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What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam What is This? A guide to a wide variety of general questions asked by those looking to learn more about Muslim culture and the Islamic world.

Suggestions for Further Reading

General Reference

Esposito, John L., editor-in-chief. The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

———. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. 6 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

———. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Esposito, John L., ed. The Oxford History of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Hodgson, Marshall G. S. The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in a World Civilization. 3 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974.

Lapidus, Ira M. A History of Islamic Societies. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Translations of the Quran

Ali, Abdullah Yusuf. The Meaning of the Holy Qur′an. 11th ed. Beltsville, Md.: Amana Publications, 2004.

Ali, Ahmed. Al-Quran: A Contemporary Translation. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Arberry, A. J. The Koran Interpreted. New York: Macmillan, 1964.

Asad, Muhammad. The Message of the Quran. Chicago: Kazi Publications, 1996.

Bakhtiar, Leila. The Sublime Quran: Based on the Hanafi, Maliki, and Shafii Schools of Law. Chicago: Kazi Publications, 2007.

Fakhry, Majid. An Interpretation of the Qur′an. New York: New York University Press, 2002.

———. The Qur′an: A Modern English Version. Berkshire, U.K.: Garnet Publishing, 1996.

Haleem, M. A. S. Abdel. The Qur′an. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Pickthall, Mohammed Marmaduke. The Meaning of the Glorious Koran. Beltsville, Md.: Amana Publications, 1999.

Faith, Practice, Politics, and Society

Abdo, Geneive. No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Abdul-Matin, Ibrahim. Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet. New York: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.

Abou El Fadl, Khaled. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists. New York: HarperOne, 2005.

———. The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.

———. Speaking in God's Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2001.

Abou El Fadl, Khaled, Joshua Cohen, and Ian Lague. The Place of Tolerance in Islam. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.

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

Armstrong, Karen. The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

———. Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

———. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

———. Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1993.

Aslan, Reza. No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. New York: Random House, 2005.

Bloom, Jonathan, and Sheila Blair. Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2002.

Bunt, Gary R. Islam in the Digital Age: E-Jihad, Online Fatwas and Cyber Islamic Environments. London: Pluto Press, 2003.

———. Muslims: Rewiring the House of Islam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Cesari, Jocelyne. When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

———, ed. Muslims in the West After 9/11: Religions, Politics and Law. London: Routledge, 2008.

Chittick, William C. Sufism: A Beginner's Guide. Oxford: Oneworld, 2007.

Cragg, Kenneth. Jesus and the Muslim: An Exploration. Boston: Oneworld, 1999.

———. Muhammad in the Qur′an: The Task and the Text. London: Melisende, 2001.

———. The Pen and the Faith: Eight Modern Muslim Writers and the Qur′an. New York: Routledge, 2008.

———. The Qur′an and the West. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2006.

Daniel, Norman. Islam and the West: The Making of an Image. Rev. ed. Oxford: Oneworld, 1993.

Denny, Frederick M. An Introduction to Islam. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.

Esack, Farid. The Qur′an: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oneworld, 2002.

———. The Qur′an: A User's Guide. Oxford: Oneworld, 2005.

Esposito, John L. The Future of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

———. Islam: The Straight Path. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

———. The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

———. Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Esposito, John L., and Osman Bakar, eds. Asian Islam in the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Esposito, John L., with Natana J. DeLong-Bas. Women in Muslim Family Law. 2d ed. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Esposito, John L., Yvonne Haddad, and Jane Smith. Immigrant Faiths: Christians, Jews, and Muslims Becoming Americans. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 2002.

Esposito, John L., and John O. Voll. Islam and Democracy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

———. Makers of Contemporary Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Fitzgerald, Michael L., and John Borelli. Interfaith Dialogue: A Catholic View. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, ed. Muslims in the West: From Sojourners to Citizens. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, and John L. Esposito, eds. Islam, Gender, and Social Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

———. Muslims on the Americanization Path? Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, and Wadi Z. Haddad. Christian-Muslim Encounters. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, and Adair T. Lummis. Islamic Values in the United States: A Comparative Study. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, and Jane I. Smith, eds. Muslim Minorities in the West: Visible and Invisible. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 2002.

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, Jane I. Smith, and Kathleen M. Moore. Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Halm, Heinz. The Shi′ites: A Short History. 2nd ed. Princeton, N.J.: Marcus Wiener Publishers, 2007.

Haneef, Suzanne. What Everyone Should Know About Islam and Muslims. 12th ed. Chicago: Kazi Publications, 1995.

Hroub, Khaled. Hamas: Political Thought and Practice. Washington, D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2000.

Hunter, Shireen T. Islam, Europe's Second Religion. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2002.

Klausen, Jytte. The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Kohlberg, Etan, ed. Shi′ism. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2003.

LeVine, Mark. Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam. New York: Three Rivers, 2008.

Lings, Martin. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. London: Allen & Unwin, 1983.

———. A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, U.K.: Islamic Texts Society, 1993.

———. What Is Sufism? 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Lowney, Chris. A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment. New York: Free Press, 2005.

MacLeod, Arlene Elowe. Accommodating Protest: Working Women, the New Veiling, and Change in Cairo. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.

Mawdudi, Abdul A′la. Towards Understanding Islam. Chicago: Kazi Publications, 1992.

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Mernissi, Fatima. The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam. Trans. Mary Jo Lakeland. Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Books, 1992.

Mills, Paul S., and John R. Presley. An Introduction to Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice. New York: St. Martin's Press,1999.

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Nasr, Sayyed Hossein. The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition. New York: HarperOne,2007.

———. The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2002.

———. Ideals and Realities of Islam. New rev. ed. Chicago: Kazi Publications, 2000.

———. Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2003.

———. Traditional Islam in the Modern World. London: KPI Limited, 1987.

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———. Muhammad and the Origins of Islam. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.

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———. Major Themes of the Qur′an. 2nd ed. Chicago: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1989.

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———. The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad. London: Allen Lane, 2007.

———. To Be a European Muslim. Leicester, U.K.: Islamic Foundation, 2003.

———. Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

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———. Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.

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———, ed. One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage. New York: Grove Press, 1999.

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