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This reading list is compiled by Imam Omer Bajwa, the Muslim Chaplain at Yale University.

American Muslims and Religious Freedom FAQ” by Interfaith Alliance

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Muslims” by ING

Current Affairs

  1. “After Jihad” by Noah Feldman
  2. “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of 
Terror” by Mahmood Mamdani
  3. “The Forever War” by Dexter Filkins
  4. “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World” by Shadi Hamid
  5. Who is ISIS & Where Did it Come From?
  6. The Crisis of ISIS: A Prophetic Prediction” lecture by Sh. Hamza Yusuf
  7. “ISIS: A History” by Fawaz Gerges

Islamic Studies

  1. “Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith” edited by Roger Allen and Shawkat Toorawa
  2. “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam: The Essence of Islam in 12 Verses from the Qur’an” by H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
  3. “Islam: The Straight Path” by John Esposito
  4. “What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam” by John Esposito
  5. “101 Questions and Answers about Islam” by John Renard
  6. “Vision of Islam” by Sachiko Murata and William Chittick
  7. “The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization” by Richard Bulliet
  8. “Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History” by Mona Hassan

Middle East Studies

  1. “The Modern Middle East: A History” by James Gelvin
  2. “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know” by James Gelvin

Islam & Violence

  1. Muslims Condemn” website
  2. An Open Letter to Baghdadi – Important and detailed critique of the actions of the Islamic State signed by more than 100 major Muslim scholars from around the world.
  3. Jihad is Not Perpetual Warfare” by Zaid Shakir
  4. “Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It” by Robert Pape and James Feldman. A Shorter version of Pape’s argument appears in his article, “It’s the Occupation Stupid,” Foreign Policy, October 18, 2010.
  5. Jihad in the Modern World” by Sherman Jackson in Journal of Islamic Law and Culture 7:1, 1-26.
  6. Domestic Terrorism in the Islamic Legal Tradition” by Sherman Jackson in The Muslim World, Fall 2001, Vol 91, p. 293-310
  7. “Initiative to Stop the Violence: Sadat’s Assassins and the Renunciation of Political Violence” by Sherman Jackson
  8. The Lure of Radicalism and Extremism” by Yasir Qadhi
  9. Killing in the Name of Islam: Al-Qaeda’s Justification for September 11th” by Quintan Wiktorowicz and John Kaltner in Middle East Policy Vol. X, No. 2, Summer 2003)
  10. “Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State” by Olivier Roy
  11. “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of 
Terror” by Mahmood Mamdani

Muslim World Today & Public Opinion

  1. “Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed
  2. Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think – free documentary online

Islam & Media

  1. “Covering Islam” by Edward Said
  2. Fear, Inc.” report by Center for American Progress
  3. Covering Islam and Muslims in America” lecture by Prof. Sherman Jackson
  4. What is Islamophobia? FAQs
  5. Islamophobia Network
  6. “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims” by Nathan Lean
  7. “Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy” by Peter Gottschalk and Gabriel Greenberg
  8. Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms” by Arsalan Iftikhar
  9. Islamophobia Research and Development Project at UC Berkeley
  10. Islamophobia: A Threat to All” project by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)


  1. “The Qur’an” (trans. M.A. Abdel Haleem)
  2. “The Koran for Dummies” by Sohaib Sultan
  3. “The Story of the Qur’an” by Ingrid Mattson
  4. “Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations” by Michael Sells
  5. Koran by Heart” by HBO Films


  1. “Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction” by Jonathan A.C. Brown
  2. “Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources” by Martin Lings

Muslim-Jewish Relations

  1. “A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day” by Benjamin Stora and Abdelwahab Meddeb
  2. “Ornament of the World” by Maria Rosa Menocal
  3. “Under Crescent and Cross” by Mark Cohen
  4. “The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam” by Reza Shah Kazemi
  5. Qur’anic Truth and the Meaning of Dhimma“ by Abdal Hakim Murad

Islamic Law & Interpretation

  1. Understanding Sharia in an American Context” by Asifa Quraishi-Landes
  2. What is Sharia? FAQs
  3. Setting the Record Straight on Sharia” – Intisar Rabb interview with Center for American Progress
  4. “Shari’ah Law: An Introduction” by Mohammad Hashim Kamali
  5. “Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy” by Jonathan A.C. Brown
  6. Politically Speaking, Who Am I, And What Do I Want As An American 
Muslim?” by Sherman Jackson

Sufism / Spirituality

  1. “Sufism: An Introduction to the Mystical Tradition of Islam” by Carl Ernst
  2. “Sufism for Non-Sufis?” by Sherman Jackson
  3. “Mystical Dimensions of Islam” by Annemarie Schimmel
  4. “Al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism and Five Key Texts” by Al-Ghazali
  5. “The Path of Muhammad (al-Tariqâh al-Muhammadiyyah), A Book on 
Islamic Morals and Ethics” by Mehmed Birgivi
  6. “The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi” by William Chittick
  7. “The Masnavi” (books 1, 2, 3) by Jalal al-Din Rumi (translated by Jawid Mojaddedi)

Islamic History

  1. “The Oxford History of Islam” by John Esposito
  2. “The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in a World Civilization” (3 Volumes) by Marshall G. S. Hodgson
  3. “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists” by Michael Morgan
  4. “Historical Atlas of Islam” by Malise Ruthven and Azim Nanji
  5. “A History of Islamic Societies” by Ira Lapidus

Islam in America

  1. “Islam in America” by Jane Smith
  2. “Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas” by Sylviane A. Diouf
  3. “African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles (Rutledge)” by Allan D. Austin
  4. “Zeitoun” by David Eggers
  5. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X
  6. “How To Be A Muslim: An American Story” by Haroon Moghul