Resources on Islam

from “Meanings, Definitions and Resources”

CBB Founder Imam Yahya Hendi discusses basic resources for understanding Islam in his CD/DVD series, “Islam from Within.” Here are some of the recommended resources. Information on translations of the Quran is forthcoming.

The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity. Sayyed Hossein Nasr. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 2002

Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith. Michael Wolf, ed. Articles by Muslims and non-Muslims, including Muhammad Ali and Karen Armstrong. Rodale/Beliefnet, 2002

Understanding Islam: A Guide for the Judeo-Christian Reader. Jerald F. Dirks. Beltsville, MD: Amana Publications 2004. (Also: The Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Similarities & Contrasts. Jerald F. Dirks. Beltsville, MD: Amana 2004)

Mystical Dimensions of Islam. Annemarie Schimmel. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1978

What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right with America. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, 2005

Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism. Abdulaziz Sachedina. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001. Available as used hardcover at low cost; also available as an e-book

In the Footsteps of the Prophet. Tariq Ramadan. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007

The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State. Noah Feldman. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. Available hardcover, paper and e-book

Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed. Gallup Press, 2008


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