Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

The following list of religious and geopolitical books deals with various aspects and issues related to Islam and Muslims, the other monotheistic faiths (specifically Judaism and Christianity), and the world at large. The books listed are owned and / or reviewed by the webmaster and contributing associates. These readings were selected based on intellectual scholarship and integrity. We encourage visitors to review commentaries on the suggested reading material (e.g., at Amazon.com and other reputable sites based on areas of interest) before investing in or acquiring any of the following books.

Books Authors
The Message of the Qur'anMuhammad Asad
Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern AgeKhaled Abou El Fadl
The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the ExtremistsKhaled Abou El Fadl
And God Knows the Soldiers: The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic DiscoursesKhaled Abou El Fadl
Major Themes of the Qur'anFazlur Rahman
Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic FundamentalismFazlur Rahman, Ebrahim Moosa
IslamFazlur Rahman
Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual TraditionFazlur Rahman
Islamic Methodology in HistoryFazlur Rahman
Voice of an Exile: Reflections on IslamNasr Abu Zaid
Modern Muslim Intellectuals and the Qur'anSuha Taji-Farouki
The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason (Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East)Muhammad Shahrur
David in the Muslim Tradition: The Bathsheba AffairKhaleel Mohammed
Coming to Terms with the Qur'an: A Volume in Honor of Professor Issa BoullataKhaleel Mohammed and Andrew Rippin
The Principles of State and Government in IslamMuhammad Asad
This Law of Ours and Other EssaysMuhammad Asad
Islam at the CrossroadsMuhammad Asad
Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'aAbdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, and International LawAbdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law (Themes in Islamic Law)Wael B. Hallaq
A History of Islamic Legal Theories: An Introduction to Sunni Usul al-FiqhWael B. Hallaq
Introduction to Islam: Beliefs and Practices in Historical PerspectiveCarole Hillenbrand
A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the Challenge of the Modern WorldShabbir Akhtar
The Islamic Roots of Democratic PluralismAbdulaziz Sachedina
Qur'an Liberation & Pluralism: An Islamic Perspective Of Interreligious Solidarity Against OppressionFarid Esack
Interpreting the Qur'an: Towards a Contemporary Approach Saeed Abdullah
Against Islamic Extremism: The Writings of Muhammad Sa'id al-'AshmawyCarolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic ThoughtDaniel W. Brown
Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's LegacyJonathan Brown
Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and LiberationTariq Ramadan
Western Muslims and the Future of IslamTariq Ramadan
Crescent Between Cross and Star: Muslims and the West after 9/11Iftikhar H. Malik
Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures: A Ziauddin Sardar ReaderSohail Inayatullah and Gail Boxwell
The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in IslamMuhammad Iqbal
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of IslamReza Aslan
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of NazarethReza Aslan
"Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'anAsma Barlas
Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's PerspectiveAmina Wadud
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern DebateLeila Ahmed
The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In IslamFatima Mernissi
Sexual Ethics And Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and JurisprudenceKecia Ali
The Crescent and the Pen: The Strange Journey of Taslima NasreenHanifa Deen
Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor WorldAkbar S. Ahmed
Journey into Islam: The Crisis of GlobalizationAkbar S. Ahmed
Rethinking Islam: Common Questions, Uncommon AnswersMohammed Arkoun and Robert D. Lee
The Ethics of Disagreement in IslamTaha Jabir Al-Alwani
Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence (The Usul of Islamic Fiqh)Taha Jabir Al-Alwani
Issues in Contemporary Islamic ThoughtTaha Jabir Al-Alwani
Islamic Thought: An Approach to ReformTaha Jabir Al-Alwani
Peace and the Limits of War: Transcending Classical Conception of JihadLouay M. Safi
The Religion of IslamMaulana Muhammad Ali
Muhammad The ProphetMaulana Muhammad Ali
The Early CaliphateMaulana Muhammad Ali
Islam and the Discovery of FreedomRose Wilder Lane and Imad-Ad-Dean Ahmad
Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to IslamJeffrey Lang
Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in AmericaJeffrey Lang
Losing My Religion: A Call For HelpJeffrey Lang
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest SourcesMartin Lings
The History of the Qur'anic Text, from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and New TestamentsMuhammad Mustafa Al-Azami
Studies in Early Hadith Literature Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami
Studies on the Origins and Uses of Islamic HadithG. H. A. Juynboll
The Sources of Islamic Law: Islamic Theories of AbrogationJohn Burton
The Cross & The CrescentJerald F. Dirks
The Philosophy of the KalamHarry Austryn Wolfson
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of ViolenceKaren Armstrong
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and IslamKaren Armstrong
Islam: A Short HistoryKaren Armstrong
The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious TraditionsKaren Armstrong
The Battle for GodKaren Armstrong
Holy War: The Crusades and their Impact on Today's WorldKaren Armstrong
Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really ThinkJohn L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed
Unholy War: Terror in the Name of IslamJohn L. Esposito
What Everyone Needs to Know about IslamJohn L. Esposito
Islam: The Straight PathJohn L. Esposito
The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?John L. Esposito
Islam and DemocracyJohn L. Esposito and John O. Voll
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in IslamLesley Hazleton
Islam: The AlternativeMurad Hofmann
Islam 2000Murad Hofmann
Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the WorldEdward W. Said
Why They Don't Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of EvilMark LeVine
A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian DivideMark D. Siljander
Muslim-Jewish Encounters: Intellectual Traditions and Modern PoliticsRonald L. Nettler and Suha Taji-Farouki
The Invention Of The Jewish PeopleShlomo Sand
Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish PeopleHarry Ostrer
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and WhyBart D. Ehrman
Jesus and the World of JudaismGeza Vermes
Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent VersesPhilip Jenkins
The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of LoveJohn Shelby Spong
The Dark Side of Christian HistoryHelen Ellerbe
The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of MonotheismRegina M. Schwartz
Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish ViolenceElliott Horowitz
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle EastRobert Fisk
Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in WarMegan K. Stack
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign PolicyJohn J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater IsraelMax Blumenthal
Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture ... and Destruction of Planet EarthGrace Halsell
Prophecy and Politics: Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear WarGrace Halsell
Journey to JerusalemGrace Halsell
Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East - The Egyptian ExperienceCaryle Murphy
Satanic Purses: Money, Myth, and Misinformation in the War on TerrorR. T. Naylor
The Autobiography of Malcolm XAlex Haley

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