Readings in Islam for Non-Specialists

 

General

Michael Gilsenan, Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modernn Arab World (New York: Pantheon Books, 1982).

John Renard, Responses to 101 Questions on Islam (New York: Paulist Press, 1998).

Neal Robinson, Islam: A Concise Introduction (Surrey: Curzon Press, 1999).

Akbar S. Ahmed, Postmodernism and Islam: Predicament and Promise (London: Routledge, 1992).

Richard Bulliet, Islam: The View from the Edge (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).

Bruce Lawrence, Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998).

Dale Eickelman and James Piscatori, Muslim Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996).

Edward Said, Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How we See the Rest of the World, Revised Edition (New York: Vintage Books, 1997).

Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East, ed. Donna Lee Bowen and Evelyn Early (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993).

Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992).

Daryush Shayegan, Cultural Schizophrenia: Islamic Societies Confronting the West (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992).

 

Introductions to Islam

Kenneth Cragg, The House of Islam (Wadsworth, 1975).

Frederick Denny, An Introduction to Islam, 2d ed. (Macmillan, 1994).

Frederick Denny, Islam and the Muslim Community, Religious Traditions of the World Series (Waveland, 1987).

Jamal Elias, Islam, Religions of the World series (Prentice Hall, 1999).

John Esposito, Islam: The Straight Path, expanded edition (Oxford, 1991).

Endress Gerhard, An Introduction to Islam, trans. Carole Hillenbrand (Columbia, 1988).

H.A.R. Gibb, Mohammedanism, 2d ed. (Oxford, 1970).

Goldziher, Introduction to Islamic Theology and Law, trans. Andras and Ruth Hamori (Princeton, 1981).

Richard Martin, Islam: A Cultural Perspective (Prentice-Hall, 1982).

David Norcliffe, Islam: Faith and Practice (Sussex, 1999).

Fazlur Rahman, Islam, second edition (Chicago, 1979).

Andrew Rippin, Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Routledge, 1990).

Neal Robinson, Islam: A Concise Introduction (Curzon, 1999).

Annemarie Schimmel, Islam: An Introduction (SUNY, 1992).

David Waines, An Introduction to Islam (Cambridge, 1995).

 

Islamic Civilization

John Esposito, ed., The Oxford History of Islam (Oxford, 1999).

Gustave von Grunebaum, Medieval Islam: A Vital Study of Islam at its Zenith, 2d ed. (Chicago, 1953).

Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in a World Civilization, 3 vols. (Chicago, 1974).

Ira Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Cambridge, 1988).

Francis Robinson, ed., Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World (Cambridge, 1996).

Bertold Spuler, The Age of the Caliphs: History of the Muslim World (1969; reprint, Markus Wiener, 1995) and The Mongol Period: History of the Muslim World (1969; reprint, Markus Wiener, 1994).

 

Thematic Works

Akbar S. Ahmed, Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the Muslim World (IB Tauris, 1999).

Akbar S. Ahmed, Postmodernism and Islam: Predicament and Promise (Routledge, 1992).

Richard Bulliet, Islam: The View from the Edge (Columbia, 1994).

Michael Gilsenan, Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modern Arab World (Pantheon, 1982).

Hassan Hathout, Reading the Muslim Mind (American Trust Publications, 1995).

Seyyed Houssein Nasr, Ideals and Realities of Islam, 2d ed. (Beacon, 1975).

John Renard, Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims (California, 1996).

John Renard, Windows on the House of Islam: Muslim Sources on Spirituality and Religious Life (California, 1998).

John Renard, Responses to 101 Questions on Islam (Paulist, 1998).

Annemarie Schimmel, Deciphering the Signs of God: A Phenomenological Approach to Islam (SUNY, 1994).

Abdulkader Tayob, Islam: A Short Introduction (Oneworld, 1999).

 

 

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