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Liberal Islam reading list

Zeeshan Hasan
 
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
"A very readable introduction"
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
"A sympathetic Western portrayal of Islam's founder"
Islam
Islam
"An overview by a true luminary in the academic field of Islamic studies."
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate
"An excellent history of women's rights in Muslim society."
Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations
Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations
"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"
The Koran Interpreted: A Translation
The Koran Interpreted: A Translation
"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."
Introduction to the Qur'an (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)
Introduction to the Qur'an (The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys)
"Watt's modern academic commentary of the Qur'an."
Major Themes of the Qur'an: Second Edition
Major Themes of the Qur'an: Second Edition
"A Muslim academic commentary on the Qur'an as well as the views of Watt."
Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective
Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective
"A good treatment of the Qur'anic verses dealing with women's rights."
The Life of Muhammad
The Life of Muhammad
"The earliest biography of Muhammad, by Ibn Ishaq. Guillaume reconstructs it with the 'satanic verses' episode from  Tabari's edition"
Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman (Galaxy Book, 409)
Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman (Galaxy Book, 409)
"Summary of Watt's excellent longer studies, "Muhammad at Mecca" and "Muhammad at Medina"."
Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook
Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook
"An anthology of Muslim writings, with various viewpoints."
Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam (Peoples of the Ancient World)
Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam (Peoples of the Ancient World)
"Good introduction to pre-Islamic historical context of the Qur'an, particularly the economic issue of tribal raiding."
Desert Tracings : Six Classic Arabian Odes by 'Alqama, Shanfara, Labid, 'Antara, Al-A'sha, and Dhu al-Rumma
Desert Tracings : Six Classic Arabian Odes by 'Alqama, Shanfara, Labid, 'Antara, Al-A'sha, and Dhu al-Rumma
"Old Arabic poetry can likewise give us a literary/cultural context for the Qur'an, and exemplifies the pre-Islamic ideal of 'muruwwa'."
Encyclopaedia Of Islam. CD-ROM Edition
Encyclopaedia Of Islam. CD-ROM Edition
"The mother of all Islamic studies reference works. Buy the electronic edition and save trees."
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an: Individual License Single User (Encyclopedia of the Qur'ā N)
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an: Individual License Single User (Encyclopedia of the Qur'ā N)
"Tons of useful research on the Qur'an. Also available as a tree-free CD-ROM."