A preliminary reading list, suggested by Omid Safi

 

Intro to Islam textbooks:

1) Chittick, Vision of Islam

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1557785163/qid=1003520858/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_7_1/107-1900587-9711761

2) Islam and the Destiny of Man

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/088706163X/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_f/107-1900587-9711761

3) Fred Denny, An Introduction to Islam

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0023285192/qid=1006825410/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_11_1/107-1900587-9711761

4) Mecca the Blessed, Madina the Radiant

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/089381752X/ref=pd_sim_books/107-1900587-9711761

5) Early Islamic Mysticism

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0809104776/qid=1003524489/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_14_1/107-1900587-9711761

 

On Qur'an:

1) Approaching the Qur'an

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1883991269/qid%3D1003522453/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F0%5F1/107-1900587-9711761

2) Qur'an, Liberation, and Pluralism

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851681213/ref=pd_sim_books/107-1900587-9711761

3) The Essential Koran:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062501984/qid=1003525487/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_7_2/107-1900587-9711761

4) The meaning of the Holy Qur'an

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0915957760/ref=pd_sxp_elt_l1/107-1900587-9711761

 

On Prophet Muhammad:

1) Martin Lings,

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0892811706/qid=1003528683/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_11_1/107-1900587-9711761

2) Karen Armstrong, Muhammad

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062508865/qid=1003522598/sr=2-2/107-1900587-9711761

3) Muhammad Man of God

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567445012/qid=1003526168/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_7_1/107-1900587-9711761

4) And Muhammad Is his messenger

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807841285/qid=1003528625/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_3_2/107-1900587-9711761

 

Islamic spirituality:

1) Way of Sufi Chivalry

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0892813172/qid=1003524588/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1_1/107-1900587-9711761

2) Love is the wine

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0893144258/qid=1003524641/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_14_1/107-1900587-9711761

3) Essential Sufism

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/006251475X/ref=pd_sim_books/107-1900587-9711761

4) Shambhala Guide to Sufism

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570621802/ref=pd_sim_books/107-1900587-9711761

5) Traveling the path of love

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/096345742X/qid=1003528782/sr=1-12/ref=sr_1_11_12/107-1900587-9711761

6) The Essential Rumi

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062509594/qid=1003529037/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_3_2/107-1900587-9711761

7) The Heat of Sufism

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/157062402X/qid=1003529098/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_11_1/107-1900587-9711761

 

Contemporary muslims;

1) On Being a Muslim

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1851681469/ref=pd_sim_books/107-1900587-9711761

2) Islam and World Peace

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0914390252/qid=1003529194/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_14_2/107-1900587-9711761

 

 

On Islam and Extremist movements:

1) Bruce Lawrence, Defenders of God

2) Mark Jeurgensmeyer, Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence.

3) Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, Vanguard of the Revolution

4) Bruce Lawrence, Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence.

 

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