Books on History: Recommended by Dr. Abou El Fadl

Note: [Republished from the Scholar of the House website] The books listed below were selected by Dr. Abou El Fadl from a comprehensive bibliography of Islamic Studies books compiled by Professor Patrick O'Donnell, published in 2003. Books published after 2003 are not included. [Go to the complete comprehensive bibliography by Professor O'Donnell.] 


Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced designations were determined by Dr. Abou El Fadl. Placement of a book within this section was determined by Professor O'Donnell.





Abun-Nasr, Jamil M. A History of the Maghrib in the Islamic Period Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 3rd. ed., 1987.

Allison, Robert J. The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Austin, Allan D. African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual StrugglesNew York: Routledge, revised ed., 1997.

Chamberlain, Michael. Knowledge and Social Practice in Medieval Damascus, 1190-1350 Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Clancy-Smith, Julia A. Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904) Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994.

Eaton, Richard Maxwell. Essays on Islam and Indian History Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Eaton, Richard Maxwell. The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993.

Echevarria, Ana. The Fortress of Faith: The Attitude Toward Muslims in Fifteenth Century SpainLeiden: E.J. Brill, 1999.

Gabrieli, Francesco. Arab Historians of the Crusades Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1969.

Goodwin, Jason. Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire New York: Henry Holtand Co,. 1999.

Lapidus, Ira M. A History of Islamic Societies Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Marsot, Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid. Egypt in the Reign of Muhammad Ali Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Marsot, Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid. A Short History of Modern Egypt Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Matar, Nabil. Islam in Britain, 1558-1685 Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Peirce, Lelie P. The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Wilfred Cantwell. Islam in Modern History Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1957.

Tucker, Judith E. Women in Nineteenth-Century Egypt Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Voll, John O. Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1982.

Watt, William Montgomery. The Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1972.

Watt, William Montgomery. The Majesty that was Islam: The Islamic World, 661-1100 London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1974.




Afsaruddin, Asma. Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate LeadershipLeiden: E.J. Brill, 2002.

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

Berkey, Jonathan P. Popular Preaching and Religious Authority in the Medieval Islamic Near EastSeattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Berkey, Jonathan P. The Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Cairo Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Black, Antony. The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present New York: Routledge, 2001.

Blanks, David R. and Michael Frassetto, eds. Western Views of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999.

Cooperson, Michael. Classical Arabic Biography: Heirs of the Prophet in the Age of al-Ma?m?nCambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Donner, Fred McGraw. The Early Islamic Conquests Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Donner, Fred McGraw. Narratives of Islamic Origins: The Beginnings of Islamic Historical WritingPrinceton, NJ: Darwin Press, 1998.

Hodgson, Marshall G.S. The Order of the Assassins Mouton: The Hague, 1955.

Hodgson, Marshall G.S. (Edmund Burke III, ed.). Rethinking World History: Essays on Europe, Islam, and World History Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Hodgson, Marshall G.S. The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in a World Civilization, 3 VolsChicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1974.

Hourani, Albert H. A History of the Arab Peoples London: Faber and Faber, 1991.

Ibn Khaldun (Franz Rosenthal, trans.). The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History, 3 VolsPrinceton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1969.

Jayyusi, Salma Khadra, ed. The Legacy of Muslim Spain, 2 Vols Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994.

Kaegi, Walter E. Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Kohlberg, Etan. A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work: Ibn Tawus and his Library Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1992.

Kraemer, Joel L. Humanism in the Renaissance of Islam: The Cultural Revival during the Buyid AgeLeiden: E.J. Brill, 2nd ed., 1992.

Kramer, Martin. Islam Assembled: The Advent of the Muslim Congresses New York: Columbia University Press, 1986.

Laiou, Angeliki E. and Roy P. Mottahedeh, eds. The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Center Studies, 2001.

Makdisi, George. The Rise of Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1989.

Mottahedeh, Roy P. Loyalty and Leadership in an Early Islamic Society Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Petry, Carl. The Civilian Elite of Cairo in the Later Middle Ages Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Rahman, Fazlur. Islam and Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

Repp, R.C. The Mufti of Istanbul: A Study in the Development of the Ottoman Learned HierarchyLondon: Ithaca Press, 1986.

Tabbaa, Yasser. Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.

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