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Maimonides
The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds
Written by Joel L. Kraemer


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51200-8 (0-385-51200-7)

This authoritative biography of Moses Maimonides, one of the most influential minds in all of human history, illuminates his life as a philosopher, physician, and lawgiver. A biography on a grand scale, it brilliantly explicates one man’s life against the background of the social, religious, and political issues of his time.

Maimonides... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crisis of Islam
Holy War and Unholy Terror
Written by Bernard Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6785-2 (0-8129-6785-2)

“Terrorism requires only a few. Obviously the West must defend itself by whatever means will be effective. But in devising means to fight the terrorists, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.” —from the Introduction

In The Crisis of Islam, Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of... Read more >

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Salaam, Love
American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy
Edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7975-1 (0-8070-7975-8)

From the editors of the groundbreaking anthology Love, InshAllah comes a provocative new exploration of the most intimate parts of Muslim men’s lives. 
 
Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Faithful Scribe
A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War
Written by Shahan Mufti


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-505-1 (1-59051-505-6)

A journalist explores his family’s history to reveal the hybrid cultural and political landscape of Pakistan, the world’s first Islamic democracy
 
Shahan Mufti’s family history offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Among the Believers
An Islamic Journey
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1982
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71195-9 (0-394-71195-5)

Based on his seven-month journey across the Asian continent, Naipaul  explores the life, culture and current ferment inside four nations of Islam: Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  He depicts an Islamic world at odds with the modern world, fueled only by an implacable determination to believe. Naipaul's controversial account of his travels through... Read more >
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Beyond Belief
Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70648-6 (0-375-70648-8)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Beyond Belief is a book about one of the more important and unsettling issues of our time: the effects of the Islamic conversion of Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia.  What has Islam done to the histories of these converted countries? How do the converted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul
In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
Written by Jenny Nordberg


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3 (0-307-95249-5)

Forthcoming September, 2014.  To request a FREE advance reader's copy, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com

“[A] searing exposé…Nordberg's subtle, sympathetic reportage makes this one of the most convincing portraits of Afghan culture in print.” –Publishers Weekly [starred]

“As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg’s conclusion—that women’s rights are essential to ‘building peaceful civilizations’—is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Early Islam
A Critical Reconstruction Based on Contemporary Sources
Edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $45.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-825-6 (1-61614-825-X)

This successor volume to The Hidden Origins of Islam (edited by Karl-Heinz Ohlig and Gerd-R. Puin) continues the pioneering research begun in the first volume into the earliest development of Islam. Using coins, commemorative building inscriptions, and a rigorous linguistic analysis of the Koran along with Persian and Christian literature from the seventh... Read more >

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Acts of Faith
The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0622-1 (0-8070-0622-X)

Selected for Common Reading:
*Franklin College
*Luther College
*Saint Louis University
*Amarillo College
*Loras College, Dubuque Iowa
*Colgate University
*Capital University, Columbus OH
*Marywood College, Scranton PA

A young Muslim activist explains our critical need to counter the recruitment of youth by religious fundamentalists

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sacred Ground
Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7752-8 (0-8070-7752-6)

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sacred Ground
Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7748-1 (0-8070-7748-8)

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Koran

Translated by John Medows Rodwell


Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-58752-4 (0-553-58752-8)

An immensely important work for Muslims and anyone interested in studying world religions, The Koran is the holy scripture of Islam. Like the Bible, the influence of the Koran on the world is incalculable. But it is deep and ongoing. This accessible translation and convenient size is perfect for prayer or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living Shrines of Uyghur China
Photographs by Lisa Ross
Written by Lisa Ross


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-350-6 (1-58093-350-5)

Lisa Ross’s ethereal photographs of Islamic holy sites were created over the course of a decade on journeys to China’s Xinjiang region in Central Asia, historically a cultural crossroads but an area to which artists and researchers have generally been denied access since its annexation in 1949. These monumental images show... Read more >

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Covering Islam
How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75890-7 (0-679-75890-9)

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the world trade center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria.  At the same time, Islamic states have used "Islam" to justify repressive and unrepresentative regimes.  In this classic work... Read more >

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Sons of Abraham
A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims
Introduction by Samuel G. Freedman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3307-4 (0-8070-3307-3)

A prominent rabbi and imam, each raised in orthodoxy, overcome the temptations of bigotry and work to bridge the chasm between Muslims and Jews
 
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the eighteenth generation of a distinguished rabbinical dynasty, grew up deeply suspicious of Muslims, believing them all to be anti-Semitic. Imam Shamsi Ali, who grew... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Two Faces of Islam
Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism
Written by Stephen Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3045-3 (1-4000-3045-5)

In this informed, compelling exploration of Moslem beliefs and of the sectarian conflicts within the community, a Jewish historian paints a sympathetic portrait of mainstream Islam and exposes the centuries-old roots of Osama bin Laden’s extremism.

The difficult, protracted war against terrorism has raised unsettling questions about the nature of Islam and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life After Death
A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Written by Alan Segal


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42299-4 (0-385-42299-7)

"This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis...[T]he erudition [Segal] displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship....[An] impressive contribution to our understanding of human belief and behavior." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
Islam and the Founders
Written by Denise Spellberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38839-1 (0-307-38839-5)

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
Islam and the Founders
Written by Denise A. Spellberg


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26822-8 (0-307-26822-5)

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Preachers of Hate
Islam and the War on America
Written by Kenneth R. Timmerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 23, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5373-5 (1-4000-5373-0)

In Preachers of Hate, author and journalist Kenneth Timmerman examines an ancient hatred that, he contends, has developed into a new, more threatening, and more expansive form. This new hatred, or “new” anti-Semitism, targets not only Jews, but Americans specifically, and Western values, lifestyle, and freedoms in general.

Timmerman explores the... Read more >

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The Siege of Mecca
The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine
Written by Yaroslav Trofimov


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27773-2 (0-307-27773-9)

Winner of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy’s Gold Prize

In The Siege of Mecca, acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls back the curtain on a thrilling, pivotal, and overlooked episode of modern history, examining its repercussions on the Middle East and the world.

On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embracing Mind
The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality
Written by Alan B. Wallace and Brian Hodel


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: December 23, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-683-3 (1-59030-683-X)

The mind is the place where science and spirituality can meet. Here a renowned scientist who is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation explores the nature of mind from scientific and spiritual perspectives to present a new model that incorporates the truths of contemplative spirituality.

“This book shows clearly and compellingly... Read more >

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Christmas in the Koran
Luxenberg, Syriac, and the Near Eastern and Judeo-Christian Background of Islam
Edited by Ibn Warraq


Format: Hardcover, 805 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-937-6 (1-61614-937-X)

In this important compilation, Ibn Warraq focuses on the pioneering work in Syriac and Arabic linguistics of Christoph Luxenberg, a native speaker of Arabic who lives in the West and writes under a pseudonym. Luxenberg's careful studies of the Koran are significant for many reasons. First, he has clarified numerous obscurities... Read more >

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Koranic Allusions
The Biblical, Qumranian, and Pre-Islamic Background to the Koran
Edited by Ibn Warraq


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-759-4 (1-61614-759-8)

Scholars have long known that the text of the Koran shows evidence of many influences from religious sources outside Islam. For example, stories in the Koran about Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other characters from the Bible obviously come from the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels. But there is also evidence... Read more >
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The Tent of Abraham
Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Written by Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister and Saadi Shakur Chishti


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7729-0 (0-8070-7729-1)

The Tent of Abraham is the first book to tell the entire story of Abraham and to reenergize it as a basis for peace. Written by three leaders belonging to different faiths, the book explores in accessible language the mythic quality and the teachings of reconciliation that are embedded in the... Read more >
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