Great Books of Islamic Civilization

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, Volume II

Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya Ismail ibn Kathir

Compiled in the 14th century AD by a prominent Syrian scholar, the al-Sira al-Nabawiyya of Ibn Kathir is a full examination, in chronological order, of the background, life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Drawn from the earliest and most reliable Arabic sources, it offers, in this close English translation, the fullest available account of the historical circumstances and personalities most important in the founding of Islam.

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, Volume I

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, Volume I

Al-Sira al-Nabawiyya Ismail ibn Kathir

Compiled in the 14th century AD by a prominent Syrian scholar, the al-Sira al-Nabawiyya of Ibn Kathir is a full examination, in chronological order, of the background, life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Drawn from the earliest and most reliable Arabic sources, it offers, in this close English translation, the fullest available account of the historical circumstances and personalities most important in the founding of Islam.

Bidayat al-Mujtahid wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid

The Distinguished Jurist's Primer, 2 Volume set

Bidayat al-Mujtahid wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid Ibn Rushd (Averroes)

Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer) occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge in the administration of justice. In this manual Ibn Rushd traces most of the issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such laws were derived.

An Introduction to the Science of the Hadith

An Introduction to the Science of the Hadith

Kitab Mar’rifat Anwa’ ‘Ilm al-Hadith Ibn Al-Salah Al-Shahrazuri

After the Qur'an itself, the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad form the most important foundation of Islamic thought. The hadith were accounts -- usually brief -- of the words and actions of the Prophet. As such, they were subjected to intense scrutiny by generations of Muslim scholars.

A Guide to the Conclusive Proofs for the Principles of Belief

A Guide to the Conclusive Proofs for the Principles of Belief

Kitab al-irshad Imān al-Haramayn al-Juwayni

This work, commonly known simply as al-Irshãd (The Guide) is a major classic of Islamic theology. Its author, Imān al-Haramayn al-Juwayni (d. 478/1085), was the leading Ash‘arite (Sunni) theologian of his time but he was more famous for his many important treatises on the principles of law and for having been the teacher of the great al-Ghazzāli. Nevertheless, his writings in the field of theology, especially the present book, represent the high point of its development in the Islamic world until then.

An Essay by the Uniquely Wise ‘Abel Fath Omar Bin Al-Khayyam on Algebra and Equa

An Essay by the Uniquely Wise ‘Abel Fath Omar Bin Al-Khayyam on Algebra and Equations

Algebra wa al-Muqabala Abel Fath Omar Bin Al-Khayyam

‘Abel Fath Omar Bin Al-Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physician and poet, most famous for his Rubaiyat, one of the classics of world literature. His work greatly influenced the development of mathematics, particularly analytical geometry, and was unsurpassed for many centuries. Although he is generally better known as a poet, his work as a philosopher, scientist and mathematician was a major contribution to the growth of human knowledge.

The Distinguished Jurist's Primer, Volume II

The Distinguished Jurist's Primer, Volume II

Bidayat al-Mujtahid wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid Ibn Rushd (Averroes)

Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer) occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge in the administration of justice. In this manual Ibn Rushd traces most of the issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such laws were derived.

The Distinguished Jurist's Primer, Volume I

The Distinguished Jurist's Primer, Volume I

Bidayat al-Mujtahid wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid Ibn Rushd (Averroes)

Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer) occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge in the administration of justice. In this manual Ibn Rushd traces most of the issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such laws were derived.

The Book of Revenue Kitab al-Amwal

The Book of Revenue

Kitab al-Amwal Abu Ubayd Al-Qasim ibn Sallam

Kitab al-Amwal (The Book of Revenue) is the work of a brilliant legal mind. Abu Ubayd al-Qasim ibn Sallam provides us with an accurate record of legal precedents laid down in the first two centuries of Islam, in particular those pertaining to the sources of revenue and the avenues of public expenditure. The power of the book, however, lies in the method of the author and the analysis undertaken by him.

The Book of Misers

Al-Bukhala Abu Uthman Amr ibn Bahr al-Kinani al-Fuqaimi Al-Jahiz

Al-Jahiz (AH 160/AD 776 to AH 225/AD 869) was one of the greatest exponents of Arabic prose of all time. His scholarship, the breadth of his interests, and his ability to express his ideas and arguments with vigour and humour were outstanding; The Book of Misers is his comical masterpiece, and one of the earliest works of fiction from the Islamic world. Generosity is regarded by Arab society as one of the principle virtues, and this satire on miserliness has a clear social purpose.