08 Jul What books do you recommend about Islam?
What books do you recommend about Islam?
Could you mention as many books as possible that you know of that would blow my mind in regards to knowledge? Books that would insha’Allah increase my mind’s bounds.. Allow me to explore the world of our Blessed Prophet SAW and just Islam in general. Or even specifics. Anything. Books are my treasures. 🙂
The issue I have when people ask for book recommendations on Islam is that they usually do not want to read about formal Islam, but generally about issues that surround Muslim people, and so I think this list I’ll write out, while not comprehensive or exhaustive, is what is my personal bookshelves, and if anyone has requests on specific subjects, I can try to recommend works for you to read, insha Allah.
The books I’d recommend, in no particular order, are:
The Principles of State and Government in Islam by Muhammad Asad
The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman
Ihya Ulum al-Din (The Revival of Islamic Sciences) by Imam Al-Ghazali
Ar-Risala fi Usul al-Fiqh (Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence) by Imam Shafi’i
Tafsir al-Tabari (common name of The Commentary on The Qur’an) by Sheikh Al-Tabari
The Eternal Message of Muhammad by Abd-al-Rahman Azam
Concepts of The Quran by Fathi Osman
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim by Mahmood Mamdani
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
Popular Culture in the Arab World by Andrew Hammond
Who Speaks for Islam? by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed
The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon by Jonathan Brown
Kitab al-Umm by Imam Shafi’i
Tafsir al-Manar by Rashid Rida
Al-Muhalla by ibn Hazm
Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur’an (The Perfect Guide to the Science of The Qur’an) [Yes, you read that right] by Suyuti
On Suicide Bombing by Talal Asad (don’t let the title mislead you, this is not just about “suicide bombing, very dense work)
Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity by Talal Asad
In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam by Maher Hathout
Women in Muslim Family Law by John Esposito
There are more, alhamdulilah, but I figure that is a long enough list, and if people want to know about specific subjects, again, please do not hesitate to ask me, insha Allah.
I pray this reaches you and your families in the best of health and Iman, insha Allah.
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