Reading Lists

This section presents recommended books for reading related to Islam and Muslim civilisations, especially those that would require little or no prior academic training or knowledge of languages of the Muslim world on the readers’ part.

The lists cover seminal works on each subject area but are not comprehensive in the scope of literature available on the subjects. We aim to refresh these lists at regular intervals. The lists are also recommended as a preliminary resource for self-motivated readers who may wish to formally pursue further studies in Islam or the related fields. 

  • 2nd June 2014
    Abou El Fadl, Khaled. The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of Books. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. Abou El Fadl, Khaled. The Great Theft:... More
  • 25th August 2009
    Burnett, C. Scientific Weather Forecasting in the Middle Ages: The Writings of Al-Kindi. London, 2000Burnett, C., Hogendijk, J. P., Plofker, K., and Yano, M. (eds.),... More
  • 25th August 2009
    Abou El Fadl, Khaled et al. The Place of Tolerance in Islam. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2002.Chandhoke, Neera. The Conceits of Civil Society. Oxford: Oxford University... More
  • 25th August 2009
    General WorksBaker, Patricia L. Islam and the Religious Arts. New York: Continuum, 2004.Blair, Sheila S. and Jonathan M. Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250... More
  • 25th August 2009
    Abu Zahra, Nadia. The Pure and Powerful: Studies in Contemporary Muslim Society. Reading: Ithaca, 1997.Aghaie, Kamran Scott. The Martyrs of Karbala: Shi‘i... More
  • 25th August 2009
    Baillie, Neil B. E. A Digest of Moohammadan Law. Lahore: Premier Book House, 1963.Fyzee, Asaf A. A. An Introduction to the Study of Mahomedan Law. London: H. Milford,... More
  • 25th August 2009
    1. Secondary Literature: Encyclopaedias and Book SeriesMonographs and edited volumes on the Qur’an and its interpretation have thrived in the last decades. Two... More
  • 25th August 2009
    a) Islamic Philosophy and TheologyEss, Josef van. The Flowering of Muslim Theology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.Mutahhari, Murtada. Understanding... More
  • 25th August 2009
    1. General WorksAmir-Moezzi, Mohammad. The Divine Guide in Early Shi‘ism, tr. D. Streight. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1994; originally published as Le guide divin... More
  • 25th August 2009
    a. Religion & ModernityAl-Azmeh, Aziz. Islams and Modernities. London: Verso, 1993.Armstrong, Karen. The Battle for God. New York: Knopf, 2000.Arkoun, Mohammed.... More
  • 25th August 2009
    1. Early Islam Berkey, Jonathan P. The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East 600-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.Bowersock, Glen... More
  • 25th August 2009
    Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1992.Akhtar, Shabbir. The Qur’an and the... More