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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 (
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)
e. Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Oxford University Press, 
f. History of al-Tabari, Suny Press (40 Volumes) 
g. Reliance of the Traveller, 

2. Modern commentary
a. The Study Quran, Harper One, 

3. Modern critical resources from Christian and secular perspectives
a. Robert Hoyland, Seeing Islam as Others Saw It,  (1st edition!!! The most controversial material is removed from 2nd edition.)
b. Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword, 
c. Daniel Brubaker, Corrections in Early Quran Manuscripts, 
d. Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas, 
e. Dan Gibson, Quranic Geography, 
f. Robert Spencer, The History of Jihad, 
g. Ibn Warraq, The Quest for the Hisorical Muhammad, 
h. Patricia Crone, Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam, 
i. Patricia Crone, Hagarism, 
j. Judith Koren, Yehuda Nevo, Crossroads to Islam, 
k. Shady Nasser, Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Quran, 
l. Karl-Heinz Ohlig, Early Islam, 
m. Harl-Heinz Ohlig, The Hidden Origins of Islam, 
n. John Wansbrough, Quranic Studies,

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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