Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Islam. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics Hardcovers)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. Yet despite the growing interest in Islamic teachings and culture, there has never been a truly satisfactory English translation of the Qur'an , until now. This superb new translation of the Qur'an is written in contemporary language that remains faithful to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. The translation is accurate and completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar existing translations. Thus, for the first time, English-speaking readers will have a text of the Qur'an which is easy to use and comprehensible. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His introduction traces the history of the Qur'an, examines its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women. Clearly written and filled with helpful information and guidance, this brilliant translation of the Qur'an is the best available introduction to the faith of Moslems around the world.

  • Author: Muhammad A. S. Abdel Haleem
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 0 edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0192805485
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 5.4 inches

                 

2. The Qur'an: English translation and Parallel Arabic text


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

One of the most influential books in the history of literature, recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, the Qur'an is the supreme authority and living source of all Islamic teaching, the sacred text that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of Islam. First published in 2004, M. A. S. Abdel Haleem's superb English translation has been acclaimed for both its faithfulness to the original and its supreme clarity. Now Haleem's translation is published side-by-side with the original Arabic text, to give readers a greater appreciation and understanding of the holy book. Revised for the new edition, this translation is written in contemporary language that remains true to the meaning and spirit of the original, making the text crystal clear while retaining all of this great work's eloquence. It is now set page-for-page against the most widespread traditional calligraphic Arabic text, for the benefit of Muslims who wish to make the connection between the translation and the Arabic text, as well as Arabic readers and non-Arabs learning to read the Qur'an in Arabic. As in the original volume, the translation is completely free from the archaisms, incoherence, and alien structures that mar other translations. Furthermore, Haleem includes notes that explain geographical, historical, and personal allusions as well as an index in which Qur'anic material is arranged into topics for easy reference. His introduction traces the history of the Qur'an, examines its structure and stylistic features, and considers issues related to militancy, intolerance, and the subjection of women. This brilliant bilingual edition of the Qur'an is the best available English-language translation. It has been approved by Al-Azhar University, the oldest Muslim university and the world's leading institution for the study of Arabic and Islam.

  • Author: M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Bilingual, Revised edition (July 29, 2010)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0199570713
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.8 x 6.6 inches

                 

3. Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial King


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir is one of the most hated men in Indian history. Widely reviled as a religious fanatic who sought to violently oppress Hindus, he is even blamed by some for setting into motion conflicts that would result in the creation of a separate Muslim state in South Asia. In her lively overview of his life and influence, Audrey Truschke offers a clear-eyed perspective on the public debate over Aurangzeb and makes the case for why his often-maligned legacy deserves to be reassessed. Aurangzeb was arguably the most powerful and wealthiest ruler of his day. His nearly 50-year reign (1658–1707) had a profound influence on the political landscape of early modern India, and his legacy―real and imagined―continues to loom large in India and Pakistan today. Truschke evaluates Aurangzeb not by modern standards but according to the traditions and values of his own time, painting a picture of Aurangzeb as a complex figure whose relationship to Islam was dynamic, strategic, and sometimes contradictory. This book invites students of South Asian history and religion into the world of the Mughal Empire, framing the contemporary debate on Aurangzeb's impact and legacy in accessible and engaging terms.

  • Author: Audrey Truschke
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1st edition (May 16, 2017)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical
  • ISBN: 978-1503602571
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.38 x 8 inches

                 

4. Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History: Society and Culture)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

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.

  • Author: R. Davis
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2003rd edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-1403945518
  • Dimensions: 5.51 x 0.64 x 8.5 inches

                 

5. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam, 3rd Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

•A revised and updated guide that explores the tenets of the Koran, history and culture.

  • Author: Yahiya Emerick
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 3rd edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1615641291
  • Dimensions: 7.33 x 0.81 x 9.02 inches

                 



6. Vision of Islam (Visions of Reality)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

Something is lost when Western thinkers approach Islam. They seem to see the religion in historical and cultural terms, obscuring Islam's own internal logic and its true beauty and spirituality. This clearly written introduction to Islam changes that, vividly explaining the Islamic perspectives that have rung true for Muslims for nearly 1400 years. The book covers the four dimensions of Islam as outlined in the Hadith of Gabriel: practice, faith, spirituality, and the Islamic view of history. Drawing on the Koran, the sayings of the Prophet and the great authorities of the tradition, the text introduces the essentials of each dimension and then shows how it has been embodied in Islamic institutions throughout history.

  • Author: Sachiko Murata
  • Publisher: Paragon House; 1St Edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1557785169
  • Dimensions: 6.03 x 0.86 x 9.01 inches

                 

7. A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

Muslims began arriving in the New World long before the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. The first arrivals date to the turn of the sixteenth century when European explorers and colonists crossed the Atlantic in search of new horizons and trading routes. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri’s fascinating book traces the history of Muslims in the United States and their different waves of immigration and conversion across five centuries, through colonial and antebellum America, through world wars and civil rights struggles, to the contemporary era. The book tells the often deeply moving stories of individual Muslims and their lives as immigrants and citizens within the broad context of the American religious experience, showing how that experience has been integral to the evolution of American Muslim institutions and practices. This is a unique and intelligent portrayal of a diverse religious community and its relationship with America. It will serve as a strong antidote to the current politicized dichotomy between Islam and the West, which has come to dominate the study of Muslims in America and further afield.

  • Author: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0521614870
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.04 x 9 inches

                 

8. The Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation: The Adornment of the Spiritually Transformed (Hilyat al-abdal) (Mystical Treatises of Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

Objective and illuminating, this treatise, written by Sufi leader Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, presents a fundamental analysis of spiritual practice. Underscoring the importance of silence, seclusion, hunger, and vigilance, this guide demonstrates that these activities are both physical and spiritual. Providing the necessary tools for an enlightened life, this dual-language edition incorporates the first critical edition of the Arabic text, gathered from the best-surviving manuscripts. An introduction, and translation of chapter 53 of the renowned Futuhat al-Makkiyya , are also included.

  • Author: Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi
  • Publisher: Anqa Publishing; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1905937042
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 0.3 x 8.25 inches

                 

9. The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art and Culture


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

Long viewed as an exotic wonderland of unimaginable treasures, the Mughal Empire (1526–1857) was, in reality, the mightiest Islamic empire in the history of India. In The Empire of the Great Mughals , historian Annemarie Schimmel describes the political, military, and economic rise of the Mughals, the incredible unfolding of the empire’s power and splendor, and the empire’s gradual collapse at the hands of the British.  Beginning with a concise historical overview, Schimmel paints a detailed picture of daily life in the empire: the role of rank in this strictly hierarchical society, the life of women, and the various religions, languages, and styles of literature of the era. She pays particular attention to the remarkable accomplishments and techniques of artists at the Mughal court—including the Taj Mahal, the most impressive demonstration of the Mughal rulers’ refined sense of beauty. The capstone to the career of Annemarie Schimmel, whom the New York Times called “one of the 20th century’s most influential scholars of Islam,” The Empire of the Great Mughals is a fascinating portrait of an exquisitely rich and refined civilization.

  • Author: Annemarie Schimmel
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; 1st edition (October 2, 2006)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-1861892515
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.75 inches

                 

10. Pragmatism in Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History (Middle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Islam - August 2021

In Pragmatism in Islamic Law, Ibrahim presents a detailed history of Sunni legal pluralism and the ways in which it was employed to accommodate the changing needs of society. Since the formative period of Islamic law, jurists have debated whether it is acceptable for a law to be selected based on its utility, rather than weighing conflicting articulations of the law to determine the most likely expression of the divine will. Virtually unanimous opposition to the utilitarian approach, referred to as “pragmatic eclecticism,” emerged among early Islamic jurists. However, due to a host of changing institutional and socioeconomic transformations, a trend toward the legitimization of pragmatic eclecticism arose in the thirteenth century. Subsequently, the Mamluk authorities institutionalized this pragmatism when Sultan Baybars appointed four chief judges representing the four Sunni schools in Cairo in 1265 CE. After a brief attempt to reverse Mamluk pluralism by imposing the Hanafi school in the sixteenth century, Egypt’s new rulers, the Ottomans, embraced this pluralistic pragmatism. In examining over a thousand cases from three seventeenth- and eighteenthcentury Egyptian courts, Ibrahim traces the internal logic of pragmatic eclecticism under the Ottomans. An array of archival sources documents the manner in which Egyptian society’s subaltern classes navigated Sunni legal pluralism as a tool to avoid more austere legal doctrines. The ensuing portrait challenges the assumption made by many modern historians that the utilitarian approaches adopted by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Muslim reformers constituted a clear rupture with early Islamic legal history. In contrast, many of the legal strategies exercised in Egypt’s partial codification of family law in the twentieth century were rooted in premodern Islamic jurisprudence.

  • Author: Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press; Reprint edition (January 31, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0815635178
  • Dimensions: 5.94 x 0.83 x 8.79 inches