A Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran: With Copious Grammatical References and Explanations of the Text
By John Penrice
A Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran, first published in 1873, is a reference guide for anyone wishing to better understand the grammar and language of the Muslim holy book. It contains detailed entries on parts of speech and the meanings of words, much of which was hard to decipher because, as the author points out, the Koran was originally written without vowel points. The author also emphasizes that rather than grammar rules being applied to this authoritative text, it in fact influenced Arabic grammar rules. This dictionary is perfect for students of the Koran and Arabic literature who wish to better understand the book, and who are interested in studying how the Koran is applied to other areas of Muslim culture.
A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty
By Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan is a Sufi text, a sub-sector of Islamic teaching. It is one of a series of short essays on spirituality from Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, who journeyed from India to spread his message of love and spiritual liberty to the West. The essay describes the Sufi ideas of God, nature, truth, and love, among others, as well as a beginners guide to Sufism. This work is ideal for anyone interested in world religions, learning about Sufi beliefs, or studying the spread of Sufism in the 20th century.
By Syed Ameer Ali
A mere three chapters, Islam is an introduction to the Islamic faith and human spirituality. This short but informative primer contains words of wisdom about the human condition and spiritual liberty; the meaning, laws, customs, practices, and rules of Islam; a biography of the Prophet Muhammad and the history of Islamic rule; and the sects and churches of Islam. Perfect for anyone who needs a quick introduction to the Muslim faith, Islâm is an easy-to-read guidebook for newcomers and casual scholars.
Mohammed and the Rise of Islam
By David S. Margoliouth
This classic biography is not a religious text designed to either celebrate or denigrate Islam. It looks at the Prophet Mohammed as a towering figure of culture and politics, a man who achieved the extraordinary: uniting disparate Arab tribes into a more cohesive whole. This book remains an important work for anyone wishing to understand the roots of one of the most intractable sociopolitical divides-between East and West, Muslim and Christian-still haunting the world today. Author David S. Margoliouth (1858-1940), a professor of Arabic at Oxford University, worked from primary Arabic texts and omitted "all anecdotes that are obviously or most probably fabulous," resulting in a clear-headed history of a highly contentious moment in time.
Mystics and Saints of Islam
By Claud Field
Mystics and Saints of Islam is a compilation of 15 short biographies of great Islamic saints and mystics, as reflected in the title of the book. Author Claud Field opens with a short introduction to Islamic mysticism and pantheistic sufism, followed by short descriptions of several well-known Islamic saints, including Rabia the Woman Sufi, Habib Ajami, Al Ghazzali, Suhrawardy, and Sharani the Egyptian. This book is intended for those new to Sufism and scholars interested in a quick overview of major Islamic figures.
The Alchemy of Happiness
Claud Field (Translator)
$17.95 hardcover; $6.95 paperback
One of the great works of mystical religious literature, the Kimiya-i-Sa'adaat strove to bring man closer to understanding God by helping him understand himself. These excerpts from that work, by a strikingly original thinker on Islam who lived and wrote in the 11th century, were first published in 1910. They serve as a potent reminder of how powerful an influence Al-Ghazzali had upon religious philosophers of the Middle Ages, both Christian and Islamic. With its wise and warmly humanistic outlook, this little book may well foster a new measure of understanding in the current philosophical battle between the religious traditions of East and West. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Field's Shadows Cast Before and Jewish Legends of the Middle Ages.
The Early Development of Mohammedanism
By David S. Margoliouth
$21.99 hardcover; $14.95 paperback
Adapted from a series of lectures delivered at the University of London in 1913, this is a strikingly clearheaded and articulate discussion of one of the great faiths of the world from a historical and sociological perspective. Discover ... the Koran as the basis of Islam • the Koran as legal code • the status cults in the Islamic faith • the development of Islamic ethics • asceticism and pantheism in Islam • Islamic philosophy • and more ... Author David S. Margoliouth (1858-1940), a professor of Arabic at Oxford University, worked from primary Arabic texts and omitted "all anecdotes that are obviously or most probably fabulous," resulting in a clear-headed history of a highly contentious moment in time.
The Gospel of Barnabas
By Lonsdale Ragg (Translator)
Laura Ragg (Translator)
The Gospel of Barnabas, not to be confused with either the Epistle of Barnabas or the Acts of Barnabas, is an alternate Gospel of Jesus Christ which contradicts the Biblical New Testament view of Jesus. This version is translated from the Italian manuscript, but there was also a Spanish manuscript, lost sometime in the eighteenth century until a copy was discovered in the 1970s. Both manuscripts were supposedly taken from an original Arabic text. The Gospel aligns itself with an Islamic view of Christianity, and claims that Jesus predicts the coming of the Messiah Muhammad. It does not confirm Jesus' crucifixion or deity, and many consider it to be a pseudographical, late text.
The History of the Conquest of Egypt, North Africa and Spain: known as the Futuh Misr of Ibn Abd Al-Hakam
By Ibn 'Abd Al-Hakam
Charles Cutler Torrey (Editor)
The earliest surviving account of the Mohammedan conquest of Egypt and the West, The History of the Conquest of Egypt, North Africa, and Spain, also known as the Futuh Misr, was originally divided into seven books. A comprehensive history, including the characteristics and background of Egypt, the Muslim conquest of the country, and its rebuilding under new leaders, the author used numerous sources and oral accounts to compile the history. The work is presented in its original Arabic, in traditional right-to-left format. Also included is the original 1922 introduction from Charles C. Torrey, American historian and Semitic expert from Yale University.
By J. M. Rodwell (Translator)
David S. Margoliouth (Introduction)
$33.99 hardcover; $19.99 paperback
"The Koran" is the holy book of Islam, considered by Muslims to be the divine word of God and a spiritual guide for living. It is said that God revealed the Koran to Muhammad, the last great Muslim prophet and God's messenger, through the angel Jibril (or Gabriel). One day when Muhammad was 40 and meditating in a cave during Ramadan, he received his first revelation; these continued until his death in 632 CE. Three years after the first revelation, Muhammad began preaching total surrender to God as the only acceptable path. Muhammad's followers recorded and memorized his teachings, eventually compiling them into one complete text after his death to form the Koran. The Koran is seen as proof of Muhammad's prophethood and contains instructions for how to live, recounts of historical events, and parables and moral lessons. This edition contains an Introduction and Preface, as well as a detailed Index.
The Mishkat Al-Anwar: The Niche for Lights
W.H.T. Gairdner (Translator, introduction)
£5.99 (Only available in the UK)
"The Mishkat Al-Anwar," literally translated "The Niche for Lights," is a theological and philosophical Sufi text by the well-known Muhammad Al-Ghazzali. Though the exact date of its writing is unknown, it was authored after his opus "Ihya' ulum al-din," or "Revival of Religious Sciences." The work focuses on expanding upon the meaning behind a verse in the Qu'ran - the Light Verse (S. 24, 35) - and upon the Veils Tradition in Islam. The book is divided into three sections; in the first Al-Ghazzali deconstructs the word "light" and all its meanings, in the second he discusses the symbolic language in the Qu'ran and Muslim traditions, and in the third he applies his findings to the verse and tradition itself.
The Spirit of Islam: A History of the Evolution and Ideals of Islam
By Syed Ameer Ali
The Spirit of Islam is considered one of the best and most well-written sources of information on the life of Mohammed the prophet and the history of Islam. Consisting of two parts, "The Life and Ministry of the Prophet" and "The Spirit of Islam," the book contains the literary, cultural, social, political, and philosophical history of Islam. Originally, the book was a short work entitled "A Critical Examination of the Life and Teachings of Mohammad," but the author later revised the work into what it is today.