Further Reading

cover of Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization

A Closer Look at Islam

Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization
Seyyed H. Nasr
This thoughtful primer from one of America's leading professors of Islamic Studies is an excellent resource for readers in search of an introduction to Islamic faith and history.

Islam: A Short History
Karen Armstrong
This succinct, readable synopsis of the history of Islam includes a timeline, maps, a list of key historical figures, a glossary of Arabic terms, a pronunciation guide, a bibliography, and discussion questions.

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam
John L. Esposito
The editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Islam uses a question and answer approach to present information about the faith, customs, and political beliefs of Muslims.

Islam at the Crossroads: Understanding Its Beliefs, History, and Conflicts
Paul A. Marshall
An introduction to the history of Islam, its beliefs and practices, and the growth of Islamic extremism.

Cultural Diversity and Islam
Twelve internationally recognized scholars investigate the theme of cultural diversity and tolerance in Islamic thought and practice.

Islam without Illusions: Its Past, Its Present, and Its Challenge for the Future
Edward Hotaling
Hotaling, former Middle East bureau chief for CBS News, traces the history and politics of Islam and "explores the radical challenge posed by terrorists to the religion they claim to follow and their threat to the world at large."

A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Nasr, a prominent scholar of Islam, challenges young Muslims to become more familiar with their faith and asserts that exploring Western civilization from the Islamic point of view will better prepare them for idealogical challenges.

Teach Yourself Islam
Ruqaiyyah Waris Masgood
A comprehensive guide to all aspects of Islam, including the life of the Prophet, the Qur'an, worship, mysticism, and the views and status of Muslim sects around the world.