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“And let there be among you a community calling to virtue, and advocating righteousness, and deterring from evil. These are the successful.” (The Quran, verse 3:104)

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Ikram Hawramani | Founder and Managing Editor | contact@hawramani.com | Full Biography | Twitter | 🇺🇸 United States

Ikram is a US-based independent researcher, writer and blogger with a degree in Internet technologies and usability. He studies the Islamic scholarly tradition using Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish and Western academic sources. He also studies history, population genetics, cultural evolution and Western philosophy. He works as a cloud system administrator and LAMP software engineer with specialization in K-12 educational systems. He is the creator of Lisaan.net, (probably) the world’s largest Arabic dictionary. He comes from the Sunni Hawrami minority of Iran and his family are survivors of the Halabja chemical weapons attack.

Ikram lives with his wife and two daughters in Arizona. He is an admirer of al-Ghazālī (d. 1111 CE), Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 1201 CE), Said Nursī (d. 1960 CE) and many scholars from al-Azhar University, especially Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAbdallāh Drāz (d. 1958).

Self-Education

Islamic Studies

Arabic Books

630’s

  • The Quran

870’s

  • Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Bukhārī, Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī (9 vols.) (d. 870)
  • Muslim b. al-Ḥajjāj, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (7 vols.) (d. 875)

1060’s

  • Abū Bakr al-Bayhaqī, The Book of Predestination (Kitāb al-Qaḍāʾ wa-l-Qadar) (the narrations alone) (d. 1066)

1200’s

  • Ibn al-Jawzī, Quarry of the Mind (Ṣayd al-Khāṭir) (d. 1201)
  • Ibn al-Jawzī, The Manners of al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī (Ādāb al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī) (d. 1201)
  • Ibn al-Jawzī, An Introduction to the Study of the Quran (Funūn al-Afnān fī ʿUyūn ʿUlūm al-Qurʾān) (d. 1201)

1700’s

  • Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-ʿAdawī al-Dardīr, Commentary on the delicate pearl in the science of monotheism (Sharḥ al-Kharīda al-bahīya fī ʿilm al-tawḥīd) (d. 1786-1787 CE)

1940’s

  • ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd Jawdat al-Saḥḥar, Abu Dhar: Ascetic Communist (Abū Dhar al-Ghaffārī: Al-Ishtirākī al-Zāhid) (1943)

1950’s

  • ʿAlī al-Wardī, The Spiritual Advice-peddlers of the Rulers (Wuʿʿāẓ al-Salāṭīn)  (1954)
  • ʿAlī al-Wardī,The Comedy of the Human Intellect (Mahzala al-ʿAql al-Basharī) (1955)
  • ʿAlī al-Wardī, Morality: That Which is Lacking in Moral Resources (al-Akhlāq: al-Ẓāʾiʿ min al-Mawārid al-Khalqīya) (1958)

1960’s

  • Sayyid Qutb, Milestones (Maʿālim fī l-Ṭarīq) (1960)
  • ʿAlī al-Wardī, Logic of Ibn Khaldun (Manṭiq Ibn Khaldūn) (1962)
  • Muhammad Qutb, Man between Materialism and Islam (al-Insān bayn al-Māddīya w-al-Islām) (1962)
  • ʿAlī al-Ṭanṭāwī, A General Introduction to the Religion of Islam (Taʿrīf ʿām bi-Dīn al-Islām) (1969)
  • Saʿīd Hawwā, God, Glory to Him (Allāh Jalla Jalāluh) (1969)

1970’s

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawī, The Existence of God (Wūjūd Allāh) (1970)

1980’s

  • Ṣalāḥ ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Khālidī, Sayyid Qutb from Birth to Martyrdom (Sayyid Quṭb min al-Mīlād ilā al-Istishhād) (1983)
  • Bulqāsim al-Ghāli, Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī and His Theological Views (Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī wa-Āraʾuhu al-ʿAqdīya) (1989)
  • Mohammed al-Ghazali, Prophetic Tradition between the People of Fiqh and the People of Hadith (Al-Sunnah al-Nabawīya bayn Ahl al-Fiqh wa Ahl al-Ḥadīth) (1989)
  • Muhammad Qutb, The Issue of Women’s Liberation (Qaẓīya Taḥrir al-Marʾa) (1989)
  • Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī, Ṣaḥīḥ Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaghīr wa-Ziyādatuh (Al-Fatḥ al-Kabīr) (2 vols.) (1989)

1990’s

  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, The Fiqh of Priorities (Fiqh al-Awlawīyāt) (1995)

2000’s

  • Aḥmad Muṣtafā Faḍlīya, Muhammad Abdullah Draz: Studies by His Students and Contemporaries (Muḥammad ʿAbd Allāh Drāz: Dirāsāt wa-Buḥūth bi-Aqlām Talāmidhatih wa-Muʿāṣirīh) (2007)
  • ʿAlī ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Maghribī, Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī and His Kalām Opinions (Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī wa-Āraʾuhu al-Kalāmīya) (2009)

2010’s

  • Muḥammad ibn al-Mukhtār al-Shanqīṭī, The Philosopher of the Quran, Muhammad Abdullah Draz: His Life and Works (Faylasūf al-Qurʾān al-Karīm Muḥammad ʿAbd Allāh Drāz: Ḥayātuh wa-Āthāruh) (2017)

English Books

1910’s

  • Adam Mez, The Renaissance of Islam (in English, written 1917, translated 1937)

1960’s

  • W. Montgomery Watt, Muslim Intellectual: A Study of al-Ghazali (1963)
  • J. J. Saunders (ed.), The Muslim World on the Eve of Europe’s Expansion (1966)

1970’s

  • J. J. Saunders, Muslims & Mongols (d. 1972, published 1977)

1980’s

  • Robin Wright, In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade (1989)

1990’s

  • George Makdisi, The Rise of Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West (1990)
  • Nicholas Heer (ed.), Islamic Law and Jurisprudence: Studies in Honor of Farhat J. Ziadeh (1990)
  • Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples (1992)
  • Tariq Khalidi, Arabic Historical Thought in the Classical Period (1994)
  • Yasin Dutton, The Origins of Islamic Law: The Qur’an, the Muwatta and Madinan Amal (PhD dissertation) (1999)
  • Murteza Bedir, The Early Development of Hanafi Usul al-Fiqh (PhD dissertation) (1999)

2000’s

  • Forough Jahanbakhsh, Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran (1953-2000): From Bazargan to Soroush (2001)
  • Valerie Gonzalez, Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture (2001)
  • Tariq Ramadan, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (2003)
  • Ziauddin Sardar, Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim (2004)
  • Annabel Keeler, Sufi Hermeneutics: The Qur’an Commentary of Rashīd al-Dīn Maybudī (2006)
  • Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time (2006)
  • Jon Hoover, Ibn Taymiyya’s Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism (2007)
  • Tariq Ramadan, In the Footsteps of the Prophet (2007)
  • Jonathan A. C. Brown, The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim  (2007)
  • Tim Winter (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (2008)
  • M. A. Draz, The Moral World of the Qur’an (published in French in 1951, English in 2008)
  • Frank Griffel, Al-Ghazālı̄’s Philosophical Theology (2009)

2010’s

  • Yossef Rapoport and Shahab Ahmed (eds.), Ibn Taymiyya and His Times (2010)
  • Nidhal Guessoum, Islam’s Quantum Question: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science (2011)
  • Umar F. Abd-Allah Wymann-Landgraf, Mālik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period (2013)
  • Jonathan A. C. Brown, Misquoting Muhammad (2014)
  • Kenneth Garden, The First Islamic Reviver: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and His Revival of the Religious Sciences (2014)
  • A.S. Amin, Conflicts of Fitness: Islam, America, and Evolutionary Psychology (2015)
  • Karen Bauer, Gender Hierarchy in the Qurʾān (2015)
  • Ulrich Rudolph, Al-Maturidi and the Development of Sunni Theology in Samarqand (2015)
  • Ali Ezzatyar, The Last Mufti of Iranian Kurdistan (2016)
  • Henri Lauzière, The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century (2016)
  • Sabine Schmidtke (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology (2016)
  • Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam: The Importance of Being Islamic (2016)
  • Christopher de Bellaigue, The Islamic Enlightenment The Struggle Between Faith and Reason (2017)
  • G. W. Bowersock, The Crucible of Islam (2017)
  • Shahab Ahmed, Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam (2017)
  • M. A. Draz and Basma Abdelgafar, Morality in the Qur’an: The Greater Good of Humanity (2018)
  • Omar Farahat, The Foundation of Norms in Islamic Jurisprudence and Theology (2019)

Kurdish Books

  • Said Nursi, Message to the Ill (Payāmī Bīmārān) (d. 1960)
  • Said Nursi, Message of “I” (Payāmī Min) (d. 1960)
  • Said Nursi, Message to the Elderly (Payāmī Pīrān) (d. 1960)
  • Barham, Brother Naser Sobhani: Martyr of Freedom of Speech (Shahīdī Āzādī Bīrūřā kāka Nāṣirī Subḥānī) (2006)
  • Taḥsīn Ḥama Gharīb, The Last Ones: The Last Mystic, the Last Philosopher, the Last Jurist. Reading the Thought of Said Nursi, Ahmad Moftizadeh and Naser Subhani (Dwāyīnakān: Dwāyīn ʿĀrif, Dwāyīn Faylasūf, Dwāyīn Faqīh. Khwendnaway Fīkrī Saʿīd Nūrsī w Aḥmadī Muftīzāda w Nāṣirī Subḥānī.
  • Sarwat Abdullah, Ahmad Moftizadeh: A Gateway to an Unknown Struggle (Māmostā Aḥmadī Muftīzāda: Darwāzayak bo Khabātekī Nanāsrāw) (2010)
  • Sarwat Abdullah, A Collection of Ahmad Moftizadeh Quotes (Kharmanek la wta Zeřīnakānī kāk Aḥmadī Muftīzāda) (2014)

Farsi Books

  • Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī, The Proper Etiquette of the Formal Prayer (Khushuʿ wa Niyāyish dar Namāz) (d. 1393)
  • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Worship in Islam (ʿIbādat dar Islām) (1961)
  • Mustafa Khorramdel, The Nūr Commentary on the Quran (Tafsīr-i Nūr) (1992)
  • Ahmad Moftizadeh, Islamic Government (Ḥukūmat-i Islāmī) (1980)
  • Naser Sobhani, Custodianship and Leadership (Wilāyat wa Imāmat) (c. 1989)
  • Naser Sobhani, Proof of God’s Existence (Ithbāt-i Wujūd-i Khudā) (c. 1989)

The Arabic Language

2010’s

  • Mohammad T. Alhawary, Arabic Grammar in Context (2016)
  • Faruk Abu-Chacra, Arabic: An Essential Grammar (2018)

Sociology, Human Ethology and the Life Sciences

1850’s

  • Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859)

1960’s

  • James Watson, The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (1968)

1980’s

  • Thomas Sowell, Ethnic America: A History (1981)

1990’s

  • David Stove, Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity, and Other Fables of Evolution (d. 1994)
  • Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture: A World View (1995)
  • Thomas Sowell, Migrations and Cultures: A World View (1996)
  • Matt Ridley, Genome: The Autobiography of a Species In 23 Chapters (1999)

2000’s

  • Joan Roughguarden, Evolution’s Rainbow (2004)
  • Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth (2004)
  • Catherine Johnson and Temple Grandin, Animals in Translation (2005)
  • Peter Richerson and Richard Boyd, Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution (2005)
  • Thomas Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals (2015)
  • James Watson, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science (2007)
  • Nicholas Wade, The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures (2009)

2010’s

  • David W. Deamer, First Life: Discovering the Connections Between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began (2011)
  • Addy Pross, What is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology (2012)
  • Maryanne L. Fisher, Justin R. Garcia and Rosemarie Sokol Chang (eds.), Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (2013)
  • Virginia Morell, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures (2013)
  • Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2014)
  • Richard C. Francis, Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World (2015)
  • Alister E. McGrath, Dawkins’ God: From The Selfish Gene to The God Delusion (2015)
  • Kevin N. Laland, Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind (2017)

Western Philosophy and Ideas (Books)

340’s BC

  • Plato, Euthyphro (d. 347 BC)
  • Plato, The Apology (d. 347 BC)
  • Plato, Crito (d. 347 BC)
  • Plato, Phaedo (d. 347 BC)
  • Plato, Symposium (d. 347 BC)
  • Plato, Republic (d. 347 BC)

550’s

  • Procopius, Anekdota: The Secret History of the Court of Justinian (d. c. 554)

1530’s

  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

1610’s

  • The King James Version of the Bible (1611) (Old Testament and Gospels only)

1860’s

  • John Ruskin, Unto This Last and Other Essays on Political Economy (1861)

1870’s

  • Jakob Burckhardt, Reflections on History (1870-1871)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Preface to The Greek State (1871)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (1873)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human (1878)

1880’s

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality (1887)

1900’s

  • Otto Weininger, Sex and Character (1903)

1930’s

  • Eric Gill, An Essay on Typography (1931)
  • Albert Jay Nock, The Theory of Education in the United States (1932)
  • Albert Jay Nock, Isaiah’s Job (1936)
  • George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)

1940’s

  • T. S. Eliot, Notes toward the Definition of Culture (1948)
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, St. Thomas and the World State (Aquinas Lecture) (1949)

1950’s

  • Karen Horney, Neurosis and Human Growth (1950)

1960’s

  • Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
  • John Nef (ed.), Towards World Community (1968)

1980’s

  • Roger Scruton, The Meaning of Conservatism (1980)
  • Jonathan Barnes, Aristotle (1982)
  • Roger Scruton, Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation (1986)

1990’s

  • Daniel Amneus, The Garbage Generation (1990)
  • Paul Woodruff, On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War (1993)
  • W. Norris Clarke, Person and Being (Aquinas Lecture) (1993)
  • David Stove, What’s Wrong with Benevolence: Happiness, Private Property, and the Limits of Enlightenment (d. 1994)
  • Roger Scruton, A Short History of Modern Philosophy (1995)
  • Roger Scruton, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Philosophy (1996)
  • J. J. Clarke, Oriental Enlightenment: The Encounter Between Asian and Western Thought (1997)
  • Neil Howe and William Strauss, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy (1997)
  • Tzvetan Todorov, Imperfect Garden: The Legacy of Humanism (1998)

2000’s

  • Tom Sorell, Descartes: A Very Short Introduction (2000)
  • Christopher Butler, Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction (2002)
  • Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (2002)
  • Edward Craig, Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2005)
  • Christopher Shields, The Blackwell Guide to Ancient Philosophy (2003)
  • Roger Scruton, Beauty (2008)

2010’s

  • Fritz Allhoff (ed.), Philosophies of the Sciences: A Guide (2010)
  • David Wengrow, What Makes Civilization? The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West (2010)
  • Christopher Butler, Modernism: A Very Short Introduction (2010)
  • Judith Brown and Anthony Parel (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi (2011)
  • Babette Babich, Alfred Denker & Holger Zaborowski (eds.), Nietzsche & Heidegger (2012) (English-language chapters alone)
  • Ricardo Duchesne, The Uniqueness of Western Civilization (2012)
  • Roger Scruton, The Face of God: The Gifford Lectures (2012)
  • Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society (2012)
  • Roger Scruton, Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (2015)
  • Jacobus Erasmus, The Kalām Cosmological Argument: A Reassessment (2018)

Fiction and Literature (Books)

Below is an incomplete listing of fiction I have read, for those interested to know about my non-scholarly reading habits. I read many best-selling contemporary novels when I was a teenager since I did not know better, those books are not listed. The list only contains the books that I think were worth the effort, books I am not ashamed to admit to having read or that I am still fond of.

2100 BC

  • Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2100 BC)

750 BC

  • Homer, The Iliad (c. 750 BC)
  • Homer, The Odyssey (c. 750 BC)

1020’s

  • Beowulf (c. 975-1025) (prose translation)

1400’s

  • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (c. 1400)

1750’s

  • Voltaire, Candide (1759)

1770’s

  • Frances Burney, Evelina, Or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance Into the World (1778)

1790’s

  • Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (c. 1791)
  • Jane Austen, Lady Susan (1794)
  • Giacomo Casanova, Memoirs of Casanova (12 vols.) (d. 1798)

1800’s

  • François-René de Chateaubriand, Atala (1801)

1810’s

  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  • Jane Austen, Emma (1815)
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)

1840’s

  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double (1846)
  • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)
  • Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey (1847)
  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)

1850’s

  • Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)
  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times (1854) (In Arabic and English, abridged)
  • Nalî, The Collected Poems of Nalî (d. 1856) (Kurdish)
  • Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s School Days (1857) (abridged)
  • George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)

1860’s

  • George Eliot, The Mill On The Floss (1860)
  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861) (In Farsi, Arabic and English, abridged)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground (1864)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)
  • Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1869) (abridged)

1870’s

  • George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)
  • Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) (abridged)

1880’s

  • Lewis Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)
  • Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper (1881) (In Farsi and English, abridged)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study In Scarlet (1887)

1890’s

  • Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) (abridged)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893)

1900’s

  • Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (1905)

1910’s

  • Maxim Gorky, My Childhood (1913)
  • Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country (1913)
  • James Joyce, Dubliners (1914)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear (1915)
  • W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (1915)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow (1917)
  • W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence (1919)

1920’s

  • Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (1920)
  • Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet (1923)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (1928)
  • Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)

1930’s

  • Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies (1930)
  • Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937)

1940’s

  • George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)
  • Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945)
  • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

1950’s

  • Robert R. Heinlein, Farmer in the Sky (1950)
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers (1954)
  • William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King (1955)
  • Evelyn Waugh, The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh (covers stories from 1925-1962)

1960’s

  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  • Arthur Crew Inman, The Inman Diary (2 vols, ed. Daniel Aaron) (d. 1963)
  • Frank Herbert, Dune (1965)
  • Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  • Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah (1969)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (1969)

1970’s

  • J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion  (d. 1973, published 1977)
  • Benedicta Ward, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (1975)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)
  • Frank Herbert, Children of Dune (1976)
  • Stephen King, The Stand (1978)
  • Aziz Nesin, The Idiot (1970’s?) (in Kurdish translation)

1980’s

  • Frank Herbert, God-Emperor of Dune (1981)
  • Stephen King, Different Seasons (1982)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic (1983)
  • Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune (1984)
  • Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune (1985)
  • Paul Amir, The Lord of Alamut (1985) (in Farsi translation)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic (1986)
  • Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites (1987)
  • Terry Pratchett, Mort (1987)
  • Terry Pratchett, Sourcery (1988)
  • Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters (1988)
  • Terry Pratchett, Pyramids (1989)
  • Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards! (1989)

1990’s

  • Terry Pratchett, Eric (1990)
  • Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures (1990)
  • Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad (1991)
  • Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man (1991)
  • Terry Pratchett, Small Gods (1992)
  • Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies (1992)
  • Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms (1993)
  • Terry Pratchett, Soul Music (1994)
  • Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times (1994)
  • David Gutterson, Snow Falling on Cedars (1994)
  • Terry Pratchett, Maskerade (1995)
  • Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay (1996)
  • Terry Pratchett, Hogfather (1996)
  • Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996)
  • Terry Pratchett, Jingo (1997)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent (1998)
  • Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum (1998)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  • Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives (1998)
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies (1999)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant (1999)
  • Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor (1999)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)

2000’s

  • Terry Pratchett, The Truth (2000)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the the Goblet of Fire (2000)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero (2001)
  • Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time (2001)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (2001)
  • Terry Pratchett, Night Watch (2002)
  • Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)
  • Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment (2003)
  • Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (2003)
  • Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
  • Terry Pratchett, Going Postal (2004)
  • Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (2004)
  • Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2004)
  • Terry Pratchett, Thud! (2005)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
  • Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith (2006)
  • Terry Pratchett, Making Money (2007)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
  • Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals (2009)

2010’s

  • Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight (2010)
  • Terry Pratchett, Snuff (2011)
  • Sardar Abdallah, Attila, the Last of the Lovers  (Ātilā, Ākhir al-ʿUshshāq) (2018) (Arabic)

Popular Science Books and Other Non-Fiction

1990’s

  • Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism? (1994)
  • Simon Singh, The Code Book (1999)

2000’s

  • Roy Fielding, Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures (PhD dissertation) (2000)
  • Thomas Sowell, A Personal Odyssey (2001)
  • Timothy Gowers, Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (2002)
  • John Polkinghorne, Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2002)
  • Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything (2002)
  • Anil Ananthaswamy, The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe (2003)
  • Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science (2003)
  • James Gleick, Isaac Newton (2003)
  • Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved (2004)
  • Steve McConnell, Code Complete 2nd edition (2004)
  • Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time (2005)
  • George Musser, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory (2008)

2010’s

  • Clifford Nass and Corina Yen, The Man who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us about Human Relationships (2010)
  • Oliver Sacks, The Mind’s Eye (2010)
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010)
  • Kelly McGonigal, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It (2011)
  • Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2011)
  • Brian Alexander and Larry Young, The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction (2012)
  • Rebecca Stott, Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution (2012)
  • Caleb Scharf, Gravity’s Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos (2012)
  • Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks (2013)
  • Andreas Wagner, Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution’s Greatest Puzzle (2014)
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2014)
  • Sandeep Jauhar, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician (2014)
  • Michael Brooks, At the Edge of Uncertainty: 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise (2014)
  • Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (2014)
  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2014)
  • Mark Schatzker, The Dorito Effect (2015)
  • Michael Tennesen, The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man (2015)

Economics (Books)

  • Michael Hudson, E. Peshine Smith: A Study in Protectionist Growth Theory and American Sectionalism (1968)
  • Charles Wheelan, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (2002)
  • Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (2007)
  • Thomas Sowell, Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One (2008)
  • Thomas Sowell, Economic Facts and Fallacies (2011)
  • Ha-Joon Chang, Economics: The User’s Guide (2014)

History (Books)

1980’s

  • Gale E. Christiansen, In the Presence of the Creator: Isaac Newton and His Times (1984)

2000’s

  • Anne Applebaum, Gulag: A History (2003)
  • H.W. Brands, Benjamin Franklin: The Original American (Portable Professor Series) (2004)
  • David McCullough, 1776 (2005)
  • Jonathan Clements, A Brief History of the Vikings: The Last Pagans Or the First Modern Europeans? (2005)
  • Andrés Reséndez, A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca (2007)
  • Thomas Keneally, The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Story of the Founding of Australia (2007)
  • James Reston Jr., Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe, 1520-1536 (2009)

2010’s

  • Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (2013)
  • Eric H. Cline, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014)
  • Philip Line, The Vikings and Their Enemies: Warfare in Northern Europe, 750-1100 (2014)
  • S. Frederick Starr , Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane (2015)

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Junaid Qadir completed his Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2008 and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UET, Lahore, Pakistan in 2000. He is an Associate Professor at the Information Technology University (ITU)—Punjab, Lahore since December 2015. He is the Director of the IHSAN (ICTD; Human Development; Systems; Big Data Analytics; Networks Lab) Research Lab at ITU (http://ihsanlab.itu.edu.pk/). Previously, he has served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), from 2008 to 2015. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in top quality journals and magazines—including publications in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (CST), IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication (JSAC), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), and IEEE Communication Magazine. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, Springer Nature Big Data Analytics journal, Springer Human-Centric Computing and Information Sciences, and the IEEE Communications Magazine.

Dr. Qadir has also performed Islamic research and has published papers on Islamic economics, Islamic notions of development and the Islamic concept of excellence. His Islamic papers can be viewed here on the ResearchGate website.

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Suraya Razak is an independent Islamic studies researcher with a master’s degree in engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is a graduate member of the Institutions of Engineers, Malaysia.



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Andrea Cabrera embraced Islam in 2001. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Punjab University in Pakistan. She also studied business administration at Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja in Loja, Ecuador. She is currently studying education specializing in Islamic Studies at the Islamic Online University.

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Ahmad Fahoum is a Palestinian from Jerusalem, currently based in Geneva. Ahmad started his PhD in history in 2018, working on water management and sanitary engineering in Greater Syria during the Mandate period. His master’s research was on the Ottoman Red Crescent Exhibition in Istanbul during World War I.

He works as research assistant and has the command of Arabic, English, Hebrew, French and Turkish, and also the ability to work with Ottoman Turkish sources. His interests range from Islamic thought to Islamic history, but also include contemporary issues in the Islamic world in particular and the world at large. Coming from the humanistic disciplines, he aims to incorporate Islamic principles in modern research.


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Mikain is an Indian student of Islamic studies raised in Dubai from age one. She completed her IGCSE at the Oxford School Dubai. Afterwards she joined university to pursue her childhood dream of studying forensic science. She switched to Islamic studies after a year when a strong desire to study Islam and teach it grew in her. Her desire is to gain wide knowledge of the treasures of Islam and to convey Islamic teachings at her own home of India.

She is currently doing her third undergraduate year in Islamic studies at an Islamic academy in Dubai.