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Title: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on February 03, 2008, 01:37:19 PM
peace all,

If you have any books to recommend on Quran/Islam and related topics, please post them here.

Ideally, please also provide a short summary of the book and why you are recommending it.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on February 03, 2008, 01:55:53 PM
Understanding Quran: Themes and Style
By M.A.Abdel Haleem

What I liked about it here:
http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=13503.0


God and Man in the Koran (http://www.amazon.com/God-Koran-Islam-Toshihiko-Izutsu/dp/0836992628/)
by Toshihiko Izutsu (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/105-7434786-9551601?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Toshihiko%20Izutsu)

Review and excerpts here:
http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=15870.0


"Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought"
by Daniel Brown.

Summary of book found here:
http://mypercept.co.uk/articles/Rethinking_Tradition_Modern_Islamic_Thought.htm

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 03, 2008, 04:00:33 PM
I recommend:

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Defenders of Reason In Islam: Mu'tazilism and Rational Theology from Medieval School to Modern Symbol (Paperback)


And:

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Faith and Reason in Islam: Averroes' Exposition of Religious Arguments (Great Islamic Writings) (Paperback)

And:

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Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook (Paperback)

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 03, 2008, 04:01:01 PM
Also:

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Islam: Past, Present and Future (Hardcover)

It is a very good book on Islam, the different theories, ideas and tries to understand early Islam more as a system that was later formed into a religion. Hans Kung was the main advisor on Islam for the Roman Catholic church but was kicked out, or rather being degraded, because he acknowledged the Quran being from God and that the Trinity was a man-made doctrine. He says the Quran presents the correct picture of the early Christians.

It has everything from A-Z on Islam.

Kung's words:

"There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions." - K?ng speaking on global ethic
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 03, 2008, 04:02:33 PM
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The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law (Themes in Islamic Law) (Paperback)

very good as it lays down the whole history of Islamic law, why it changed, how it differs between sects and what the future should be if Muslims wants to create a stabile progressive society.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 03, 2008, 04:03:05 PM
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What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text, and Commentary (Hardcover)

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Pioneers of Islamic Revival: Second Edition (Studies in Islamic Society) (Paperback)

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Evolution and/or Creation: An Islamic Perspective (Paperback)

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The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories (Paperback)

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God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications) (Paperback)

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Introduction to the Qur'an (Paperback)

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Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything (Paperback)

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Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life (Hardcover)
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 03, 2008, 04:03:34 PM
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The Quran: Unchallengeable Miracle (Paperback)

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History of Islamic Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies)

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Muslim Conspiracies Against the Quaran (Paperback)

http://quraniceducationandresearch.com/
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Jack on February 12, 2008, 08:00:19 AM
Peace,

This is a great book and it's free to view online.

Four Basic Quranic Terms

http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/M_four_term/index.html


It focuses on Illah, Rabb, Ibadah and Deen and how Al quran uses the terms.


A must read, IMO.



Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 12, 2008, 09:18:55 AM
Maudoodi is a strange man. He had some real good insights into Islam but at the same time he said slavery was okay and that males could have sexual slaves.

Dr.Shabbir's comments:

His Impact: The treacherous, imbecile Maududi, through his long,
confused, confusing and inconclusive writings, has frozen the minds of
millions of simple Muslims for the last half century making sure that the
Ummah remains stuck in the spiderweb of the manmade, counterfeit,
Hadithi, Number Two Islam (N2I). The forsakers of the Quran got exactly
what they deserved. A significant factor behind his popularity has been the
generous royal Saudi support as in the case of the Egyptian Mullah-in-
Chief, Syed Qutb in the 1950s.

The Captive Women: 1:340 means Vol 1 Pg 340. The summary and
conclusion of his discussion on war captives, Vol 1 pg 340: Even today, the
government must distribute the women war captives among Muslim
soldiers and the soldiers should ?use? them. This rule will apply to women
regardless of whether they belong to the People of the Book, or any other
religion. How would the Mullahs feel if Muslims, getting thrashed all around
the world today, had their women treated by the ?infidels? in this
abominable fashion?

The Quran, verse 47:4 states that the captives of war must be freed either
for ransom (e.g. exchange of POWs) or as an act of kindness as soon as
the battle ends. There is no third option. When an eminent scholar differed
with him and showed how the Quran has closed the door of slavery
forever, Maududi responded, ?The error of this man lies in that he relies on
the Quran to form his opinion.? (Tafhimat 2:292)
Slavery: Maududi further alleges that:

 A slave owner can sell his slave whenever and to whomever he
pleases.
 The act of kindness means that the captives be made slaves and
given into the ownership of (Muslim) individuals.
 A bondwoman given to any man by the rulers is as legal and binding
a process as Nikah (marriage).
 A captive of war will remain a slave even if he or she embraces Islam.
 If a slave tries to escape or create mischief, the master has the right
to kill him/her.
 While the Shari?ah (religious law made up by Mullahs) has limited the
number of wives to four, it places NO LIMIT to the number of
concubines a man can possess. He can have sexual relations with
them freely. There is no reason for any man to feel bad about having
sex with these (captured) concubines. (Tafhimul Quran 1:340
onwards, and 5:14 onwards)
Beware! Dear reader, whenever you encounter statements like ?Islam says
this,? or ?Shari?ah states that,? know that it is almost invariably the
Mullah?s own wishful thinking rather than the Word of God.

Child Molestation: It is not only permissible to give in marriage the girls
who have not had their menstrual periods yet. Rather, it is also permissible
for the husbands to have sexual intercourse with them. Now it is obvious
that something that has been allowed by the Quran, no Muslim has the
right to declare it forbidden. (Mullah Maududi, Tafhimul Quran 5:571). Did
he marry ?off? his daughters or nieces at age 6 or 9?

If Someone Dies of Hunger: If someone dies of hunger, he dies because
Allah had written for him to die of hunger. (Tarjumanul Quran, Jan. 1966).
Should the government and the community be so easily absolved of their
fundamental duty? The Prophet (S) is reported to have said in a well-known
Hadith, ?If a single person sleeps hungry in a community, Allah removes
His protection from that people.? Also, Hazrat Umar is reported to have
said, ?If a dog were to die of hunger by the Euphrates, I am afraid Umar will
be held responsible.?

How to Establish a Solid Islamic State: Maududi shows a brilliant way to
establish a solid Islamic state: Send notice to the population that they must
announce within one year whether they should be considered Muslims or
non-Muslims. After that one year, all children born to Muslims will be
considered Muslims. All those who register as Muslims will be forced to
observe the worships and rituals of Islam, five prayers a day, Friday
prayers, 2.5 percent charity well-documented, fasting in the month of
Ramadhan, Pilgrimage to Makkah for the affluent, sacrificing a sheep or
goat at least once a year etc. Then whoever falls short of these obligations
of Islam, will be beheaded. (Murtad Ki Saza, Punishment of the Apostate,
August 1953, pg 76). Please note that many Mullahs considered Maududi a
heretic apostate. He might have been the first to be put to sword. If this
brilliant concept of Maududi is implemented, all the Muslim population of
that ?solid? Islamic state will walk around without heads on their shoulders.

Maududi?s Religious Freedom: In an Islamic country, non-Muslims
will have full rights to spread their belief, but we will not allow any
Muslim to change his or her religion. (Tarjumanul Quran, Dec.1959
pg 269). The Mullah would behead the ?apostate?. Can you see the
blatant and silly contradiction here? According to the Quran, there is
no compulsion in religion. (2:256)

Ah! The ?Infidel? Kids: Children of non-Muslims will go to Paradise
and will be made slaves of the owners of Paradise. (Ref same, pg
134). The Mullah probably lived under the wishful thinking that he
would be the owner of Paradise! How about slavery, even in
Paradise? Maududi never thought that his own children could be
eternal slaves.

The daughters of non-Muslims who died young will be made hoors of
Paradise. (Asia, Lahore, June 14, 1969). And how will they be treated?
According to Maududi, the men of Paradise will have their young, fullbreasted
houris indoors in their palaces. And the little infidel 'houri girls',
eternally staying little, will live in beautiful outdoor tents. Men of Paradise
(which would be, of course, Mullahs alone) will have sex with them
whenever they go about strolling in the evenings. Ah, the poor ?infidel?
kids!

Telling Lies May Be Mandatory: Truth is one of the most important
principles of Islam and lying is one of the greatest sins. But in real life,
needs arise when telling lies is not only allowed, rather it becomes
mandatory. (Tarjumanul Quran, May 1958 pg 54)

Temporary Marriage (Mut?ah) is permissible under certain circumstances.
(Tarjumanul Quran, August 1955). Maududi puts forward an example: If a
man and woman get stranded on an island, as soon as they procure food,
they should go ahead and indulge in sex regardless of their marital status.

In Vol 1 pg 338 of his Tafhim, Mullah Maududi writes that although the
jurists differ on the age of suckling, even if a grown up man suckles on a
woman, he will enter into the bond of suckling! But the foolishness does
not end here. Maududi asserts in Tarjumanul Quran that the amount of milk
actually swallowed is of terrible importance. How much milk? Maududi
frantically seeks help from Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik and comes up
with a solution. Well, the amount is that which will be enough to break the
fast of a fasting person. However, the three Mullahs fail to elaborate how
much milk will be sufficient to break a fast. The Mullahs have neither the
sense, nor the courage to reject Ahadith that insult human intelligence,
such as this one of a grown up man suckling on a strange woman! Would
the Mullahs advise this nonsense to their wives, sisters and daughters?
Who knows if Maududi did that?

http://ourbeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/Dr.%20Shabbir/2007/09/criminals.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Jack on February 12, 2008, 10:31:47 AM
Hey man in this world, you gotta take what you can get. Shabbir's no angel himself; not by a long shot.







Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: ayani on February 12, 2008, 10:32:22 AM
The Garden of Truth : Seyyed Hossein Nasr

~~~

Believing Women in Islam : Asma Barlas

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My Mercy Encompasses All : Reza Shah-Kazemi

~~~

The Other in Light of the One : the Universality of the Quran and Inter-Faith Dialogue : Reza Shah-Kazemi



Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on February 12, 2008, 11:52:43 AM
Hey man in this world, you gotta take what you can get. Shabbir's no angel himself; not by a long shot.

Anyone promoting hate, oppression, slavery and rape is no authority in my eyes. Nobody is perfect, Dr.Shabbir also has his flaws and he can be harsh sometimes in his behaviour, but he never ever has promoted anything close. So this comment is useless.

Both you and me will take a lifetime do as much in the service of Islam as he has done.

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: AlFajr on February 12, 2008, 01:17:31 PM
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The Quran: Unchallengeable Miracle (Paperback)


This is a great book. And also available free here:
http://www.quranmiracles.com/
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on February 12, 2008, 01:26:47 PM
Thanks bro's :)

This is a great thread. i gotta buy some of those books.

Peace
David
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on May 30, 2008, 05:09:39 AM
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 Exploring Islam in a New Light: An Understanding from the Quranic Perspective
By Abdur Rab 
 
http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-47940-5

Emphasizing the Quran?s messages of peace, tolerance, and compassion, this book intentionally avoids Hadith-based ideas to significantly contribute to the ?Quran only? movement in Islam.

Book Description
This Islam is spiritual, humane, and scientific, far from its fanatic and militant image it carries in the West. It shows how man can evolve spiritually to lead an enriched, progressive, and blissful life. It advocates tolerance and peaceful co-existence and disapproves of gender or human discrimination and harsh punishments. Abdur Rab argues that, regrettably, the Hadith undermines and misrepresents Islam. Numerous Hadith texts contradict the Quran, reason, and science and send conflicting, confusing messages. The criteria used to authenticate the Hadith are flawed and simply inadequate.

This book is an impassioned call to understand Islam solely in Quranic terms and to reform practiced Islam, distorted by Hadith-based ideas.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I just received the book and skipped through it. The first thing I noticed was the foreword by Prof. Riffat Hassan, the well known feminist Muslim scholar and student of GA.Parwez. Next to this the very good reviews by convert Prof. Jeffrey Lang (author of "Loosing my Religion" & "When angels ask", prof. in Islam) and prof. Reza Aslan (author " No God but God") and others.

All of them praised its' Qur'anic approach and also agreed on the need to return to the Qur'an. This coming from 2 well-known Islamic professors shows that the Qur'anic stance is gaining ground everywhere.

The topics are laid out very good and his approach is very professional. Next to laying out some well-known issues, he also brings in some fresh ideas. Good use of footnotes and quoting of Qur'anic verses makes this a very good work and important for us to have.

A must have for progressive Muslims!
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on June 14, 2008, 09:46:50 AM
List of special book recommendations on Shelfari:

toplist for qur'anic research 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/toplist%20for%20qur'anic%20research

best books
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/best%20books

islamic reform and research
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/islamic%20reform%20and%20research

islamic philosophy 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/islamic%20philosophy

islamic science 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/islamic%20science

philosophy
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/philosophy

qur'anic cosmology 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/qur'anic%20cosmology

qur'anic research 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/quranic%20research

science 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/science

self-development 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/self-development

cosmology
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/cosmology

theology 
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/theology

traditional islamic theology
http://www.shelfari.com/ArnoldYasinMol/tags/traditional%20islamic%20theology

Also join the book groups!

Quranic System Research group
http://www.shelfari.com/groups/18942/about

Critical Thinking for Islamic Reform
http://www.shelfari.com/groups/23220/about

Orientalism
http://www.shelfari.com/groups/24347/about
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on August 02, 2008, 11:32:05 AM
The Arabic Language
by Kees Versteegh

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A general introduction to Arabic, which places special emphasis on its history and use. Charting the history and development of the Arabic language (mother tongue of more than 150 million speakers) from the earliest beginnings to modern times, the text concentrates on the difference between two types of Arabic: the Classical standard language; and the dialects. It offers the student a solid grounding in the structure of the language, its historical context and its use in various literary and non-literary genres, as well as an understanding of the role of Arabic as a cultural, religious and political world language. Intended as an introductory guide for students of Arabic, this book aims to act as a catalyst for discussions from historical-linguistic and socio-linguistic perspectives.

I found it very impressive in its honesty and how in 288 pages it describes all special matters on how Arabic developed, how it incorperated other languages, how the Quran used these, and how later on Arabic developed into Classic Arabic and then to Modern Arabic. It discusses the development of grammar and meanings on many keypoints.

As we discuss the Arabic language much here, and also speculate much, this book is a must have and I recommend it to everybody how wants to learn more about the Arabic language in an honest and very professional way. I see it as a must-have for Quranic research.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on August 29, 2008, 02:54:54 PM
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Hadith as Scripture by prof. Aisha Y. Musa

"Hadith as Scripture is the only book that covers both the earliest and most recent discussions on the authority of the Hadith. The authority of Hadith is a concern to Muslims in their daily lives, as well as a question of academic interest. Hadith as Scripture contains the first-ever Western language translation of the earliest extant text on the subject. This work explores the earliest extant discussions on the authority of the Hadith in Islam and compares them with contemporary debates."

I just received the book today and have almost finished it. It is written superbly. Without a doubt Prof. Musa shows that the proponents of Hadith as divine authority were the new kids on the block around 800CE as their writings show they were trying to convince the majority of Muslims to accept Hadith as divine. The famous Kitab Jima al-Ilm (The book of the amalgamation of Knowledge) and other works by Imam Shafi are written as a response to other writings which professed the Qur'an alone as divine source and authority. And thus show Qur'an alone was not only present in early Islam, but also dominant among Muslims. It is amazing also to know that no scrap of writing has remained of these Qur'an "alone" scholars. Which in my eyes not only show political influence in the debate (the rulers clearly wanted no traces remained), but also that the arguments supporting Hadith were not as strong as the majority believes. The following of Hadith became dominant as there was no literature remaining that attacked this view.

This book is important for everyone to read, to widen their knowledge and to know:

"The role they (the Hadith) have played has been so influential for so long that both Muslims and non-Muslims alike generally assume they have always uncontested authority. However, a survey of Islamic history shows that the Hadith did not always enjoy such widespread acceptance and authority.[...] Ignorance of these early disputes has contributed to the common misconception that opposition to the Hadith as an authoritve scriptural source of law and guidance is a modern-day, Western, Orientalist-influenced heresy," [Introduction to the book]
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: L.Hu on August 30, 2008, 07:38:59 AM
Peace

Can you Arnold post 1 or 2 chapters. I looked it up on Amazon. It was $50. There was also no perview on Google Books. So again brother can you post 1 or 2 chapters personally though 3 chapters would be better.

GodBless
Lareb
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on August 30, 2008, 08:56:15 AM
Peace,

1. The Early controversies: Sources and issues
2. Al-Shafi? and Ibn Qutayba: Prophetic reports as revelation
3. Later works on the problem of hadith
4. The question of authority in the modern period
5. Internet resources and discussions
6. A translation of Kitab Jima al-Ilm
7. List of Qurnaic verses used in the Quran alone debate

The book is worth it's 50$ for anyone interested in studying the subject in detail.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: /*JM*/ on September 17, 2008, 01:21:36 AM
CE QUE DIT VRAIMENT LE CORAN (= WHAT THE QURAN REALLY SAYS)
Docteur Abou nahla Al Ajam?

http://srbs.fr/Affiche.htm
http://www.oumma.com/Que-dit-vraiment-le-Coran-partie-1
http://www.oumma.com/Que-dit-vraiment-le-Coran-2-2



Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on September 27, 2008, 05:31:52 AM
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Moral Agents and Their Deserts: The Character of Mu'tazilite Ethics

Review
Moral Agents and Their Deserts is a significant addition to the study of Mu?tazilite thought and Muslim ethics. The book details other works on the subject and speaks with distinct authority about the material. It articulates the broad issues of this subject with rigor, personal engagement, and a distinct concern for relevance. The book will form a welcome bridge between this highly specialized subject and nonspecialists, and certainly others working in fields such as Islamic thought or medieval philosophy.
(Toby Mayer, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London )

Product Description

Must good deeds be rewarded and wrongdoers punished? Would God be unjust if He failed to punish and reward? And what is it about good or evil actions and moral identity that might generate such necessities? These were some of the vital religious and philosophical questions that eighth- and ninth-century Mu'tazilite theologians and their sophisticated successors attempted to answer, giving rise to a distinctive ethical position and one of the most prominent and controversial intellectual trends in medieval Islam. The Mu'tazilites developed a view of ethics whose distinguishing features were its austere moral objectivism and the crucial role it assigned to reason in the knowledge of moral truths. Central to this ethical vision was the notion of moral desert, and of the good and evil consequences--reward or punishment--deserved through a person's acts.

Moral Agents and Their Deserts is the first book-length study of this central theme in Mu'tazilite ethics, and an attempt to grapple with the philosophical questions it raises. At the same time, it is a bid to question the ways in which modern readers, coming to medieval Islamic thought with a philosophical interest, seek to read and converse with Mu'tazilite theology. Moral Agents and Their Deserts tracks the challenges and rewards involved in the pursuit of the right conversation at the seams between modern and medieval concerns.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on October 11, 2008, 06:43:57 AM
Concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic (Hardcover)  
by Arne A. Ambros

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The Nouns of Koranic Arabic Arranged by Topics: A Companion Volume to the Concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic (Hardcover)
by Arne A. Ambros

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This dictionary undertakes, for the first time, to group the substantives and adjectives in the Arabic Koran by topics, with glosses in English. The categories are partly derived from nature such as Astronomy, Metals or Human Sexuality, partly they reflect the great themes of the text, such as Guidance and Straying or Obedience and Disobedience. An English index enables the user to check if a certain concept occurs and how it is expressed in the Arabic Koran.

These are beautiful and very informative books. The roots are laid out in all the forms and uses and how the words are used in the Qur'an.   Here is a scanned page of the book:

http://deenrc.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/dictionary-of-koranic-arabicp164.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: the seeker on October 12, 2008, 11:16:49 PM
The Arabic Language
by Kees Versteegh

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A general introduction to Arabic, which places special emphasis on its history and use. Charting the history and development of the Arabic language (mother tongue of more than 150 million speakers) from the earliest beginnings to modern times, the text concentrates on the difference between two types of Arabic: the Classical standard language; and the dialects. It offers the student a solid grounding in the structure of the language, its historical context and its use in various literary and non-literary genres, as well as an understanding of the role of Arabic as a cultural, religious and political world language. Intended as an introductory guide for students of Arabic, this book aims to act as a catalyst for discussions from historical-linguistic and socio-linguistic perspectives.

I found it very impressive in its honesty and how in 288 pages it describes all special matters on how Arabic developed, how it incorperated other languages, how the Quran used these, and how later on Arabic developed into Classic Arabic and then to Modern Arabic. It discusses the development of grammar and meanings on many keypoints.

As we discuss the Arabic language much here, and also speculate much, this book is a must have and I recommend it to everybody how wants to learn more about the Arabic language in an honest and very professional way. I see it as a must-have for Quranic research.

peace bro:

do you happen to have a pdf version of this?

thanks.

O0 ramon  O0
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on October 13, 2008, 01:06:46 AM
Peace,

Sadly no.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: the seeker on October 16, 2008, 04:23:20 AM
Peace.

No worries  :)
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Fahad on October 17, 2008, 01:36:48 AM

Four Basic Quranic Terms (http://bandung2.co.uk/books/Files/Language/FourBasicQuranicTerms.pdf)
by Syed Abul-Ala Maududi

Milestones (http://bandung2.co.uk/books/Files/Politics/Milestones.pdf)
by Sayyid Qutb

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Soraya on November 12, 2008, 03:45:12 AM
Defenders of The Reasons in Islam is a really good book..
About Mutazilism
However that was how traditionalists chose to go seperate ways..The distortion was due to the following questions that arose:
1) questions such as whether Al Quran was created or is it eternal?
2) Whether people have free will or predestination(the concept of Qadr)
Qadariya was a word that the traditionalists used..

Also Kitab-al-usul al khamsa which is very interesting..Mashah Allah

Infact I believe that the Mutazilites were on a right track..But unfortunately they focused too much on their research and neglected the ordinary people..this was how the traditionalists used the ordinary people to gain power..

Correct me if am mistaken

Fee Amanillah
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: the seeker on November 15, 2008, 05:09:42 PM
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 Exploring Islam in a New Light: An Understanding from the Quranic Perspective
By Abdur Rab 
 
http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-47940-5

Emphasizing the Quran?s messages of peace, tolerance, and compassion, this book intentionally avoids Hadith-based ideas to significantly contribute to the ?Quran only? movement in Islam.

Book Description
This Islam is spiritual, humane, and scientific, far from its fanatic and militant image it carries in the West. It shows how man can evolve spiritually to lead an enriched, progressive, and blissful life. It advocates tolerance and peaceful co-existence and disapproves of gender or human discrimination and harsh punishments. Abdur Rab argues that, regrettably, the Hadith undermines and misrepresents Islam. Numerous Hadith texts contradict the Quran, reason, and science and send conflicting, confusing messages. The criteria used to authenticate the Hadith are flawed and simply inadequate.

This book is an impassioned call to understand Islam solely in Quranic terms and to reform practiced Islam, distorted by Hadith-based ideas.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I just received the book and skipped through it. The first thing I noticed was the foreword by Prof. Riffat Hassan, the well known feminist Muslim scholar and student of GA.Parwez. Next to this the very good reviews by convert Prof. Jeffrey Lang (author of "Loosing my Religion" & "When angels ask", prof. in Islam) and prof. Reza Aslan (author " No God but God") and others.

All of them praised its' Qur'anic approach and also agreed on the need to return to the Qur'an. This coming from 2 well-known Islamic professors shows that the Qur'anic stance is gaining ground everywhere.

The topics are laid out very good and his approach is very professional. Next to laying out some well-known issues, he also brings in some fresh ideas. Good use of footnotes and quoting of Qur'anic verses makes this a very good work and important for us to have.

A must have for progressive Muslims!

peace brother:

can i go work with you so i can have access to all these books?

God bless. ramon  :)
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on November 16, 2008, 02:33:25 AM
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Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on December 19, 2008, 04:41:33 AM
Fakhr al-Dīn al Rāzī?s methodology in interpreting the Qurān by Shalahudin Kafrawi.

 

Many studies have been done of Fakhr al-Dinal-Razi and his system of thought, taking into account his contributions from theology, philosophy, and exegesis. However, works specifically devoted to his exegetical thought have been few. In fact, none of these has dealt with al-Razi?s exegetical methodology in the light of his basic assumptions regarding the Qur?an. In view of this fact, the present thesis aims at elucidating Fakhr al-Din al-Razi?s methodology in interpreting the Qur?an in his magnum opus, known by the title al-Tafsir al-Kabir or Mafatih&dotbelow; al-Ghayb. In order to achieve this purpose, we will focus on his interpretation of the third chapter of the Qur?an, printed in volumes 7, 8, and 9 of the standard edition of his work.
    In overall terms, al-Razi contributed greatly to the dissemination of a rational approach to the study of the Qur?an. Yet, he could not avoid the debate over theological issues, which were common in his time. In many parts of his al-Tafsir al-Kabir, therefore, he defends Ash?arite thought against the views of Mu?tazilites, Zahirites, and the Hashwiyyah, among others.

http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:1801/webclient/DeliveryManager?application=DIGITOOL-3&owner=resourcediscovery&custom_att_2=simple_viewer&user=GUEST&pds_handle=&pid=21224&con_lng=ENG&search_terms=000001825&rd_session=http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:8881/R/L943R3ETR1REQ4QMJ67D3QSTH3GJUUB7L556DTIEIBQ4XGVKKI-00398

An excellent essay on one of the major rational Qur'an exegesists of the Middle Ages. A very interesting read.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Bahr53 on February 16, 2009, 01:05:12 PM
Salaam
Here you can download these books, http://www.box.net/shared/5tgzvctcf5  :

- Arab Conspiracies against Islam
- Argument against ritual prayer
- Construction of Mecca
- Hadith a re-evaluation
- Hadith research, the myth of hadith
- Hadith Debate, and what is Salaat
- Mental Bondage (in the name of God)
- MY JOURNEY FROM THE CHRISTIANITY OF AHLUL SUNNAH WAL JAMAAH TO THE ISLAM OF THE PROPHET
- Natural Republic
- No fasting
- No hate of Jews in the Quran
- Quran, Hadith and Islam
- The history of Hadith
- The MessengerInfo from the Quran
- Turkey reform of Islam
- Where did Muhammed live


Free English book refuting Hadith for download in PDF format:
http://www.box.net/shared/5tgzvctcf5


Fem gode linker/Five good links:

http://aididsafar.com/

http://merahza.wordpress.com/

http://www.free-minds.org/

http://iyb.blogspot.com/

http://aboutquran.com/
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: tawhid on June 01, 2009, 09:09:39 PM


" the qoran , morality and critical reason" by Mohammad Shahrour
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: /*JM*/ on July 03, 2009, 06:06:02 AM
(http://books.iuniverse.com/booksfolder/0595479405/0595479405.gif)

 Exploring Islam in a New Light: An Understanding from the Quranic Perspective
By Abdur Rab 
 
http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn=0-595-47940-5

Emphasizing the Quran?s messages of peace, tolerance, and compassion, this book intentionally avoids Hadith-based ideas to significantly contribute to the ?Quran only? movement in Islam.

Book Description
This Islam is spiritual, humane, and scientific, far from its fanatic and militant image it carries in the West. It shows how man can evolve spiritually to lead an enriched, progressive, and blissful life. It advocates tolerance and peaceful co-existence and disapproves of gender or human discrimination and harsh punishments. Abdur Rab argues that, regrettably, the Hadith undermines and misrepresents Islam. Numerous Hadith texts contradict the Quran, reason, and science and send conflicting, confusing messages. The criteria used to authenticate the Hadith are flawed and simply inadequate.

This book is an impassioned call to understand Islam solely in Quranic terms and to reform practiced Islam, distorted by Hadith-based ideas.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I just received the book and skipped through it. The first thing I noticed was the foreword by Prof. Riffat Hassan, the well known feminist Muslim scholar and student of GA.Parwez. Next to this the very good reviews by convert Prof. Jeffrey Lang (author of "Loosing my Religion" & "When angels ask", prof. in Islam) and prof. Reza Aslan (author " No God but God") and others.

All of them praised its' Qur'anic approach and also agreed on the need to return to the Qur'an. This coming from 2 well-known Islamic professors shows that the Qur'anic stance is gaining ground everywhere.

The topics are laid out very good and his approach is very professional. Next to laying out some well-known issues, he also brings in some fresh ideas. Good use of footnotes and quoting of Qur'anic verses makes this a very good work and important for us to have.

A must have for progressive Muslims!

Hello,
is there something to learn from this book ?
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: /*JM*/ on July 03, 2009, 06:50:01 AM
For french-speaking people who do not master arabic nor english, here is an interesting book for studying the quran :

Une approche du Coran par la grammaire et le lexique, by Maurice Gloton
http://www.laprocure.com/livres/maurice-gloton/une-approche-coran-par-grammaire-le-lexique-2500-versets-traduits-lexique-coranique_9782841611713.html

850 pages

Samples :
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Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: progressive1993 on July 03, 2009, 04:30:19 PM
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A milestone for Islamic Reform: Hadith, Quran & Islam by Rashad Khalifa. It is an execellent book that exposes Hadith, and calls for the follwoing of the Quran alone. There is a lot of prejudice against Rashad Khalifa, but read it whether or not you think he was a messenger.


From Amazon:

EDITORIAL REVIEWS
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

One of the most important books on the topic, this ground-breaking work offers unique insight into the role of the Quran, and Hadith, in modern-day Islam. Hadith, a collection of sayings attributed to the prophet Muhammad, have long been accepted alongside the Quran, as integral to Islamic thought and practices. This book exposes the damage it has done. A must read for all students of Islam.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Muse on August 12, 2009, 08:01:17 AM
A book that I would recommend to people who are biased in the subject of Islam and/or the Western world is: "Who Speaks for Islam: What A Billion Muslims Really Think" by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed. The entire book is based on a study led by the Gallup Organisation. It is easy to comprehend and will bring you to a startling conclusion: Muslims and Westerners are more alike than you think.

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Speaks-Islam-Billion-Muslims/dp/1595620176?SubscriptionId=0TBPMRS0W3G0CB5F0902&tag=afncaie-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1595620176

Another book that I just read and found very valuable is "Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism" by Fazlur Rahman. The book gets complicated at times, but really helped me to understand how fundamentalism and the correlation between Islam and politics grew in the Middle-East. The book also shows how completely absurd and contradicting hadiths can be.

http://www.amazon.com/Revival-Reform-Islam-Islamic-Fundamentalism/dp/185168204X
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Rev.John on August 12, 2009, 08:19:55 AM
A book that I would recommend to people who are biased in the subject of Islam and/or the Western world is: "Who Speaks for Islam: What A Billion Muslims Really Think" by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed. The entire book is based on a study led by the Gallup Organisation. It is easy to comprehend and will bring you to a startling conclusion: Muslims and Westerners are more alike than you think.

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Speaks-Islam-Billion-Muslims/dp/1595620176?SubscriptionId=0TBPMRS0W3G0CB5F0902&tag=afncaie-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1595620176

Another book that I just read and found very valuable is "Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism" by Fazlur Rahman. The book gets complicated at times, but really helped me to understand how fundamentalism and the correlation between Islam and politics grew in the Middle-East. The book also shows how completely absurd and contradicting hadiths can be.

http://www.amazon.com/Revival-Reform-Islam-Islamic-Fundamentalism/dp/185168204X

But what do a billion Muslims think?
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: progressive1993 on August 12, 2009, 02:18:29 PM
How To Win A Cosmic War by Reza Aslan

(http://www.readthespirit.com/.a/6a00e54ef51d76883401156f3307cd970c-200wi)

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I read a few pages of it - seems like a good read.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on August 24, 2009, 04:50:45 AM
peace all,

This great work by Toshihiko Izutsu is now available online, "Ethico-Religious Concepts in The Quran" (right click and save as):
http://www.archive.org/download/Toshihiko.Izutsu_Ethico-Religious.Concepts.in.the.Quran/Toshihiko.Izutsu_Ethico-Religious.Concepts.in.the.Quran.pdf

For those unfamiliar with Toshihiko Izutsu's works, use the forum search function. Personally, I consider his analysis to rank amongst the best I have read, and the members here who have also read his works will no doubt agree with me.

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on September 12, 2009, 03:18:12 AM
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The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur

Dr.Muhammad Shahrur is one of the most important modern thinkers in Islam. His analytical and systematic research on the Qur'an has showed the many important, and also many times, neglected messages and potentials of the Qur'an. His scientific and universal approach to the Qur'an is groundbreaking and has opened new doors for understanding the Qur'an as a guidance for mankind. This book is the first in English to discuss Shahrur's main ideas and discoveries in detail. It is a complete summary of his 3 books.

To purchase the book, go to:

[urlhttp://www.amazon.com/Quran-Morality-Critical-Reason-Essential/dp/9004171037/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1244472029&sr=1-1][The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason by prof. Andreas Christmann[/url]

It is expensive, but worth every dollar!


Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on September 12, 2009, 03:19:58 AM
(http://www.deenresearchcenter.com/Portals/0/0195326016.GIF)

The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism
by prof. Abdulaziz Sachedina

This study tackles the most significant issues facing Muslims today. As Islam and Muslims enter the 21st century, Sachedina argues, it is necessary to re-open the doors of religious interpretation - to re-examine and correct false interpretations, replace outdated laws and formulate new doctrines that respond to changing social contexts. Always using the Quran as a yardstick, Sachedina demonstrates how and why Islamic law came to reflect political and social influences, leading to regulations that violate the spirit and the letter of the Quran. He critically analyzes Muslim teachings on issues of pluralism, civil society, war and peace, violence and self-sacrifice, the status and role of non-Muslims, and capital punishment. He show how the Qur'anic philosophy is democratic in its nature, but also completely pluralistic and universal.

To purchase the book, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/reader/0195326016?%5Fencoding=UTF8&ref%5F=sib%5Fdp%5Fpt#reader-link
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on September 15, 2009, 04:49:17 PM
Dictionary of Holy Quran by Abdul Manan Omar
http://islamusa.org/dictionary.pdf

For those who dont know, this book is used a lot by many here, and is considered really good. Surprised its available free online to be honest. Grab it while you can!
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Jack on September 15, 2009, 05:56:59 PM
Thanks Wakas. I lost my copy during a move, so just what I needed !

It's a must-have, in my opinion.


Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Yaqub on September 20, 2009, 05:25:33 PM
No God but God, by Reza Aslan.

He also wrote: How to Win a Cosmic War (already on the list).
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Fahad on October 11, 2009, 07:33:12 AM
Dictionary of Holy Quran by Abdul Manan Omar
http://islamusa.org/dictionary.pdf

For those who dont know, this book is used a lot by many here, and is considered really good. Surprised its available free online to be honest. Grab it while you can!

Thanks!

Salaam.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: progressive1993 on October 12, 2009, 05:02:50 PM
The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia (http://books.google.com/books?id=isDgI0-0Ip4C&dq=oliver+leaman+quran+encyclopedia&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=1sLTSumnD5LWmwOmysSPAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=oliver%20leaman%20quran%20encyclopedia&f=false) by Oliver Leaman
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on November 16, 2009, 02:02:01 AM
Bookreview of “What is All The Fuss About Religion?” EarthTrek volume 1 (http://www.deenresearchcenter.com/Blogs/tabid/73/EntryId/84/Bookreview-of-What-is-All-The-Fuss-About-Religion.aspx)

By Anita Herawati Moormann.

WCM Press 2009.

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Bookreview by Arnold Yasin Mol, DeenResearchCenter November 2009.

www.deenresearchcenter.com

 

Moormann’s book is an interesting and pleasant work to read. It is a disclosure of the personal questions Moormann asked herself over the years about life and meaning, and these are questions shared by most humans on earth. Being a product of a pluralistic society and child of an ambassador, from childhood on the different ideas and beliefs mankind has were exposed to her which all claimed to be truths. From this, a list of questions emerged which she slowly found answers for. Questions as ‘what is religion?’, ‘is religion necessary?’, ‘does God exist?’, ‘there are so many religions, which is the right one?’, and many more of these common questions. Self-study and reflection created a set of answers, which she started to explain in her book, the first of a three volume series. As her questions are shared by many people, she wanted to help other people by sharing her own journey.

 

As myself having had an academic education in Science and Theology and long self-study on Philosophy, Islam and Qur’anic interpretation, I was surprised by the professional level of many of Moormann’s explanations, although her being an amateur on these subjects. Her story of her youth showed the universality of mankind’s journey of being confronted by the diversity of thought. Although coming from a Muslim background, she started to research other religions and wanted to know if there was a common ground between them, and if there really was a conflict between modern thought and religions. Her answers on there being proof of a Creator are well explained, and shows her ability to present sophisticated ideas to a normal audience.

After reflecting there being only one Creator force, she skips non-monotheistic religions in her assessment as these are disproven by scientific philosophical thought. So she then focuses on a comparative studies of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. As the first two share mostly the same book, the comparison is made between the Bible and the Qur’an. She examines the history and development of the three religions, the influences of pagan beliefs on them, and then goes into a step by step subject comparison of the Bible and Qur’an. These are done very professionally and thorough. She shatters the myths that the Qur’an is a violent, hate-mongering and primitive book, and shows the Bible is far more focussed on violence, and has many contradicting ideas about God. Her conclusion that the Qur’an has a logical view on God, and its focus and ideas of righteousness, liberty and justice represent the best of what a human can be, and thus that the Qur’an is an asset to mankind, are very convincing.

 

Although she makes a few amateuristic mistakes and discusses some new-age ideas that are too simplistic, these can be overlooked as her book is a valuable work for the every day person. Many people do not take being alive very serious, and just accept what their upbringing has given them. Moormann’s journey shows the importance of honestly reflecting all ideas and discoveries created by mankind, and thus entices people to start their own journey, but also gives them an idea of what direction to go to.

 

Her work is compelling and convincing for a person just telling her own journey and I was happy to walk along.

 

 

You can buy the book on Amazon:

“What is All The Fuss About Religion?” by Anita Moormann (http://www.amazon.com/EarthTrek-What-Fuss-About-Religion/dp/1439239304/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257683767&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Andya Primanda on November 17, 2009, 10:50:35 PM
Bookreview of ?What is All The Fuss About Religion?? EarthTrek volume 1 (http://www.deenresearchcenter.com/Blogs/tabid/73/EntryId/84/Bookreview-of-What-is-All-The-Fuss-About-Religion.aspx)

By Anita Herawati Moormann.

WCM Press 2009.

Hmm, the author's name is... Indonesian.  I wonder who she is.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on December 07, 2009, 06:09:43 AM
Islam

Islam a challenge to religion - Ghulam Parwez
Islams response to contemporary issues - Mirza tahir ahmad  
Introducing Islam - Ziauddin sardar and Zafar abbas malik
Debased culture of Superficiality - Harun yahya
The religion of the Ignorant - Harun yahya  
Pains of the false world - Harun yahya
Those who exhaust all their pleasures in this life - Harun yahya

Philosophy and Science

Jonathan livingston seagull - Richard bach (Rational living, following your dreams)  
Biology of belief - Bruce H. Lipton (Revolutionary ideas on mind, matter and conciousness).


The books above are some of the best books i have read. And i totally recommend them. I will advice you to borrow them from a library or read them online instead of buying them. I think there is no point in buying books which we can get for free. Only books which can't be found in library or online should be bought.
I hope you will like the books. Enjoy!





Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on April 20, 2010, 06:18:11 PM
peace all,

The following book is excellent, although a little technical sometimes:
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780415554190/

You can read some of it online here (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6Z8a_7B9uLcC&pg=PR1&dq=logic+rhetoric+quran&cd=1#v=onepage&q=logic%20rhetoric%20quran&f=false).
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Qrratugai on April 23, 2010, 03:25:53 PM
Wow! Great books!
I've several myself. Just finished compiling an annotated bibliography of progressive/gender-neutral interpretations of Islam and will share that here in due time. They include the credibility of the authors as well (most of them are females).
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: FTH on May 29, 2010, 07:42:15 PM
A perspective on the Signs of Al-Quran: through the prism of the heart by Saeed Malik.


Excerpt:

Like the oil in the kernel and the spark in the flint-stone
Your Lord is within. Wakeup if you can. Wakeup![1]
 

The Arabic Quran is not a mere book. It is God?s speech, living and transformational, directed to the spiritual heart. In every earnest heart it will awaken a quest and for every quest it offers its own pace and own mileposts. God beckons the heart to reflect, or as Rumi would say, ?sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment?:

Had We revealed this Quran upon a mountain
you would see it humble itself and implode in awe of God
We propound such analogies so that they may reflect[2]
 

Sincerity is single-heartedness. There cannot be duplicity of purpose or desire; one longing above all longings. The cleansed and emptied heart, places itself at the mercy of the beloved! Leave trepidation behind because this Beloved is the Fount of Mercy.

God is God and there is no other
Knower of the hidden and imperceptible {Ghaib} and the evident
The Source of Compassion {Rahman}, The Merciful {Raheem}[3]
 

A mystical tryst, like no other is on offer. A drop of water is being called by the sea. Can the drop offer any terms of surrender? Can its journey end any other way?

God is God and there is no other
The Sovereign {Malik}, The Holy {Quddus}, The Source of Peace {As Salaam},
The Guardian of Faith {Mumin}, The Giver of Safety {Muhaimin}, The Almighty {Azeez}, The Compeller {Jabbar}, The Overwhelming {Muttakabir}
Exalted is God, above any partners they may associate (with Him).[4]
 

The kaleidoscopic forms and colors of life are expressions of Divine Artistry, which moulds us, shapes us, and moves us. The heart is moved by beauty though it will need guidance and wisdom to discern between what is truly beautiful and what merely poses for beauty. True beauty flows from the Divine. The contemplation of this beauty in an expressed or silent form is the remembrance of God (Dhikr).

This is God, the Creator {Khaliq}, The Originator {Bari}, The Shaper {Mussawwir}
To Him refer the Most Beautiful Names
Celebrated by all there is in the Heavens and the earth
And He is boundless in Might {Azeez}, complete in Wisdom {Hakeem} [5]
 

The ?Most Beautiful Names? (of God) are Arabic Names sprinkled throughout the Quran. They are often used to conclude a verse, imprinting the context with a contemplative residue. These Divine Names are also referred to as Divine Attributes. Sometimes a Name is used by itself and often it is used in juxtaposition with another Name (such as Barrun Raheem, Ghafoorul Raheem). Some of these Attributes are just shades apart (Al Khaliq, Al Bari, Al Musawwir) and some are ?opposites? such as AZ Zahir and AL Batin, Al Awwal and Al-Aakhir. Together, the union of shades and the union of opposites leave nothing out, enfolding all contemplation, phenomena and time, space and physicality. Contemplation of these names yields no vision. The imagination trying to tie God to a form is quickly frustrated; much like the eye probing the sky for its limit or imperfections withdraws unto itself tired, defeated and dazzled. Creation, leaving the Creator aside, is beyond imagination. How then to imagine the Creator? One cannot. No vision can comprehend God.

God transcends, time and magnitude. The magnitude of Al Kabeer and Al Wasi is not static, not physical and is limited by our own capacity. Contemplation of His Names will humble the mind and thus soften the heart. This is the Dhikr of God. The Dhikr of God challenges the false ?complacency of knowing? so that we make room for the Truth. It confronts the self so that it aligns to the Self. It expounds Unity, so that we may participate in It. Says, Rumi, the eloquent participant in Unity, there is no use being a swimmer when the ocean has no edges. It is time to let the ocean hold you, mould you and let it carry you; it is the ocean of Divine Guidance.

The journey of Dhikr is towards the Real, towards transcendence and towards the Source. Dhikr is also the pursuit of beauty as His are the most Beautiful Names. For some like Rumi, Dhikr exposes their separation from our Source, so that they long for re-union.

God is the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Caring and the Stern, the Just and the Forgiving, the Conceiver and the Creator, the King and the Master, the Source and the Goal, the Giver and the Taker, the Forbearing and the Compeller. We seek refuge in God, in His Mercy and away from His Wrath. God is both near to us (by the attributes of Tasbih,[6] (attributes in which we can participate in this life) and far from us (by attributes of Tanzih, attributes in which we can have no participation). The attributes of God convey both his Jamal (beauty and compassion) and Jalal (majesty and sternness). Said the Prophet, ?Peace of Faith (Emaan) reposes between fear and hope?[7].

The Divine Word ?Be? {Kun} is the singular and absolute cause of all causes. Within this Word is the knowledge of all that will be caused to happen and it is free of any impediments, including the impediment of time. All phenomena and time (the latter being the medium in which phenomena exists) flow from Kun. Each being (and its allotted time) is the Divine Word. Time circumscribes human life and knowledge and therefore serves as the medium in which human experience exists. Time is extraneous to the fulfillment of the Divine Command. Being and its knowledge is the Divine command ?Be?. The Divine knowledge is complete and has always been complete. Divine knowledge of the Day of Reckoning is as complete as the knowledge of the Day of Creation. Human experience and knowledge emanate from events, or simply said, events make news. With God events emanate from Knowledge.

No affliction befalls in the earth or in yourselves but it is in a Book before We bring it into being. Indeed that is easy for God [8]
 

It may be said that from the Divine perspective, before and after, cause and effect are coincident. To the human experience, which must exist and operate in time, this is paradoxical. Dhikr invites contemplation outside of this paradox, to a state of awareness (or understanding, if you will) in which the paradox begins to fade and disintegrate. Dhikr nurtures a ?supra logic? within which rests ?analytical logic??un-impaired, un-hindered, and fully reconciled. This is not mere polemics. Were it so then the science of Physics would not be any less polemical or baffling even to the scientist. Consider that we are all made of atoms, same as those that make up the wooden and plastic wares around us. Our atomic construct is no different than that of a table! And atoms too are mostly empty space. The nucleus of an atom, its solid core, is like a ball in a coliseum, far, far smaller than the empty space that forms its outer boundary. An indeterminate cloud is the outer non-substance of our physical ?form?. We and our world are a physical paradox. It should suffice, to stay clear of the pre-destination versus the free-will conundrum that while our physical existence flows from the Divine Word, our free-willed intentions (as they relate to our participation (sincere or otherwise) in the Divine Plan) are fully autonomous. Through our sincere participation in the Divine Plan we find ourselves inside the stated purpose of the Divine Word?Mercy. And yes, God does invite us to participate in the Divine Plan of beauty.

Anyone who fosters goodness and beauty,
We will add goodness and beauty to it [9]
 

By skirting or fighting the Divine Plan we merely foster an illusion. A heart that does not consistently remind itself both of its dependence upon God and accountability to Him becomes the host of its own vanity and gratification. It lives in denial, hoisting more veils between itself and Reality. Our fixation on ourselves, fostered too by modern life?s insulation from Nature, is spiritually cancerous. Dhikr helps to scrub, renew and realign the heart, rolling up the veils that cloister it from true and abiding peace and harmony. One purpose of Dhikr is to move ones ?center? from the self to the Absolute Reference that is God. Without this Absolute Reference we are wayward and ill-prepared for the Return. Dhikr is an effort to approach and embrace Tawheed (Oneness)?an effort and a journey without limits and beyond words?perhaps akin to the journey of a rain-drop back to the sea.

God has absolute primacy over each of His attributes. ?There is no god but God? may be amplified to ?There is no god but Rahman? and-or ?There is no mercy except God?s Mercy.?[10] Beauty, Power, Control, Mercy, Creativity and Forgiveness belong to God alone. God invites his deputy to participate in these attributes, in compliance (Islam), conscientiously (with Emaan) and with the purity of devotion (Ehsan). Dhikr is to discover our bond with God. A bond that is both universal and personal, within and outside of time, on earth and in heaven.

?Try to gain one moment in which you see only God in heaven and earth.?[11]
 

According to a mystic tradition, ninety-nine Divine Names hold the key to a transformational spiritual awakening. The following list is compiled to present the Name in reference of a selected verse. The verses are trans-interpreted. Their rendering here, far from being sufficient, is intended to encourage the reader to seek and recite the Arabic Source. The Most Beautiful Names are the beads of a meditative rosary; Whisper often upon these beads. The Most Beautiful Names are also the breath-taking patterns of a spiritual kaleidoscope. Contemplate, because the kaleidoscope holds, for Adam and Eve on earth, the beauty of Paradise. The Prophet was reported to have said that the people in Paradise will have no regrets except for the regret of those moments on earth which passed without the Dhikr of Allah.

The musings of the author, alongside each Divine Name, are mere gravel at the starting point of the meditative path. God {Al Haadi} is the Guide. The Divine Attributes are ?pathways of the heart[12]?. The journey of the heart is on wings. The Destination is within:

Truly We have created man
And We know the whispers within his innermost being,
And We are closer to him than his jugular vein.[13]
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[1] Kabir?s Doha. Jaise til mein tel hai, jyon chakmak mein aag; Tera Sain tujh mein hai, tu jaag sake to jaag

[2] Al Quran 59:21

[3] Al Quran 59:22

[4] Al Quran 59:23

[5] Al Quran 59:24

[6] Tasbih and Tanzih are discussed in great depth in The Vision of Islam by Murata and Chittick

[7] Hadith, Bukhari

[8] Al Quran 57:22

[9] Al Quran 42:23

[10] The Vision of Islam by Murata and Chittick

[11] Abu Yazid al-Bistami, translated and quoted in ?The Enlightened Mind? An anthology of Sacred Prose edited by Stephen Mitchell

[12] The Sufi Book of Life, 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish, by Neil Douglas-Klotz

[13] Al Quran 50:16
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Leyna on May 30, 2010, 03:13:16 AM
A must-read imho:


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Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective (http://www.amazon.com/Quran-Woman-Rereading-Sacred-Perspective/dp/0195128362)

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Fourteen centuries of Islamic thought have produced a legacy of interpretive readings of the Qu'ran written almost entirely by men. Now, with Qu'ran and Woman, Amina Wadud provides a first interpretive reading by a woman, a reading which validates the female voice in the Qu'ran and brings it out of the shadows. Muslim progressives have long argued that it is not the religion but patriarchal interpretation and implementation of the Qu'ran that have kept women oppressed. For many, the way to reform is the reexamination and reinterpretation of religious texts. Qu'ran and Woman contributes a gender inclusive reading to one of the most fundamental disciplines in Islamic thought, Qu'ranic exegesis. Wadud breaks down specific texts and key words which have been used to limit women's public and private role, even to justify violence toward Muslim women, revealing that their original meaning and context defy such interpretations. What her analysis clarifies is the lack of gender bias, precedence, or prejudice in the essential language of the Qur'an. Despite much Qu'ranic evidence about the significance of women, gender reform in Muslim society has been stubbornly resisted. Wadud's reading of the Qu'ran confirms women's equality and constitutes legitimate grounds for contesting the unequal treatment that women have experienced historically and continue to experience legally in Muslim communities. The Qu'ran does not prescribe one timeless and unchanging social structure for men and women, Wadud argues lucidly, affirming that the Qu'ran holds greater possibilities for guiding human society to a more fulfilling and productive mutual collaboration between men and women than as yet attained by Muslims or non-Muslims.



 :peace:


Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on June 07, 2010, 12:57:02 PM
Peace all

I recommend this interesting book:

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You can read some good reviews of the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591430046/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=04D6DSMHNEG9MSXCWHET&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on June 07, 2010, 01:20:05 PM
I also recommend this interesting book:

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You can read a review of the book here:
http://www.muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?TaxonomyTypeID=106&TaxonomySubTypeID=122&TaxonomyThirdLevelID=-1&ArticleID=1055

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Leyna on June 10, 2010, 05:58:58 AM



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The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In Islam  (http://www.amazon.com/Veil-Male-Elite-Feminist-Interpretation/dp/0201632217)


Muhammad was a chief of state who publicly acknowledged the importance of affection and sexuality. He was a polygynous husband whose wives were not just background figures but often shared decision-making with him. According to Moroccan sociologist Mernissi (Beyond the Veil), the founder of Islam asserted the equality of women, rejected slavery and envisioned an egalitarian society. Mernissi further claims that successive Muslim priests manipulated and distorted sacred texts, from the seventh century onward, in an effort to maintain male privileges. Her close textual analyses of the Hadith, or stories of words and deeds attributed to the Prophet, support her far-reaching reinterpretation of the historic roots of Islam and its modern tendency to reduce woman to a "submissive, marginal creature."
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on June 10, 2010, 06:47:38 AM
Dictionary of Quranic Terms and Concepts by Mustansir Mir
http://islam-and-muslims.com/Dictionary-Quranic-Terms-Concepts-Mir.pdf

Useful as a quick reference guide, gives you a decent understanding of words/terms used in Al Quran.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on June 14, 2010, 06:43:14 AM
Muhammad Asad
Islam at a Crossroads
http://www.scribd.com/doc/32728796/Islam-at-the-Crossroads-Muhammad-Asad

Fazlur Rahman
Major Themes of Quran
http://www.scribd.com/doc/31136401/Major-Themes-of-the-Quran
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on June 16, 2010, 11:39:40 AM
One of the best books I've read:

Autobiography of Malcolm X
http://www.islamicbulletin.com/free_downloads/new_muslim/malcom_x.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on July 30, 2010, 04:54:22 AM
Muhammad and the Believers
by Fred M. Donner

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University of Chicago professor Fred Donner presents the intriguing view that the early Islamic movement, as presided over by Muhammad, actively included Jews and Christians in the flock as part of a general monotheistic community. It was only later, after Muhammad's death, that a new generation of Muslims began ritualizing Islam with its own distinctive practices, such as the hajj (pilgrimage) and the five daily prayers...He raises many original points, gleaning evidence from everything from coinage to original source documents. Questioning longstanding stereotypes, he argues (and proves) that Muslims are not, by nature, anti-Jewish and also that, based on archeological evidence, Muslims did not routinely tear down churches. The early Muslims, though brutal in war, created a sophisticated and organized civil system. For those curious about Islam's beginnings, no book is as original and as evenhanded as this succinct read.

http://www.amazon.com/Muhammad-Believers-At-Origins-Islam/dp/0674050975/
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Arnold Yasin on August 16, 2010, 10:53:25 AM
Critical Thinkers for Islamic Reform 2008: A Collection of Articles from Contemporary Thinkers on Islam

Editors: Edip Yuksel   Arnold Yasin Mol    Farouk A Peru

This important book is a collection of writings of more then 30 modern writers on Islam that were present at the 2008 conference bearing the same name. From professional Islamic scholars to individuals writers and thinkers, this collection is unique as a serious collection of 21st century Islamic thought on critical research, reform and renewal in Islamic and Qur'anic interpretation. With diverse subjects on the interpretation and message of the Qur'an and its relation to human rights, freedom and wellfare. History of Islam, society and thought. Modern experience of being a Muslim, the concept of gender and needed actions for reform.

Read the complete book here:

http://www.deenresearchcenter.com/LinkClick.aspx?link=CRITICAL+THINKERS+for+ISLAMIC+REFORM+_2_.pdf&tabid=36&mid=577&language=nl-NL
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on September 03, 2010, 12:47:17 PM
Discovering the Qur'an
by Neal Robinson

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The book is written in three parts: how the Qur'an is experienced by Muslims as they learn the books by hearts and the importance of calligraphy, the chronology, the relationship between the Qur'an and the earliest biographies of Muhammad and lastly the structure of the Qur'an.

Sometimes it goes into too much detail but for its insights into the subjects it discusses, considering the price, it is a total bargain. From Amazon marketplace it is less than $5 delivered (USA) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0334029511/sr=8-3/qid=1283542605/), ?5 delivered UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Discovering-Quran-Robinson-Neal/dp/0334029511/). Mainly for those interested in a deeper analysis of The Quran, particularly its structure.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on September 13, 2010, 09:59:29 AM
Understanding The Quran: Themes and Styles
by Muhammad Abdel Haleem

Currently out of print. Re-print due out soon.
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Quran-Themes-Styles-Studies/dp/1860646506/

PDF download here:
http://www.filedropper.com/understanding-quran-abdel-haleem

Noteworthy, is the discussion of the story of "Adam" in The Quran, in comparison to The Bible.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: /*JM*/ on September 21, 2010, 02:54:52 AM
Understanding The Quran: Themes and Styles
by Muhammad Abdel Haleem

Currently out of print. Re-print due out soon.
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Quran-Themes-Styles-Studies/dp/1860646506/

PDF download here:
http://www.filedropper.com/understanding-quran-abdel-haleem

Noteworthy, is the discussion of the story of "Adam" in The Quran, in comparison to The Bible.

Peace,
The PDF download does not seem to work.
NB : I really appreciate your book recommendations.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on September 21, 2010, 01:41:47 PM
you can try here:
http://www.filedropper.com/utasofaq
or www.scribd.com
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Roshan on September 22, 2010, 12:57:11 AM
Peace

Everyone should consider this website (mentioned by Wakas):

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780415554169/The-Development-of-Exegesis-in-Early-Islam (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780415554169/The-Development-of-Exegesis-in-Early-Islam)

It is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than amazon on these academic books, which in turn is cheaper than the bookstores.

Worldwide delivery seems to be free too, so useful for non-UK people.

Roshan
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Roshan on September 22, 2010, 01:06:59 AM
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/live (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/live)

They clearly do a lot of business!
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on October 30, 2010, 09:11:24 PM
The Hidden History Of The Human Race
by Michael A.Cremo.

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This book is the condensed version of the book "Forbidden Archeology". I think this book is highly relevant to islam because it shows us why creationism is a scientific fact. The universe was created by god, not by itself, not by chance. In my opinion, this is the best book ever written about creationism. And in my opinion, it is one of the most important books in this century. The authors of this book, have backed up their ideas with strong arguments. And their arguments are based on solid evidence. In this underground classic, the authours are objective, and they compare the theory of evolution with creationism in the best possible way. This book is a challenge to the theory of evolution. This book is not for the fainthearted. This book will show you that almost everything you know about the history of mankind is a lie. The authours in this book argue that modern human beings (homo sapiens) have existed for more than millions of years.

This is a book for those who are interest in science. The book has less than 400 pages. It is not an easy read. It will take some effort to read this book. So you should only buy it if you are willing to read a book full of facts.  

I have written about the book in this thread below. You may wish to read my post:  

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9601503.msg266252#msg266252
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on October 31, 2010, 12:44:34 PM
Some books I recommend, on shelfari:

http://www.shelfari.com/o1514169007/shelf#firstBook=0&list=4&sort=author
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on November 01, 2010, 06:54:14 PM
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This book is about Ecology and sustainable living. It is one of the best books I have read about Ecology. This book is an easy read, In addition, it is a practical book, full of knowledge, and full of interesting ideas. The book will take you through an exiting Journey. In my opinion this book is very relevant to Islam. It is very relevant to Islam because the Quran teaches us to preserve the environment:

Quran 30:41
Pollution has appeared in the land and
the sea by the hands of people for what
they earned.
He will make them taste
some of what they have done, perhaps
they will revert.

Reviews of the book:

The best book yet on how to green your lifestyle ?makes the whole subject very clear and understandable.
Permaculture Magazine UK, 2005.

The most genially simple and concrete guide to practical ecology out today. Should be spread in massive editions, not the least to children, who easily understand it and who are usually less habit-bound than we adults.
Swedish Library Service 1990.

You can read more reviews of the book, and read more about the book in this site:  

http://www.alternativ.nu/ecologybeginsathome/index.htm

You can download the book for free in this link:

http://www.alternativ.nu/ecologybeginsathome/EcologyBeginsAtHome2008.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: David_K on March 07, 2011, 04:16:49 AM
Introducing Islam: A graphic guide
By Ziauddin Sardar

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This a very good book that clears up a lot of misconceptions about Islam. This book is a criticism of Traditional Islam, and shows us that many of the things people know about Islam is wrong. Unfortunately almost everything most people know about islam is from the media. And from their families, relatives, friends, and acquaintances. This book is eye opening, contains radical ideas about islam, and will make you think. In my opinion, it is insightful and it is packed with lots of knowledge about real islam. This book is an easy read. And the authors explain their ideas in a clear, objective, rational and pedagocial way. So the ideas in the book are easy to understand.  

Here are some topics that are covered in this book:

-  Prophet Muhammed
-  The history of islam
-  The Quran
-  Ilm (knowledge)
-  Misconceptions about Jihad
-  The expansion of islam
-  Argumentations and debates.
-  The fall of muslim civilization.
-  Famous Islamic scientists and their works.
-  Islamic science, and its contributions to the western world.
-  Islamic Art.  
-  Orientalism.
-  Reform in islam. Islamic reformers.
-  Women in islam. Human rights.
-  The islamic state (criticism of traditional islamic laws and politics).  
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: SeekingYou on July 21, 2011, 04:36:06 PM
What about Qur'an as a book?
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: scottaleger on September 08, 2011, 02:52:41 AM
peace all,

If you have any books to recommend on Quran/Islam and related topics, please post them here.
Ideally, please also provide a short summary of the book and why you are recommending it.
Thanks.

Great Treasure of Holy Books ===> 1. Books on Qran (http://www.printsasia.com/books/Qran?utm_source=free-minds.org/forum_Qran_Scott&utm_medium=free-minds.org/forum_Qran_Scott&utm_campaign=free-minds.org/forum_Qran_Scott) ,    2. Books on Islam (http://www.printsasia.com/books/Islam?utm_source=free-minds.org/forum_Islam_Scott&utm_medium=free-minds.org/forum_Islam_Scott&utm_campaign=free-minds.org/forum_Islam_Scott),     3. Books on Allah (http://www.printsasia.com/books/Allah?utm_source=free-minds.org/forum_Allah_Scott&utm_medium=free-minds.org/forum_Allah_Scott&utm_campaign=free-minds.org/forum_Allah_Scott)

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: the path of light on September 27, 2011, 06:46:39 PM
A Perspective on the Signs of Al-Quran: Through the Prism of the Heart by Saeed Malik
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on February 04, 2012, 04:58:47 AM
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Law and Power in the islamic world
by Sami Zubaida


A review of the book:

http://www.sneps.net/NNE/zubaida.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on February 06, 2012, 10:44:58 AM

Law and Power in the islamic world
by Sami Zubaida



Sami Zubaida's Law and Power in the Islamic World is a fascinating politico-social history of the relations between Islamic law and the procession of political masters which have ruled the Middle East since the Prophet's death. One message is clear: the notion of an omnipotent Shari'a, passed from caliph to caliph for 14 centuries, is a myth held by both Islamist radicals and their western critics.

Zubaida shows how the Shari'a - a body of texts and practices distinct from the Qu'ran itself, evolved for several centuries after Mohammed from both pre-Islamic tradition and the deliberations of four distinct theological schools. Though the Shari'a and the growing body of juristic precedent, or fiqh, which accreted to it gained a certain path-dependency through traditionalisation, Islamic law always occupied a specialised niche in the Islamic polity. Clerics in the medieval and early modern caliphates, from the Umayyads to the Ottomans, were subordinate to the ruler and usually complicit in the hedonistic and corrupt lifestyle of the imperial elite. As part of this elite, the ulama provided religious legitimacy for the ruler's actions and clerical posts - part of the power structure of state - were often passed down through families or purchased outright.

http://www.sneps.net/NNE/zubaida.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on July 16, 2012, 02:37:49 AM
Original Sources Of The Quran
by W. St. Clair Tisdal

http://www.amazon.com/Original-Sources-Qur%C3%A2n-Clair-Tisdall/dp/111053776X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1342430561&sr=8-4&keywords=original+sources+of+the+Quran

You can download the book from this link:

http://www.whitehorsemedia.com/docs/THE_ORIGINAL_SOURCES_OF_THE_QURAN.pdf
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on July 16, 2012, 03:00:47 AM
Man and Islam
by Ali Shariati

http://www.amazon.com/Man-And-Islam-Ali-Shariati/dp/1889999393/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342432633&sr=8-1&keywords=Man+and+islam
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on September 22, 2012, 10:29:32 AM
Download some of the best works here:
http://www.islam-and-muslims.com/islamic-books-online.html
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on December 18, 2012, 10:31:04 AM
Influence of animism on Islam
by Samuel Marinus Zwemer

Download it here:
http://archive.org/details/cu31924029170731

A very good book about mainstream/popular Islam.

Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on December 18, 2012, 10:34:22 AM
Exposition of Holy Quran
by Ghulam Ahmad Parwez

Download it here:
http://archive.org/details/ExpositionOfHolyQuranByGAPervaizPublishedByTolueislam

A very good book about the teachings of the Quran.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Sensei on January 04, 2013, 04:09:15 AM
Principles of Understanding Islam
by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

Download it here:
http://www.dinehaq.com/Books/javed/PrinciplesofUnderstandingIslam.pdf

A good book.

It has some interesting information about Classical Arabic - the language of the Quran.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Mazhar on January 04, 2013, 05:01:18 AM
Principles of Understanding Islam
by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

Download it here:
http://www.dinehaq.com/Books/javed/PrinciplesofUnderstandingIslam.pdf

A good book.

It has some interesting information about Classical Arabic - the language of the Quran.

A serious error is in translating 3:7 because of not caring about the gender of the pronoun and by not noticing the difference between Active Participle and Passive Participle used therein.

Miscellany of Grand Qur'aan (http://haqeeqat.org.pk/English%20Tafsir%20e%20Haqeeqat/06.%20Book-6%20Quran%20Described%20by%20Quran/03.%20Ayaat%20Mohkmaat%20and%20Motshabehaat/03.%20Organization%20and%20Format%20two%20types%20of%20Aayat.htm)
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Mario on March 27, 2013, 03:58:05 PM
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I would like to recommend a thought-provoking book about Islam with you. It is written by G.A. Parwez, an islamic scholar and reformer. The original title of the book is Nizaam-e-Rabubiat and it was originally written in Urdu. The book has finally been translated to english. The title of the english translation of the book is "Quranic system of Sustenance."

I am familiar with other books written by the same author. In my honest opinion these 3 books are the best books written by G.A Parwez:   

1) Islam: A challenge to religion
2) Quranic system of sustenance
3) Book of Destiny

So in my view "Quranic system of sustenance" is the second best book written by G.A. Parwez.

I think G.A. Parwez is one of the most sincere, and perhaps even the most sincere islamic scholar of all times. There are few scholars that could reach his level when it comes to depth of knowledge and understanding of the Quran. It seems that these are some of the greatest islamic scholars/reformers of all time:

- Ghulam Ahmad Parwez
- Muhammed Asad
- Toshihiko Izutsu
- Syed Ahmed Khan

The reason I believe that these scholars/reformers are some of the greatest islamic scholars/reformers of all time is because of the impact of their works and because they had a very deep understanding of the Quran. In my opinion the greatness of a scholar should be measured by his understanding of the Quran. Therefore the scholar with the deepest understanding of the Quran is the greatest scholar. Many people claim that G.A. Parwez had the deepest understanding of the Quran.

Now let's get back to the book Quranic system of sustenance. The reason why I like this book so much is because it is based on the Quran and classical arabic (unlike many other books about islam that are mostly based on hadith, culture, traditions and the modern arabic language). I also like the fact that the author has used an evidence-based approach. To some people the concepts in his book may appear idealistic/utopian. But in reality they are practical/functional and realistic. The concepts in the book are supported by the verses of the Quran. So in other words, his views are based on the Quran. The Quranic system is not anti-modernism or anti-religious. But it seems that the Quranic system is a revolutionary system which is far above the  materialistic ideals of the west and the religious ideals of the east. The Quranic system rejects all extremes and creates a balance for its believers so they can follow the straight path in their lives. G.A. Parwez was definetely a man who was very close to the truth. But even dough some scholars are very close to the truth, the fact is that no scholar is without error. All scholars are fallible. So we must verify what we read.

In his book Quranic system of sustenance G.A. Parwez writes:

"They do so because they know that their expenditure will benefit the whole of humanity and enable every individual to perfect his or her 'self'. Hence they will not only live in dignity on earth, but they will also be entitled to receive the good things of the hereafter. This is the kind of revoluton that the Qur'an decrees for humanity. It is also called Islam, and those who establish it are 'Muslim'.
Here the question arises as to how we can bring about the change in people's hearts, minds and outlook that will make the external change a reality. The obvious answer is education. The Qur'an addresses this point as follows:

It is He Who has sent to the unlettered people a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His messages, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and wisdom 62:2"

Then he writes the following words:

"In other words, here the Qur'an shows us that the Messenger's role in instigating the Divine revolution was that of a teacher. He introduced them to the Revelation, and showed them the implications of its teachings. He also explained the basis of these teachings and the results its followers should expect to see from implementing them in practice. Likewise, any pioneers of the Divine revolution today would need to go ahead and pass on what they have learned to others, and thereby change their hearts also. These disseminators of the message thus act as rabbani (i.e. human agents of Rabb ? Divine sustenance):

'Become men of God [rabbaneeyena]225  by spreading the knowledge of the Divine writ, and by your own deep study [of it].' 3:79"

This book is a must have. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to learn more about islam from a Quranic perspective.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Quranic-System-Sustenance-Parwez/dp/0957141645/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364425322&sr=8-1
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Taro Hiroshi on July 15, 2014, 03:39:27 PM
In this post I would like to share some texts about islam/quran with Norwegian, Swedish and Danish members in this forum.

If you are Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, the Norwegian texts in this post might be of interest you.

Hadith debatt p? desi forumet

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5k63r537fuvucu5/HADITH%20DEBATT%20P%C3%85%20DESI%20FORUMET.pdf

Salat - Refleksjoner del 1
 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/w7y809946vqqx83/Salat%20-%20Refleksjoner%20del%201.pdf

Salat - Refleksjoner del 2

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k8sgii8xjclgk0a/Salat%20-%20Refleksjoner%20del%202.pdf

Et sammendrag av boken Revurdering av Tradisjon i Moderne Islamsk Tenkning

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eqpsfxrj6f3762u/AACbNLQUGm_uRG0tfCyRHPu1a/Et%20sammendrag%20av%20boken%20Revurdering%20av%20Tradisjon%20i%20Moderne%20Islamsk%20Tenkning..pdf

You can read or download all of the above mentioned texts from the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eqpsfxrj6f3762u/AADGrh1qpbbRrX5afs7fcOm8a
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Rahid27898 on October 10, 2014, 10:40:22 AM
Torah/the Pentateuch, Psalms, Gospels from non-trinitarian perspective
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Neptin on October 14, 2014, 02:20:25 AM
WHAT WENT WRONG by Benard Lewis.

WHAT WENT WRONG is a brillant work. It answers the question; "How come the middle easterners(muslims), the fore runners of civilization in the middle ages regress to the rear?

Many have asked the same for long and a number of responses have been presented. For the fundamentalists, this regression has occured because the muslims deserted the Sunnah and teachings of the salaf while the liberals and reformists maintain the opposite, that the refusal of the clergy to allow for a more flexible, modernised and less conservative interpretation of Islam has confirned muslims to past.

Conservative mindset common among muslims at some point like refusal of photocopiers, preference of muezzin over the clock or separatism and refusal to mingle with or learn from disbelievers have cost muslims a lot. Dogmatism, traditionalism and conservatism are the 3 main factors that continue to bind muslims to the middle ages.



This book is not without flaw. It deal excessively with the fall of the Islamic civilization through the Ottoman rule paying much lesser attention to rise of the civilization through the Abbasid rule. But overall, you will not be disappointed.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wakas on October 16, 2014, 03:30:36 AM
see this post (http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=16391.msg308267#msg308267) for excellent link to books
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Taro Hiroshi on November 13, 2014, 04:33:17 PM
In this post I would like to share some texts about islam/quran with Norwegian, Swedish and Danish members in this forum.

If you are Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, the Norwegian texts in this post might be of interest you.

Hadith debatt p? desi forumet

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5k63r537fuvucu5/HADITH%20DEBATT%20P%C3%85%20DESI%20FORUMET.pdf

The link I added for the Norwegian text about Hadith in my last post (in this thread) doesn't work anymore. But I have created a new link for the text.

You can download the text about Hadith from the link below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8dhy887cqotwx33/HADITH%20DEBATT%20P%C3%85%20DESI%20FORUMET.pdf?dl=0

Or you can download it from this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1lblwwwj6sgd8jg/AAD0F9UFgDYETuNrgZA4nDLya?dl=0
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Taro Hiroshi on May 30, 2016, 04:26:33 PM
Peace everyone,

In a thread in this forum, there are many books and articles about islam and the quran. Many of the books and articles in that thread are excellent, in my opinion. I'd like to share a few links to a few posts from that thread with you. I think many members in this forum might be interested in the books and articles in that thread (particularly Layth, Ayman, Edip, Wakas, Arnold, Pazuzu, Timur, Abdelilah, ths, Hizbullah, uq, A.W., truthseeker11, hicham9, Al Khidr19, Neptin, HP_TECH and last but not least Timotheus). You can read articles and read reviews/texts of books in that thread. There are also some books that can be downloaded in that thread. By the way, I am not a native english speaker, so please be patient with any grammatical errors in this post. Anyway, let me share a few links to a few posts here.

Books:

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9608097.msg381300#msg381300

Books:

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9608097.msg388215#msg388215

An article:

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9608097.msg388216#msg388216

Articles:

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9608097.msg388217#msg388217
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Wilson on March 12, 2017, 05:50:06 AM
Understanding the Qur?an: Themes and Style
Abdel Haleem, Mohammed
? 1999 ? I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd
256 pages

The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. Muhammad Abdel Haleem examines its recurrent themes - life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment - and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an. [Series: London Qur?an Studies]


Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qu'ran
Boullata, Issa J
? 2001 ? Routledge
396 pages

This volume studies how the literary elements in the Qur'an function in conveying its religious message effectively. It is divided into three parts. Part one includes studies of the whole Qur'an or large segments of it belonging to one historical period of its revelation; these studies concentrate on the analysis of its language, its style, its structural composition, its aesthetic characteristics, its rhetorical devices, its imagery, and the impact of these elements and their significance. Part two includes studies on individual suras of the Qur'an, each of which focuses on the sura's literary elements and how they produce meaning; each also explores the structure of this meaning and the coherence of its effect. Part three includes studies on Muslim appreciations of the literary aspects of the Qur'an in past generations and shows how modern linguistic, semantic, semiotic, and literary scholarship can add to their contributions. [Series: Studies in the Qur?an]


Logic, Rethoric, Legal Reasoning in the Quran
Gwynne, Rosalind Ward
? 2004 ? Routledge
256 pages

Muslims have always used verses from the Qur'an to support opinions on law, theology, or life in general, but almost no attention has been paid to how the Qur'an presents its own precepts as conclusions proceeding from reasoned arguments. Whether it is a question of God's powers of creation, the rationale for his acts, or how people are to think clearly about their lives and fates, Muslims have so internalized Qur'anic patterns of reasoning that many will assert that the Qur'an appeals first of all to the human powers of intellect. This book provides a new key to both the Qur'an and Islamic intellectual history. Examining Qur'anic argument by form and not content helps readers to discover the significance of passages often ignored by the scholar who compares texts and the believer who focuses upon commandments, as it allows scholars of Qur'anic exegesis, Islamic theology, philosophy, and law to tie their findings in yet another way to the text that Muslims consider the speech of God. [Series: Studies in the Qur?an]


Approaches to the Qur'an
Hawting, G.R.
? 1993 ? Routledge
352 pages

In recent years, the study of the Qur'an and its interpretation has expanded to incorporate insights gained from historical, biblical, literary and critical studies. A variety of approaches to the Qur'an and the Muslim exegetical tradition are currently available. Approaches to the Qur'an consists of thirteen essays by leading scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in the fields of qur'anic studies and Islamic studies. Taken together, they offer a sample of the aims, methods and topics of enquiry now being pursued. Each study has a full critical apparatus, and the book includes a consolidated bibliography which will be of great value to students and specialists. [Series: Studies on the Middle East]


The Qur??n?s Self-Image
Madigan, Daniel
? 2001 ? Princeton University Press
256 pages

More than any other canon of scripture the Qur'?n is self-aware. It observes and discusses the process of its own revelation and reception; it asserts its own authority and claims its place within the history of revelation. Here Madigan presents a semantic analysis of its self-awareness, arguing that the Qur'?n understands itself not so much as a completed book, but as an ongoing process of divine "writing" and "re-writing," as God's authoritative response to actual people and circumstances.


Coherence In The Qur?an
Mir, Mustansir
? 1987 ? American Trust Publications
125 pages

A widely held view about the Qur?an is that, in its received form, it lacks coherence. Not surprisingly, most approaches to the Qur?an have remained atomistic in characters. Also, some western scholars have tried to rearrange the Qur?an in order to make it more comprehensible. The contemporary scholar Amin Ahsan Islahi rejects the view that the Qur?an is disjointed. Developing the seminal ideas and insights of his teacher, Hamid ad-Din al-Farahi, he has argued in Tadabur-I-Quran, his multi-volume Qur?an commentary, that the Qur?an possesses a nazm or coherence that is not only aesthetically pleasing but carries profound hermeneutical significance. Coherence in the Qur?an is the first detailed study of Islahi?s contribution to Qur?an exegesis. After putting a historical perspective on the idea of nazm in the Qur?an, it makes a critical examination of the major aspect of Islahi?s theory of Qur?anic nazm, and tries to assess the significance of this new approach to the Qur?an.


Qur'anic Studies Today
Neuwirth, Angelika
? 2016 ? Routledge
360 pages

Qur'ānic Studies Today brings together specialists in the field of Islamic studies to provide a range of essays that reflect the depth and breadth of scholarship on the Qur'ān. Combining theoretical and methodological clarity with close readings of qur?ānic texts, these contributions provide close analysis of specific passages, themes, and issues within the Qurʾān, even as they attend to the disciplinary challenges within the field of qur?ānic studies today. Chapters are arranged into three parts, treating specific figures appearing in the Qurʾān, analysing particular suras, and finally reflecting on the Qur?ān and its "others." They explore the internal dimensions and interior chronology of the Qur?ān as text, its possible conversations with biblical and non-biblical traditions in Late Antiquity, and its role as scripture in modern exegesis and recitation. Together, they are indispensable for students and scholars who seek an understanding of the Qur?ān founded on the most recent scholarly achievements. [Series: Studies in the Qur?an]


The Qur'an and its Interpretative Tradition
Rippin, Andrew
? 2001 ? Routledge
360 pages

The position of the Qur'an as the central symbol and reference point of Islam cannot be disputed. Despite this significance, the academic study of the Qur'an has lagged far behind that of the Bible. In these studies Andrew Rippin reflects upon both the principles and the problems of studying the Qur'an within the discipline of religious studies. He also pursues detailed investigations of the meaning of variants to the text and the history of Muslim interpretation of the text in its diversity. A newly written introduction lays out some of the general implications of these studies, while extensive indexes of Qur'anic verses, books, authors and topics make this research more readily accessible. [Series: Variorum Collected Studies]


The Qur?an - Formative Interpretation
Rippin, Andrew
? 1999 ? Routledge
414 pages

This first volume is concerned with the questions that have been addressed within the study of the early interpretation (tafsir) of the Qur?an. These papers exemplify the areas of debate within the field, the need for detailed investigative scholarship of individual texts, and the progress made in the systematic study of these early works. [Series: The Formation of the Classical Islamic World]


The Qur?an - Style and Contents
Rippin, Andrew
? 2001 ? Routledge
464 pages

This second volume reveals the variety of approaches followed within the study of the text. From N?ldeke?s examination of style through Arkoun?s project for the future, these scholarly statements reflect the historical development of the discipline, while providing overviews of key elements for the understanding of the Qur?an. [Series: The Formation of the Classical Islamic World]


Discovering The Qur?an
Robinson, Neal
? 1996 ? SCM Press

Used by students around the world as a reliable guide to reading a translation of the Qur'an, it shows how the Qur'an is experienced by Muslims, describing the rhythmic and rhyme scheme structures, the context in which it is heard, the part played by learning by heart, and the importance of calligraphy. It is also about the Qur'an and its relationship to Muhammed, as well as helping to divine the ordering of the surahs or chapters. In an English-speaking world newly sensitized to Islam and its believers, Discovering the Qur'an will be an invaluable tool to greater understanding.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Comrox on August 29, 2017, 06:09:12 PM
Does anyone know of a nice Qur'an alone/oriented translation that's also a physically small book? I'm looking for a smaller Qur'an (if I can find one), but I feel like everything I find is 9 x 6 inches and that's a little too big for me. I feel like something slightly smaller like 8 x 5 is much more reasonable.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: person_of_the_book on August 30, 2017, 12:00:47 AM
Does anyone know of a nice Qur'an alone/oriented translation that's also a physically small book? I'm looking for a smaller Qur'an (if I can find one), but I feel like everything I find is 9 x 6 inches and that's a little too big for me. I feel like something slightly smaller like 8 x 5 is much more reasonable.

To my knowledge no such thing exists, however you can find portable editions of AJ Arberry's translation, which while not "Qur'an alone" is translated from the perspective of a non-Muslim linguist and avoids some baggage, I find. I actually got lucky and found an old pocket-sized hardback in a used book store.
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Makaveli on August 30, 2017, 03:28:32 AM
Does anyone know of a nice Qur'an alone/oriented translation that's also a physically small book? I'm looking for a smaller Qur'an (if I can find one), but I feel like everything I find is 9 x 6 inches and that's a little too big for me. I feel like something slightly smaller like 8 x 5 is much more reasonable.

Use the tablet or smartphone?
Title: Re: Recommended books on Quran/Islam & related topics
Post by: Houriya on November 07, 2019, 11:35:57 AM
recognize your enemy

http://www.quran4peace.org/documents/Quran4peace-part7.pdf

Web site :
http://www.quran4peace.org/