ING’s Recommended List of Books for Further Reading

While we recommend the following books, we do not endorse or support all opinions expressed by the authors. If you have a book you would like to recommend, please email: [email protected] with the book title and author.


  1. Sumbul Ali-Karamali, The Muslim Next Door (White Cloud Press, 2008)
  2. Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It’s Not Taking Over Our Country (Beacon Press, 2020)
  3. Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time (HarperCollins, 2006)
  4. Thomas Cleary, The Qur’an: A New Translation (Starlatch, 2004)
  5. Ben Daniel, The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction (John Knox Press, 2013)
  6. Carl W. Ernst, How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide, With Select Translations Hardcover (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)
  7. Carole Hillenbrand, Introduction to Islam: Beliefs and Practices in Historical Perspectives, (Thames and Hudson, 2015)
  8. John L. Esposito, Islam: The Straight Path (5th addition, Oxford University Press, 2016)
  9. John L. Esposito, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam Path (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  10. John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? (Gallup, 2007)
  11. Joseph E.B. Lumbard, Submission, Faith & Beauty: The Religion of Islam, (Fons Vitae, 2009)

Muslim History

  1. Tamim Ansary, Destiny Disrupted (Public Affairs Books, 2009)
  2. Eric Broug, Islamic Geometric Patterns (Thames & Hudson, 2008)
  3. Brad Gooch, translator, Rumi: Unseen Poems (Alfred Knopf, 2019)
  4. Michael Hamilton Morgan, Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists (National Geographic Society, 2007)
  5. Ira Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
  6. Maurice Lombard, The Golden Age of Islam (Wiener, Markus Publishers, 2009)
  7. Jonathan Lyons, The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization (Bloomsbury Press, 2009)
  8. Maria Rosa Menocal, The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain  (Little, Brown and Company, 2002)
  9. Edward Said, Orientalism (Vintage Books, 1979)
  10. Tamara Sonn, Islam a Brief History (Blackwell Publishing, 2010)
  11. Malise Ruthven and Azim Nanji, Historical Atlas of the Islamic World, (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  12. Markus Hattstein, Islam: Art and Architecture (H.F. Ullmann Publishing, 2015)

History of Muslims in America

  1. Terry Alford, Prince among Slaves (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  2. Allan Austin, African Muslims in Antebellum America, (Routledge, 1997)
  3. Jonathan Curiel, Al’America: Travel Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots (The New Press, 2008)
  4. Sylviane A. Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (New York University, 1998)
  5. Amir Hussain, Muslims and the Making of America (Baylor University Press, 2016)
  6. Phil Pasquini, Domes, Arches and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America (Flypaper Press, 2012)
  7. Jack Shaheen, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (Olive Branch Press, 2009)
  8. Denise A. Spellberg, Thomas Jefferson’s Qu’ran: Islam and the Founders (First Vintage Books, 2014)

Muslims in America

  1. Victor Begg, Our Muslim Neighbors: Achieving the American Dream, An Immigrant’s Memoir (Read the Spirit Books, 2019)
  2. Dave Eggers, The Monk of Mokha, (Penguin Random House, 2018)
  3. Zareena Grewal, Islam is a Foreign Country (New York University, 2014)
  4. Eboo Patel, Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise, (Princeton University Press, 2018)
  5. Asma T. Uddin, When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom (Pegasus Books, 2019)

Books for Children and Youth

  1. Hena Khan, Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story (Chronicle Books, 2008)
  2. Hena Khan, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors (Chronicle Books, 2012)
  3. Hannah Eliot, Ramadan (Celebrate the World), board book (Little Simon, 2018)
  4. Ndaa Hasan, Ramadan Around The World (2018)
  5. A. Rey and Hena Khan, It’s Ramadan, Curious George (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2016)
  6. Sylvia Whitman and Sue Williams, Under the Ramadan Moon (Albert Whitman and Company, 2008)
  7. Mark Gonzales, Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter (Simon Schuster, 2017)
  8. Asma Mobin-Uddin, The Best Eid Ever (Boyds Mills Press, 2007)
  9. Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland Desaix, The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust (Holiday House, 2010) for 7-14 year olds
  10. Ibtihaj Muhammad, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
  11. H. Senzai, Shooting Kabul (Simon and Schuster, 2010)
  12. H. Senzai, Saving Kabul Corner (Simon and Schuster, 2014)
  13. H. Senzai, Escape From Aleppo (Simon and Schuster, 2018)
  14. Bryn Barnard, The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011)
  15. Libby Romero, National Geographic Readers: Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See (National Geographic, 2016)