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19 April 2007 @ 11:03 pm
Salaam alaikum. So I'm curious if anyone knows of any books to read for thse who are interested in Islam. I've studied Arabic for 4 years (on and off) and I know a lot of the basics of Islam, so I'm looking for something a little more in depth, or alternatively, books about someone's journey to Islam.

So far I'm planning on ordering:

1. Islam: Our Choice
2. Lang's Struggling to Surrender

Any other suggestions? Books or websites, or just...anything?
Cuban Bcreation on April 23rd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
The recent Heirs of Muhammad by Barnaby Rogerson I thought was a wonderful, lively treatment of the first four caliphates (though I would have appreciated a bit more an in-depth discussion of karbala).

I also heartily recommend any of Khaled Abou el Fadl's books on jurisprudence especially if that's a subject you're not keen on. The subject matter is quite a bit more dense, but his treatment of the subject is lively and engaging, in my opinion. I had absolutely no interest in fiqh or shari'a until I read his material, at which point I realized that jurisprudence is not a dead science of rules but the lively intellectual search for God's Will.

If you've got the cash to spare, Garnet Publishing has a wonderful assortment of some classics of Islamic civilization out in English, including ibn Rushd's magisterial Bihayat al Mujtahid wa'l Nihayat al Muqtasid, Juwayni's Kitab al Irshad ila Qawati al Adilla fi Usul ati Tiqad, and ibn Kathir's sira of the Prophet (saws). I've been reading the ibn Rushd and thoroughly enjoying it. Plus it is a good translation by a competent 'alim, which I think is necessary when you tread into the dangerous world of Islamic publishing these days.

I don't know how you feel about us Shi'a, but Chittick has translated the 'Psalms of Islam' by Imam 'Ali Zayn al Abidin, God bless him and keep him, which are absolutely exquisite, though if you don't order this book I'd be equally glad because amazon has only one copy and I desperately want it ;)

If you want any other suggestions, let me know and I'll forward you my Amazon wish list ;)