Summer Reading List 2013

I was asked by several folks at the 2013 APRetreat what I have been and would be reading. These are the books I hope to read over the summer:

[1] Carolyn Steel’s, Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives. [2] The Shallows by Nicholas Carr; [3] John Dewey’s, Art As Experience; [4] John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music by Leonard Brown; [5] The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord; [6] John Abramson’s, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine; [7] Technopoly, by Neil Postman; [8] Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman; [9] Living in the Labyrinth of Technology, by Willem H. Vanderburg; [10] Elizabeth Abbott’s, Sugar; [11] Driven To Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey; [12] The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen; [13] al-Ittiqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an by al-Suyuti; [14] Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, edited by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman.


Summer Reading List 2012

These are the books I hope to read over the summer:

[1] Imam al-Shatibi’s, al-Muwaffaqat. [2] Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community by Wendell Berry; [3] Ziauddin Sardar’s, Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures; [4] The Illusions of Postmodernism by Terry Eagleton; [5] Intisar al-Faqir al-Salik l’Tarjih Madh’hab l’Imam Malik by Shams al-Din Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Ra’i al-Andalusi; [6] Michel Foucault’s, The Archaeology of Knowledge; [7] Technopoly, by Neil Postman; [8] After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre; [9] Living in the Labyrinth of Technology, by Willem H. Vanderburg; [10] Sherman Jackson’s, Sufism for Non-Sufis?; [11] The Biography of Ibn al-Qayyim by Salahud-Din ‘Ali Abdul-Mawjud trans. by Abdul-Rafi Adewale Imam; [12] John Coltrane and BlackAmerica’s Quest For Freedom by Leonard Brown; [13] The Richness of Life: The Essential by Stephen Jay Gould ; [14] Abu Fatih ‘Uthman Ibn Jinni’s al-Khasa’is; [15] Alex Carberry’s Know Yourself; [16] Qur’an, Liberation & Pluralism by Farid Esack; [17] The Theft of Nations: Returning to Gold by Ahamed Kameel Mydin Meera; [18] Nur al-Din Muhammadi’s Riwayah Warsh min Tariq Abi Ya’qub al-Azraq; [19] The Devil’s Delusion by David Berlinski; [20] Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, edited by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman.


Winter Reading List 2012

These are the books I hope to read over winter 2012.

[1] Geoffrey Canada’s, Fist Stick Knife Gun. Adapted by Jamar Nicholas; [2] They Live! by Jonathan Lethem; [3] Garret Keizer’s, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want; [4] Duties of an Imam by ‘Abdur Rahman Shad. Revised by ‘Abdul Hamid Siddiqui;  [5] Sacred Space by Douglas E. Cowan; [6] ‘Abd al-Hadi al-Jarjani’s, Kitab al-Miftah fi al-Sarf; [7] An Introduction to the Phenomenology of Religion, by James L. Cox; [8] Mukhtasar al-Sarf by ‘Abd al-Hadi al-Fadayli; [9] Science Fiction Cinema, by Christine Cornea; [10] Raji al-Asmar’s, al-Mujma’ al-Mufassil fi ‘Ilm al-Sarf; [11] A Guide to the Phenomenology of Religion by James L. Cox; [12] John Coltrane and BlackAmerica’s Quest For Freedom by Leonard Brown;  [13] Ibn Taymiyya and His Times by Yossef Rapoport and Shahab Ahmed ; [14] Abu Fatih ‘Uthman Ibn Jinni’s al-Khasa’is; [15] Ahsan Zaqur’s Fiqh al-‘Ibadat wa  Adillah ‘ala Madh’hab al-Saddah al-Malikiyyah; [16] The Archaeology of Knowledge by Michel Foucault; [17] al-Tamhid fi ‘Ilm al-Tajwid by Shams al-Din Abi al-Khayr Muhammad Ibn al-Jazari; [18] Abu ‘Umar Hafs Ibn ‘Umar al-Duri’s al-Qira’at al-Waridah fi al-Sunnah. Edited by Ahmad ‘Isa al-Ma’srawi; [19] ‘Ilm al-Qira’at. Ed. Nur al-Din Muhammadi; [20] al-Mustaw’ib al-Jami’ l’Riwayah Qalun ‘an al-Imam Nafi’ by Nur al-Din Muhammadi; [21] On the Bounds of Theological Tolerance in Islam by Sherman Jackson; [22] Black Mecca, by Zain Abdullah; [23] Sherman Jackson’s, Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering.

Fall Reading List 2010

[1] Aijaz Ahmad’s, In Theory. [2] The Origins of Islamic Law by Yasin Dutton. [3] Shibli Numani’s, Umar; [4] Nizar Rabbani’s, Arabian Love Poems; [5] The Need For A Sacred Science by Seyyed Hossein Nasr; [6] Salman Rushdie’s, Satanic Verses; [7] Creating East and West, by Nancy Bisaha; [8] Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust edited by Richard C. Foltz, Frederick M. Denny, and Azizan Baharuddin; [9] Original Islam, by Yasin Dutton; [10] Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s, Islam and the Plight of Modern Man; [11] Muhammad Messenger of Allah [ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad] trans. Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley; [12] Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English by Amin Malak;  [13] Islam and Early Modern English Literature: The Politics of Romance From Spenser to Milton by Benedict S. Robinson; [14] Gary Rivlin’s Broke; [15] Vladimir Nabokov’s The Annotated Lolita; [16] The Lover by Marguerite Duras; [17] The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass; [18] Marguerite Duras’s The Lover; [19] W. G. Sebald’s The Emigrants; [20] Tea in the Harem by Mehdi Charef; [21] My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid; [22] A Distant Star by Roberto Bolano; [23] Javier Marias’ Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me; [24] Herta Muller’s The Appointment; and [25] Jose Saramago’s Death with Interruptions.

Winter Reading List

Here’s another dose of reading material I will be covering over the next three to four months. A mix of academically required and personal. It all mixes together in the end some how.

[1] Luhmann, Niklas. A Socialogical Theory of Law. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. [2] White, Harrison C. White, Cynthia A. Canvases and Careers: Institutional Change in the French Painting World. Chicago: Chicago University Press. Miller, Hugh T. Postmodern Public Policy. Albany: State University of New York Press. [3] Reich, Robert B. I’ll Be Short. Boston: Beacon Press. [4] Makin, Amir. A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice. Arlington: AIC Publications. {review pending} [5] Dolgon, Corey. The End of the Hamptons: Scenes From the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise. New York: New York University Press. [6] Bellah, Robert N., ed. Tipton, Steven M., ed. The Robert Bellah Reader. Durham: Duke University Press. [7] The Sociology Writing Group. A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers. New York: Saint Martin’s Press. [8] Evans, Nicholas M. Writing Jazz: Race, Nationalism, and Modern Culture in the 1920’s. New York: Garland Publishing Inc. [9] Anderson, Iain. This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [10] Griffin, Farah Jasmine. Washington, Salim. Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever. New York: Saint Martin’s Press. [11] Porter, Eric C. What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians As Artists, Critics, and Activists. Berkeley: University of California Press, Ltd. [12] Kahn, Ashley. The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. London: Granta Books. [13] Costa, C. D. N., ed. Seneca: Dialogues and Letters. Trans. C. D. N. Costa. London: Penguin Books. [14] Goffman, Erving. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books. [15] Campell, Robin ed. Seneca: Letters From a Stoic. Trans. Robin Campbell. London: Penguin Books. [16] Wolff, Janet. The Social Reproduction of Art. New York: New York University Press. [17] Dick, Philip K. The Philip K. Dick Reader. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. [18] Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. [19] Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Knowledge and the Sacred. Albany: State University of New York Press. {con’t} [20] Hewitt, John P. Self and Society: A Symbolic Interactionist Social Psychology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc. [21] Mast, Robert M., ed. Detroit Lives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. [22] Naeem, Zarinah El-Amin. Jihad of the Soul. Kalamazoo: The Niyah Company. {review pending} [23] Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Sufi Essays. Chicago: KAZI Publications. [24] Postman, Neil. Building a Bridge To the Past: How the Past Can Improve Our Future. New York: Vintage Books. [25] al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid Muhammad. On Disciplining the Soul: Kitab Riyadat al-Nafs & Breaking the Two Desires: Kitab Kasr al-Shahwatayn, Books XXII and XXIII of The Revival of the Religious Sciences Ihya; ‘ulum al-din. Trans. T. J. Winter. Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society. [26] Izutsu, Toshihiko. “Mysticism and the Linguistic Problem of Equivocation in the Thought of ‘Ayn Al-Qu??t Hamad?n?.” Studia Islamica 31 (1970): 153-170.


[26] Husayni Tihrani, Muhammad Husayn. Kernel of the Kernel: Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect [Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubb Dar Sayr Wa Suluk-i Ulu’l Albab], A Shi’i Approach To Sufism. Albany State University of New York Press. [27] Izutsu, Toshihiko. Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur’an. Montreal: McGill University Press. [28] Ashtiyani, Sayyid Jalal al-Din, ed. Matsubara, Hideichi, ed. Iwami, Takashi, ed. Matsumoto, Akiro, ed. Consciousness and Reality: Studies in Memory of Toshihiko Izutsu. Leiden: Brill. [29] Izutsu, Toshihiko. God and Man in the Koran. Tokyo: The Keio Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies.