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This is NOT a bibliography. It is not a list of the Author’s favorite reads (he has not read many of them). Nor does it cover the full range of topics discussed in this book. In fact, works by some of the most celebrated authors of the Muslim world are conspicuous by their absence from this list.

This IS a list of high quality, in print books, which are easily available at this time from www.amazon.com. Most of the references are to the more affordable paperback editions. All listed titles are serious, scholarly works and should not be confused with the numerous ‘bestsellers’ devoted to self-serving propaganda.

Each one of these titles will open a window into the reality of Islamic civilization. They are generally free of ‘scholarlese’ and extensive background knowledge of Islam is not required. Let the reading begin!


1. In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad by Tariq Ramadan, 256 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0195308808, Oxford University Press, USA (December 11, 2006).

2. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings, 384 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1594771538, Inner Traditions; Revised Edition (October 17, 2006).

3. The Holy Qur’an: Translations of Selected Verses by Martin Lings, 256 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1903682531, Islamic Texts Society; Bilingual edition (September 1, 2007).

4. Meanings of the Glorious Quran translated by Marmaduke Pickthall, 950 pages, ISBN-13: 978-9839154269, Islamic Book Trust (June 20, 2007).

5.Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations by Michael Anthony Sells, 224 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1883991265, White Cloud Press (1999).

6.Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World by Carl W. Ernst, 272 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0807855775, The University of North Carolina Press (August 18, 2004).

7.Interpreting the Qur’an Towards a Contemporary Approach by Saeed Abdullah, 192 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0415365383, Routledge; 1 edition (November 11, 2005).

8.The Qur’an (Oxford World’s Classics) by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem (Translator), 502 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0192831934, Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (May 26, 2005).

9.The Meaning Of The Holy Quran translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, 1759 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1590080252, Amana Publications.

10.The Message of The Qur’an translated by Muhammad Asad, 1200 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1904510000, The Book Foundation; Bilingual edition (December 2003).

11.Major Themes of the Quran by Fazlur Rahman, ISBN-13: 978-0882970462, Bibliotheca Islamica; 2nd edition (June 1989).

12.The Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur’an and Interfaith Dialogue by Reza Shah-Kazemi, 240 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1903682470, Islamic Texts Society (August 1, 2006).

13.Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition by Fazlur Rahman, 182 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0226702841, University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 1984).

14.Islam by Fazlur Rahman, 278 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0226702810, University Of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (August 15, 1979).

15.Remembering God: Reflections on Islam by Charles Le Gai Eaton, 256 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1930637085, Kazi Publications (April 11, 2000).

16.The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam by Faatima Mernissi, 240 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0201632217, Perseus Books Group.

17.Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant: The Holiest Cities of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi, 192 pages, ISBN-10: 089381752X.

18.And Muhammad Is His Messenger: The Veneration of the Prophet in Islamic Piety by Annemarie Schimmel (d. 2003), 389 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0807841280, The University of North Carolina Press (November 30, 1985).

19.Rumi’s World: The Life and Works of the Greatest Sufi Poet by Annemarie Schimmel (d. 2003), 224 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0877736110, Shambhala; 1st ed edition (May 22, 2001).

20.A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain by Chris Lowney, 352 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0195311914, Oxford University Press, USA (August 14, 2006).

21.The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal (Author), Harold Bloom, 272 pages, ISBN-10: 0316566888, Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (May 2002).

22.Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong, 256 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0061155772, HarperOne; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007).

23.Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong, 272 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0812966183, Modern Library; (August 6, 2002).

24.Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction by Howard R. Turner, 282 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0292781498, University of Texas Press (1997).

25. Islam, Science, Muslims, and Technology: Seyyed Hossein Nasr in Conversation with Muzaffar Iqbaal, 212 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0973874426, Al-Qalam Publishing, September 2007.

26.No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan, 352 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0812971897,Random House Trade Paperbacks (January 10, 2006).

27.The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art and Culture by Annemarie Schimmel (d. 2003), 352 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1861892515, Reaktion Books; 1 edition (October 2, 2006).

28.The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 Volume Set) by John L. Esposito (Editor), 1904 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0195148039, Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (May 29, 2001).

29.The Oxford Dictionary of Islam (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback) by John L. Esposito (Editor), 384 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0195125597, Oxford University Press, USA (August 17, 2004).

30.Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood by John Renard, 355 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0520251984, University of California Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2008).

31.101 Questions and Answers on Islam by John Renard, 192 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0809142804, Paulist Press (May 3, 2004).

32.Mystical Dimensions of Islam by Annemarie Schimmel (d. 2003), 527 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0807812716, The University of North Carolina Press (April 1, 1978).

33.Sufi Essays by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 204 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1871031416, Kazi Publications; 3rd. edition (January 1, 1999).

34.What is Sufism? by Martin Lings, 134 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0946621415, Islamic Texts Society; 2nd edition (December 1, 1999).

35.With God on Our Side: Politics and Theology of the War on Terrorism by John L. Esposito (Foreword), Aftab Ahmad Maalik (Editor), Khaled Abou el Fadl (Introduction), 431 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0954054465, Amal Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2006).

36.Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women by Khaled Abou El Fadl, 384 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1851682621, Oneworld Publications (December 25, 2001).

37.The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists by Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, 336 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0061189036, HarperOne (January 23, 2007).

38.The Place of Tolerance in Islam by Khaled Abou El Fadl, 112 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0807002292, Beacon Press (November 8, 2002).

39.Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today’s World by Karen Armstrong, 672 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0385721400, Anchor; 2nd edition (November 27, 2001).

40.Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal by Henri Stierlin (Photographer), Anne Stierlin (Photographer), 320 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0500511008, Thames & Hudson (November 2002).

41.The Complete Taj Mahal by Ebba Koch, 288 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0500342091, Thames & Hudson (November 1, 2006).

42.The Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo by Bernard O’Kane (Editor), 300 pages, ISBN-13: 978-9774248603, American University in Cairo Press (June 30, 2006).

43.Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 by David J. Roxburgh (Author), Mary McWilliams (Author), 108 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0300126327, Museum Fine Arts Houston (January 9, 2008).

44.Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam by John L. Esposito, 208 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0195154351, Oxford University Press, USA (May 2, 2002).


45.Islam: Empire of Faith, Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Run Time: 160 minutes, DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005.

46.Lion of the Desert. Starring: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed Director: Moustapha Akkad, Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Run Time: 93 minutes, DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005.

47.The Message, Starring: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas Director: Moustapha Akkad, Format: Color, NTSC, Run Time: 178 minutes, DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005.

48.National Geographic - Inside Mecca (2003), Director: Anisa Mehdi, Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Run Time: 60 minutes, Studio: National Geographic Video, DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003.

49.Great World Religions: Islam, 12 lectures, 30 minutes/lecture, Course No. 6102, Taught by John L. Esposito, Georgetown University. Course available from The Teaching Company www.teach12.com.


50.Islamica Magazine, quarterly, to subscribe visit www.islamicamagazine.com

Appendix 2: Resources from the book “Living The Quran In Our Times”

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