I am a British expat living in Doha since 2008 and recently went looking for a few books on Islamic culture and a history of the Middle East countries. I came across a few interesting titles that stood out…
1) The book Learning about Islam for Kids covers topics such as…
In the Beginning
Allah’s Best Friend
Belief in the Prophets
How the Quran Came to Us
The Handwriting of the Quran
The Prayer to Allah, the Merciful
Let’s Make a Visit to the Mosque
The Holy Kabah
What is a Muslim Prayer Like?
I bought it from as an introduction for my daughter of 10 years age. The website allowed me to place an order easily enough and they delivered to me in 3 days.
Just visit this link and get the Islamic books for your kids
2) Ibn Battuta – Makers of Islamic Civilization
Ibn Battuta was famous in his own lifetime during the 14th Century as the greatest traveller of the age. He traversed the whole Islamic world (from his native Tangier to China), and crossed over its boundaries in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He was variously attacked by pirates, shipwrecked, marooned and kidnapped. His observations on political power, and on legal, commercial and cultural practices in the numerous places that he visited. Give his Travels an enduring fascination. This narrative of high adventure rivals, or even surpasses the explorations of Battuta’s near contemporary, Marco Polo. Told with humour, irony and pathos, his travelogue is filled with marvels which blend idealism with reality. L P Harvey reviews Ibn Battuta’s journeys and discusses the major themes of the Travels. He examines the financing of Ibn Battuta’s adventures; how geography and natural history are presented by him; how the Travels engage with issues of race and gender; and the religious milieu through which Ibn Battuta moved.
This is actually a very intriguing Religious book and an entertaining account of the travels of Ibn Battuta. The depth of the subject was impressive, covering both geography and historical accounts.
About the Author
L P Harvey was formerly Cervantes Professor of Spanish at King’s College London and is now a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed Islamic Spain: 1250 to 1500 and Muslims in Spain: 1500 to 1614.
Just visit this link and get the Ibn-Battuta (Makers of Islamic civilization)
3) Art of Islam (Illustrated)
Explains the inspiration and methodology behind the creation of masterpieces such as the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Alhambra in Granada, motives of the Muslim ceramics. Lively and coloured, Islamic art mirrors the richness of these people whose common denominator was the belief in one singular truth: the absolute necessity of creating works whose beauty equaled their respect for God.
About the Author
Gustave Le Bon was a French doctor and sociologist. After extensive travels in Africa and Asia, he published books on anthropology and archeology, laying the foundation for his masterpieces The First Civilisations of Orient and the Arabic Civilisation. For Art of Islam, Gustave Le Bon collaborated with Elliott Flemming license.
Just visit this link and get the Art of Islamic (Temporis collection) [Illustrated]