What are the best books about Islam and Muslims?

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    #1Does My Head Look Big In This?

    Does My Head Look Big In This?
    Does My Head Look Big In This? is a book by Randa Abdel-Fattah that tells the story of Amal, a young girl who decided to embrace her faith despite all the judgments from the people around her. 

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    Marilyn Rice
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "My neighbor wanted her daughter to learn more about her Islamic culture growing up in the USA. She bought her the book, Does My Head Look Big In This written beautifully by Randa Abdel-Fattah. It's a great book for children to comprehend the intricacies of their own faith and religion."
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    #2Guarding the Tongue (Golden Advice Series)

    Guarding the Tongue (Golden Advice Series)
    Guarding the Tongue is a book by Darussalam Publishers that explains how the words that come out from our mouth will give praise or shame to Allah. This book highlights the sin done by the tongue. 

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    Jonathan Reed
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Guarding the Tongue is one of the better if not best books about Islam and Muslims and gives readers a glimpse into the lives of those two cultures."
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    #3200 Golden Hadiths

    200 Golden Hadiths

    200 Golden Hadith is a book by Abdul Malik Mujahid. It is a combined collection of 200 short sating by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.


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    Diane Powell
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I wanted to learn more about Islam. The 200 Golden Hadiths is a very informative objective book."
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    #4Do Not Become Angry

    Do Not Become Angry

    Do Not Become Angry is a book by Darussalam Publishers that gives instructions on how to be calm. With the help of Allah's words, the cure to angry emotions will be found. 


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    John Hernandez
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "Since reading and meditating on this book, I've been able to get a handle on some of the anger issues I've been having. It provides authoritative advice on how to control these destructive feelings -- the author has tied his writings to the sayings and teachings of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)."
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    #5Be Patient & Paradise Will Be Yours

    Be Patient & Paradise Will Be Yours

    Be Patient & Paradise Will Be Yours is a book by Darussalam Publishers that gives advice on how the success can be achieved through patience, faith, and hard work. The sadi success is applicable both here and in the afterlife. 


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    Jorge Torres
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "With all the negativity portrayed by the media about Islam and the Muslim faith, it's nice to see a different narrative about what the Islamic faith believes in. Be Patient & Paradise Will Be Yours does a good job of showing the ideology and belief system that many Muslims subscribe to."
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    #6Scientific Miracles in The Oceans and Animals

    Scientific Miracles in The Oceans and Animals
    Scientific Miracles in The Oceans and Animals is a book written by Yusuf Al Hajj Ahmad. It was published Darussalam in 2013. It is about the importance of Qu'ran in the evolution of life in the water.

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    John Day
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Scientific Miracles in the Oceans and Animals is a look at life and nature from a religious point of view. It speaks about the importance of the Qur'an in the evolution of aquatic life. I found it to be an interesting take on nature far different than any I have ever read before."
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    #7Holy Makkah: Brief History, Geography & Hajj Guide

    Holy Makkah: Brief History, Geography & Hajj Guide
    Holy Makkah is a book by Shaikh Safiur and Rahman Mubarakpuri that elaborates the different aspects of Makkah. Black stone and  Zamzam Well are the other two topics related to Makkah that is mentioned. 

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    Patrick Gray
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Although this could turn out to be an interesting book. The title does not draw me in. I have never hear of this city before so it doesn't spark my interest."
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    #8The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zen Living
    This book has lots of ideas even idiots will be able to understand, so they can incorporate a Zen outlook in their lives. With these book's hints, ideas and exercises, everyone will be able to achieve their own enlightenment. 


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    John Castillo
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This book was better than I expected, as an introduction to Zen and similar ideas. Still, it has nothing to do with Islam and if you're looking for information on the Muslim religion, you should go elsewhere."
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    #9The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

    This book has everything you need to know about the world's oldest religion: its history, customs and beliefs are fully covered, and you will be able to read amazing stories from the Hindu history and literature. 


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    David Romero
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "A great starting point for anyone interested in learning about Hinduism and Hindu culture/history. A little slow at the beginning but it does pick up and has an absolute wealth of information. I highly recommend."
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    #10The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam

    Commonly misunderstood, Islam religion is one of the most controversial out there. This book has everything those who want to know more about one of the oldest religions need, including sections about Islam's true views on terrorism and women.


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    Theresa Baker
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam, despite the rather offensive title, is really one of the best books about Islam and Muslims. I really learned a lot from this book that I was too embarrassed to learn about openly. I now have a deeper understanding for these people that really aren't so different from myself and my family and friends."
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    Pinjar is a book written by a poet and novelist Amrita Pritam. It is about a runaway Hindu girl after an abduction of a Muslim man Rashid and first published in 1950.


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    Raúl González
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Not really about muslims and islam, but more about a story that includes muslims. This is a good story, but doesnt pertain to the search topic that much, only in a vague way."
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    Riyad-us-Saliheen is a two-volume study on the history of Islam and its effect on some parts of the world. It was written by Imam Al-Nawawi and was translated by Dr. Muhammad Amin and Abu Usamah Al-Arabi.


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    Amy Henry
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I read this book and it is slanted towards Islam and Muslims. I think it is understandable an a good reference book for those of that faith. Myself being atheist would never really get through the book so I would guess it is a good fit for others. Seemed well written and clear. "
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    #13The Valley Came Alive

    The Valley Came Alive
    The Valley Came Alive is an Islamic classic written by the scholar Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah. It was translated by Darussalam. It is a biography of the life of the Islam prophet and icon, Muhammad.

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    Eugene Jensen
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "It looks like this is one of the more popular books when it comes to muslim history"
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    #14Winning the Hearts & Souls

    Winning the Hearts & Souls
    Winning the Hearts & Souls is a biography of the prophet Muhammad written by Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah, one of the most credible sources in Islam history. It is translated by Darussalam Publishing.

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    Nicholas Myers
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is another religious text written from the perspective of those who are converts. It is not an independent analysis of the man behind the beginning of this religion."
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    Minaret is the second novel by Sudanese author Aboulela. This is a non-fiction novel about a Sudanese woman and the trials she and family experiences in the face of the Second Sudanese Civil War.

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    Marie Douglas
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "There aren't many books that showcase Islam that people are aware of. Minaret is a non fiction approach to a war that isn't talked about."
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    #16Girls of Riyadh

    Girls of Riyadh

    Rajah Abudullah Asanea's Girls of Riyadh is a controversial novel that recounts the lives of four college-aged women and their stories about the relationship between men and women in Riyadh. The novel was published by The Fig tree on July 5th, 2007.


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    Jeffrey Fox
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a very interesting story about a young woman growing up in a very suppressible society of Saudi Arabia. This is a very powerful book giving those living in a free world, an eye through the looking glass into this kind of culture and how lucky other countries really have it when it comes to personal freedoms. "
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    #17Destiny Disrupted

    Destiny Disrupted

    Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes is a history book written by renowned Arab author Tamim Ansary. It was released in 2009. It is an analysis of events through the eyes of a Muslim.


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    David Caballero
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Destiny Disrupted is an interesting, but flawed look at the Muslim perspective. Tamim Ansary understands his audience and his topic for sure, but in many places it felt somewhat whitewashed. It expressly describes the actions of Islamic fundamentalists as being an 'other,' and in my opinion fails to truly express how Islamic ideals and sacred pronouncements legitimize these acts. For that reason, its perspective is incomplete."
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    #18The Alchemy of Happiness

    The Alchemy of Happiness

    The Alchemy of Happiness is a guidebook authored by Al Ghazzali. It was published in Kindle form in 2016. It is about how Muslims can look for happiness while following Islamic law.


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    Vishal Sen
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Interesting book to read."
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    #19A Year in Marrakesh

    A Year in Marrakesh

    A Year in Marrakesh is a memoir written by English traveler Peter Mayne. It was re-released in 2003. It is about a Westerner trying to fit into the vibrant and colorful Moroccan world in Marrakesh.


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    Julia Stewart
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a decent book. Has alot of information that I didnt know about, did a decent job of deeping me interest"
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    #20The Hijabi Club

    The Hijabi Club

    The Hijabi Club is a young adult novel by Shaylene Haswaréy about experiencing typical teenager activities as a young, Muslim American. The novel was published by Waste Land Pres on October 31st, 2011. 


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    Rose Douglas
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Josephine and Yasmeen are Muslim American girls living in Orange County, California. Josephine is co-founder of the Interfaith Club at her school. She is an outgoing teenager who loves hosting slumber parties with her friends, working on community service projects, coming up with fun ideas, and trying to live the way God wants her to live. A Caucasian American, Josephine lives with her single mom. Yasmeen is Arab American and the oldest of five children. She wants to live the teenage dream before she graduates from high school. She does not agree with how her family has raised her, and thinks it is unfair that she doesn't get to experience the freedom other kids her age enjoy. She can't wait to graduate and move away from home. Her goal is to become a cosmetologist. This delightful novel is filled with fun, happiness and heartaches, trials and turmoil, and important life lessons that Josephine, Yasmeen, and their friends experience throughout their teenage years. Josephine and Yasmeen come from distinctly different backgrounds, but they join their girlfriends every Friday night for great times in The Hijabi Club!"
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    #21Standing Alone in Mecca

    Standing Alone in Mecca

    Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam is a non-fiction religious biography book written by Asra Q. Nomani. It is published in 2005 by HarperOne. 


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    Joseph Stewart
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book provides an interesting look into the life of Muslims trying to fit their religion into the contemporary world. It was a great look into how many Muslim women are treated by their own community abroad and in America. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn about what our Muslim neighbors face. It was a fantastic look into their culture."
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    #22Allah, Liberty and Love

    Allah, Liberty and Love

    Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom is a non-fiction Islamic feminist book written by Irshad Manji. It is first published in 2011 by Atria Books. 


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    Agustín de la Rosa
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I'm Muslim and was looking for a book to reconcile my faith. Allah, Liberty and Love did just that. It is a very thought-provoking book."
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    #23Ask Me No Questions

    Ask Me No Questions
    Ask Me No Questions is a book by Marina Budhos that tells the story of Nadira. She and her family are illegal immigrants from Canada. They are hiding from the police but after the 9/11 attack, their lives are at stake.

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    Jeffrey Newman
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This looks like a good book about current issues muslims face in america; being hated and feared just because of the religion of your parents when you were born. I don't know if this fits with the current selected topic, though, since I would assume someone looking for books about muslims and islam, are looking for books about the religion, and not current treatment towards the people."
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    #24The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.

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    Roberto Godínez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A classic coming of age story, but I'm not sure if this would be one of the best books on the subject, A great comic, and sort of predictable read. Nice to see a child coming of age in a different culture however."
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    Muhammad: Man and Prophet is a historical biography book by Adil Salahi. This version is a revised edition from the Islamic Foundation. It is designed to introduce Muhammad to non-Muslims.


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    Paul Lucas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I view this solution as an okay option based on it's very good Amazon rating of 4.7 stars and seemingly credible author. This book seems to focus on the prophet Muhammad, who is obviously a core part of Islam, but based on the topic I could see a book focused on the broader picture of Islam as a whole being a better solution. Also it doesn't seem like this book mentions modern followers of Islam, or Muslims, therefore overlooking the second part of the topic."
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    #26My Feudal Lord

    My Feudal Lord

    Tehminna Durrani's My Feudal Lord is a novel that aims to expose the exceptionally difficult role of women in the Muslim society. The novel was published in 1995 by Corgi.


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    Anthony Douglas
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "My Feudal Lord is one of the best books about Islam and Muslims. It talks a lot about Muslim women and their roles in society. It is very interesting and is still worth reading even though it was published over 20 years ago now. Pick it up if you have the chance."
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    #27The First Muslim

    The First Muslim

    The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad is a historical biography written by Lesley Hazleton. It was released in 2013. It is about the relatively unknown life of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad.


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    Aaryan Subramanium
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "As far as historical biographies go, this one takes the cake. A muslim friend recommended it to me. I haven't been able to put it down yet. The fictionalized bits make it incredibly interesting."
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    #28Stories of the Prophets

    Stories of the Prophets
    Stories of the Prophets is a historically researched book written by Hafiz Ibn Kathir as part of the classic works of the Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah. It is a narration of the lives of the Prophets of Islam.

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    Mark Evans
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I wanted to learn more about Islam so I found the book called Stories of the Prophets. This book has helped me so much in learning about Islam"

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