Recommended Reading

Note: The views expressed by the selected authors do not necessarily reflect the views of MPV or MPV-NY. MPV-NY will be updating this reading list periodically and welcomes any suggestions you might have.

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General Islam

Islam and Politics

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

  • In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad – Tariq Ramadan
  • Muhammad – A Prophet for Our Time – Karen Armstrong
  • Memories of Muhammad – Omid Safi

Women in Islam

  • “Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an – Asma Barlas
  • Forgotten Queens of Islam – Fatima Mernissi
  • Inside the Gender Jihad – Amina Wadud
  • The Scimitar and the Veil – Jennifer Heath Collum
  • Sexual Ethics and Islam – Kecia Ali
  • Speaking in God’s Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women – Khaled Abou El Fadl
  • Standing Alone in Mecca – Asra Nomani
  • The Veil and the Male Elite – Fatima Mernissi
  • Love, Inshallah – Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi (Editors)

Progressive and Secular Muslim Authors of Fiction and Poetry

  • Mohja Kahf
  • Michael Muhammad Knight
  • Sarah Husain
  • Naguib Mahfouz
  • Orhan Pamuk