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A Spirit of Tolerance: The Inspiring Life of Tierno Bokar (Library of Perennial Philosophy)

Amadou Hampate Ba

Tierno Bokar (1875-1939), African mystic and Muslim spiritual teacher, was remarkable for the drama of his life story (which was made into a recent play directed by Peter Brook). His message of religious tolerance and universal love is profoundly... (read more)

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World: Six-Volume Set

John L. Esposito

This unique reference is a comprehensive encyclopedia dedicated to the institutions, religion, politics, and culture in Muslim societies throughout the world. Beginning coverage in the sixth century and extending it to the present day, the Encyclopedia... (read more)

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Muslim Ethiopia: The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics, and Islamic Reformism

Patrick Desplat (edt)

Muslim Ethiopia: The Christian Legacy, Identity Politics and Islamic Reformism is a pioneering collection of studies on Islam in contemporary Ethiopia. This volume challenges the popular notion of a 'Christian Ethiopia' imagined as the centuries-old... (read more)

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Encountering Islam: Joseph Pitts: An English Slave in 17th-Century Algiers and Mecca

Paul. Auchterlonie

Long before European empires came to dominate the Middle East, Britain was brought face to face with Islam through the activities of the Barbary corsairs. For three centuries after 1500, Muslim ships based in North African ports terrorized European... (read more)

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Perspectives on Islamic Faith and History: A Collection of Analytical Essays

Bashir A. Datoo

Islam is both a monotheistic religion and a holistic one — its system of inter-related beliefs is linked to the observance of ritual practices. In addition to bringing its adherents closer to Allah, Islam also promotes secular responsibilities... (read more)

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The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

From the renowned translator of The Gift, a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet to Western readers To Persians , the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend that... (read more)

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Theology and Creed in Sunni Islam: Kalam, Islamism, and the Postulates of Political Sunnism.

Jeffry R. Halverson

This study examines the impact which the demise of Islamic theology ( ilm al-kalam) by the fifteenth century C.E. has had on modern Islamic thought, and explores the correlation between anti-theological discourse and the rise of Islamism in the twentieth... (read more)

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Understanding the Qur'an Today

Mahmoud Hussein

The prevailing belief among Muslims is that, because the Qur'an is the Word of God and God is eternal, it follows that His Word is also eternal. The belief is based on the postulate that the Word of God must be of the same nature as God Himself. Mahmoud... (read more)

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