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Living Islam Out Loud
American Muslim Women Speak
Edited by Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 15, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8383-3 (0-8070-8383-6)

Living Islam Out Loud presents the first generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. These pioneers have forged new identities for themselves and for future generations, and they speak out about the hijab, relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and much more.

Contributors: Su'ad... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Place of Tolerance in Islam

Written by Khaled Abou El Fadl


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0229-2 (0-8070-0229-1)

Khaled Abou El Fadl, a prominent critic of Islamic Puritanism, leads off this lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Injunctions to violence against nonbelievers stem from misreadings of the Qur’an, he claims, and even jihad, or so-called holy war, has no basis in Qur’anic text or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rebel Music
Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Written by Hisham Aidi


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42490-8 (0-375-42490-3)

This fascinating, timely, and important book on the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West’s policies in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization

Edited by Salim T. S. Al-Hassani


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0934-5 (1-4262-0934-7)

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to discover one thousand fascinating scientific and technological inventions still being used throughout the world today. Take a look at all of the discoveries that led to the great technological advances of... Read more >

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Black Crack in Iran

Written by Aslon Arfa
Text by Steffen Gassel


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-554-4 (1-57687-554-7)

Creating an accurate picture of daily life in Iran is a difficult endeavor. Due to strict religious and moral codes, even photographing a woman inside her home without a scarf covering her head is all but impossible. Evidence of the censure of media in Iran has always been visible to Western... Read more >

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Islam
A Short History
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6618-3 (0-8129-6618-X)

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jerusalem
One City, Three Faiths
Written by Karen Armstrong


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39168-1 (0-345-39168-3)

Karen Armstrong shows how Jerusalem has become that defining place for adherents of the three religions of Abraham. In her view, the city has been not only a symbol of God on earth, but is also a deeply rooted part of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim identity. She traces Jerusalem's physical... Read more >
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The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-98-1 (1-935554-98-0)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals
The Controversy Over Islamism and the Press
Written by Paul Berman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-44-8 (1-935554-44-1)

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie–and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”–an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim backgrounds, who survive only... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-51-0 (1-933633-51-4)

It created a worldwide furor when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. After all, as a major profile in The New York Times Magazine observed, Ramadan is one of the Muslim world’s most charismatic and influential figures, with a long career... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nine Parts of Desire
The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Written by Geraldine Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47577-8 (0-385-47577-2)

Geraldine Brooks offers an intimate, often shocking portrait of the lives of modern Muslm women, and shows how male pride and despotic power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith. A captivating work of firsthand reportage, Nine Parts of Desire is also an acute analysis of the world's... Read more >
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The Challenge of Islam
The Prophetic Tradition
Written by Norman O. Brown
Edited by Jerome Neu
Introduction by Jay Cantor


Format: Trade Paperback, 164 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-802-8 (1-55643-802-8)

The Prophetic Tradition: The Challenge of Islam is an enlightening set of lectures given by Norman O. Brown during the 1980s, exploring a wide-ranging array of topics concerning Islam. Brown reveals the overlooked relationship between Islam and early Christianity, exploring Islam’s relation to, and revision of, the Christian tradition, the literary... Read more >

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The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces
Decoding Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, Mosques and Other Places of Worship Arou nd the World
Written by Jon Canon


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84899-111-8 (1-84899-111-8)

Across the globe, pilgrims and tourists, locals and foreigners flock to sacred sites and houses of worship. Why? Because throughout time, humans have directed extraordinary amounts of energy toward the creation of architecture that expresses their religious beliefs.

From Stonehenge to the Sagrada Família; from the Acropolis to Angkor Wat, The... Read more >

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7855-1 (0-8129-7855-2)

“Outstanding . . . [Isobel Coleman] takes us into remote villages and urban bureaucracies to find the brave men and women working to create change in the Middle East.”—Los Angeles Times

In this timely and important book, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men across the Middle East are working within... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Koran

Written by Everyman's Library


Format: Hardcover, 760 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 11, 1993
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-41736-1 (0-679-41736-2)

An explanatory translation by Marmaduke Pickthall
Introduction by William Montgomery Watt

While in the service of India's Nizam of Hyderabad, Marmaduke Pickthall converted to Islam, and, with the help of Muslim theologians and linguists, produced this clear and lovingly precise English interpretation of the Holy Koran. His work is honored by believer and... Read more >

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The Jew is Not My Enemy
Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism
Written by Tarek Fatah


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4784-8 (0-7710-4784-3)

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Search of Islamic Feminism

Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 10, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48858-7 (0-385-48858-0)

To most Americans, the very idea of “Islamic feminism” would seem a contradiction in terms. We are taught to think of Islam as a culture wherein social code and religious law alike force Muslim women to accept male authority unconditionally. In In Search of Islamic Feminism, Elizabeth Fernea—acclaimed scholar, author of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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After the Prophet
The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
Written by Lesley Hazleton


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52394-3 (0-385-52394-7)

In this gripping narrative history, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the news now more than ever.

Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over who would take control of the new Islamic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Shadow of the Sword
The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
Written by Tom Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47365-3 (0-307-47365-1)

A thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam, from the acclaimed author of Rubicon and Persian Fire.

The evolution of the Arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, character, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history—the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On Saudi Arabia
Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future
Written by Karen Elliott House


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27216-4 (0-307-27216-8)

From the Pulitzer Prize—winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia–as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal–an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, its complicated present, its precarious future.

Through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Al Qaeda Reader
The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization
Edited by Raymond Ibrahim


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2262-3 (0-7679-2262-X)

What do our enemies believe?  What motivates their war against the West?  What is their vision of the ideal Islamic society?  Surprisingly, more than five years after 9/11, there is very little understanding of these questions. 

Despite our tendency to dismiss Islamic extremism as profoundly irrational, al-Qaeda is not without a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Love in a Headscarf

Written by Shelina Janmohamed


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0080-9 (0-8070-0080-9)

When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected where the journey would take her...

Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Being Both
Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Written by Susan Katz Miller


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1319-9 (0-8070-1319-6)

Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Discovery of God
Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism
Written by David Klinghoffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Leaves
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49974-3 (0-385-49974-4)

Fifty-three percent of the world’s population practices Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, religions that all trace their lineage to the towering, quasi-mythological figure of Abraham. In this reverent biography of the man who invented–or discovered–God, David Klinghoffer disentangles history from myth and uncovers the profound impact of Abraham’s message on his time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Light without Fire
The Making of America's First Muslim College
Written by Scott Korb


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0163-9 (0-8070-0163-5)

The first extended look into the nation’s first Muslim institution of higher education, Zaytuna College
Light Without Fire closely follows the inaugural class of Zaytuna College, the nation’s first four-year Muslim college, whose mission is to establish a thoroughly American, academically rigorous, and traditional indigenous Islam. Korb offers portraits of the school’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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