Best History of Islam Books
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1. The World's Religions (Plus)
Author: by Huston Smith
The World’s Religions, by beloved author and pioneering professor Huston Smith (Tales of Wonder), is the definitive classic for introducing the essential elements and teachings of the world’s predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as regional native traditions.
This revised and updated edition provides sympathetic descriptions of the various traditions, explaining how they work from the inside, which is a big reason why this cherished classic has sold more than two million copies since it first appeared in 1958.
2. Islam Explained: A Short Introduction to History, Teachings, and Culture
Author: by Ahmad Rashid Salim
A revealing guide to understanding the principles of IslamWith more than 1. 8 billion followers worldwide, Islam is one of the world’s largest religions, but it is also one that is poorly understood by many Americans. Islam Explained offers an informative overview of the faith, helping those who are new to Islam foster cultural awareness while also providing those already familiar with it the opportunity to deepen their understanding.
Whether you are looking to expand your own knowledge of Islam or just better understand the practices of Muslim friends, coworkers, and neighbors, this concise and essential guide provides a solid foundation for future study and conversation. Islam Explained features:Easy-to-understand explanationsThis book provides a complete overview ideal for those who are interested in Islam as a faith, a subject of study, and beyond.
Historical contextsBetter understand the history of Islam, how the religion has evolved, and the ways that history has shaped the lives of Muslims. Beliefs and practicesExplore what it means to be a practicing Muslim, including the Five Pillars, laws, dress codes, and brief glimpses into how they vary between individual sects.
3. Getting to Know & Love the Holy Quran: A Children’s Book Introducing the Holy Quran (Islam for Kids Series)
Author: by The Sincere Seeker Collection
Learning the Holy Quran while reciting it & understanding it is mandatory for every Muslim household & a heavy weight on our shoulders as parents. Every parent must instill interest & love for the Holy Quran among their children at an early age, so they can grow up with an Islamic mindset & lifestyle.
The Holy Quran is the verbatim word of Allah (God), & every household should set a time daily to develop & grow their connection & their children’s connection to these Words to nourish their souls. Just like our physical bodies need food & water to survive, our souls need the Holy Koran & the remembrance of Allah to enrich, nourish, & give life to our souls.
Getting to Know & Love the Holy Quran is an Islamic book for kids introducing the Holy Koran to your children in an easy, fun, engaging, & educational way. The goal of this book is to teach your children the basics they need to know about the Holy Coran & express the importance of learning it, so it can spark their interest in developing a strong love & bond for the Holy Coran.
4. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
Author: by Martin Lings
A revised edition of the internationally acclaimed biography of the prophet Includes important additions about the prophet’s spread of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states Contains original English translations from 8th and 9th century biographies, presented in authoritative language Represents the final updates made on the text before the author’s death in 2005 Martin Lings’ biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet.
Based on the sira, the eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophet’s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.
Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells.
5. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
Author: by Tamim Ansary
The Western narrative of world history largely omits a whole civilization. Destiny Disrupted tells the history of the world from the Islamic point of view, and restores the centrality of the Muslim perspective, ignored for a thousand years. In Destiny Disrupted, Tamim Ansary tells the rich story of world history as it looks from a new perspective: with the evolution of the Muslim community at the center.
His story moves from the lifetime of Mohammed through a succession of far-flung empires, to the tangle of modern conflicts that culminated in the events of 9/11. He introduces the key people, events, ideas, legends, religious disputes, and turning points of world history, imparting not only what happened but how it is understood from the Muslim perspective.
He clarifies why two great civilizations-Western and Muslim-grew up oblivious to each other, what happened when they intersected, and how the Islamic world was affected by its slow recognition that Europe-a place it long perceived as primitive-had somehow hijacked destiny.
6. The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
Author: by Thomas Asbridge
The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridgea renowned historian who writes with maximum vividness (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history.
From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge’s book is a magnificent epic of Holy War between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur.
7. But…Who is Allah?: (Islamic books for kids)
Author: by Bachar Karroum
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim,Follow the story of Adam, a young Muslim child that is curious about religion and wants to learn about Allah. Through a fun story for both children and parents, allow your kids to start comprehending religious concepts and daily-used expressions, while also inciting curiosity for further knowledge about their Islamic religion.
Enjoy with your little one a unique and creative journey that will introduce her/him to the religion, and offer your child a positive and comforting perception of the Islamic belief, culture and way of life. A must-have children’s story that shouldn’t be missing from any family’s bookcase or Islamic books collection!
This Islamic story has been thought and written for Muslim children born and raised outside of their parents’ country of origin (i.E.: European and Muslim American, etc., to help them understand the notion of God in a simple and fun way, mentioning that there is no God but God (la ilaha illallah).
In addition, this Muslim book uses several Arabic and Islamic terms coming from the Quran (Qur’an) and explained to be easily understood by Muslim kids. Dear Parents, Inshallah you and your children will benefit from this story and from our upcoming Islamic books (Muslim books).
8. Muhammad (New York Review Books Classics)
Author: by Maxime Rodinson
A classic secular history of the prophet Muhammad that vividly recreates the fascinating time in which Islam was born. Maxime Rodinson, both a maverick Marxist and a distinguished professor at the Sorbonne, first published his biography of Muhammad in 1960. The book, a classic in its field, has been widely read ever since.
Rodinson, though deeply versed in scholarly studies of the Prophet, does not seek to add to it here but to introduce Muhammad, first of all, as a man of flesh and blood who led a life of extraordinary drama and shaped history as few others have.
Equally, he seeks to lay out an understanding of Muhammad’s legacy and Islam as what he called an ideological movement, similar to the universalist religions of Christianity and Buddhism as well as the secular movement of Marxism, but possessing a singular commitment to the deeply ingrained idea that Islam offers not only a path to salvation but (for many, above all) the ideal of a just society to be realized on earth.
9. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
Author: by Joshua Hammer
Simon & Schuster
To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this fast-paced narrative that ispart intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller (The Washington Post) from the author of The Falcon Thief.
In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds.
His goal: preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door. Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist surveyJoshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise (The New York Times Book Review) about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction.
10. Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History: Society and Culture)
Author: by R. Davis
This is a study that digs deeply into this ‘other’ slavery, the bondage of Europeans by North-African Muslims that flourished during the same centuries as the heyday of the trans-Atlantic trade from sub-Saharan Africa to the Americas. Here are explored the actual extent of Barbary Coast slavery, the dynamic relationship between master and slave, and the effects of this slaving on Italy, one of the slave takers’ primary targets and victims.
11. Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West
Author: by Raymond Ibrahim
Da Capo Press
A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam-the sword and scimitar-have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad’s order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom.
Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian territory in 636, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom, which prompted the Crusades, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat-until its reemergence in recent times.
Using original sources in Arabic and Greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West.
12. Quran Made Easy
Author: by Shabbir A. Behlim
This is the best basic book to learn Quranic Arabic. There has been a tremendous demand for a comprehensive Quran Made Easy for the Muslim children born in the west. Recite Hafiz Shabbir Ahmad Behlim has compiled this version basing it on his life long experience of teaching the young children to read and memorize the Holy Quran.
All the instructions have been translated in English for the benefit of English speaking learners and teachers including the parents who are not familiar with Urdu or Arabic as a teaching medium, where the text is the original Arabic of the Quran and comments are in English and Urdu.
This popular Quran Made Easy is complete in all respects. All the phonetic rule and regulations of Quranic Arabic have been given including the Quranic signs for pausing, stopping or continuing. After studying the Quran Made Easy, a child need not go through lesson by lesson instructions to read the Holy Quran.
A young should easily be able to read the Holy Quran and complete it in he shortest time. This is one of the most popular books for Islamic schools and centers, with God’s blessings; many have learned to read the Quran through being taught the method of this book.
13. Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
Author: by Caroline Finkel
The definitive history of the Ottoman Empire The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and most influential empires in world history. Its reach extended to three continents and it survived for more than six centuries, but its history is too often colored by the memory of its bloody final throes on the battlefields of World War I.
In this magisterial work-the first definitive account written for the general reader-renowned scholar and journalist Caroline Finkel lucidly recounts the epic story of the Ottoman Empire from its origins in the thirteenth century through its destruction in the twentieth.
14. No god but God (Updated Edition): The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Author: by Reza Aslan
A fascinating, accessible introduction to Islam from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of BelieverFINALIST FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islamthe origins and evolution of the faithin all its beauty and complexity.
This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the war on terror has altered the geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East.
He also provides an update on the contemporary Muslim women’s movement, a discussion of the controversy over veiling in Europe, an in-depth history of Jihadism, and a look at how Muslims living in North America and Europe are changing the face of Islam.