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Travels of Ibn Jubayr
Travels of Ibn Jubayr
by J.C. Broadhurst
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Open the window!, 17 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Travels of Ibn Jubayr (Paperback)
This book contains some wonderful descriptions of places that the author visits; He describes them vividly and elucidates on many details that are almost forgotten in our "one size fits all" generation.

He describes Mecca in such a manner that I wish I was alongside him seeing what he sees. One interesting historical fact is that Mecca, in that time, had five Imam who led prayers at different times; one was Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'I, Hanbali (which are the Sunni normative schools) and the Zaydis; who are an offshoot of the Shia sect. During Ramadan he witnesses one hundred units of a Tawariah prayers performed in Mecca. How can this be? Well each Imam read twenty units each and this means there was a consensus about reading twenty units and not as some people wrongly claim twenty.

There are some errors which a Muslim can spot easily and there are some dark stars in place of some names - which is strange but it really is a window to a forgotten era that we should look into.


How Islam Created the Modern World
How Islam Created the Modern World
by Graham Mark
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy purchase, 13 Aug. 2009
This is an interesting book that explains how world knowledge was passed through the hands of the Muslims to the West. There are some things in the book that I do not agree with but on the whole it is a worthy book to be brought and read. One quote sums up the book very well:

"Muslims gave Western Christians their science, their medicine, their food, their clothes, their poetry, their philosophy and their mathematics. They were the one who thrust Europe out of the dark ages and into the Enlightenment. This is the terrible secret that the Renaissance myth tries to hide."

Nuff said!


God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215
by David Levering Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 11 Aug. 2009
This book was real disappointment because there is a re-hash of old orientalists rubbish in the first few chapters. There wasn't enough sourcing and the information was unclear and muddled.


The Legacy of Islam
The Legacy of Islam
by Sir Thomas W. Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Heavy Read, 6 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Legacy of Islam (Paperback)
It's heavy going but it is worth buying (if you can find it). The benefits of the legacy of Islam is reaped everyday by just about everyone in the West. In all the fields that made the west, it is really scary the dedt that is owed to Islam.


The Awarif ul Ma'arif
The Awarif ul Ma'arif
by Sheikh Shahabudin Suhrawardi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, 28 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Awarif ul Ma'arif (Hardcover)
I have read a different version but this is a good book and deserves to be brought.


Moorish Spain
Moorish Spain
by Richard Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 22 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Moorish Spain (Paperback)
It is not a bad book but it seems to gloss over a lot of facts and puts the Christans into a better light than they should have been. For example the facts about the massacres of the Moriscos or Moors by the Christan rulers. But there are some useful comments in this book which make it worth reading. Henry Lea's book on Muslims in Spain is much better.


The Muslims in Spain
The Muslims in Spain
by Stanley Lane-Poole
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good Start, 15 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Muslims in Spain (Paperback)
It's a good book worth reading and it's well explained but there are some things that need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Worth a read.

It is also published under the title the Moors of Spain.


Sixth Century and Beyond (Hadith & Seerah)
Sixth Century and Beyond (Hadith & Seerah)
by M.Abdulla Pasha
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good!, 9 Jun. 2009
I found this text full of western fallacies, which I was willing to bear with, but there was very little substance behind the text. I have found something worth reading in all the sira texts (the life story of the Prophet Muhammad - peace and blesssings of Allah be upon him) that I have read; with the exception of this text. It was a real disappointment, as I was hoping for some insight from the reader that I did not get.


The Story of Islamic Spain
The Story of Islamic Spain
by Syed Azizur Rahman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed bag, 9 Jun. 2009
It's a good effort without doubt but there are several things that left me with a bad taste in the mouth. It seems to be written thru the eyes of a Western reporter. Which at times can be annoying and not helpful but it is a good piece of work, amongst other more radical texts.


Sunna Notes Studies in Hadith and Doctrine volume 1 Hadith History and Principles with Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani's Nukhbat al-Fikar: v. 1
Sunna Notes Studies in Hadith and Doctrine volume 1 Hadith History and Principles with Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani's Nukhbat al-Fikar: v. 1
by Gibril Fouad Haddad
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Lucid, 26 Mar. 2009
This is an excellent read about hadith studies and the tradition of spreading Islamic knowledge. I cannot recommend this highly enough, please buy!


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