Islam: Perspectives and Essentials

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Of particular interest (for me, at least) is the selection of Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings edited by Muhammad Ali Khalidi and published by Cambridge University Press."
Understanding Islam: Origins*Beliefs*Practices*Holy Texts*Sacred Places
1.  Understanding Islam: Origins*Beliefs*Practices*Holy Texts*Sacred Places by Matthew Gordon
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Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)
2.  Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles) by Karen Armstrong
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No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
3.  No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
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Islam: A Guide for Jews and Christians
4.  Islam: A Guide for Jews and Christians by F.E. Peters
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What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam
5.  What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam by John L. Esposito
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Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction
6.  Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction by Adam J. Silverstein
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An Introduction to Islam, 4th
7.  An Introduction to Islam, 4th by Frederick Mathewson Denny
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The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
8.  The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
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The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
9.  The Koran: A Very Short Introduction by M. A. Cook
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The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
10.  The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics) by M. A. Abdel Haleem
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The Qur'an: A New Translation
11.  The Qur'an: A New Translation by Tarif Khalidi
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The Koran (Penguin Classics)
12.  The Koran (Penguin Classics) by N. J. Dawood
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Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives
13.  Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives by John L. Esposito
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Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
14.  Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Brown
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Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time
15.  Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong
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The Wisdom of the Prophet: The Sayings of Muhammad
16.  The Wisdom of the Prophet: The Sayings of Muhammad by Thomas Cleary
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  "A selection of passages from the Hadith, or traditional teaching stories based on the words and deeds of Muhammad"
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Sufism: A Beginner's Guide
17.  Sufism: A Beginner's Guide by William C. Chittick
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The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition
18.  The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Mi'raj, Poetic and Theological Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
19.  Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Mi'raj, Poetic and Theological Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Michael Anthony Sells
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  "This volume opens with an essay on the place of spirituality within the Islamic tradition. Immediately following are the foundation texts of the pre-Sufi spirituality: the Qur'an passages most important to the mystical tradition. The volume then presents the sayings attributed to the key early figures of Islamic spirituality"
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Farid ad-Din 'Attar's Memorial of God's Friends: Lives and Sayings of Sufis (Classics of Western Spirituality)
20.  Farid ad-Din 'Attar's Memorial of God's Friends: Lives and Sayings of Sufis (Classics of Western Spirituality) by Farid Al-Din Attar
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Sufi Commentaries on the Qur'an in Classical Islam (Routledge Studies in the Quran)
21.  Sufi Commentaries on the Qur'an in Classical Islam (Routledge Studies in the Quran) by Kristin Zahra Sands
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Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology (Classics of Western Spirituality) (v. 9)
22.  Knowledge of God in Classical Sufism: Foundations of Islamic Mystical Theology (Classics of Western Spirituality) (v. 9) by John Renard
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  "Texts culled from the works of 9 major Muslim teachers, on the theme of the complex and multi-faceted role of knowledge in relation to the spiritual life. The Introduction offers a survey of the development of Sufi modes of knowing through the thirteenth century in their broader context, and then focuses on the manuals of Sufi spirituality treated here"
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Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)
23.  Medieval Islamic Philosophical Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy) by Muhammad Ali Khalidi
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The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades (Penguin Classics)
24.  The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades (Penguin Classics) by Usama ibn Munqidh
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  "Usama ibn Munqidh (1095–1188) was an Arab aristocrat born in northern Syria, who counted among his patrons the mighty sultan Saladin. This volume brings together the best and most complete eyewitness account of the Crusades from the perspective of a medieval Muslim writer."
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The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics)
25.  The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics) by Farid-Ud-Din Attar
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  "Attar was a Persian Sufi of the 12th century. The Conference of the Birds is an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God. When all the birds of the world convene and determine that they lack a king, one bird steps forward and offers to lead them to a great and mighty monarch. Initially excited, each bird falters in turn, whereupon the leader admonishes them with well-targeted parables."
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Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi (Penguin Classics)
26.  Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi (Penguin Classics) by Mahmood Jamal
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Mystical Poems of Rumi
27.  Mystical Poems of Rumi by Franklin Lewis
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Spiritual Verses (Penguin Classics)
28.  Spiritual Verses (Penguin Classics) by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
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  "A blank verse translation. The longest single-authored 'mystical' poem ever written, the Masnavi-ye Ma’navi, or 'spiritual couplets,' is the masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition. Jalaloddin Rumi (1207–1273) was a poet and mystic of the highest attainment, but he was also a spiritual teacher, and his Masnavi leads the reader to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path: union with God."
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Rumi: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
29.  Rumi: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by John Moyne
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  "A selection of the 13th-century Persian mystic's poems. Barks divides Rumi's poetry into 27 sections, providing introductions to each. Mowlana Jalaloddin Balkhi (1207–1273), known to the world as Rumi, was an Iranian poet of a status in Muslim civilization comparable to the greatest poets of Europe."
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The Masnavi, Book One (Oxford World's Classics) (Bk. 1)
30.  The Masnavi, Book One (Oxford World's Classics) (Bk. 1) by Jalal al-Din Rumi
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  "Rumi's Masnavi is widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and has been called "the Koran in Persian." The Muslim mystic Rumi (1207–1273) composed his work for the benefit of his disciples in the Sufi order named after him, better known as the whirling dervishes."
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The Masnavi, Book 2 (Oxford World's Classics)
31.  The Masnavi, Book 2 (Oxford World's Classics) by Jalal al-Din Rumi
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  "Book Two is concerned with the challenges facing the seeker of Sufi enlightenment. In particular it focuses on the struggle against the self, and how to choose the right companions in order to progress along the mystical path. Here, Jawid Mojaddedi has translated the text into accessible rhyming couplets, as he did for Oxford's award-winning edition of Book One."
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Kabir: The Weaver's Songs (Penguin Classics)
32.  Kabir: The Weaver's Songs (Penguin Classics) by Vinay Dharwadker
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  "One of India's greatest mystics, Kabir (1398-1448) was also a satirist, philosopher, and poet. Equally immersed in theology and social thought, music and politics, he was a Muslim by name, but his ideas stand at the intersection of Hinduism and Islam, Bhakti and Yoga, religion and secularism. This book offers a new translation of one hundred poems."
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Songs of Kabir (New York Review Books Classics)
33.  Songs of Kabir (New York Review Books Classics) by Kabir
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  "Transcending divisions of creed, challenging social distinctions of all sorts, and celebrating individual unity with the divine, the poetry of Kabir is one of passion and paradox, of mind-bending riddles and exultant riffs. These new translations by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, one of India’s finest contemporary poets, bring out the richness, wit, and power of a literary and spiritual master."
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The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor (Modern Library Classics)
34.  The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor (Modern Library Classics) by W. M. Thackston
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  "The 1st autobiography in Islamic literature. Babur (1483-1530) was the 1st Mughal, or Mongol, emperor of India. A devoted warrior who fought by the bloodthirsty standards of his time, Babur was also a gifted scholar and ethnographer. One of the most significant figures in Indo-Islamic history, he was descended from Tamerlane, and one of his descendants would build the Taj Majal."
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Madhumalati: An Indian Sufi Romance (Oxford World's Classics)
35.  Madhumalati: An Indian Sufi Romance (Oxford World's Classics) by Mir Sayyid Manjhan Shattari Rajgiri
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  "Madhumalati was written by Manjhan in the 16th century (little is known about the author), and it is an outstanding example of Sufi literature in the Indian Islamic tradition. Originally written in a dialect of Eastern Hindi it is here translated for the first time into English verse."
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A Middle East Mosaic: Reflections Between the Middle East and the West, from Ancient Times to the Present (Modern Library Classics)
36.  A Middle East Mosaic: Reflections Between the Middle East and the West, from Ancient Times to the Present (Modern Library Classics) by Bernard Lewis
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Al-Kindi (Great Medieval Thinkers)
37.  Al-Kindi (Great Medieval Thinkers) by Peter Adamson
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  "Al-Kindi (801-873) was the first philosopher of the Islamic world, whose wide-ranging intellectual interests included not only philosophy but also music, astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. He lived in Iraq and studied in Baghdad, where he became an important figure in the caliphal court."
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Al-Farabi, Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism: His Life, Works and Influence (Great Islamic Thinkers)
38.  Al-Farabi, Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism: His Life, Works and Influence (Great Islamic Thinkers) by Majid Fakhry
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  "This is the only available comprehensive introduction to the life and achievements of the ninth-century Islamic philosopher, Al-Farabi."
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Averroes: His Life, Work and Influence (Great Islamic Writings)
39.  Averroes: His Life, Work and Influence (Great Islamic Writings) by Majid Fakhry
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  "This book provides a comprehensive overview of the life, times, and achievements of Averroes, a twelfth-century Muslim philosopher whose ideas were so controversial that his books were burnt not once, but twice."
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The Adventures of Amir Hamza (Modern Library Classics)
40.  The Adventures of Amir Hamza (Modern Library Classics) by G̲h̲ālib Lakhnavī
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