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This web site aims to bring to you a wide variety of resources on Arab Culture and Civilization, but much more is available. This bibliography includes a number of additional materials that you may wish to consult. Texts that have recently been annotated or added to this list are shown with a tan background. In addition, there are many other online resources that you can explore from our links list.

The Holy Qur'an: Arabic text with English translation and short commentary / edited by Malik Ghulam Farid. Tilford, Surrey, England: Islam International Publications Ltd., 1994

The Holy Qur'an: containing the Arabic text with English translation and commentary / by Maulvi Muhammad Ali. 2nd ed. Lahore: Ahmadiyya Anjuman-i-Ish'at-i-Islam, 1920

The Holy Qur'an: text, translation and commentary, by Abdullah Yusuf Ali. McGregor & Werner, 1946

The Islamic world and the West: an introduction to political cultures and international relations / edited by Kai Hafez ; with a foreword by Mohammed Arkoun and Udo Steinbach ; translated from the German by Mary Ann Kenny. (Social, economic, and political studies of the Middle East and Asia, 1385-3376 ; v. 71) Leiden ; Boston: Brill, 2000

The Koran / translated with notes by N. J. Dawood. 4th rev. ed. Harmondsworth ; New York: Penguin Books, 1974

The Koran interpreted: a translation / by Arthur J. Arberry ; combined in one volume. New York, N.Y.: Collier Books: Macmillan Pub. Co., [1986], c1955

The Koran, a new translation by N.J. Dawood. [Harmondsworth, Middlesex] Penguin Books [1956]

Koran. [English & Arabic (Electronic)] The Koran [electronic text] (Electronic Access: Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative, [1993?]

The Qur'an: the first American version / translation and commentary by T.B. Irving (Al-Hajj Talim Ali). Brattleboro, VT: Amana Bks., 1985

The Qur'an, translated, with a critical re-arrangement of the Surahs by Richard Bell. Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1937-

The New Crusades. Constructing the Muslim Enemy. Emran Qureshi and Michael A. Sells, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

Notes: This collection of essays by prominent scholars takes on the idea of a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West with specific reference to historical and current events.

Teaching Islam. Brannon M. Wheeler, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Notes: This book is part of the Teaching Religions Studies Series of the Amaerican Academy of Religion. In includes essays on teaching about Women in Islam, Islamic law, etc. Several of the essays are by professors at NITLE affiliated colleges and address that context directly.

Ahmed, Akbar S. Islam today: a short introduction to the Muslim world / Akbar S. Ahmed. London ; New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers, c2001

Bell, Richard, b. 1876. Bell's introduction to the Quran. [New ed.]; revised and enlarged by W. Montgomery Watt (Islamic surveys ; 8) Edinburgh,] Edinburgh U.P., [1970.]

Berkey, Jonathan P.. The Formation of Islam : Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Notes: This book is a religious history of the region from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to 1800. It received the 2003 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association.

Bulliet, Richard W.. The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Notes: This text by Richard W. Bulliet, Professor of History at Columbia University, views Islamic and Christian history in a take that is highly critical of the idea that the two society are involved in an ongoing and inevitable "clash of civilizaitons".

Burton, John, 1929-. An introduction to the Hadith / John Burton. (Islamic surveys) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, c1994

Cook, M. A. The Koran: a very short introduction / Michael Cook. (Very short introductions) Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000

Denny, Frederick Mathewson. An introduction to Islam / Frederick Mathewson Denny. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co., c1994

Endress, Gerhard, 1939-. An introduction to Islam / Gerhard Endress ; translated by Carole Hillenbrand. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, c1988

Gütje, Helmut, 1927-1986. The Quran and its exegesis: selected texts with classical and modern Muslim interpretations / by Helmut Gütje ; translated and edited by Alford T. Welch. (The Islamic world series) Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976

Goldziher, Ignác, 1850-1921. Introduction to Islamic theology and law / by Ignaz Goldziher ; translated by Andras and Ruth Hamori ; with an introd. and additional notes by Bernard Lewis. (Modern classics in Near Eastern studies.) Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, c1981

Kassis, Hanna E. A concordance of the Quran / Hanna E. Kassis ; foreword by Fazlur Rahman. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1983

Maudoodi, Syed Abul Ala, 1903-1979. Towards understanding the Quran / Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi ; translated and edited by Zafar Ishaq Ansari. Leicester [Leicestershire]: Islamic Foundation, c1988-

-----. The meaning of the Quran: (Arabic text with translation and commentary) / by Abul Ala Maududi ; English rendering by Ch. Muhammad Akbar ; edited by A.A. Kamal. Lahore, Pakistan: Islamic Publications, 1988-

Meddeb, Abdelwahab. The Malady of Islam. Pierre Joris and Anne Reid, tans. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Notes: This book considers Islamic "Fundamentalism" as a sickness that is cutting Islamic society off from its own tradtion and history. The author is a prominent poet, novelist and essayist who teaches Comparative Literature at the University of Paris X-Nanterre.

Mourad, Suleiman Ali. Early Islam Between Myth And History: Al-hasan Al-basri (D. 110h/7.28ce) And the Formation on His Legacy in Classical Islamic Scholarship. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005.

Notes: This book, by a Professor of Religion at Smith College, traces the process through which a historical character named al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī was transformed into a myth by several groups in medieval Islam.

Qutb, Sayyid, 1903-1966. In the shade of the Quran / Sayyid Qutb ; translated by M.A. Salahi, A.A. Shamis. London: MWH, c1979-

Notes: A key work by one of the 20th century’s most influential Islamic thinkers. Written mostly while the author was in jail in Egypt, it proscribes a reaffirmation of faith as set down by the Qur’an and cites apostasy as the main source of troubles within the Arab world.

Robinson, Neal, 1948-. Islam, a concise introduction / Neal Robinson. Surrey, England: Curzon Press, 1999

Ruthven, Malise. Islam: a very short introduction / Malise Ruthven. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1997

Schimmel, Annemarie. Islam: an introduction / Annemarie Schimmel. Albany: State University of New York Press, c1992

Waines, David. An introduction to Islam / David Waines New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995

Watt, W. Montgomery (William Montgomery). Companion to the Qur'an [by] W. Montgomery Watt; based on the Arberry translation. London, Allen & Unwin, 1967

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