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Islam

Part 1:
The Qur'an, book publishers, books & clothing

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Traditionally, Muslims do not recognize translations of the Qur'an into other languages. They are regarded as interpretations. They are availalable in Generated HTML, EPUB , Kindle, Plucker, QiOO Mobile, plain text, and other formats.

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Islamic book publishers:

  • DarusSalam Publications is "... the leading international publishing house of multi-lingual Islamic books." It was founded in 1986, As of 2014, they have published over 1,400 books in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Urdu and other languages. They have a large collection of downloadable Apps on their web site, including apps on Islamic facts, interpretation of dreams, a dictionary of Islamic words, "What is Islam,"etc. See: http://www.darussalampublishers.com/

  • MuslimStories.net maintains a list of Muslim publishers at: http://muslimstories.net/

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Books about Islam, sorted by author's name:

  • book cover image Hamid Algar, "Wahhabism: A critical essay," Islamic Publications International, (2002). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Amazon review:

    "Wahhabism, a peculiar interpretation of Islamic doctrine and practice that first arose in mid-eighteenth century Arabia, is sometimes regarded as simply an extreme or uncompromising form of Sunni Islam. This is incorrect, for at the very outset the movement was stigmatized as aberrant by the leading Sunni scholars of the day, because it rejected many of the traditional beliefs and practices of Sunni Islam and declared permissible warfare against all Muslims that disputed Wahhabi teachings. Nor can Wahhabism be regarded as a movement of “purification” or “renewal,” as the source of the genuinely revivalist movements that were underway at the time. Not until Saudi oil money was placed at the disposal of its propagandists did Wahhabism find an echo outside the Arabian Peninsula.

    The author discusses the rise of Wahhabism at the hands of Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Wahhab, a native of Najd in the eastern part of the Arabian peninsula, the doctrines he elaborated to serve as the basis of the Wahhabi sect, and the alliance he concluded with the Saudi family, then rulers of the principality of al-Dir’iya. An early result of this union was a creeping conquest of the Arabian Peninsula, misnamed as jihad; it culminated in the sacking of Taif and the occupation of Mecca in 1803. This first Wahhabi occupation was short-lived but Wahhabism triumphed anew with the foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1925. Among the extensions of Wahhabism beyond Arabia must be accounted the perverse and brutal regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan."

  • Karen Armstrong:
    • book cover imge"Islam: A short history," (2000). Read reviews by Muslims and non-Muslims, or order this book

      Karen Armstrong was once a Roman Catholic nun and is now a leading scholar on religious affairs.

      Amazon review:
      • "Armstrong sketches the arc of a story that begins with the stirring of revelation in an Arab businessman named Muhammad. His concern with the poor who were being left behind in the blush of his society's new prosperity sets the tone for the tale of a culture that values community as a manifestation of God. Muhammad's ideas catch fire, quickly blossoming into a political empire. As the empire expands and the once fractured Arabs subdue and overtake the vast Persian domain, the story of a community becomes a panoramic drama. With great dexterity, Armstrong narrates the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western crusaders and Mongolian conquerors, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God. Armstrong brings us through the debacle of European colonialism right up to the present day, putting Islamic fundamentalism into context as part of a worldwide phenomenon."

      Ray Olson of Booklists writes that this book is: "An invaluable primer for non-Muslims."

    • book cover image "Muhammad: A prophet for our time," HarperOne, (2007). Read reviews or order this book

      Review by Ray Olson:

      "Armstrong's second biography of Islam's prophet is lucid and stylish, never condescending. It puts the best face possible on its subject. The Muhammad it projects gave his followers 'a mission: to create a just and decent society, in which all members were treated with respect.' Moreover, Armstrong's Muhammad behaved justly and decently while he lived, though perhaps a bit according to the stringent standards of Arab culture at the time."

  • book cover image Maria M Ebrahimji & Zahra T Suratwala, Editors, "I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim" White Cloud Press, (2011) Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Webmaster's note: I found this book fascinating. It contains the personal stories of 40 young Muslim women born in the U.S. and includes their conflicts over clothing, living within a minority religion in a culture that is overwhelmingly Christian and secular, combatting the restrictive expectations of women expressed by many Muslims, overcoming hostility from non-Mulslims -- particularly after 9/11, etc. I feel that here is no better way to understand Muslim women in America than to read personal stories of young adults.

Amazon review:

    "Muslim American women are the subject of endless discussions regarding their role in society, their veils as symbols of oppression or of freedom, their identity, their patriotism, their womanhood. Yet the voices and life experiences of Muslim American women themselves are rarely heard in the loud rhetoric surrounding the question of Muslims in America. Finally, in I Speak for Myself, 40 American women under the age of 40, share their experiences of their lives as Muslim women in America. While their commonality is faith and citizenship, their voices and their messages are very different.

    Readers of I Speak for Myself are presented with a kaleidoscope of stories, artfully woven together around the central idea of limitlessness and individuality. A common theme linking these intimate self-portraits will be the way each woman uniquely defies labeling, simply by defining for herself what it means to be American and Muslim and female. Each personal story is a contribution to the larger narrative of life stories and life work of a new generation of Muslim women.

    There are approximately six million Muslims living in the United States and over one billion around the world. While the events of 9/11 certainly engaged Americans with the religion of Islam, many enduring stereotypes continue to belittle the Muslim American experience; this often leads to a monolithic interpretation of Islam. Such a treatment is especially inappropriate when reflecting on the Muslim American identity, which is by far one of the most culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse of any in the Islamic world. Women of the Muslim community in America could be described as both patriots and practitioners (of faith). Their experiences call for a body of literature that reflects how they celebrate and live Islam in distinctive ways.

    In the wake of the current rising tide of Islamophobia (see Time Magazine, Aug. 30, 2010), I Speak for Myself is a must read for Americans seeking understanding of Islam from young women who were all born in the USA."

  • John L. Esposito:
    • book cover image "What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam," Oxford University Press, (2002) Read reviews or order this book

      Publishers Weekly review:

      "An excellent primer on all aspects of Islam. The question-and-answer-format allows readers to skip ahead to areas that interest them, including hot-button issues such as 'Why are Muslims so violent?' or 'Why do Muslim women wear veils and long garments?' In his answers, which are anywhere from a paragraph to several pages long, Esposito elegantly educates the reader through what the Quran said, how Muslims are influenced by their local cultures, and how the unique politics of Islamic countries affect Muslims' views."

    • book cover image "Who Speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think," Gallup Press, (2008). Read reviews or order this book

      Amazon review:

      "In a post-9/11 world, many Americans conflate the mainstream Muslim majority with the beliefs and actions of an extremist minority. But what do the world’s Muslims think about the West, or about democracy, or about extremism itself? Who Speaks for Islam? spotlights this silenced majority. The book is the product of a mammoth six-year study in which the Gallup Organization conducted tens of thousands of hour-long, face-to-face interviews with residents of more than 35 predominantly Muslim nations — urban and rural, young and old, men and women, educated and illiterate. It asks the questions everyone is curious about: Why is the Muslim world so anti-American? Who are the extremists? Is democracy something Muslims really want? What do Muslim women want? The answers to these and other pertinent, provocative questions are provided not by experts, extremists, or talking heads, but by empirical evidence — the voices of a billion Muslims."

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Last update: 2014-AUG-22
Hyperlinks checked: 2014-AUG-22
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