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Recommended Reading


  • The Message of the Qur'an, translation of the Qur'an by Muhammad Asad, Redwood Press Limited, Great Britain, 1984
  • Muhammad: his life based on the earliest sources, Martin Lings, Inner Traditions International, Ltd., 1983
  • Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet, Karen Armstrong, HarperSanFrancisco, 1992
  • Islam in Focus, Hammudah Abd al 'Ati, American Trust Publications, 1975
  • Reading the Muslim Mind, Hassan Hathout, M.D., American Trust Publications, 1995
  • Islam, Isma'il al Faruqi, Ph.D. Amana Publications, 3rd Edition, 1995

Women in Islam

  • The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, a novel by Mohja Kahf, Publishers Group West, 2006
  • Muslim Women in the Family and Society, Fathi Osman, Ph.D., Minaret Publications, 1993
  • Women, Muslim Society and Islam, Lamya' Al Faruqi, American Trust Publications, 1988
  • Women and Gender in Islam, Laila Ahmed, Yale University Press, 1992
  • Qur'an and Woman, Amina Wadud-Muhsin, Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia (avail. through Oxford University Press), 1992
  • Women in the Qur'an, Traditions and Interpretation, Barbara Stowasser, Oxford University Press, 1994
  • The Women of Medina, Muhammad Ibn Sa'ad (translated by Aisha Bewley, Ta-Ha Publishers, Ltd., 1995
  • Women in Muslim Family Law, John Esposito, Syracuse University Press, 1982
  • The Tao of Islam, Sachiko Murata, State University of New York Press, 1992
  • The Forgotten Queens of Islam, Fatima Mernissi
  • The Veil and the Male Elite, Fatima Mernissi, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1991
  • Beyond the Veil, Fatima Mernissi, Cambridge: Shenkman, 1975 (2nd edition, 1992)

This list does not indicate our endorsement of any author. We are merely highlighting texts that are part of the discourse on Islam and women, including some that are useful for background information and others that provide analyses and opinions considering various social, political and cultural frameworks. We are continuously adding to this list and appreciate comments and suggestions.

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