Basic books on Islam

Sayyid H. Nasr, Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization (Harper San Francisco,2003)

John L. Esposito, Islam: The Straight Path (Oxford University Press, 1988)

John L. Esposito, What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam (Oxford University Press, 2002)

Munir Shaikh, Teaching about Islam in the Public School Classroom, 3rd edition (Council on Islamic Education, 1995).

Primary Sources on Islam

Ezzeddin Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies, translators, An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith (Islamic Texts Society, 1997)

Ezzeddin Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies, translators, Forty Hadith Qudsi (Islamic Texts Society, 1997)

The Alim software or online Qur’an search engine (with translations by Yusuf Ali, Marmaduke Pickthall, Muhammad Asad, and other languages)

Historical works for overview

Richard W. Bulliet, Islam: the View from the Edge (Columbia University Press, 1994)

K.N. Chaudhuri, Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean: An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750 (Cambridge University Press, 1985)

Ross E. Dunn, Ibn Battuta: Adventures of a Fourteenth Century Traveler (University of California Press, 2005)

S. L. Douglass, World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002)

Contemporary Issues

Akbar Ahmed, After Terror: Promoting Dialogue Among Civilizations (Brian Forst, 2005)

Richard W. Bulliet, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (Columbia University Press, 2004)

Vincent Cornell, editor, Voices of Islam, Volumes 1-5 (Praeger, 2006)

John L. Esposito, Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd Lewis, World Religions Today, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Tariq Ramadan, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2004)

John O. Voll, “Islam and Democracy: Is Modernization a Barrier?” in Modernization, Democracy, and Islam. Ed. Shireen Hunter and Huma Malik. (Praeger, 2004)

World History and Geography Teaching Guides

Ross E. Dunn, The New World History: A Teacher’s Companion (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000)

Marshall G.S. Hodgson (Edmund Burke III, ed.), Rethinking World History: Essays on Europe, Islam and World History (Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Teaching About Religion in World History

Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, 2006; Islam: A Short History, 2000; Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths , 1996; The History of God, 1993

Jerry H. Bentley, Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre- Modern Times (Oxford University Press, 1993)

Charles C. Haynes & Oliver Thomas, esq., Finding Common Ground First Amendment Center, 2000) (and other resources at )

Susan Hitchcock, John L. Esposito, Desmond Tutu, National Geographic Geography of Religion (Random House, 2006)

Gerald Krell & Meyer Odze, Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Video/DVD–Auteur Productions, 2005)

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (Video -Unity Productions Foundation, 2002);(lesson plans at

Teaching Resources by the presenter in print form

Ramadan, On-My-Own Holiday Series, S. L. Douglass, Illustrated by Jeni Reeves (Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 2004)

Beyond A Thousand and One Nights: A Sampler of Literature from Muslim Civilization, S. L. Douglass, (Council on Islamic Education, 2000)

The Emergence of Renaissance: Cultural Interactions Between Europeans and Muslims, S. L. Douglass and Karima Diane Alavi (Council on Islamic Education, 1999).

Images of the Orient: Nineteenth Century European Travelers to Muslim Lands (A Unit of Study for Grades 9-12), National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA and Council on Islamic Education, 1998.

For Web Resources, see also Teacher Resource CD handout and Useful Links menu on this site for descriptions OR


The former website at the Berkley Center called Religious Perspectives Database has moved, and is now listed under “Knowledge Resources/Traditions” at