We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether you’re a student of religion or merely an avid reader of history and culture who’s curious about the Muslim faith, the Islam textbooks on our list will surely have something to offer you. Many survey the entire history of the religion, while others take a specific look at one facet or time period in its rich history. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

10. Past, Present, And Future

If you look at a book that boasts nearly 1,000 pages with excitement, then Past, Present, And Future by Hans Krug is the text for you. It’s incredibly comprehensive in its coverage of the centuries since the foundation of the Muslim faith.


  • Hard looks at modern problems
  • Sympathetic toward the religion
  • Not the most engaging voice















Brand Oneworld Publica
Model pending
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. The Religion And The People

What makes The Religion And The People such an enjoyable read isn’t just the depth with which the author Bernard Lewis approaches the material, but the voice he uses to convey all that he has learned, which keeps you reading.


  • Very authoritative
  • Comparisons with other world faiths
  • No footnotes for added clarity















Brand The Religion And The Pe
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. The Straight Path

In The Straight Path, John L. Esposito examines how the development of the Islamic faith shaped the political realities of the regions in which it was adopted, and how those politics have evolved as the centuries since then have worn on.


  • Ideal for coursework
  • Written by a professor of religion
  • Tends to avoid tough questions















Brand imusti
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Islamic Art And Architecture

Like any other major religion, the Muslim faith is responsible for inspiring legions of artists to create their masterworks, and Islamic Art And Architecture chronicles an entire millennium of work from Muslims in many parts of the world.


  • Sections on calligraphy and ceramics
  • Written in an engaging style
  • Ignores the indian subcontinent















Brand Thames Hudson
Model pending
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Tafsir And Islamic Intellectual History

Tafsir And Islamic Intellectual History is a collection of texts that sprung up after the Quran established the foundation of the faith. It contains interpretations of that seminal text, as well as musings on the philosophy of the religion.


  • Widely varying points of view
  • Paints a complex picture of muslims
  • Some ideas may seem extremist















Brand Tafsir And Islamic Inte
Model pending
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Religions Of The World

This Religions Of The World series does an effective job of illustrating the history of the Muslim faith from its roots in Arabia to its spreading throughout so much of the world. It then focuses on the modern period with an emphasis on the religion today.


  • Comprehensive for its size
  • Assumes no prior knowledge in reader
  • Some chapters are too short















Brand Religions Of The World
Model pending
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. The Key Concepts

If you’re looking for a single text that touches on the bulk of hot-button issues surrounding the Muslim faith today, then The Key Concepts will likely fit the bill. It covers everything from the Quran itself to topics like gender and martyrdom.


  • Alphabetical list of terms
  • Helpful glossary
  • Doesn’t go in-depth on any point















Brand The Key Concepts
Model pending
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

3. From The Prophet Muhammad To The Capture Of Constantinople

“From The Prophet Muhammad To The Capture Of Constantinople Volume 1: Politics and War” contains translations of original source materials from a period that runs from the 600s all the way to the middle of the 15th century.


  • Unbiased in its approach
  • Great for beginning students
  • Over 100 sources















Brand From The Prophet Muhamm
Model pending
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. The Shambhala Guide To Sufism

If you’re interested in the more mystical side of the faith, then you’re sure to find The Shambhala Guide To Sufism particularly enticing. It chronicles the music, dance, poetry, and other arts of this little-known and fascinating subset of Islamic culture.


  • Unique historical insights
  • Written with exceptional detail
  • Shows art and politics intertwining















Brand Shambhala
Model pending
Weight 12.6 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. The Study Quran: A New Translation And Commentary

Any serious study of the Muslim religion is going to center on its seminal text, and The Study Quran: A New Translation And Commentary provides that document alongside a tremendous amount of useful information and interpretation.


  • Edited by a top islamic scholar
  • Draws on both sunni and shia sources
  • Dual column format















Brand The Study Quran: A New
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Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0