Islamic studies


Hayy ibn Yaqzan, by Ibn Tufayl

A book I like to teach

The 12th-century Muslim mystic Ibn Tufayl relates the story of a spontaneously generated child raised by a gazelle on a desert island, and the process by which he attains union with God through the naturally acquired art of mystic contemplation.


The Oxford History of Islam, edited by John L. Esposito

If you're looking for a scholarly one-volume history of Islam that is comprehensive, richly illustrated and designed to be readable, this is one of the best.