Makers of the Muslim World Series

Makers of the Muslim World

This is the first series entirely devoted to the men and women who made the Muslim world what it is today, whether they were poets or scholars, artists or scientists, politicians or religious leaders. The series will cover the entire range of Islamic civilization in geographic and chronological terms. Intended as a guide for students, lay readers, Islamicists in need of quick orientation, and academics in other fields, the books are written by experts in a clear and straightforward language and no prior knowledge of Islam or its history is required to follow them.

Series Editors: Professor Khaled El-Rouayheb (Harvard) and Professor Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

 

‘A brilliant and compelling, accessible and scholarly series of great history books that bring to life the greatest Muslim leaders in history, from statesmen, philosophers and poets, such as Caliph Abd al-Malik and Mughal Emperor Akbar, President Nasser, Abu Nuwas and al-Mutanabbi, from the seventh century to the twentieth, from Morocco to Malaysia, written for general readers, filled with fascinating character sketches and anecdotes as well as acute analysis of ideas and theology. I eagerly await each new volume: these are essential reading for anyone interested in Islamic history and culture – or anyone who just enjoys great reads about giant historical characters.’

SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE, author of Jerusalem: The Biography

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  • Ibn Taymiyya

    Introduces the life and thought of the controversial religious scholar who has inspired modernists, Salafis, revivalists, and jihadis
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  • 'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i

    A comprehensive study of an often overlooked figure in the history of Islamic thought, whose influence on aspects of Islamic law endures to this day
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  • Aisha al-Ba'uniyya

    This new entry in the highly regarded Makers of the Muslim World series introduces one of the greatest women mystics in Islamic history
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  • Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi

    The first full-scale English biography of Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi, one of the most articulate and original proponents of the reformist ideas underlying modern Islamic thought
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  • Shah Abbas

    A new biography of the life of Shah Abbas - generally considered the greatest ruler of the Safavid dynasty in Iran
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  • Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab

    A biography on the founder of the Wahhabi movement and first Saudi state
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  • Ibn Tufayl

    A timely biography of Ibn Tufayl that sets one of the most famous Arabic philosophical works - Hayy ibn Yaqdhan - in its historical and philosophical context
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  • Elijah Muhammad

    A new biography of the life and faith of Elijah Muhammad – the man who almost single-handedly established a foothold for Islam in the United States
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  • Mulla Sadra

    A timely biography on the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world in the last four hundred years Learn More
  • Imam Shafi'i

    Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (767-820) was one of Islam's foundational legal thinkers. Shafi'i considered law vital to social and cosmic order: the key obligation of each Muslim was to obey God. This study sketches his life in his intellectual and social context.
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