Suggestion: Islamic Studies Collection 2.0

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Mar 19 2021 11:11 AM

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The current Islamic Studies Collection is quite dated and lags behind modern scholarship. I've compiled a list of books that would be interesting from a Christian perspective. Many of these are out of print, and insanely expensive, as they are highly sought after by Christian apologists to Islam, as well as ex-Muslims. If they were available through Logos, they would likely still be expensive, but could be made available to a much broader audience.

1. Islam's most trusted sources
From Dar-us-salam Publications (https://dar-us-salam.com/):
a. Hadith Sahih Al-Bukhari (9 Volumes)
b. Hadith Sahih Muslim (7 Volumes)
c. Hadith Sunan Abu Dawud (7 Volumes)
d. Tafsir Ibn Kathir (10 Volumes)
Other:
e. Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Oxford University Press, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/0196360331 
f. History of al-Tabari, Suny Press (40 Volumes) http://www.sunypress.edu/p-4511-set-history-of-al-tabari.aspx 
g. Reliance of the Traveller, http://www.catheyallison.com/Reliance_of_the_Traveller.pdf 

2. Modern commentary
a. The Study Quran, Harper One, https://www.amazon.com/Study-Quran-New-Translation-Commentary/dp/0061125873 

3. Modern critical resources from Christian and secular perspectives
a. Robert Hoyland, Seeing Islam as Others Saw It, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/gp/product/B00IK9CWBI  (1st edition!!! The most controversial material is removed from 2nd edition.)
b. Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B005IEGKMA 
c. Daniel Brubaker, Corrections in Early Quran Manuscripts, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/1949123057 
d. Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/1927581222 
e. Dan Gibson, Quranic Geography, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/0973364289 
f. Robert Spencer, The History of Jihad, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B07D6X3TRT 
g. Ibn Warraq, The Quest for the Hisorical Muhammad, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B004X65YVC 
h. Patricia Crone, Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B00HE0ZXL0 
i. Patricia Crone, Hagarism, https://www.amazon.com/Hagarism-Making-Islamic-Patricia-Crone/dp/0521297540 
j. Judith Koren, Yehuda Nevo, Crossroads to Islam, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/1591020832 
k. Shady Nasser, Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Quran, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/9004240810 
l. Karl-Heinz Ohlig, Early Islam, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/161614825X 
m. Harl-Heinz Ohlig, The Hidden Origins of Islam, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/1591026342 
n. John Wansbrough, Quranic Studies, https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/1591022010

Any important resources missing (that are not yet in Logos)? Drop a comment here, and I'll add it to the voting page.

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 19 2021 11:39 PM

The modern critical resources are quite important to get a balanced picture. The research is ongoing, but it looks like Islam developed from Arab Christianity when it detached from basic Christian beliefs at some point. That could lead to some interesting views: when a muslin becomes a Christian, s/he just returns to her/his roots. And it also serves as a warning to us: looks like currently many protestant churches are about to detach from Christianity.

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 8 2022 11:28 PM

Excellent list! These would be extraordinarily useful, thank you!

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Bobby Terhune | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 9 2022 7:53 AM

I agree, we need up to date information when we engage deliberately with another religious view. I hope Faithlife can get the rights to these books and more. 

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 4:23 AM

The feedback page for the Study Quran is available here.

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 10 2022 7:01 AM

Veli Voipio:

The modern critical resources are quite important to get a balanced picture. The research is ongoing, but it looks like Islam developed from Arab Christianity when it detached from basic Christian beliefs at some point. That could lead to some interesting views: when a muslin becomes a Christian, s/he just returns to her/his roots. And it also serves as a warning to us: looks like currently many protestant churches are about to detach from Christianity.

Thank you for those insights.

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Nick Steffen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 12 2022 5:17 AM

I would add to the list of suggested modern materials the work of Angelika Neuwirth, the head of the Corpus Coranicum project which intends to produce a critical edition of the Quran. She has authored Scripture, Poetry, and the Making of a Community (2015) and The Qur'an and Late Antiquity: A Shared Heritage (2019)

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 14 2022 3:37 PM

Nick Steffen:

I would add to the list of suggested modern materials the work of Angelika Neuwirth, the head of the Corpus Coranicum project which intends to produce a critical edition of the Quran. She has authored Scripture, Poetry, and the Making of a Community (2015) and The Qur'an and Late Antiquity: A Shared Heritage (2019)

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