Reading Lists by Subject


This page is intended to help readers identify quality reading materials related to their subject of interest. For each of the subjects below, a list of recommended reading is provided from the English language collection at the Mulla Asghar Library. Within some subjects, broader introductory texts are listed first followed by those dealing with a narrower focus. We have striven to avoid very similar books and to cover a broad amount of material in each subject area so that the lists can serve as a guide for self-directed study if desired. The books here are a selection only so please visit our stacks for more on these and other topics.


Akhlaq (Islamic Ethics/Morals)

  1. A Textbook of Ethics (Alternate Title: Jami al-Sa’adat, The Collector of Felicities) by Muhammad Mahdi ibn Abi Dharr al-Naraqi
  2. Anecdotes of Pious Men by Morteza Motahhari
  3. Sunan An-Nabi: A Collection of Narrations on the Conduct and Customs of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (S) by Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai
  4. Ahl Al-Bayt: The Celestial Beings on the Earth by Allama Hussein Ansariyan
  5. Anecdotes for Reflection (4 Books) published by the World Federation
  6. Ethics: God, Society, and Me by Sayyid Ali Al-Hakeem
  7. Combat with the Self by Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Hurr al-Amili
  8. Moral Values of the Quran: A Commentary on Surah Hujuraat by Ayatullah Dastghaib Shirazi
  9. Forty Hadiths: An Exposition of Ethical and Mystical Traditions by Imam Khomeini
  10. Greater Sins by Ayatollah Sayed Abdul Husain Dastghaib Shirazi


  1. “Anthropology” in Quranic Sciences by Afzalur Rahman
  2. An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi’i Lebanon by Lara Deeb
  3. The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam and the Uncanny by Alireza Doostdar
  4. Muslim Preacher in the Modern World: A Jordanian Case Study in Comparative Perspective by Richard T. Antoun
  5. The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi’i Islam edited by Kamran Scot Aghaie
  6. Partners of Zaynab: A Gendered Perspective of Shia Muslim Faith by Diane D’Souza
  7. Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory by Syed Akbar Hyder
  8. The Book of Iran: Religious Mourning Ceremonies in Iran by Mohammad Sadegh Farbod
  9. Saint and Sufi in Modern Egypt: An Essay in the Sociology of Religion by Michael Gilsenan
  10. ‘Popular Islam’ South of the Sahara, edited by J. D. Y. Peel and C. C. Stewart

Aqaid (Theology/Beliefs)

  1. Fifty Lectures on the Principles of Faith for Youths by Ayatollah Nasir Makarim Shirazi
  2. Shi’a by Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai
  3. At-Tawhid or Monotheism as in the ideological and the value systems of Islam by Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi
  4. Fundamentals of Knowing God in Greek Philosophy and Divine Religions by Reza Berenjkar
  5. A Commentary on Theistic Arguments by Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli
  6. Divine Justice by Murtada Mutahhari
  7. The Seal of the Prophets and His Message by Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari
  8. Imamate and Leadership by Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari
  9. Let’s Learn About the Resurrection by Nasir Makarim Shirazi
  10. Towards Eternal Life by Muhammad Saeed Bahmanpour

Islamic Art & Architecture


  1. Islamic Art and Spirituality by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  2. The World of Islam: Architecture, ceramics, paintings, rugs, metalwork, carvings by Ernst J. Grube
  3. Islamic Art & Architecture by Robert Hillenbrand
  4. Islamic Art (Revised Edition) by David Talbot Rice


  1. Architecture of the Islamic World, edited by George Mitchell
  2. Mosques by Razia Grover


  1. The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy by Abdelkebir Khatibi and Mohammed Sijelmassi
  2. Calligraphy and Arts of the Muslim World by Anthony Welch

Painting & Illustration

  1. A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection by Glenn D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee
  2. The Miraculous Journey of Mahomet (Miraj Nameh), introduction and commentary by Marie-Rose Seguy


  1. The Root of Wild Matter: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet by Brian Murphy

Biographies of the 14 Infallibles

  1. The Life of Muhammad (pbuh), (2 volumes); prepared by A.S. Hashim
  2. Fatima the Gracious by Abu Muhammad Ordoni
  3. Life of Ahlul Bayt (3 volumes), prepared by A.S. Hashim
  4. Ali the Magnificent compiled by Yousef N. Lalljee
  5. Kitab Al-Irshad: The Book of Guidance by Shaykh Al-Mufid
  6. The Lives of the Masumeen Series (14 volumes) by Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi

Biographies of other important people in early Islamic history

  1. Abu Talib: The Faithful of Quraysh by Abdullah Al-Khunayzi
  2. Khadija-tul Kubra by Syed A.A.Razwy
  3. Lady Zaynab by Badr Shahin
  4. The Hidden Treasure: Lady Umm Kulthum, daughter of Imam Ali and Lady Fatima by Jaffer Ladak
  5. Al-Abbas compiled by Badr Shahin
  6. The Warriors and Martyrs: A Short History of the Descendants of Abu Talib by Abul Faraj Isphahani
  7. Salman El-Farsi (Salman the Persian) Friend of Muhammad by Sayed A. A. Razwy
  8. Bilal by H. A. L. Craig
  9. Ammar Yasir: the distinguished companion of the Holy Prophet by Sadruddin Sharafuddin
  10. Hesham ibn Hakam by M. Reza Atai

Biographies – Mystics (Urafa/Awliya)

Shia Mystics
1. The Model of the Gnostics (Biography of Ayatollah Bahjat) by Mahmoud al-Badri
2. The Elixir of Love: In the Memory of Shaikh Rajab Ali Khayyat by Ayatullah Mohammed Reyshahri
3. Liberated Soul: In Memory of Sayyid Hashim Haddad by Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani
4. Rays of the Sun: 83 Stories from the Life of Imam Khomeini
5. Eternal Manifestations: 80 Stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai

Sufi Mystics
6. Saviours of Islamic Spirit (2 volumes) by Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

7. Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment and Servanthood by John Renard
8. Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation edited by John Renard
9. Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi: His Spiritual Heritage and Legacy by Martin Lings
10. Son of Karbala: The Spiritual Journey of an Iraqi Muslim by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
11. The Writing on the Water: Chronicles of a Seeker on the Islamic Sufi Path by Muhyiddin Shakoor
12. Tales of a Jewish Muslim by Muhyiddin Abu Daoud
Non-Muslim Mystics
13. An Autobiography or the Story of My Experiments with Truth by M. K. Gandhi
14. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi: A biography by Swami Amritasvarupananda Puri
15. Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama

Biographies – Reverts/Converts to Islam

  1. Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam by Jeffrey Lang
  2. Seeking the Straight Path: Reflections of a New Muslim by Diana (Masooma) Beatty
  3. Daughters of Another Path: Experiences of American Women Choosing Islam
  4. Quest for the Truth; Memoirs of Childhood and Youth in America (1945-1962) by Maryam Jameelah (formerly Margaret Marcus)
  5. Rescued from the Fire, by Abdullah Nazir Uhuru
  6. Converts to Islam, compiled by Zaynab
  7. In Quest of Truth: From Deception to Deliverance by Shifa L. Mustapha
  8. Why We Embraced Islam: Books Nine and Ten edited by Dr. Arafat El-Ashi
  9. Stories of New Muslims by Conveying Islamic Message Society
  10. Islam- Our Choice: Impressions of Converts to Islam compiled by Ebrahim Ahmad Bawany

Current Issues

  1. The Muslim News (Newspaper –current issue and archives)
  2. Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition, essays by Western Muslim Scholars, edited by Joseph E.B. Lumbard
  3. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future by Vali Nasr
  4. Shi’ism, Resistance and Revolution edited by Martin Kramer
  5. Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
  6. Anti-Islam in the Media by the Canadian Islamic Congress
  7. Muslim Minorities in the World Today by M. Ali Kettani
  8. Muslims in the West, edited by Yvinne Yazbeck Haddad
  9. Taking Back Islam, edited by Michael Wolfe
  10. Weekends with Munir Daya: Sunday Musing Columns of Munir Daya


  1. Training & Education in Islam by Murtada Mutahhari
  2. Islamic Education by Khosrow Bagheri Noaparasi
  3. The Educational System in Islam by Baqir Sharif al-Qarashi
  4. Education and Islam: A new strategic approach by Maurice Irfan Coles
  5. Islamic Education: Redefinition of Aims & Methodology by Manzoor Ahmed
  6. Shared Religious Foundations of Education: Islam & Christianity by Sayyed Hamid Reza Alavi
  7. Teaching Tips and Effective Strategies for Weekend Islamic Schools by Dr. Mohamed Ismail

Fiction (Featuring Muslim Characters)


  1. Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos [Realistic Fiction – USA]
  2. Ayesha Dean Series by Melati Lum [Mystery – Turkey, Spain]
  3. Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar [Realistic Fiction – Pakistan]
  4. Burning Boats by Zaynab Dawood [Dystopian]
  5. Iqbal: A Novel by Francesco D’Adamo [Historical – Pakistan – based on true story]
  6. Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird [Historical – Iraq]
  7. Sophia’s Journal: Timewarp 1857 by Najiyah Diana Helwani [Historical – USA]
  8. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb [Romance]
  9. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani [Historical – Indian Subcontinent]
  10. The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin by Ron J Suresha [Short Stories]
  11. Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy [Realistic Fiction – Afghanistan]


  1. Asiyah: A Quest for Self-Love by Zainab Karim [Realistic Fiction/Romance – Canada]
  2. Catch Me If You Dare by L. D. Alan [Murder Mystery – USA]
  3. Echoes by Jamilah Kolocotronis [Realistic Fiction – USA]
  4. Mirrors and Mirages: A Novel by Monia Mazigh [Realistic Fiction – Canada]
  5. She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert [Romance – England]
  6. Surviving Zahra by Fatima Aly Jaffer [Romance]
  7. The Detour: The Legend of the Book of Fatima by I. M. Hussaini [Historical Thriller – Saudi Arabia]
  8. The Foreigner: A Novel by Nachid Rachlin [Historical – Iran]
  9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini [Historical – Afghanistan]
  10. The Sandhills of Arabia by Laila Hasib [Realistic Fiction – Arab World]

Islamic Finance and Economics

  1. Islamic Finance for Dummies by Faleel Jamaldeen, DBA
  2. Islamic Economics: Theory and Practice (A Comparative Study) by Sh. Muhammad Ashraf
  3. Iqtisaduna: Our Economics (2 volumes in 4 parts) by Muhammad Baqir as-Sadr
  4. Essays on Iqtisad: The Islamic Approach to Economic Problems by Dr. Baqir Al-Hasani and Dr. Abbas Mirakhor
  5. Economic Teachings of Prophet Muhammad: A Selected Anthology of Hadith Literature on Economics compiled by Muhammad Akram Khan
  6. Worship and Development second volume: Economic Issues by Ayatullah Uzma Imam Khomeini
  7. Business Ethics in Islam by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
  8. Open the Door to a Wealthier Life: A Muslim’s Guide to Mastering Money by Farhan Khalid

Fiqh (Science of Jurisprudence)

  1. An Introduction to the Shari’ah by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
  2. The Basics of Islamic Jurisprudence by Hassan al-Ridha’i
  3. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence: An Introduction to the Methodology of Fiqh by Mohammad Ali Shomali
  4. Thirty Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Ayatollah Sayyid Fadhel Hosseini Milani
  5. An Introduction to Shi’i Law: a bibliographical study by Hossein Modarressi Tabatabai
  6. An Introduction to Islamic Law by Joseph Schacht
  7. Encyclopedia of Islamic Law: A Compendium of the Major Schools adapted by Laleh Bakhtiar
  8. Marjaeya: A Candid Conversation by Grand Ayatollah Sayyid M.S. AlHakeem
  9. Wilayah and Marjaiyah Today published by Al-Fajr

Hadith Collections translated in English

  1. Kitab-e-Sulaym ibn Qays al Hilali (Book of Sulaym ibn Qays – the oldest compiled book of hadith, in 1st century AH)
  2. Al-Kafi (The Sufficient) compiled by Al-Kulayni (3-4th centuries AH)
  3. Tuhaf al-Uqool (the Masterpieces of the Intellects) compiled by Abu Muhammad Al-Hasan bin Ali bin Al-Hussein bin Shu’ba Al-Harrani (4th century AH)
  4. Nahj al-Balagha (Peak of Eloquence) compiled by Sharif ar-Radhi (4th century AH)
  5. Al-Khisal (A Numerical Classification of Traditions on Characteristics) compiled by Sheikh As-Sadooq (4th century AH)
  6. Al Amaali: The Dictations of Sheikh al-Mufid (5th century AH)
  7. Ghurar Al-Hikam Wa Durar Al-Kalim (Exalted Aphorisms and Pearls of Speech): A Collection of Aphorisms of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, compiled by Al-Tamimi al-Amudi (5th-6th centuries AH)
  8. Mishkat ul-Anwar fi Ghurar il-Akhbar (The Lamp Niche for the Best Traditions) compiled by Hassan ibn Fazl ibn Hassan Tabarsi (5th-6th centuries AH)
  9. Nahj al-Fasahah (Peak of Rhetoric): Maxims of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) ( in Arabic-Persian)
  10. The Scale of Wisdom: A Compendium of Shi’a Hadith (translation of Muntakhab Mizan al-Hikmah) compiled by M. Muhammadi Rayshahri (1983 on Arabic)

Hadith Science

  1. Introduction to Hadith by Abd al-Hadi al-Fadli Including Dirayat al-Hadith by al-Shahid al-Thani
  2. The Principles of the Science of Hadith by Al-Balagh Foundation
  3. A Textbook of Hadith Studies by Mohammad Hashim Kamali
  4. The Prohibition of Recording the Hadith: Causes and Effects; A Glance at the Methodologies of the Two Muslim Schools of Hadith by Sayyid Ali al-Shahristaniy
  5. Studies in Early Hadith Literature by M. M. Azami
  6. Lights on the Muhammadan Sunnah or Defence of the Hadith by Mahmud Abu Riyyah


  1. God’s Emissaries: From Adam to Jesus by Shaykh Rizwan Arastu (accounts of the Prophets before Muhammad (s))
  2. A Restatement of the History of Islam and Muslims by Sayed Ali Asghar Razwy (from pre-Islamic Arabia to the end of the period of the first 4 Caliphs)
  3. Kitab Al-Irshad: The Book of Guidance by Shaykh Al-Mufid (classic text containing biographies of the 12 Imams)
  4. The Caliphate: A Pelican Introduction by Hugh Kennedy (full overview of caliphate from its inception to the present day)
  5. The Venture of Islam (volume 1): The Classical Age by Marshall G. S. Hodgson (very comprehensive, from pre-Islamic times to the Abbasid period)
  6. The Venture of Islam (volume 2): The Expansion of Islam in the Middle Periods by Marshall G. S. Hodgson (spans various empires as the Islamic empire became established, from about 950-1500 CE)
  7. The Venture of Islam (volume 3): The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times by Marshall G. S. Hodgson (from the Safavid period to the 20th century)

Imam Mahdi

  1. The Life of Imam Al-Mahdi by Allama Baqir Sharif Al-Qarashi [description: biographical]
  2. The Awaited Savior Questions & Answers by Ali Hussain [description: beliefs]
  3. Miracles of the Imam of the Time by Muhammad Mahdi Taj Langroodi (Waiz) [description: miracles]
  4. The Qa’em in the Qur’an by Sayyid Hashim Al-Bahraani [description in the Quran]
  5. Kamaaluddin wa Tamaamun Ni’ma (Perfection of Faith and Completion of Divine Favor) by Shaykh As-Saduq, volumes 1 and 2 [description: primary collections of ahadith about the twelfth Imam]
  6. The Selective Articles of the Second International Conference of Mahdism Doctrine [description: articles from conference on variety of topics related to Mahdism doctrine]
  7. Islamic Messianism: The Idea of the Mahdi by Abdulaziz Abdulhussein Sachedina
  8. A Reply to <<Belief in Mahdism Shia Imamia>> compiled by Lutfollah Saafi
  9. The Last Luminary and Ways to Delve into the Light: Practical Responsibilities of the Believers to the 12th Imam by Sayyid Ridha Husayni Mutlaq
  10. “The Super-Existence of the Imam” – Chapter 4 in The Divine Guide in Early Shi’ism: The Sources of Esoterism in Islam by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi [description: esoteric understanding of the Mahdi]
  11. Legends of the End by Charles Upton [interfaith comparison of beliefs about the end times]

Interfaith Understanding (for Muslims to learn about other religions)

  1. Essence of World Religions: Unity in Diversity, Compiled by Pravin K. Shah
  2. World Religions by Huston Smith
  3. Words of the World’s Religions by Robert S. Ellwood, Jr
  4. Non-Christian Religions A to Z edited by Horace L. Friess
  5. Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims by Reuven Firestone
  6. Sharing Mary: Bible and Qur’an Side by Side by Marlies Ter Borg
  7. Hinduism for Dummies by Dr. Amritur V. Srinivasan
  8. Common Ground between Islam & Buddhism by Reza-Shah Kazemi
  9. Jainism and Spiritual Awakening by the JAINA Education Committee
  10. Bahaullah and the New Era by J.E. Esslemont
  11. The Tao of Islam By Sachiko Murata
  12. The Transcendent Unity of Religions by Frithjof Schuon
  13. Moments of Enlightenment, compiled by Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman

Intrafaith Understanding (for Shia Ithna Ashari Muslims to learn about other Muslim groups)

  1. “Sunnism and Shi’ism – Twelve-Imam Shi’ism and Isma’ilism” in Ideals and Realities of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  2. Diversity of Islamic Thought Coming to Terms by Pervaiz Asghar
  3. Imams and Emirs: State, Religion and Sects in Islam by Fuad I. Khuri
  4. Al-Muraja’at by Sayyid Sharafud-Din al-Musawi
  5. The Doctrine of Ahl al-Sunna Versus the “Salafi” Movement by Jamal Effendi, translated with notes by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
  6. Muslim Sects and Divisions: The Section on Muslim Sects in Kitab al-Milal wa’l-Nihal by Muhammad b. Abd al-Karim Shahrastani
  7. Shi’a Sects (translation of Kitab Firaq al-Shi’a) by al-Hasan ibn Musa al-Nawbakhti
  8. The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims: A Short Introduction by Jimmy R. Davis
  9. Controversies in Formative Shi’i Islam: The Ghulat Muslims and their Beliefs by Mushegh Astrayan
  10. The Elements of Sufism by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

Irfan (Shia Spirituality)

Theoretical Irfan

  1. Irfan (lecture series on audio CD) by Mohammed Saeed Bahmanpour
  2. Existence and the Fall: The Spiritual Anthropology of Islam by Hamid Parsania
  3. Life of Gnosis: A Mystical Study of Imam Ali’s Life by Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli
  4. Reflection of the Awakened attributed to Al-Qunawi
  5. The Divine Guide in Early Shi’ism: The Sources of Esoterism in Islam by Muhammad Ali Amir-Moezzi

Practical Irfan

  1. The Lantern of the Path by Imam Jafar Sadiq
  2. Self Building: An Islamic Guide for Spiritual Migration Towards God by Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini
  3. Kernel of the Kernel: Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect – A Shi’i Approach to Sufism from the Teachings of Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai, compiled by Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani
  4. Light Within Me by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari, Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai and Imam Khomeini
  5. Transformative Worship in Islam: Experiencing Perfection by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

The Event of Karbala & its Aftermath

  1. Tears and Tributes by Zakir
  2. Karbala: The Complete Picture by Dr. M. H. Datoo
  3. Mukhtar: How He Avenged the Karbala Perpetrators (61-67 AH) by Dr. M.H. Datoo
  4. A Probe into the History of Ashura by Dr. Ibrahim Ayati
  5. The Event of Taff: The Earliest Historical Account of the Tragedy of Karbala by Abu Mikhnaf Lut bin Yahya al-Azdi Al-Ghamidi
  6. God’s Sacrifice: The Epic Saga of Hussein and his Legendary Martyrdom by Seyed Hadi al-Modarresi
  7. The Untold Reality of Karbala by Seyed Saeid Bassam Tabar (spiritual take on the experiences of those at Karbala)
  8. Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian History by Syed Akbar Hyder (how the event is remembered by different groups in South Asia, not just Shia Muslims)
  9. Partners of Zaynab: A Gendered Perspective on Shia Muslim Faith (ethnography) by Diane D’Souza
  10. The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi’i Islam (anthology) by Kamran Scot Aghaei

Khoja History

General History
1. The Endangered Species: An Account of the Journey of Faith of the Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community, by Hassan Ali M. Jaffer
2. The Khojas: A Journey of Faith (documentary on DVD) produced by MARC Media
3. An Outline of the History of Khoja Shia Ithnaasheri in Eastern Africa by Asgharali M.M. Jaffer
4. “Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheris in Lamu and Mombasa, 1870-1930” (digital article)
5. The Sowing and Reaping of Destiny with ABCD Syndrome: Whither Khoja by Hassan Ali M. Jaffer
Interesting Documents
6. An Appeal to Mr. Ali Solomon Khan son of H. H. the Aga Khan by Karim Goolamali (Containing “A Voice from India”, “Northcote Memorial” and an open letter to H.H. the Aga Khan) (Heritage collection book 90)
7. They Came to Africa: 200 Years of the Asian Presence in Tanzania by Lois Lobo
8. “The Isma’ili Pir Sadr ad-Din” by Ali S. Asani in Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation edited by John Renard
9. Memoirs of Mulla Qadir Husain Sahib published by Peermahomed Ebrahim Trust
10. Relentless Endeavours: Reflections on Mulla Asgharali M.M. Jaffer (1936-2000) by Hassan Ali M. Jaffer
11. A Khoja’s Travels in Australia by Fazulbhoy Visram (digital book)
12. Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
13. Intro that Heaven of Freedom: the impact of the apartheid on an Indian family’s diasporic history by Mohamed M. Keshavjee

Islamic Medicine

  1. Good As Gold Guide: Risaalah Zahabiyyah (treatise by 8th Imam)
  2. The Traditional Healer’s Handbook: A Classical Guide to the Medicine of Avicenna by Hakim G. M. Chishti
  3. Natural Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (Tibbu Nabawi) by Imam Ibn Qayyim Ajwziyya
  4. Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine by John Andrew Morrow
  5. Islamic Medical Wisdom (Tibb al-Aimma)
  6. The Book of Sufi Healing by Shaykh Hakim Moinuddin
  7. As-Suyuti’s Medicine of the Prophet by Jalalu-Din As-Suyuti
  8. Avicenna’s Medicine by Mones Abu-Asab, Hakima Amri and Marc S. Micozzi
  9. Prescriptions for Physicians: An Islamic Perspective by Muhammad M. Khalfan
  10. Guide to Islamic Medical Ethics: Based on Authoritative Contemporary Sources by Hamid Mavani

Occult Sciences

  1. “Alchemy and Other Occult Sciences” in Islamic Science – An Illustrated Study by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  2. “Chapter Nine: The Alchemical Tradition” and “Chapter Ten: Islamic Alchemy and its Influence in the Western World” in Science & Civilization in Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  3. “Chapter 3: The Existence of the Imam” in The Divine Guide in Early Shiism: Sources of Esoterism in Islam by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi
  4. The Iranian Metaphysicals by Aliraza Doostdar
  5. Al-Kimia: The Mystical Islamic Essence of the Sacred Art of Alchemy by John Eberly
  6. Dream Interpretation (Attributed to Imam Sadiq (as))
  7. Ibn Seerin’s Dictionary of Dreams According to Islamic Inner Traditions by Muhammad M. Al-Akili
  8. Mystical Astrology according to Ibn Arabi by Titus Burckhardt
  9. Genie and Sorcery published by Peermahomed Ebrahim Trust
  10. Wonder Acts, Magic, and Sorcery published by Peermahomed Ebrahim Trust
  11. Taweez: Amulets in the Light of Qur’an and Sunnah adapted by Abu Faatimah Azhar Majothi


  1. Raising Children by Tahera Kassamali
  2. Parents’ Manual: A Guide for Muslim Parents Living in North America by the Women’s Committee, the Muslim Students’ Association of the United States and Canada
  3. Child Psychology by Mohamed A. Khalfan
  4. The Muslim Parents Handbook: What Every Muslim Parent Should Know by Shabbir Akhtar
  5. Parenting in the Age of Facebook: Raising the Net Generation by Marzia Hassan
  6. Living with Teenagers by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
  7. How to Bridge the Generation Gap, writings of Sayyid Mohammad Taqi Hakim
  8. The Principle of Education Up Bringing by Hazrat Ayatullah Allama Syed Ibne Hasan Najafi
  9. Parenting: The Intelligence of Love by QFatima
  10. The Codes of Training by Ayatollah Ibrahim Amini

Perennial Philosophy

  1. The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  2. Knowledge and the Sacred by Sayyed Hossein Nasr
  3. The Transcendent Unity of Religions by Frithjof Schuon
  4. Understanding Islam by Frithjof Schuon
  5. Islam and the Perennial Philosophy by Frithjof Schuon
  6. Insights into Islamic Esoterism & Taoism by Rene Guenon
  7. Symbol & Archetype: A Study of the Meaning of Existence by Martin Lings
  8. A Return to the Spirit: Questions & Answers by Martin Lings
  9. Religion in Essence and Manifestation by G. Van Der Leeuw
  10. Paths to Transcendence According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart by Reza Shah-Kazemi
  11. Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy edited by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos

Personal Growth

  1. Discover the Best in You! Life Coaching for Muslims by Sayeda Habib
  2. Happiness Every Day: 365 daily tips for a happier life by Safiya Hussain
  3. Reclaim your Heart: Personal insights on breaking free from life’s shackles by Yasmin Mogahed
  4. Heads You Win Tails You Win by Dr. A. G. N. Lakha
  5. Open the Door to a Wealthier Life: A Muslim’s Guide to Mastering Money by Farhan Khalid
  6. The 7 Cs Compass for Conflict Resolution by Shahid Akhtar

Islamic Philosophy

  1. Islamic Philosophy: A Beginner’s Guide by Majid Fakhry
  2. Islamic Surveys I: Islamic Philosophy and Theology by W. Montgomery Watt
  3. Islamic Philosophy from its Origin to the Present: Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  4. History of Islamic Philosophy: Part 1 Edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Oliver Leaman
  5. History of Islamic Philosophy: Part 2 Edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Oliver Leaman
  6. Introduction to Logic As Developed by Muslim Logicians by Sayyid Ali Murtada
  7. The Elements of Islamic Metaphysics (Bidayat al-Hikmah) by Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai
  8. The Philosophy and Life of Mulla Sadra by Seyed Ghareman Safavi
  9. Three Muslim Sages by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  10. Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale, translated with an introduction and notes by Lenn Evan Goodman


  1. Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, translated and edited by Omid Safi
  2. The Masnawi by Rumi (4 books)
  3. Odes of Hafiz: Poetical Horoscope, translated by Abbas Aryanpur Kashani
  4. Divan by Hafiz, translated by Paul Smith
  5. Wisdom of Sa’di, translated by Prof. Mohammad Kazem Kamran
  6. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar
  7. Shikwa & Jawab-i-Shikwa: Complaint and Answer – Iqbal’s Dialogue with Allah, translated by Khushwant Singh
  8. An Anthology of Islamic Poetry, volume 1, edited by Lisa Zaynab Morgan
  9. Nothing but Beauty: An Anthology of Contemporary Poems About Karbala written by Lovers of Imam Husayn (as)
  10. Woke & Loud: A Faith-Based Medley of Muslim Poetry & Spoken Word, edited by Laila Hasib


  1. “Basic Elements of Islamic Psychology” by Abolghassem Farshidfar – article in Maas Journal of Islamic Science, Vol. 2, no. 1
  2. The Dilemma of Muslim Psychologists by Malik B. Badri
  3. Ethics and Spiritual Growth by Sayyid Mujtaba Musawi Lari
  4. Traditional Psychoethics and Personality Paradigm by Laleh Bakhtiar
  5. Moral Healer’s Handbook: The Psychology of Spiritual Chivalry by Laleh Bakhtiar
  6. Moral Healing through the Most Beautiful Names by Laleh Bakhtiar
  7. Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy edited by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos

Islam & Science

  1. The Touch of Midas: Science, Values and Environment in Islam and the West by Ziauddin Sardar
  2. Integration of Science and Religion by Dr. M H. Shah
  3. Science & Islam by Ehsan Masood
  4. Islam: The Absolute Truth by Jameel Kermalli
  5. The Bible, The Quran and Science by Maurice Bucaille
  6. The Great Muslim Scientist and Philosopher: Imam Jafar ibn Mohammed As-Sadiq (a.s.)
  7. 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World, chief editor Salim T. S. Al-Hassani
  8. Islamic Science – An Illustrated Study by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  9. Science & Civilization in Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  10. The Need for a Sacred Science by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  11. Clinging to a Myth: The Story Behind Evolution by T.H.Janabi


  1. Sociology of the Quran (part 1) by Ayatullah Murtada Mutahhari
  2. Sociology of the Quran (part 2) by Ayatullah Murtada Mutahhari
  3. “Sociology” in Quranic Sciences by Afzalur Rahman
  4. Principles of Sociology in Islam translated by Mehdi Imam Husaini
  5. On the Sociology of Islam: Lectures by Dr. Ali Shariati
  6. Sociology of Religions: Perspectives of Ali Shariati by Mir Mohammad Ibrahim
  7. Society and History by Murtada Mutahhari
  8. Saint and Sufi in Modern Egypt: An Essay on the Sociology of Religion by Michael Gilsenan
  9. The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam: Religion, Political Order and Societal Change in Shi’ite Iran from the Beginning to 1890 by Said Amir Arjomand.

Spiritual Practices – Prayer, Dhikr, Meditation, Supplication, Fasting and Pilgrimage


  1. Adab as-Salat by Imam Khomeini
  2. Mode of Divine Proximity and Recognition by Ayatullah Mirza Mahdi
  3. 101 Ways to Concentrate in Prayer by Dr. Ali Al-Hilli
  4. The Radiance of the Secrets of Prayer by Muhsin Qara’ati
  5. Soaring to the Only Beloved: A Short Treatise on the Presence of Heart in Prayer by Abu Muhammad Zaynul Abidin
  6. Profundities of the Prayer, lectures by Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei
  7. The Dynamics of Salat: A Concise Guide to Outer Discipline & Inner Discipline by Ma’alim Muhammedhussein Kermali


  1. Calling Allah by his Most Beautiful Names by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
  2. Names of Allah: Arabic Text, English Translation, Transliteration and Merits
  3. “Chapter Five: Zikr” in Odattol Daee [The Asset of the Supplicant]: How to be a Servant of Allah and to Praise Him by Sheikh Ahmad ibne Fahd Helli
  4. Moral Healing Through the Most Beautiful Names: The Practice of Spiritual Chivalry by Laleh Bakhtiar
  5. The Attributes of God in the Monotheistic Faiths by Dr. Husein Khimjee


  1. Sufi Meditation and Contemplation edited by Scott Kugle
  2. Muraqaba: The Art and Science of Sufi Meditation by Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
  3. Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam edited by Halvor Eifring
  4. Levels of the Heart (Lataif Al-Qalb) by Shakyh Nurjan Mirahmadi
  5. Light Within Me by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari, Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai and Imam Khomeini


  1. Odattol Daee (The Asset of the Supplicant): How to be a servant of Allah and to praise Him by Sheikh Ahmad ibne Fahd Helli
  2. The Prayer’s Almanac, published by Peermahomed Ebrahim Trust
  3. The Psalms of Islam (Al-Sahifat Al-Sajjadiyya) by Imam Zayn Al Abidin (a)


  1. The Divine Invitation: A Short Treatise on the Month of Ramadhan by Muhammad M. Khalfan
  2. Fast of the Month of Ramadan: Philosophy and Ahkam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri
  3. Spiritual Journey of the Mystics (Saluk-e-Arifan): Etiquettes of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, A comprehensive commentary about the esoteric essence of the holy month of Ramadhan by Haj Mirza Javad Agha Maliki Tabrizi
  4. Ramadan Motivates Believers to Action: An Interfaith Perspective, edited by Laleh Bakhtiar

Pilgrimage (Hajj and Ziyarat)

  1. Secrets of the Hajj by Ayatullah Husain Mazaheri
  2. Hajj Pilgrimage in the Mirror of Mysticism by Ayatullah Husayn Ansarian
  3. The Hajj by Ali Shariati
  4. Decorum for Visiting the Shrine of Imam Rida (as)
  5. The Sacred Effusion: Reflections on Ziyarat Ashura of Sayyid al-Shuhada al-Husayn b. Ali by Shaykh Muhammad M. Khalfan (2 volumes)
  6. Saheefa-e-Ziyaraat: A Collection of Ziyaraat with Photo Gallery published by Kumail and Kausar Publications
  7. Kamil Al-Ziyarat by Abul Qasim Jafar ibn Muhammad ibn Jafar ibn Musa ibn Qulawayh Al-Qummi


  1. The Elements of Sufism by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri
  2. “Part Three: Sufism: The Inner Dimension of Islam” in Islamic Spirituality: Foundations, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  3. Islamic Spirituality II: Manifestations, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  4. Sufism (Irfan) edited by Seyyed Ghareman Safavi
  5. The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi by William Chittick
  6. The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn Al-Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination by William Chittick
  7. Mystical Dimensions of Islam by Annemarie Schimmel
  8. Mystics and Commissars: Sufism in the Soviet Union by Alexandre Bennigsen and S. Enders Wimbush
  9. A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom: The Path of Unity Edited by Peter Samsel

Tafsir (Exegesis of the Holy Quran)

Tafsir Science

  1. Quranic Sciences by Abbas Jaffer and Masuma Jaffer
  2. Introduction to the Science of Tafseer of the Qur’an by Ayatullah Ja’far Subhani
  3. Qur’anic Sciences and Shi’I Exegesis edited by Abbas Bahmanpour

Tafsir Works

  1. The Study Qur’an: A New Translation and Commentary, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  2. The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an, edited by Annabel Keeler and Sajjad Rizvi
  3. The Holy Qur’an Commentary by Ayatullah Agha Haji Mirza Mahdi Pooya Yazdi
  4. An Explanatory Translation of the Qur’an (3 volumes) by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
  5. An Enlightening Commentary into the Holy Qur’an (volume series) compiled by Ayatullah Sayyid Kamal Faghih Imani and A Group of Muslim Scholars
  6. Al-Mizan: An Exegesis of the Qur’an (volume series) by al-Allamah as-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn at-Tabatabai
  7. Exegesis of the Qur’an: Suratul Mulk to Suratul Mursalat: A Translation of Tafseer Namuna 29th Section of the Noble Qur’an compiled by a group of scholars under the guidance of Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi
  8. The Illuminating Lantern: A Commentary of the 30th Part of the Holy Qur’an by Shaykh Habib al-Kadhimi

Women in Islam

  1. Woman and Her Rights by Allamah Murtaza Mutahheri
  2. Women’s Rights and Islam: From the I.C.P.D. to Beijing by Riffat Hassan
  3. The Position of Women from the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini
  4. Shariati on Shariati and the Muslim Woman by Laleh Bakhtiar
  5. Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure – Writings and Stories of Mystic Poets, Scholars & Saints selected and introduced by Camille Adams Helminski
  6. Shi’ah Women Transmitters of Hadith by Dr. Nahleh Gharavi Naeeni
  7. Partners of Zaynab: A Gendered Perspective on Shia Muslim Faith by Diane D’Souza
  8. The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi’i Islam by Kamran Scot Aghaie
  9. I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim edited by Maria M. Ebrahimji & Zahra T. Suratwala
  10. The Muslimah who Fell to Earth: Personal Stories of Canadian Muslim Women edited by Saima S. Hussain