Best Islamic History Books

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1. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

Author: by Tamim Ansary
Published at: PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1586488130

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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.


2. Jesus and Muhammad: Their Messages, Side-by-Side

Author: by Louis St Michael
Published at: Rising Myrrh Press, LLC; 1st edition (March 27, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0999614600

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READERS’ FAVORITE: GOLD MEDAL AND FIVE-TIME 5-STARS RECIPIENT, MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW: FIVE STARSCompare Jesus and Muhammad. What did they teach, and how do their messages converge or diverge? What are the differences and similarities between the theology of Islam and Christianity?

This book holds the answers. Explore their core words and quotations, by topic and side-by-side. The content speaks for itself a neutral, one-stop reference for people of any faith or no faith who want to look at the messages of Jesus vs.Muhammad.

Go to the very source of each faith, and make your own discoveries. Compare Jesus and Muhammad’s messages only, as recorded in the Bible and the Qur’an. Grasp the foundations of the world’s largest religion (Christianity) and the fastest growing (Islam).

Absorb what Muslims and Christians learn about love, homosexuality, lifestyle. About persecution, retaliation, war and peace.Prophet or Messiah?Miracles.End times. Jump in head-on to answer your questions, or fully immerse yourself in all of the topics and the intriguing biographies and religion progressions, presented in timelines, charts, tables and scannable bullet points.


3. 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

Author: by Roger Crowley
Published at: Hachette Books; Illustrated edition (August 15, 2006)
ISBN: 978-1401308506

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Now in trade paperback, a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley’s readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East.


4. Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas

Author: by Michael A. Gomez
Published at: Cambridge University Press; Illustrated edition (April 4, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0521600798

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Beginning with Latin America in the fifteenth century, this book comprises a social history of the experiences of African Muslims and their descendants throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean. The years under slavery are examined, as well as the post-slavery period.

The study also analyzes Muslim revolts in Brazil-especially in 1835. The second part of the book traces the emergence of Islam among U.S. African descendants in the twentieth century, featuring chapters on Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad, and Malcolm X to explain how orthodoxy arose from varied unorthodox roots.

Currently Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at NYU, Michael Gomez has research interests that include Islam in West Africa, the African diaspora and African culture in North America. He has been involved with the launching of a new academic organization, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), and has published widely in the field.


5. Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law (English, Arabic and Arabic Edition)

Author: by Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Published at: Amana Corporation; Revised edition (July 1, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0915957729

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This is a classic manual of fiqh rulings based on Shafi”i School of jurisprudence and includes original Arabic texts and translations from classic works of prominent Muslim scholars such as al Ghazali, al Nawawi, al Qurtubi, al Dhahabi and others.

It is an indispensable reference for every Muslim or student of Islam who needs to research on Islamic rulings on daily Muslim life.


6. Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)

Author: by Karen Armstrong
Published at: Modern Library; Revised, Updated, Subsequent edition (August 6, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0812966183

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No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject, Karen Armstrong’s short history demonstrates that the world’s fastest-growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.


7. Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World

Author: by Edward W. Said
Published at: Vintage; Revised edition (March 11, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0679758907

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In this classic work, now updated, the author of Culture and Imperialism reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most “objective” coverage of the Islamic world. From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the World Trade Center, the American news media have portrayed “Islam” as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria.

At the same time, Islamic countries use “Islam” to justify unrepresentative and often repressive regimes. Combining political commentary with literary criticism, Covering Islam continues Edward Said’s lifelong investigation of the ways in which language not only describes but also defines political reality.


8. The Life of Muhammad

Author: by I. Ishaq
Published at:
Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (July 18, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0196360331

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Alfred Guillaume’s authoritative translation of the Sira of Ibn Ishaq presents in English the complete history of the life of Prophet Muhammad. No book can compare in comprehensiveness, arrangement, or systematic treatment with Ibn Ishaq’s work.


9. The Sufis

Author: by Idries Shah
Published at: ISF Publishing; 7th ed. edition (September 6, 2018)

ISBN: 978-1784790004

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What is Sufism?The book follows the Sufi principle of scatter’ in answering this unanswerable question. It deliberately shies away from offering an ordered definition. Instead, it throws out ideas. Like fragments of light on dust particles, they reveal the shape of something intangible.

Neither emotionalist nor academic, this book offers the closest thing a written work can to an experience of Sufism. When it came out in 1964 it was incredibly influential, attracting admirers such as Robert Graves (who wrote the introduction), Ted Hughes and Doris Lessing.

It’s the most important modern book written on Sufism. A must-read for any serious student of Sufi thought.

10. Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction

Author: by Adam J. Silverstein
Published at: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (February 1, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0199545728

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Opening with a lucid overview of the rise and spread of Islam, from the seventh to the twenty-first century, this Very Short Introduction introduces the story of Islamic history, charting the evolution of what was originally a small, localized community of believers into an international religion with over a billion adherents.

The book examines how Islam rose from the obscurity of seventh-century Arabia to the forefront of modern global concerns, and it highlights how we know what we claim to know about Islam’s rise and development.Historian Adam J. Silverstein also discusses the peoples-Arabs, Persians, and Turks-who shaped Islamic history, and sheds light on three representative institutions-the mosque, jihad, and the caliphate-that highlight Islam’s diversity over time.

Finally, the book analyzes the roles that Islamic history has played in both religious and political contexts, while stressing the unique status that history enjoys among Muslims, especially compared to its lowly place in Western societies where history is often seen as little more than something that is not to be repeated.

11. A History of Islamic Philosophy

Author: by Majid Fakhry
Published at: Columbia University Press; third edition (October 27, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0231132213

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The first comprehensive survey of Islamic philosophy from the seventh century to the present, this classic discusses Islamic thought and its effect on the cultural aspects of Muslim life. Fakhry shows how Islamic philosophy has followed from the earliest times a distinctive line of development, which gives it the unity and continuity that are the marks of the great intellectual movements of history.

12. Wisdom of the Idiots

Author: by Idries Shah
Published at: ISF Publishing (March 26, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1784790394

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AMERICAN ENGLISH EDITION. In Idries Shah’s Wisdom of the Idiots, the idiots’ are Sufis, called this because their wisdom penetrates to a depth which renders it inaccessible to the merely intelligent or academically-knowledgeable. The exercise-stories of the Sufis are tools prepared for a specific purpose.

On this level the movements of the characters in a story portray psychological processes, and the story becomes a working blueprint of those processes. Wisdom of the Idiots has been awarded many prizes, including two gold medals, one for being Best Book’, in conjunction with UNESCO’s World Book Year.

13. An Illustrated History of Islamic Architecture

Author: by Moya Carey
Published at: Southwater; 0 edition (July 16, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1780191379

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A fascinating survey of the glorious architectural achievements of the Islamic world, including mosques, giblas, madrasas, memorials for the dead, bazaars, buildings, courtyards and fortified walls. Features all the most outstanding examples of Islamic architecture, such as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the Great Mosque in Damascus, the many richly decorated desert palaces, the Taj Mahal at Agra, Topkapi Palace at Istanbul, and today’s modern Dubai skyscrapers.

14. Islamic History: A Framework for Inquiry

Author: by R. Stephen Humphreys
Published at: Princeton University Press; Revised edition (August 12, 1991)
ISBN: 978-0691008561

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This book will be immensely helpful to those who wish to orient themselves to what has become a very large body of literature on medieval Islamic history. Combining a bibliographic study with an inquiry into method, it opens with a survey of the principal reference tools available to historians of Islam and a systematic review of the sources they will confront.

Problems of method are then examined in a series of chapters, each exploring a broad topic in the social and political history of the Middle East and North Africa between A.D.600 and 1500. The topics selected represent a cross-section of Islamic historical studies, and range from the struggles for power within the early Islamic community to the life of the peasantry.

Each chapter pursues four questions. What concrete research problems are likely to be most challenging and productive? What resources do we possess for dealing with these problems? What strategies can we devise to exploit our resources most effectively? What is the current state of the scholarly literature for the topic under study?

15. Islamic Imperialism: A History

Author: by Efraim Karsh
Published at: Yale University Press; Updated Ed edition (May 16, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0300122633

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From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the last great Muslim empire, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams.

So argues Efraim Karsh in this highly provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, Karsh contends that the regions experience is the culmination of long-existing indigenous trends, passions, and patterns of behavior, and that foremost among these is Islams millenarian imperial tradition.

The author explores the history of Islams imperialism and the persistence of the Ottoman imperialist dream that outlasted World War I to haunt Islamic and Middle Eastern politics to the present day. September 11 can be seen as simply the latest expression of this dream, and such attacks have little to do with U.S.

International behavior or policy in the Middle East, says Karsh. The House of Islams war for world mastery is traditional, indeed venerable, and it is a quest that is far from over.

16. The Way of the Sufi

Author: by Idries Shah
Published at: ISF Publishing (January 17, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1784799748

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The Way of the Sufi presents an unparalleled cross-section of material from Sufi schools, teachings and classical writings, as a basic course of Sufi study. The author begins with the outward aspects of the teaching most likely to puzzle the student coming fresh to the subject.

He considers various attitudes to Sufi ideas, and evidence of their absorption into medieval Christianity, Hinduism, Jewish mysticism and modern philosophical teachings. The greater part of the book illuminates aspects of Sufi activity and practice relevant to the contemporary world.