Faruqui, Asit K. Biswas and Murad Bino

ETHICS
Ethical Theories in Islam, Majid
Fakhry
Ethics of Al-Ghazali, M.A.
Quasem
Ibn Taymiyyah’s Ethics,
Victor Maar
In Pursuit of Virtue: the Moral
Theology & Psychology of Ibn Hasm
, tr. Muhammad Abu Layla
Islamic Conception of Justice, M.
khadduri
Muslim Character,
Muhammad al-Ghazali


GENDER & WOMEN’S STUDIES
American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah
(Religion, Race, and Ethnicity) by Jamillah Ashira Karim 
Believing Women in Islam: Unreading
Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an, Asma Barlas

Beyond the Veil,
Fatima Mernissi
Encyclopedia of Muhammad’s Women Companions by Muhammad Hisham Kabbani and
Laleh Bakhtiar 
Gendering the Spirit, Durre Ahmed
The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, Mohja Kahf
Inside the gender jihad: women’s reform in Islam, Amina Wadud
Islam, Women, and the Challenges of Today, Farzana Hassan 
Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak, ed. Saleemah
Abdul-Ghafur 
My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam by Annemarie Schimmel 
One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe by Beverly B. Mack and Jean
Boyd 
Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Texts From A Woman’s Perspective, Amina
Wadud Muhsin
Rights of Women in Islam by Asgharali Engineer 
Tao of Islam,
Sachiko Murata
The Forgotten Queens of Islam, by Fatima Mernissi, Mary Jo Lakeland 
Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today by Yvonne
Yazbeck Haddad, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore
My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam by Annemarie Schimmel 
One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe by Beverly B. Mack and Jean
Boyd 
Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender and Pluralism,Omid Safi
Qur’an and Women, Dr. Amina Wadud
Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil: Challenging Historical & Modern
Stereotypes by Katherine Bullock
Shattering The Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out, Nawal El Saadawi 
Veil and the Male Elite,
Fatima Mernissi
Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality, Sarah
Husain 
Woman in Islam, Aiaha
Lemu
Woman in Shari’ah, Abdur
Rahman I. Doi
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical
Roots of a Modern Debate
, Leila Ahmed
Women, Islamic Society and Islam, Lamya al-Faruqi
Women in Islam, Aisha Lemu
Women and Islam: An Historical and Theological Enquiry, Fatima Mernissi 
Women in Shar’iah, Abdur Rahman Doi
Women, Muslim Society, and Islam, Lamya
Al-Faruqi
Windows of Faith (Muslim Women Scholar-Activists in North America, Gisela Webb
Women of Sufism,
Camille helminski


GEOGRAPHY
Atlas of the Islamic World Since 1500,
Francis Robinson
Cambridge Atlas of the Middle East
Muslim Contribution to Geography, Nafis
Ahmad & M. Ashraf
Travels in Asia and Africa of Ibn
Battuta
, tr. Routledge


HADITH
Al-Nawawi’s 
40 Hadith
Authority and Authenticity of Hadith
As a Source of Islamic Law
, Mohammad Shabbir
Divine Sayings: 101 Hadith Qudsi: The Mishkat al-Anwar of Ibn ‘Arabi, Muhyiddin
Ibn ‘Arabi 
The Encyclopedia of Hadith, 19 vol., Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation
Hadith, An Introduction, A. Rahman Doi
Hadith: a Re-evaluation, Kassim Ahmad
Hadith Literature: Its Origin,
Development, and Special Features
, Muhammad Zubayr
Siddiqui
Literature on Hadith in European
Languages: a Bibliography
, Ahmad Von Denffer
Meaning and Message of the Traditions (3
vol) M. Manzoor Nomni
Sahih Al Bukhari,
Muhammad Ibn Ismail Bukhri, tr. M. Muhsin Khan
Sahih Muslim
Studies in Hadith Methodology &
Literature
, M.M. Azami
Traditions of Islam: An Introduction
to the Study of Hadith Literature
, Alfred Guillaume
Wisdom of the Prophet, Sayings of
Muhammad
, Thomas Cleary


HEALTH & MEDICINE
Book of Sufi Healing, G.M. Chishti
Health and Medicine in the Islamic Tradition, Fazlur Rahman
Health Sciences in early Islam (2 vol), Sami Hamarneh
Islamic Medical Ethics in the Twentieth Century, Vardit Rispler-Chaim
Islamic Perspectives in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Hassan Hathout
Traditional Healer’s Handbook, G.M. Chishti

HISTORY
OF ISLAM & MUSLIMS

A History of the Arab People, Albert Hourani
History of Islam, Laleh
Bakhtiar
A History of Islamic Societies, Ira Lapidus
A history of the Muslim world to 1405: the making of a civilization, Vernon
Egger
A History of Muslim Civilization, Abiva & Durkee
Age of the Caliphs: History of the Muslim World, Spuler
Cambridge Illustrated History of the
Islamic World
, Lapidus & Robinson
Concise History of the Middle East, Goldschmidt
Crusades – Islamic Perspectives,
Carole Hillenbrand
Crusades Through Arab Eyes, Amin
Maalouf
Decisive Moments in the History of Islam, M. Abdullah Enan
Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society, Akbar Ahmed
Encyclopedia of Islam & the Muslim World by Richard C. Martin, Said Amir
Arjomand, Marcia Hermansen and Abdulkader Tayob 
Falcon of Spain, T.B. Irving
Genius of Arab Civilization, John R.
Hayes

The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the
Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix 
Historical Atlas of Islam, Malise Ruthven 
History of Islam, Laleh Bakhtiar
History of Medieval Islam, Saunders
History of Al Tabari
Holy War: the Crusades and Their
Impact on Today’s World, Karen Armstrong

Holy Wars, Crusades, Jihad (Jalal
Abuairab) 
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization, Jonathan
Lyons 
How Islam Created the Modern World, Mark Graham 
Islam: A Short History, Karen
Armstrong

Islam: 1000 Years of Faith and Power, Bloom & Blair
Islam: Its History, Teaching and Practices, Nigosian
Islam and the problem of black suffering, Sherman A. Jackson 
Journey Through Persian History and
Culture
, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Mecca: From Before Genesis Until Now,
Martin Lings

Moorish Culture in Spain, Titus
Burkhardt
Moorish Spain, Richard Fletcher
Muhammad’s People: An Anthology of Muslim Civilization, Eric Schroeder
Muslim Contribution to Civilization,
Haidar Bammate
Muslim Contribution to Science, Muhammad Mirza
Muslim Contributions to World Civilization, ed. by M. Basheer Ahmed; Syed A.
Ahsani; Dilnawaz A. Siddiqui and M. Basheer Ahmed; Syed A. Ahsani; Dilnawaz A.
Siddiqui
Muslim Rulers and Rebels, Thomas McKenna
Muslims of Chechnya, Muhammad Iqbal Khan
No god but God: The Origins,
Evolution, and Future of Islam
, Reza Aslan
Oxford History of Islam, John Esposito
Preaching of Islam: A History of the Propagation of the Muslim Faith, T.W.
Arnold
Science in Medieval Islam,
Howard Turner
Spain Under the Crescent Moon, Angus McNab
Traveling Man: the Journey of Ibn Battuta, James Rumford
Venture of Islam,
Marshall Hodgson


HUMOR
Square the Circle, American Muslim Comedy, Azhar Usman


INTERFAITH/RELIGIOUS PLURALISM
1000 Faces of God, Rebecca Hind
A Bridge Betrayed, Religion and
Genocide in Bosnia, Michael Sells

A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor by Miroslav
Volf, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad Bin Talal and Melissa Yarrington 
Abraham: A journey to the Heart of
Three Faiths, 
Bruce Feiler
A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain, Chris
Lowney 
Advocate of Dialogue, M. Fethullah Gulen
The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian
Culture, Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Maria Rosa Menocal, Abigail Krasner Balbale 
Battle for God, Karen Armstrong
Call of the Minaret, kenneth Cragg
Case for Islamo-Christian
Civilization, Richard Bulliet

Christian and Islamic Spirituality, MariaJaoudi
Christians and Muslims Together: An
Exploration by Presbyterians, B. Haines, F. Cooley

Christianity and the World Religions,
Hans Kung

Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism: Spiritual and Ethical Affinities,
Reza Shah Kazemi, H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Hamza Yusuf Hanson and H. R.
H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad 
Common Prayer: A Muslim-Christian
Spiritual Anthology, Kenneth Cragg

Concepts of God, Keith Ward
Cross and the Crescent, Jerald Dirks
Dawn of Religious Pluralism, Richard Seager
Dignity of Difference, Rabbi Jonathan
Sacks

The Faith Club, Idliby, Warner & Oliver 
Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness Across Millennia by Rabbi
Arthur O. Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman
Fullness of God: Schuon on
Christianity

Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of
a Pastor, a Rabbi & a Sheikh by Ted Falcon, Don Mackenzie and Jamal
Rahman 
Global Civilization: a Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue Tehranian & Ikeda 
God: A Guide for the Perplexed, Keith Ward
God Is One: The Way of islam, Marston
Speight

History of God, Karen Armstrong
Human Rights and Responsibility in
the World Religions, ed. Joseph Runzo

Interfaith Dialogue and
Peacebuilding, David Smock

Interfaith Theology – A Reader, Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Is Religion Killing Us?, Jack
Nelson-Pallmeyer
Islam, Fazlur Rahman
Islam and Global Dialogue, ed. Roger
Boase

Islam and Other Faiths, Ismail al
Faruqi

Islam, Christianity and African
Identity, suleyman Nyang

Jerusalem: one City, Three Faiths,
Karen Armstrong

Jesus and the Muslim, Kenneth Cragg
Jewish Muslim Encounters, Charles Selengut
Jews, Christians, Muslims: A Comparative Introduction, John Corrigan, Frederick
M. Denny
Mary, Blessed Virgin of Islam, Alia Schleiffer
Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom: Practices and Readings drawn from the
World?s Spiritual Traditions , Netanel Miles-Yepez
Monks of Tibhirine, John Kiser
Muhammad and the Christian, Kenneth Cragg
Muslims and Christians Face to Face, Kate Zaberi 
Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities, ed.
Reza Aslan 
Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue by Jane I.
Smith 
One God, Shared Hope, Shannon 
Ornament of the World: How Muslims,
Jews & christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, Maria
Rosa Menocal

The Other in the Light of the One ; The Universality of the Qur’an and
Interfaith Dialogue, Reza Shah-Kazemi
Power in the Portrayal:
Representations of Jews & Muslims in Islamic Spain
, Ross
Brann
Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist
Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming American Public
Life by Robert P. Jones 
Religion and Immigration, ed. Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad
Roots of the Human Condition, Frithjof Scuon
Sin and Salvation in the World’s Religions, Harold Coward
Sourcebook of the World’s Religions, Joel
Beversluis
Talking to the Other, Rabbi
Jonathan Magonet
Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace, Chittister, Chishti &
Waskow 
Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, Mark Jurgensmeyer 
The Three Faces of Monotheism: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, George
Frankl 
The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our
World View, Richard Tarnas 
To Heal a Fractured World, Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks
Transcendent Unity of Religions,
Frithjof Schuon
Trialogue of the Abrahamic Faiths,
Ismail al-Faruqi
Understanding Islam: A Guide for the
Judaeo Christian Reader
, Jerald Dirks
Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East by Mohammed
Abu-Nimer, Emily Welty and Amal I. Khoury 
Unveiling Islam, Roger
du Pasquier
When Religion Becomes Evil,
Charles Kimball
World Scripture: a Comparative
Anthology
, ed. Andrew Wilson

 

ISLAM
IN AMERICA AND THE WEST

A Muslim in Victorian America, Umar Abd-Allah
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a
Generation, Eboo Patel
African American Islam
Aminah McCloud
Agenda to Change Our Condition,  Shaykh Hamza Yusuf & Imam Zaid Shakir
American Islam: Growing up Muslim in America by Richard Wormser 
American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, Paul M. Barrett
American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle
Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America by Hassan Qazwini and
Brad Crawford
The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook, Dilara Hafiz 
American Muslims: Bridging Faith and
Freedom
,  M. a. Muqtedar Khan 
American Muslims: the New Generation, Asma Gull Hasan 
The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook by Dilara Hafiz, Imran Hafiz, and
Yasmine Hafiz
Blue-Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America by Michael Muhammad
Knight 
The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam,
Willow Wilson 
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-fattah 
The Domestic Crusaders (a play), Wajahat Ali and Ishmael Reed
Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America by Jeffrey Lang
Everyday Struggles: The Stories of Muslim Teens by Sumaiya Beshir 
God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 by David Levering
Lewis 
I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim by Maria M Ebrahimji and
Zahra T Suratwala 
The Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe (Islamic Surveys) by WM Watt
Islam in America and Other Writings,  Muhammad Alexander Russell
Webb 
Islam in Black America, Edward E. Curtis 
Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking
toward the Third Resurrection
, Sherman A. Jackson
Islam, Black Nationalism and Slavery: A Detailed History by Adib Rashad and
Sulayman S. Nyang
Islam in America by Jane I. Smith 
Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence by Aziz Al-Azmeh and Effie
Fokas
Islam in the United States of America,
Sulayman Nyang
Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam, Akbar S. Ahmed 
Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak by Saleemah
Abdul-Ghafur 
Losing My Religion: A Call For Help by Jeffrey Lang
Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11, Genevieve Abdo
Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post–Islamist Turn, By Asef
Bayat
Muslim Next Door, Sumbul Ali-Karamali
Muslim Teens: Today’s Worry, Tomorrow’s Hope by Ekram Beshir 
Muslims in America, Edward E. Curtis 
Progressive Muslim Identities: Personal Stories from the U.S. & Canada, ed.
Karam, Samad, Zonneveld
Scattered Pictures…Reflections of an
American Muslim
, Imam Zaid Shakir 
Servants of Allah: African Muslims
Enslaved in the Americas
, Sylvianne Diouf
Standing Alone in Mecca : An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam,
Asra Nomani
Struggling to Surrender,
Jeffrey Lang
Taking Back Islam: American Muslims
Reclaim Their Faith
 by Producers of Beliefnet and Michael
Wolfe
The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight 
To Be a European Muslim by
Tariq Ramadan 
Transnational Muslims in American Society by Aminah Beverly McCloud
Voices Of American Muslims: 23 Profiles by Linda Cateura and Omid Safi 
War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims by Melody Moezzi and Abdullahi
Ahmed An-Na’im
What’s Right with Islam: is What’s
Right with America
 by Feisal Abdul Rauf
Western Muslims and the Future of
Islam
 by Tariq Ramadan 
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers

ISLAM
IN AMERICA AND THE WEST – HISTORY

A Muslim in Victorian America, Umar Abd-Allah 
A Prince Among Slaves,
Alford 
African American Islam, Aminah McCloud
African Muslims in Antebellum
America, Allan Austin

Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots, Jonathan
Curiel 
American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle
Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America by Hassan Qazwini and
Brad Crawford
American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America, Richard Wormser 
American Jihad: Islam After Malcolm X, Steven Barboza
Black Crescent: Experience and Legacy
of African Muslims in the Americas, Michael Gomez
 
Bridging The Divide Between Immigrant and African American Muslims by Utilizing
the Concept of Tawheed as the Catalyst by Salahuddin M Muhammad 
Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, 2-Volume Set (Library of American
History) by Edward E. Curtis 
From Plantation to Muslim, Terris Muhammad 
Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam,
Mark Levine 
Islam and the Blackamerican, Sherman
Jackson

Islam in the African American
Experience, Richard Brent Turner

Islam in the United States of
America, Sulayman Nyang

Islam in America, Jane I. Smith
Journey Into America: the Challenge of Islam, Akbar S. Ahmed 
Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak by Saleemah
Abdul-Ghafur 
Mecca to Main Street, Muslim Life in America After 9/11, Genevieve Abdo 
Muslims in American History: A Forgotten Legacy, Jerald F. Dirk 
Muslims in America: Seven Centuries of History
Muslims in America: A Short History, Edward E. Curtis IV 
Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Hopes, Fears, and Aspirations by
Zahid H. Bukhari, Sulayman S. Nyang, Mumtaz Ahmad and John L. Esposito 
Rock and Roll Jihad, Salman Ahmed 
Scattered Pictures: Reflections Of An American Muslim by Zaid Shakir 
Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas, Sylviane Diouf
Transnational Muslims in American Society by Aminah Beverly McCloud 
Voices Of American Muslims: 23 Profiles by Linda Cateura 
War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims by Melody Moezzi and Abdullahi
Ahmed An-Na’im 
Young, British and Muslim by Philip Lewis

ISLAM:
INTRODUCTORY BOOKS 

Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World, Akbar S. Ahmed 
99 Names of Allah, Shems Friedlander
99 Names of God: The Name and the Named, Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi
al-Halveti 
101 Questions and Answers on Islam,
John Renard

Absolute Essentials of Islam According to the Hanafi School, Faraz Rabbani
Adhan Over Anatolia,
Marian Kazi
Becoming Muslim, Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Beliefnet Guide to Islam, Hesham
Hassaballa, Kabir Helminski

Believing as Ourselves, J. Lynn Jones
Essentials of the Islamic Faith, M.
Fethullah Gulen

Hadj: An American’s Pilgrimage to
Mecca, Michael Wolfe

Hajj: Reflections on Its Ritual, Ali
Shariati

Hajj, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Illuminated Prayer, Coleman Barks,
Michael Green
(beautiful introduction to the spiritual
dimension of prayer)

In the Footsteps of Muhammad, John Renard
Instructions of the Student: The
Method of Learning, Hamza Yusuf

Introduction to Islam, Frederick Mathews Denny
Islam, Fazlur Rahman
Islam: A Search for Meaning, Feisal
Abdul Rauf

Islam: A Short History, Karen
Armstrong

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings, Ghulam
Sarwar
 (one of the best introductions to practice, prayer, etc.)
Islam in Focus, Hamouda Abdalati (one
of the best introductions to practice, prayer, etc.)

Islam: the Straight Path, John L.
Esposito

Islam: Religion, History, and
Civilization, Seyyed 
Hossein Nasr
King of the Castle, Charles le Gai Eaon
Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam,
Yusuf al Qaradawi (one of the best introductions to Sharia)

Most Beautiful Names, Tosun Bayrak al Jerrahi al-Halveti
Muslim Prayer Encyclopaedia, Ruquaiyyah
Waris Maqsood
One Thousand Roads to Mecca, Michael
Wolfe

Remembering God: Reflections on Islam, Charles Le Gai Eaton
Seven Doors to Islam, John
Renard
Thoughtful Guide to Islam,
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
Understanding Islam and the Muslims, T.J.
Winter, J.A. Williams
What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, John Esposito
What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims, Suzanne Haneef
What’s Right With Islam, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Windows on Islam, John Renard
World of Islam, John Alden Williams


ISLAM: ADVANCED
A Faith For All Seasons, Shabbir Akhtar
After Death, Life, Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
The Conclusive Argument from God: Shah Wali Allah of Delhi’s Hujjat Allah
Al-Baligha by Marcia K. Hermansen and Wali Allah Al-Dihlawi 
Conference of the Books, Khaled Abou
El Fadl

Deciphering Signs of God: A
Phenomenological Approach to Islam
, Annemarie
Schimmel 
Eleventh Hour: the Spiritual Crisis of the Modern World, Martin Lings
Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on legitimate Leadership,
Asma Afsaruddin
Freedom, Modernity and Islam, Ziauddin Sardar
God’s Will Be Done, Laleh Bakhtiar
Islam, Hans Kung
Islam Between East and West, Alija
Ali Izetbegovic

Islam at the Crossroads, Muhammad
Asad

Islam: Religion, History and Civilization, SeyyedHossein Nasr
Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith, by Vartan Gregorian
Islam To the Modern Mind, Fazlur
Rahman Ansari

Islamic Awakening Between Rejection
and Extremism, Yusuf al Qaradawi

Living Islam: East and West, Shaykh
Fadhlalla Haeri

Makkan Crucible, Zakaria Bashier
Mecca the Blessed, Medina the
Radiant, Ali K. Nomachi

No God But God, Reza Aslan
On Being a Muslim, Farid Esack
On the Boundaries of Theological
Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al Ghazali’s Faysal al Tafriqa
,
Sherman Jackson
Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from al-Banna to Bin
Laden (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics), Ed. by Roxanne L. Euben, Muhammad
Qasim Zaman 
Progressive Muslims: On Justice,
Gender, and Pluralism
, Omid Safi
Reading the Muslim Mind, Hassan Hathout
Spread of Islam: the Contributing Factors, Abul Fazl Ezzati
Submission, Shems
Friedlander
Sunshine at Madina, Zakariah Bashir
Understanding Islam,
Frithjof Schuon
Vision of Islam,
Murata & Chittick
Voices of Resurgent Islam, John
Esposito
What Is To Be Done, Ali Shariati


LAW/ SHARIAH/ FIQH/IJTIHAD
A History of Islamic Law, N.J. Coulson
Al-Shafi’s Risala: Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence, Majid
Khadduri
Al-Muwatta (Imam Malik ibn Anas): the First Formulation of Islamic Law (Maliki
fiqh), tr. Aishah Bewley
An Ocean Without Shore: Ibn al-Arabi, the Book, and the Law, Michael
Chodkiewicz
And God Knows the Soldiers: The
Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses, Khaled Abou El Fadl

Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law, Wael B. Hallaq
Broken Chain: Reflections on the
Neglect of Tradition, Aftab Ahmad Malik

Conference of the Books, Khaled Abou El Fadl 
Contemporary Ijtihad: Limits and Controversies, L. Ali Khan 
Contingency in Sacred Law: Legal and Ethical Norms in Muslim Fiqh, Baber
Johansen
Dignity of Man: an Islamic
Perspective
, Mohammed Hashim Kamali
Differences of the Imams, Kandhlawi
Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine (7 vol.) by Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Encyclopedia of Islamic Law, Laleh
Bakhtiar, Kevin Reinhart

Equity and Fairness in Islam, M. Hashim Kamali
Fate and Predestination, Shaikh al-Shahrawi
Forbidding Wrong in Islam: An
Introduction, Michael Cook, Patricia Crone

The Foundations of Islam,  Qadi ‘Iyad (Maliki Fiqh) tr. by Aisha
Bewley 
Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam, Mohammed Hashim Kamali
Freedom of Expression In Islam,
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Freedom of Expression in Islam, M.
Hashim Kamali

Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam, Abdullah Saeed
Great Theft: Wrestling Islam From the
Extremists, Khaled Abou El Fadl

A History of Islamic Legal Theories: An Introduction to Sunni Usul al-Fiqh,
Wael B. Hallaq
Ideals and Realities in Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Illuminations: Compiled Lectures on Shariah and Tasawwuf by Shaykh Muhammad
Hisham Kabbani
Islam: A Sacred Law – What Every
Muslim Should Know About Shariah, Feisal Abdul Rauf

Islam, Fundamentalism, and the
Betrayal of Tradition, Joseph E.B. Lumbard

Islam and Modernity,
Fazlur Rahman
Islam and the Destiny of Man,
Charles LeGai Eaton
Islamic Criminal Justice System, Cherif Bassiouni
Islamic Law Reform and Human Rights, Tore Lindholm & Karl Vogt eds.
Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and Their Fatwas, Muhammad K. Masud,
Messick Brinkley & Davis S. Powers, eds.
Islamic Tradition: An Introduction, Victor Danner
Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam, Rudolph Peters
Language and the Interpretation of Islamic Law, Sukri H. Rami
Law and Legal Theory in Classical and Medieval Islam, Wael B. Hallaq
Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam,
Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Legal Reform in the Muslim World: the Anatomy of a Scholarly Dispute in the
19th & Early 20th Centuries on the Usage of Ijtihad as a Legal Tool, Muneer
G. Fareed
On the Boundaries of Theological
Tolerance in Islam, Sherman Jackson

Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilization, James Winston Morris
Origins of Islamic Law, Yassin Dutton
Place of Tolerance in Islam,
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, M. Hashim Kamali
Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law, Khaled Abou El Fadl
Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam, Muhammad Iqbal
Reliance of the Traveler: Umdat al-Salik (Shafi fiqh), tr. Nuh Ha Meem Keller
Religion, Law and Learning in Classical Islam, George Makdisi
Rethinking Islam and Modernity, Abdelwahab El Affendi
Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought, Daniel W. Brown 
Revival and Reform in Islam, Fazlur Rahman
Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani (Cambridge
Studies in Islamic Civilization) by Bernard Haykel 
Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence, M. Hameedullah Khan
Shah Wali Allah of Delhi’s Treatise on Juristic Disagreement Ikhtilaf, Ijtihad,
and Taqlid,  Marcia Hermansen
Sharia the Islamic Law, Abdur Rahman Doi
Shari’ah Law: An Introduction by Mohammad Hashim Kamali 
Shiite Islam, Muhammad Husayn Al-Taba-Tabai
Social Justice in Islam, Sayyid Qutb
Speaking in God’s Name,
Khaled Abou El Fadl
State of Our Souls: Revival in
Islamic Thought and Activism
, M. Fethullah Gulen
State, Society, and Law in Islam: Ottoman Law in Comparative Perspective, Haim
Gerber 
The State We Are In: Identity, Terror, and the Law of Jihad, Yahya Birt, Aftab
Ahmad Malik, Hamza Yusuf Hanson and David Dakake 
This Law of Ours,
Muhammad Asad
Treatise on Juristic Disagreement by Shah Wali Allah of Delhi: Ikhtilaf,
Ijtihad, and Taqlid, tr. by Marcia Hermansen 
Understanding the Four Madhabs: the
Facts About Ijtihad and Taqlid
, Abdal Hakim Murad


ORIENTALISM & ISLAMOPHOBIA 
A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe by Liz Fekete
and A. Sivanandan 
Challenging the New Orientalism: Dissenting Essays n the ‘War Against Islam’,
M. Shahid Alam 
Covering Islam: How the Media and the
Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World, Edward W. Said

Eurocentirsm, Samir Amin
Europe and the Mystique of Islam,
Maxime Rodinson 
Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies by Mohamed Nimer 
Islamophobia and Anti-semitism by Hillel Schenker and Abu Zayyad Ziad
Islamophobia and the Question of Muslim Identity: The Politics of Difference
and Solidarity by Evelyn Leslie Hamdon
Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century by John L.
Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin 
Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy by Peter Gottschalk and Gabriel
Greenberg 
Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend (Indiana
Series in Middle East Studies), Andrew Shryock
The New Crusades: Constructing the
Muslim Enemy
, Emran Qureshi, Michael Sells
Orientalism, Edward W. Said
Orientalism, Islam & Islamists, Hussain, Olson & Qureshi 
Thinking Through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives (Columbia/Hurst) by S.
Sayyid and AbdoolKarim Vakil 
Why They Don’t Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil, Mark LeVine

PERIODICALS
American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 
Azizah Magazine
Emel
Islamic Horizons 
Islamica (no longer in print)


POLITICAL
A Bridge Betrayed, Religion and Genocide in Bosnia, Michael Sells
After Terror: Promoting Dialogue among Civilizations, Akbar Ahmed, Brian Forst
American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom, M.A. Muqtedar Khan
American Public Policy and American
Muslim Politics, Sherman Jackson, Aminah McCloud

Arab Mind, Raphael Petai
Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters, James Zogby
Arrogance of Power, J. William Fulbright
The Challenge of Fundamentalism: Political Islam and the New World Disorder by
Bassam Tibi
Challenge of Modernity, Louay Safi
Clash of Fundamentalisms, Tariq Ali
Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said
Empire and the Crescent, Malik, Hanson & Shakir
Engaging the Muslim World, Juan Cole 
Essays on Bosnia, Karic
Europe and the Mystique of Islam, Maxime Robinson
The Failure of Political Islam by Olivier Roy and Carol Volk 
Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World, Carl Ernst
The Future of Political Islam by Graham E. Fuller 
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim,
Mahmood Mamdani
Growth of Islamic Thought in North America, Muhammad Shafiq
Healing the Wounds of September 11,
2001, Shahid Athar

Holy War, Crusade, Jihad, Jalal
Abuairab

Holy War: the Crusades and Their
Impact on Todays World, Karen Armstrong

Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After
9/11 by Louise Cainkar 
In the Land of the Ayatollahs Tupac Shakur is King: Reflections from Iran and
the Arab World, Shahzad Aziz
Islam and America by Akbar S. Ahmed
Islam and the Challenge of Democracy: A “Boston Review” Book by Khaled Abou El
Fadl, Joshua Cohen and Deborah Chasman
Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World, Fatima Mernissi
Islam and Democracy, Esposito & Voll
Islam and Revolution, Imam Khomeini
Islam and the West, Norman Daniel 
Islam and World Peace, Bawa
Muhaiyaddeen

Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim
Scholars (Perennial Philosophy Series) by Joseph Lumbard and Seyyed Hossein
Nasr
Islam, Liberty and Development, Muhammed Khatemi
Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim
Societies by Nader Hashemi 
Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity by Tariq Ramadan 
Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World by Akbar S. Ahmed
Islam Under Siege, Akbar
S. Ahmed
Islamic Threat, John Esposito
Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism,
Sachedina & Montville
Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God
and the New World Disorder, Richard A. Horsley

Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World,
Benjamin Barber
Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam by Professor Gilles Kepel and Anthony F.
Roberts
Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization by Akbar S. Ahmed 
Just Ruler in Shi’ite Islam, A.A. Sachedina
Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our
Country From the Religious Right, Rabbi Michael Lerner

Milestones, Sayyid Qutb
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama
The Passionate Attachment: America’s Involvement With Israel, 1947 to the
Present, George W. Ball, Douglas B. Ball 
They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby, Paul
Findley
Malady of Islam, Abdelwahhab Meddeb
Modern Islamic Political Thought, Hamid Enayat
Modernization, Democracy, and Islam by Shireen T. Hunter and Huma Malik
Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach by Tariq Modood,
Ricard Zapate-Barrero and Anna Triandafyllidou 
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Multicultural Politics, Racism, Ethnicity and 
Muslims in Britain, Tariq Modood[/url]
Muslims of Europe: The “Other” Europeans by H. A. Hellyer 
Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square, Zahid Bukhari 
New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy, Emran Qureshi, Michael Sells
Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice, Mohammed Abu-Nimer 
Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, Jimmy Carter 
Out of the Ashes, Alexander cockburn
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter 
Peace and the Limits of War: Transcending Classical Conception of Jihad, Louay Safi
Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism, or Reform by John L. Esposito
Principles of State and Government in Islam, Muhammad Asad
The Prophet of Non-Violence: Spirit of Peace, Compassion & Universality in Islam by Asghar Ali Engineer 
The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism 
Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation by Tariq Ramadan 
Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam, Abdolkarim Soroush
Religion in International Relations, Fabio Petito
Religion, Terrorism And Globalization Nonviolence: A New Agenda by K. K. Kuriakose, Joseph Chuman, Vincent J. Cornell and Charlotte Cote
Revival and Reform in Islam, Fazlur Rahman
Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim, Imam Zaid Shakir
September 11: Religious Perspectives on the Causes and Consequences, ed. Ian markham
Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity, M.J. Akbar
Shaping the Future: Challenge and Response, Dr. Robert D. Crane
Shattered Illusions: Analyzing the War on Terrorism, Aftab Ahmed Malik
State We Are In: Identity, Terror, and the law of Jihad, Aftab Malik, Hamza Yusuf
Taking Back Islam, Michael Wolfe
Terror in the Mind of God: the Global Rise of Religious Violence, Mark Juergensmeyer
Terror in the Name of God, Jessica Stern
Theology of Discontent, Hamid Dabashi
To Be a European Muslim, Tariq Ramadan
The True Jihad, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan 
Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, John Esposito
Voices of American Muslims, Linda Cateura
Wahhabism: A Critical Essay, Hamid Algar
Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, Tariq Ramadan
With God on Our Side: Politics & Theology of the War on Terrorism, Aftab Ahmad Malik, John L. Esposito, Zaid Shakir 
Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed

QUR’AN COMMENTARY
Approaching the Qur’an, Michael Sells
Approaches to the Qur’an, G.R. Hawting & A.K. Shareef
Art of Reciting the Qur’an, Kristina Nelson
Bible, Qur’an and Science, Maurice Bucaille
Book of Revelations, Kabir Helminski
The Cambridge Companion to the Qur’an, Jane Dammen McAuliffe
Concordance of the Qur’an, Gustave Flugel
Concordance of the Qur’an, Hanna Kassis
Dictionary of the holy Quran, Abdul Omar Mannon
Easy Tajwid, Kaleemullah Husaini
Essential Koran, Thomas Cleary
Ethico Religious Concepts in the Qur’an, Izutsu
Four Basic Qur’anic Terms, Abul A’la Maududi
Geographical History of the Qur’an, Nadvi
God and Man in the Qur’an, Toshihiko Izutsu
The Immense Ocean: Al-Bahr al-Madid, tr. by by Mohamed Fouad Aresmouk and Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald 
[url=http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/heart_of_the_koran_lex_hixon/]The Heart of the Qur’an: 
An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality[/url]
 by Lex Hixon and Neil Douglas-Klotz
The Light of Dawn: Daily Readings from the Holy Qur’an, Camille Helminski
Major Themes of the Qur’an, Fazlur Rahman
Pen and the Faith: Eight Modern Muslim Writers and the Qur’an, Kenneth Cragg
Qur’an and Woman, Amina Wadud Muhsin
Qur’an and Its Impact on Human Histoy, A.K. Brohi
Qur’an and Its Interpreters (2 vol), Mahmoud Ayoub
Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism, Farid Esack
The Qur’anic Narrative: The Journey of Life as Told in the Qur’an, Louay Safi
Qur’anic Phenomenon, M. Bennabi
Qur’anic Sciences, Afzalur Rahman
Reflections on the Quran, Irfan Ahmad Khan
The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life, Ingrid Mattson
Subject Index of the Qur’an, Afzalur Rahman
Sufi Commentaries on the Qur’an in Classical Islam (Routledge Studies in the Quran) by Kristin Zahra Sands 
Tafsir ibn Kathir (Qur’anic commentary) – 10 vol.
Tarjuman al Qur’an, Mawlana Abul Kalam Ayad
Ulum al Qur’an, Ahmed Von Denffer
Way to the Qur’an, Khurram Murad


QURAN TRANSLATIONS
Qur’an – Message of the Qur’an, Muhammad Asad
Qur’an – Majestic Quran, Abdal hakim Murad, Uthman Hutchinson
Qur’an – Thomas Cleary
Qur’an – Noble Qur’an, Abdal Haqq & Aisha Bewley
Qur’an – Thomas B. Irving
Qur’an – Abdullah Yusuf Ali (original version)
Qur’an – Sublime Qur’an, Laleh Bakhtiar


REFERENCE
Atlas of the Islamic World, Francis Robinson
Concise Encyclopedia of Islam, Cyril Glasse
Concise Encyclopedia of Islam, Gordon Newby
Concordance of the Qur’an, Gustave Flugel
Concordance of the Qur’an, Kassis
Cultural Atlas of Islam, Ismail Al Faruqi
Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran, John Penrice
Dictionary of the Holy Quran, Abdul Omar Mannan
Encyclopedia of Islamic Law, Laleh Bakhtiar, Kevin Reinhart
Encyclopedia ofthe Modern Islamic World, ed. John Esposito
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, John L. Esposito
Oxford History of Islam, John Esposito


SCIENCE
Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages by Richard E. Rubenstein
Classification of Knowledge in Islam, Osman Bakar
The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World by Bryn Barnard 
History and Philosophy of Islamic Science, Osman Bakar 
The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili 
How Islam Created the Modern World, Mark Graham 
Islamic Science: An Illustrated Study, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Islamic Science and Engineering, Donald Hill
Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance , George Saliba 
Light From the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World by John Freely 
Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists, Michael H. Morgan
Modern Man at the Crossroads: Encounter of Modern Science and Islam, John Ahmed Herlihy
Need for a Sacred Science, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Organ Transplantation, Cloning, Euthanasia, and Animal Experimentation, A.F. Ebrahim
Rise of Early Modern Science in Islam, China, and the West, Toby Huff
Science and Civilization in Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Science and God, Saiyed Shamim Ahmed
Science & Islam: A History, Ehsan Masood 
Science and Medicine in Islam, Franz Rosenthal
Science in Medieval Islam, Howard Turner
Tawhid and Science, Osman Bakar
Unity of Science and Religion, Mohammad Ilyas


SHIA
An Introduction to Shi’i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi’ism, Moojan Momen
Islamic Messianism: The Idea of the Mahdi in Twelver Shi’ism, Abdulaziz A. Sachedina
The Origins and Early Development of Shi’a Islam, S. Husain M. Jafri
Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence: According to Shi’i Law by Muhammad al-Baqir al-Sadr, Hamid Algar, Sa’eed Bahmanpour, and Arif Abdul Hussain 
Shi’ite Islam, Allama Tabatabai, Seyyed Hossein Nasr trans. and ed.
Shi’ism: Doctrines, Thought and Spirituality, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Hamid Dabashi & Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future, Vali Nasr


SOCIOLOGY
Crime and Correction: an Islamic Perspective, sidney R. Sharif
Crisis of the Modern World, Rene Guenon
Islamic Sociology: an Introduction, Ilyas Ba-Yunus
On the Sociology of Islam : Lectures of Ali Shariati

SPIRITUALITY – SUFISM
A Return to the Spirit, Martin Lings
Adornment of Hearts, Sheikh Muzaffer al-Jerrahi
After Death – Life, Ruquaiyyah Waris Maqsood
Alone With the Alone, J. M. Tresflin
Among the Dervishes, O.M. Burke
Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, Martin Lings
Angels Unveiled, A Sufi Perspective by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, Tonette Sazonoff and Sachiko Murata 
Atom From the Sun of Knowledge, Lex Hixon
Bezels of Wisdom, Ibn al Arabi, tr. William Chittick
Book of Certainty: The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis, Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din
The Book of Language: A Deep Glossary of Islamic and English Spiritual Terms (The Education Project series) by Kabir Helminski and Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad 
Book of Strangers, Ian Dallas
Caravan of Dreams, Idries Shah
Come to the Secret Garden, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition by Muhammad Hisham Kabbani 
Conference of the Birds, Farid Ud-din Attar
Deciphering the Signs of God, Annemarie Schimmel
Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom: Including What the Seeker Needs and The One Alone, Ibn Arabi 
Drop That Became the Sea, yunus Emre
Elephant in the Dark, Idries Shah
Elements of Sufism, Shaykh Fadhlalla haeri
Esoterism As Principle and As Way, Frithjof Schuon
Essential Rumi, Coleman Barks
Essential Sufism, by Robert Frager, James Fadiman and Huston Smith
Exploits of the Incomparable Mullah Nasrudin, Idries Shah
The Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation: The Adornment of the Spiritually Transformed (Hilyat al-abdal) (Mystical Treatises of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi), tr. Steven Hertenstein
Four Steps to Pure Iman, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Fullness of God: Writings of Frithjof Schuon, James Cutsinger
The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition, Seyyed Hossein Nasr 
God, His Prophets, and His Children, Bawa Muhaiyyadeen 
Heart of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Heart of sufism, Hazrat Inayat Khan
Ibn Rushd On the harmony of Religions and Philosophy, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Imam Ghazali’s Ihya Ulum-Id-Din
Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship, al-Ghazali
Introduction to Sufi Doctrine, Titus Bruckhardt 
Jewels of Remembrance: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi, Rumi
Journey of the Self: A Sufi Guide to Personality, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
Journey to the Lord of Power: A Sufi Manual on Retreat, Ibn Arabi, tr. Rabia Terry Harris 
Knowing Heart: a Sufi Path of Transformation, Kabir Helminski
Knowledge and the Sacred, Seyyed hossein Nasr
Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism, John Renard, Ahmet T. Karamustafa
Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path of Transformation, Kabir helminski
Learning How to Learn, Idries Shah
Living Islam (Shaikh Fadhlalla haeri) 
Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self, Kabir Helminski 
Love Is a Stranger, Rumi, tr. Kabir Helminski 
Love Is the Wine: Talks of a Sufi Master in America by Al Jerrahi Al Halveti, Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak and Sheikh Ragip Frager 
The Marvels of the Heart: Science of the Spirit (Ihya Ulum Al-Din/ the Revival of the Religious Sciences) by Al-Ghazali, Hamza Yusuf, Walter James Skellie and T. J. Winter 
Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel, Irving Karchmar
Merton and Sufism, the Untold Story: A Complete Compendium (The Fons Vitae Thomas Merton series) by Rob Baker, Gray Henry, Seyyed Hossein Nasr and William C. Chittick
Mystical Dimension of Islam, Annemarie Schimmel
The Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition Guidebook of Daily Practices and Devotions, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani 
Name and the named, Shaykh Tosun Bayrak, William Chittick
Path of God’s Bondsmen: From Origin to Return, Najm Razi, Hamid Algar 
Paths to the Heart: Sufism and the Christian East by James Cutsinger 
Pleasantries of the Incredible Mullah Nasrudin, Idries Shah
Purification of the Heart, Hamza Yusuf
Questions of Life, Answers of Wisdom, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife, Imam al-Ghazali
Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims, John Renard
Spirit of Islam, Ameer Ali Syed 
Submission, Faith & Beauty: The Religion of Islam, Joseph Lumbard, Zaytuna Institute, Hamza Yusuf and Zaid Shakir 
Sufi Meditation, Lex Hixon
Sufism, William Chittick
Sufism: Principles & Practice by Hamid Algar
Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 
Symbol and Archetype, Martin Lings
Tales of the Dervishes, Idries Shah
The Sun Will Rise in the West : The Holy Trail, Es-Seyyid Es-Shaykh Taner Ansari 
Thinking About God, Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood 
Treasures of the Heart, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
Treatise For The Seekers Of Guidance by Aftab Malik, Rasheed Patch and Susanah I. Pittam 
Turning Toward the Heart, Shaykh Hazrat Azad Rasool
Two Who Attained: 20th Century Sufi Saints, Shaykh Ahmad al-Alawi
Under Which Rivers Flow: the Symbolism of the Islamic Garden, Emma Clark
Way of the Sufi, Idries Shah
What Is Sufism, Martin Lings
When You Hear Hoofbeats, Think of a Zebra, Shems Friedlander
Whirling Dervishes, Shems Friedlander 
Windows on the House of Islam: Muslim Sources on Spirituality, John Renard
Wisdom of the Idiots, Idries Shah
Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure by Camille Adams Helminski

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Note:  Some of the books and/or authors listed here are controversial.  However, they are important in understanding some movements (particularly political movements) within various Muslim communities over the past century.

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