Books on Shi'ism: 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.





Jafri, S. Husain M. The Origins and Early Development of Shi'a Islam. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Momen, Moojan. An Introduction to Shi'i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi'ism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein, Hamid Dabashi and Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, eds. Shi'ism: Doctrines, Thought and Spirituality. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1988.

Tabataba'i, 'allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husain (Seyyed Hoseyn Nasr, trans. and ed.). Shi'ite Islam.London: George Allen & Unwin, 1975.




Abdul-Jabar, Faleh, ed. Ayatollahs, Sufis, and Ideologues: State, Religion and Social Movements in Iraq. London: Saqi, 2002.

Amir-Moezzl, Mohammad Ali. The Divine Guide in Early Shi'ism: The Sources of Esotericism in Islam.Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994.

Ayoub, Mahmoud. Redemptive Suffering in Islam. The Hague: Mouton, 1978.

Corbin, Henry. Cyclical Time and Ismaili Gnosis. London: The Institute of Ismaili Studies Ltd./Kegan Paul Int'l. with Islamic Publications, 1985 ed.

Corbin, Henry. Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth: From Mazdean Iran to Shî'ite Iran. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1977.

Khumaynî, Ayatu'llah Seyyid Ruhu'llâh (Hamid Algar, trans. and ed.). Islam and Revolution: Writings and Declarations of Imam Khomeini. Berkeley, CA: Mizan Press, 1981.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein, Hamid Dabashi and Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr, eds. Expectation of the Millennium: Shi'ism in History. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1989.

Sachedina, Abdulaziz A. Islamic Messianism: The Idea of the Mahdi in Twelver Shi'ism. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1981.


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