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Mu'awiya ibn abi Sufyan: The Savior of the Caliphate

by R. Stephen Humphreys

In this accessible study, Stephen Humphreys introduces the most elusive of the early caliphs, Mu'awiya ibn abi Sufyan (602-680). Throughout history, some have accused him of being the first caliph to diverge...

Pointing the Finger: Islam and Muslims in the British Media

by Julian Petley

Ever since 9/11, Muslims and Islam have dominated the headlines in the UK. With one leading newspaper describing the Muslim community as a “troublesome minority”, the media has often been accused of hostility....

Sa¿di: The Poet of Life, Love and Compassion

by Homa Katouzian

One of greatest Persian writers of both classical prose and poetry, Sa'di was revered in his time as a man of great wisdom and passion. Filled with extracts of the poet's melodious and insightful writing, and...

Nasser: Hero of the Arab Nation

by Joel Gordon

To cite an old Egyptian cliche, Nasser (1918-1970) was the 'first Egyptian to rule Egypt since Cleopatra.' Deposing the corrupt king Farouk, abolishing the monarchy and negotiating the withdrawal of the British,...

Karim Khan Zand

by John R. Perry

A forward thinking and notably popular leader, Karim Khan Zand (1705-1779) was the founder of the Zand dynasty in Iran. In this insightful profile of a man before his time, esteemed academic John Perry shows...

Usama ibn Munqidh: Warrior Poet of The Age of Crusades

by Paul M. Cobb

A fascinating portrait of Usama ibn Munquidh, the famed 12th century warrior-poet and chronicler of everyday Muslim in the era of the first Crusade.

The Islamic Veil: A Beginner's Guide

by Elizabeth Bucar

Banned in public institutions in France and Turkey, mandatory in Saudi Arabia and Iran, no other item of clothing incites such furious reactions. The Islamic veil – a catch-all term that encompasses everything...

On Being a Muslim: Finding a Religious Path in the World Today

by Farid Esack

Funny, challenging, controversial, passionate and unforgiving, this is an unprecedented personal account of a Muslim's life in the modern world. As an Islamic scholar, outspoken social activist and well-known...

Ikhwan al-Safa': A Brotherhood of Idealists on the Fringe of Orthodox Islam

by Godefroid de Callatay

An illuminating study of the mysterious Brethren of Purity', the 10th century letter writers whose epistles, although often deemed heretical, exerted a profound influence on the development of Shi'i Islam.

Beshir Agha: Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem

by Jane Hathaway

An exploration of the legacy of El-Hajj Beshir, Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem in the early 18th century, and a highly influential proponent of the Hanafi legal rite.

Shaykh Mufid

by Tamima Bayhom-Daou

An account of the great Shi'ite scholar-theologian.

Ibn 'Arabi: Heir to the Prophets

by William C. Chittick

The importance of Muhyi al-Din Ibn al-Arabi (1165-1240) for Islamic mysticism lies in the fact that he was a speculative thinker of the highest order, albeit diffuse and difficult to understand. His central...

Islam: Faith and History

by Mahmoud Ayoub

Combining the personal with the scholarly, this innovative introduction gives the reader an insight into Islam and its rich history.

Inside The Gender Jihad: Women's Reform in Islam

by Amina Wadud

In this engaging study, Dr Amina Wadud, an Afro-American Muslim herself, introduces the feminist movement in Islam and delves into its challenges, its textual foundations in the Qur'an and its achievements....

Fazlallah Astarabadi and the Hurufis

by Shahzad Bashir

Fazlallah Astarabadi was a 14th-century Islamic religious leader who believed that the world was about to come to an end. This book is the first comprehensive study of Astarabadi's life and thought and also...

Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences

by Margot Badran

While many in the West regard feminism and Islam as a contradiction in terms, many Muslims in the East have perceived Western feminist forces in their midst as an assault upon their culture. In this career-spanning...

The Qur'an: A Beginner's Guide

by Farid Esack

The Qur’an has spoken to Muslims for over one thousand years; it is seen as law-maker, moral code, and the word of God. Drawing on both contemporary and ancient sources, Esack outlines the key themes and explains...

Mulla Sadra

by Sayeh Meisami

Mulla Sadra (1572–1640) is perhaps the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world. The author of over forty works, he sought to bring to life the whole heritage of Islamic thought,...

Sufism: A Beginner's Guide

by William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick, the leading scholar in the field, offers a compelling insight into the origins, context, and key themes of this fascinating movement. After a general overview of the tradition, he draws...

Judaism: A Beginner's Guide

by Dan Cohn-Sherbok & Lavinia Cohn-Sherbok

In this clear and authoratative guide, Lavinia and Dan Cohn-Sherbok concisely examine the Jewish faith and its practices and explore what it means to be a Jew today. From the nature of God to the divisions within...