Reading About Islam

By: Donovan Burba,
English Content Editor
قراءات مختارة من الثقافة الإسلامية

Ramadan is a time for reflection about Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Though some answers can only be found from within, you can enhance your understanding of Islam, its history and its practices through the Library’s online collection of ebooks and audiobooks. We have numerous items in both Arabic and English that can help you on your journey this Ramadan, which you can access through the Online Resources page on our website.

Some of our top recommendations are:

A Treasury of Hadith: Imam Nawawi's collection of 42 hadith brings together some of the most important and pivotal Prophetic traditions. The great hadith master Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Daqiq al-'Id provides simple but insightful commentary.

Prayer in Islamic Thought and Practice, by Marion Holmes Katz: This richly textured book offers a broad historical survey of the rules, values and interpretations relating to Salāt and how prayer has been understood in Islamic law, Sufi mysticism and Islamic philosophy.

Islamic Gardens and Landscapes, by D. Fairchild Ruggles: Explore the rich tradition of Islamic landscapes and gardens over the centuries in this study that examines the history and meaning behind these important spaces.

Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations, by Fauzia Ahmad and Mohammad Siddique Seddon: This book addresses many of the central issues currently facing young Muslims in both local and global contexts, such as growing youth populations, a rise in materialism and the influence of other cultures.

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