General Islam Knowledge

Esposito, John L. Islam: the Straight Path. Fourth edition., Oxford University Press, 2011.

Ruthven, Malise. Islam: a Very Short Introduction. Second edition., Oxford University Press, 2012.

About the Qur’an

Abdel Haleem, M. A. The Qurʼan : a New Translation . Oxford University Press, 2016.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein, et al. The Study Quran: a New Translation and Commentary. First edition., HarperOne, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

Sells, Michael Anthony. Approaching the Qurʼán: the Early Revelations. Second edition., White Cloud Press, 2007.

Hadith (Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) 

Brown, Jonathan (Jonathan A. C… Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. Oneworld, 2009.

Prophet Muhammad

Brown, Jonathan. Misquoting Muhammad: the Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy. Oneworld, 2016.

Omaar, Rageh, et al. The Life of Muhammad. PBS Distribution, 2014. (Video)

Muslims in America

Curtis, Edward E. The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States. Columbia University Press, 2009.

Edward E. Curtis IV. “The Practice of Islam in America: An Introduction.” The Practice of Islam in America, NYU Press, 2017.


Beydoun, Khaled A. American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear. University of California Press, 2019.

Green, Todd H. The Fear of Islam: an Introduction to Islamophobia in the West. Fortress Press, 2015.

Women and Islam

Abu-Lughod, Lila. “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others.” American Anthropologist, vol. 104, no. 3, Wiley, 2002, pp. 783–90, doi:10.1525/aa.2002.104.3.783.

Ali, Kecia. Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence. Expanded & revised edition., Oneworld, 2016.

Karim, Jamillah Ashira. American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah. New York University Press, 2009.

Wadud, Amina. Qurʼan and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective. [Second edition]., Oxford University Press, 1999.

Black Muslims in America

Curtis, Edward E. Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought. State University of New York Press, 2003.

Gibson, Dawn-Marie, and Jamillah Ashira Karim. Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam. New York University Press, 2014.

Said, Omar ibn, and Ala A. Alryyes. A Muslim American Slave the Life of Omar Ibn Said. University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

X, Malcolm, and Alex. Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. First Ballantine Books hardcover edition., Ballantine Books, 1993.

Islamic Law

Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari‘ah in the Modern Age. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.

Rabb, Intisar A. Doubt in Islamic Law: A History of Legal Maxims, Interpretation, and Islamic Criminal Law. Cambridge University Press, 2014.