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Resources for Ongoing Education

Reading List on Islam and Muslims from Historical and Contemporary Resources

Young Adult Literature

  • Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Janmohamed
  • If I should Speak by Umm Zakiyyah
  • A Friendship Promise by Ruby Moore
  • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
  • Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
  • The Size of a Mustard Seed: Covered Pearls Series Book 1 by Umm Juwariyah
  • Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Adbel-Fattah
  • Shooting for Kabul by NH Senzai
  • Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
  • Dave Eggers Zeitoun

Islam: Religion and Beliefs

  • The Vision of Islam by Murata and Chittick
  • Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings
  • Submission, Faith and Beauty: The Religion of Islam by Joseph Lumbard
  • The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam by Thomas Cleary
  • The Quran: A New Translation by Thomas Cleary
  • Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Disease of the Heart by Hamza Yusuf
  • The Content of Character: Ethical Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad by Hamza Yusuf
  • The Prophetic Invocations by Dr. Mostafa Al-Badawi (trans by Hamza Yusuf)
  • Muhammad: A Prophet of Our Time by Karen Armstrong
  • The Marvels of the Heart by Al Ghazali (tran by TJ Winters)
  • An Nawawi’s Forty Hadith (trans by Ibrahim and Johnson-Davies)
  • The Hadj by Michael Wolfe
  • Vision of Islam by Hamza Yusuf (8 CD Set at

Historical & Contemporary Works

  • African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles by Allan Austin
  • Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas by Sylvian Diouf
  • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
  • Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke
  • A Literary History of the Arabs by Reynold Nicholson
  • A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
  • Malcolm X: The Last Speeches edited by Bruce Perry
  • The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael Hart
  • Florence Nightingale in Egypt and Greece by Florence Nightingale
  • The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace by Paul Moses
  • God and Logic in Islam, The Caliphate of Reason by John Walbridge
  • How Greek Science Passed to the Arab by De Lacy O’Leary
  • A History of Islam in America by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
  • Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women by Khaled Abou El Fadl
  • Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective by Amina Wadud

Art, Poetry and Music

  • The Burda of Al-Busiri (
  • The Essential Rumi
  • The Masnavi
  • Africa and the Blues by Gerhard Kubik
  • The Big Book of Music by Al-Farabi (
  • In the Shade of the Tree: A Photographic Odyssey Through the Muslim World by Peter Sanders
  • The Music of the Arabs by Habib Hassan Touma


Educational campaign, social media and Muni ads:


  • “The Veil in Their Minds and On Our Heads: Veiling Practices and Muslim Women” by Homa Hoodfar in The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (Eds.) Lisa Lowe and David Lloyd
  • “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others” by Lila Abu-Lughod. American Anthropologist, Vol. 104, No. 3
  • Leila Ahmed
  • Covering Islam: How Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World by Edward W. Said
  • How Does it Feel to Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by M. Bayoumi
  • “It’s Not An Oxymoron: The Search for an Arab Feminism” Susan Muaddi Darraj
  • Fatima Mernissi
  • Amina Wadud
  • Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

Anti-Islam Muni ads