Books on Miscellany: 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.



Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Conference of the Books: The Search for Beauty in Islam. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001.

Asad, Mohammad. The Road to Mecca. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2001 reprint ed.

Daniel, Norman. Islam and the West: The Making of an Image. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1958.

Dunn, Ross E. The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century.Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990.

Eickelman, Dale and James Piscatori, eds. Muslim Travelers: Pilgrimage, Migration, and theReligious Imagination. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990.

Esack, Farid. On Being a Muslim. Oxford, UK: Oneworld, 1999.

Gallagher, Nancy Elizabeth, ed. Approaches to the History of the Middle East: Interviews with Leading Middle East Historians. Reading, UK: Ithaca, 1997.

Hallaq, Wael B. and Donald P. Little, eds. Islamic Studies Presented to Charles J. Adams. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1991.

Hourani, Albert. Islam in European Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. The Need for a Sacred Science. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Sardar, Ziauddin. The Future of Muslim Civilization. London: Mansell, 2nd ed., 1987.

Shaheen, Jack G. Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. New York: Olive Branch Press, 2001.

Shariati, Ali (Laleh Bakhtiar, trans.). Hajj: Reflections on its Rituals. Chicago, IL: Kazi Publ., 1993.

Smith, Wilfred Cantwell. On Understanding Islam: Selected Studies. The Hague: Mouton, 1981.

Wolfe, Michael, ed. One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing about the Muslim Pilgrimage. New York: Grove Press, 1997.

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