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Islamic history

Welcome - أهلا وسهلا - Hoşgeldiniz - خوش آمدید ! This guide focuses on useful sources for the study of Islam. It is tailored to the courses offered by the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies.


Arberry, A. J. (1967). Aspects of Islamic civilization, as depicted in the original texts. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1967. Print.

Black, A. (2001). The history of Islamic political thought: From the Prophet to the present. New York: Routledge. Electronic resource.

Calder, N., Mojaddedi, J. A., & Rippin, A. (2003). Classical Islam: A sourcebook of religious literature. New York: Routledge. Print.

Eaton, R. M. (2002). India's Islamic traditions, 711-1750. Oxford in India readings. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Print.

Endress, G. (1988). An introduction to Islam. New York: Columbia University Press. Print.

Denny, Frederick Mathewson (1994). An introduction to Islam. New York : Macmillan Pub. Co. Print.

Ga’tje, H. (1996). The Qur’ān and its exegesis: selected texts with classical and modern Muslim interpretations. Rockport, Me: Oneworld Publications. Print.

Goldziher, I., & Lewis, B. (1981). Introduction to Islamic theology and law. Modern classics in Near Eastern studies. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Print.

Hodgson, Marshall G. S. (1974). The venture of Islam: conscience and history in a world civilization. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 3 vols. Print.

Jeffery, A. (1987). A reader on Islam: passages from standard Arabic writings illustrative of the beliefs and practices of Muslims. Salem, New Hampshire: Ayer. Print.

Lapidus, I. M. (1988). A history of Islamic societies. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]: Cambridge University Press. Print.

Lewis, B. (1993). Islam in history: Ideas, people, and events in the Middle East. Chicago: Open Court. Print.

Maudoodi, S. A.  (1960). Towards understanding Islam. Jamaica, Queens, N.Y.: Islamic Circle of North America, 1960. Print.

Nasr, S. H. (1981). Islamic life and thought. Albany: State University of New York Press. Print.

Ostle, R. (2008). Sensibilities of the Islamic Mediterranean: Self-expression in a Muslim culture from post-classical times to the present day. The Islamic Mediterranean, 7. London: I.B. Tauris. Electronic resource.

Peters, F. E. (1993). A Reader on classical Islam. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Electronic resource.

Renard, J. (1998). Windows on the house of Islam: Muslim sources on spirituality and religious life. Berkeley: University of California Press. Print.

Smith, H. (2001). Islam: a concise introduction. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco. Electronic resource.

Watt, W. M. (1979). What is Islam? London ; New York : Longman ; Beirut : Librairie du Liban. Print.


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