Liberal Islam reading list

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No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
1.  No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
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  "A very readable introduction"
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Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
2.  Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet by Karen Armstrong
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  "A sympathetic Western portrayal of Islam's founder"
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Islam
3.  Islam by Fazlur Rahman
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  "An overview by a true luminary in the academic field of Islamic studies."
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Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
4.  Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate by Leila Ahmed
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  "An excellent history of women's rights in Muslim society."
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Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations
5.  Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations by Michael Anthony Sells
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  "The best introduction to the Qur'an as scripture. Presents the early revelations, which are shorter and more spiritual, first; so gives a sense of the Qur'an as it is first presented to a young Muslim"
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The Koran Interpreted: A Translation
6.  The Koran Interpreted: A Translation by A. J. Arberry
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  "The first thing one needs to do to gain a deeper understanding of Islam is to read this. Arberry's translation is both literal and readable."
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Introduction to the Qur'an (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)
7.  Introduction to the Qur'an (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys) by Richard Bell
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  "Watt's modern academic commentary of the Qur'an."
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Major Themes of the Qur'an: Second Edition
8.  Major Themes of the Qur'an: Second Edition by Fazlur Rahman
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  "A Muslim academic commentary on the Qur'an as well as the views of Watt."
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Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective
9.  Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective by Amina Wadud
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  "A good treatment of the Qur'anic verses dealing with women's rights."
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The Life of Muhammad
10.  The Life of Muhammad by ʻAbd al-Malik Ibn Hishām
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  "The earliest biography of Muhammad, by Ibn Ishaq. Guillaume reconstructs it with the 'satanic verses' episode from  Tabari's edition"
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Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman (Galaxy Book, 409)
11.  Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman (Galaxy Book, 409) by W. Montgomery Watt
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  "Summary of Watt's excellent longer studies, "Muhammad at Mecca" and "Muhammad at Medina"."
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Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook
12.  Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook by Charles Kurzman
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  "An anthology of Muslim writings, with various viewpoints."
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Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam (Peoples of the Ancient World)
13.  Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam (Peoples of the Ancient World) by Robert G. Hoyland
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  "Good introduction to pre-Islamic historical context of the Qur'an, particularly the economic issue of tribal raiding."
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Desert Tracings : Six Classic Arabian Odes by 'Alqama, Shanfara, Labid, 'Antara, Al-A'sha, and Dhu al-Rumma
14.  Desert Tracings : Six Classic Arabian Odes by 'Alqama, Shanfara, Labid, 'Antara, Al-A'sha, and Dhu al-Rumma by Michael A. Sells
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  "Old Arabic poetry can likewise give us a literary/cultural context for the Qur'an, and exemplifies the pre-Islamic ideal of 'muruwwa'."
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Encyclopaedia Of Islam. CD-ROM Edition
15.  Encyclopaedia Of Islam. CD-ROM Edition 
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  "The mother of all Islamic studies reference works. Buy the electronic edition and save trees."
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Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an: Individual License Single User (Encyclopedia of the Qur'ā N)
16.  Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an: Individual License Single User (Encyclopedia of the Qur'ā N) by Jane Dammen McAuliffe
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  "Tons of useful research on the Qur'an. Also available as a tree-free CD-ROM."
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