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The Wine of Wisdom: The Life, Poetry and Philosophy of Omar Khayyam

by Mehdi Aminrazavi

Representative of the exotic and erotic east, enemy of Christianity, prophet of hedonism, champion of free thinkers, Omar Khayyam and his Ruba’iyyat have been the stuff of legend for centuries. Nourished by...

Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism

by Miriam Cooke

In 1928, a young Lebanese woman, Nazira Zeineddine al-Halabi, wrote a book called "Unveiling and Veiling", an indictment of patriarchal oppression in which she boldly stated that the veil was un-Islamic, directly...

Mehmed Ali: From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt

by Khaled Fahmy

Kavalali Mehmed Ali Pasha (c. 1770 – 1849), often dubbed "the founder of modern Egypt", was one of the most important figures in the history of the Ottoman Empire. Born in what is now Greece, and seemingly...

Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World

by William C. Chittick

Islamic Intellectualism is dead: or so argues William Chittick in this radical new book challenging modern trends in religious thought. Whilst many may say that Islamic studies thrives as a subject, Chittick...

Husain Ahmad Madani: The Jihad for Islam and India's Freedom

by Barbara Metcalf

Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani (1879 – 1957) was a political activist, Islamic scholar, and supporter of Gandhi during the struggle for India’s independence. Humane and fiercely dedicated whether campaigning...

Ghazali: The Revival of Islam

by Eric Ormsby

This fascinating work profiles Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), the foremost Islamic scholar and mystic of the medieval period. Attracting the patronage of the vizier Nizam al-Mulk early in his career, he was...

Chinggis Khan: Selected Readings

by Michal Biran

In this novel perspective on a much-maligned figure, Michal Biran explains the monumental impact Chinggis Khan has had upon the Islamic World, both positive and negative. Often criticized as a mass-slaughterer,...

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.