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Welcome to Wellington City Libraries' page of resources on Islam. Here you'll find a cross-section of what the library holds on Islam, some quick links into our online databases and the library's catalogue, and links to websites on Islam selected by our subject librarians. The Dewey Decimal call number for Islam as a subject is 297. (A comprehensive list of Dewey numbers for other religions can be found on the Beliefs homepage.)
Last updated 11 August 2018.
Letters to a young Muslim, by Omar Saif Ghobash.
"Omar Saif Ghobash was born in 1971 in the United Arab Emirates - the same year the country was founded - to an Arab father and a Russian mother. After a traumatizing experience losing his father to a violent attack in 1977, when he was only six years old, Ghobash began to realize the severe violence that surrounded him in his home country. As he grew older, eventually being appointed as the UAE Ambassador to Russia in 2008, he began to reflect on what it means to be a Muslim... This book is the result of the personal exploration Ghobash went through in the years after his father's death.... The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims will unite and find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world."-- Provided by publisher." (Catalogue)
Born with wings : the spiritual journey of a modern Muslim woman, by Daisy Khan. "Khan details her faith journey, beginning with the strong guidance of her supportive family in her native Kashmir, where religious practices were deeply felt. But after she moves to the U.S., questions and doubts began to surface for Khan. Finding Sufism renewed her and served as a starting point for her activism. Khan's extensive research on her faith led to one of her core beliefs: that, despite perceptions to the contrary, Islam elevates the status of women. Today, she is the executive director of the Women's Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality... A thought-provoking read." (Booklist, courtesy of Syndetics)
Pilgrimage in Islam : traditional and modern practices, by Sophia Arjana.
"It is not only the holy cities of Mecca and Karbala to which Muslim pilgrims travel, but a wide variety of sacred sites around the world. Journeys are undertaken to visit graves of important historical and religious individuals, the tombs of saints, and natural sites such as mountaintops and springs. Exploring the rich diversity of traditions practiced by the 1.5 billion Muslims across the world, Arjana provides a rigorous theoretical discussion of pilgrimage, ritual practice and the nature of sacred space in Islam. This all-encompassing survey covers issues such as time, space, tourism, virtual pilgrimages and the use of computers and smartphone apps. Book jacket" (Catalogue)
Fighting hislam : women, faith and sexism, by Susan Carland. Between the extremes often portrayed in western media, there is a group of Muslim women who have chosen to fight sexism from within, committed to this fight and their faith. "Here, Carland talks with Muslim women about how they are making a stand for their sex, while holding fast to their faith. At a time when the media trumpets scandalous revelations about life for women from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Muslim women are always spoken about and over, never with. In Fighting Hislam, that ends." (publisher's summary)
Islam evolving : radicalism, reformation, and the uneasy relationship with the secular West, by Taner Edis.
"How is Islam adapting to the rapid changes of the 21st century? Despite political unrest and terrorism, the author argues that many Muslim societies are successfully developing their own versions of modern life. In contrast to the secular liberal model that prevails in the West, Islam is demonstrating alternative ways to be modern while maintaining a distinctly Muslim worldview. Professor Edis, an American physicist with a secular viewpoint who was raised in Turkey, is uniquely qualified to evaluate the interplay of modern trends and Islamic values. He devotes separate chapters to prominent examples of what he calls Islam's "pious modernity." ... This balanced overview of Islam's relationship with the modern world will be of interest to open-minded readers in both the West and the East." (Syndetics summary)
Shi'i Islam : a beginner's guide, by Moojan Momen. "Provides readers with an accessible and insightful introduction to the Shi'i branch of Islam, from its beginnings after the death of the Prophet Muhammad through to the present day. As well as providing a historical overview, the book also introduces readers to Shi'i doctrines and practices, explains the key differences between the Shi'i and Sunni branches of Islam, and addresses the role and position of women within Shi'i communities." (drawn from publisher's description)
One Islam, many Muslim worlds : spirituality, identity, and resistance across Islamic lands, by Raymond William Baker.
Islam has emerging as a strong transnational force. What implications does this have for the West? Baker argues that this renewed vigour does not stem from official religious institutions, nor violent, marginal groups. His analysis of the Islamic world leads him to look to centrists to bring new life to Islam, and build a cohesive Islamic identity that belongs in the modern world.
Introduction to Islam with Bilal Dannoun.
Voice of Islam presents Islam through its television programs, lecture tours, DVDs and other books and publications in a correct manner as a reminder and education for Muslims, and to show non Muslims the correct manner in which we should be acting and practising our religion. (drawn from the booklet)
Sufi soul : the mystic music of Islam, Songlines MWTV for Channel 4.
For hundreds of millions of Sufi followers worldwide, music is at the heart of their tradition and a way of getting closer to God. From the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey to the qawwali music of Pakistan, Sufism has produced some of the world's most spectacular music celebrated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Dalrymple's film traces the shared roots of Christianity and Islam in the Middle East and discovers Sufism to be a peaceful, tolerant and pluralistic bastion against fundamentalism"--Container
eBooksYes - we now have a small number of e-books on Islam which are free to download and borrow.
Some titles :
- Art of Islam, by Gaston Migeon.
- Islamic Mystical poetry : Sufi Verse from the early Mystics to Rumi, by Mahmood Jamal.
- Orphan of Islam, by Alexander Khan.
Online databases & articles
Featured database :
Available through Oxford Reference Online.
- Oxford Dictionary of Islam
- Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
- Arabic sciences and philosophy : a historical journal
- Contemporary Islam
- Insights (Pakistan)
- Islam & science
- Islamic studies
- Muslim world
- One country (English ed.)
Concisely explains the basic principles of Islam, including the most widely accepted definition of jihad. This site provides an abundance of facts about Islamic history, beliefs, and various other topics through its portrayal and interviews of Muslims.
- Islam @ University of Southern California
Includes three translations of the Qur'an; introductions to and texts of the Sunnah (examples) and Hadith (sayings) of Muhammad; descriptions of the fundamentals of Islam; Islamic principles in society; and relations between Islam and other religions. Also contains an extensive glossary of Islamic terms and concepts. From the Muslim Students Association at the University of Southern California (MSA-USC).
- Islam 101
An educational site on Islam, its way of life, civilization and culture. It includes an introductory course on Islam and presents Islamic views on contemporary issues.
Created and maintained by the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project (DILP). To facilitate access to resources related to Islamic history, law, practice, and the societies of various Muslim peoples. The homepage provides a general search engine, and an option to browse the site and its materials in four different languages. For those unfamiliar with the subject, they may want to begin by perusing the materials in the "Discover Islam" section.
- Introduction to Islam
Online version of M. Cherif Bassiouini's book, the purpose of which is "to convey to a non-Muslim audience an understanding of Islam, its history, culture, and contribution to civilization." Includes maps, charts, pictures, and drawings. Relevant verses of the Qur'an (Koran) and sayings of the Prophet (Hadith) have been included where appropriate. The Arabic text of the Qur'an is also included.
A voice for Muslim women with lectures and interviews.
- NZ Muslim net
Portal for the New Zealand Muslim community with forums, chat room, library, gallery, and articles.
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