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.

Summer Reading List 2008

[1] William C. Chittick’s, Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World [re-read]. [2] The Book Of Illumination Sign Of Success on the Spiritual Path by Shaykh Ahmad Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah Al-Iskandari. [3] Jamaluldeen Abdullah Ibn Hisham al-Ansari’s, Sharh Shudhur al-Dhahab; [4] Sherman Jackson’s, On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali’s Faysal L Tafriqa; [5] Seyyed Nasr’s, Science and Civilization in Islam; [6] Awdhah al-Masalik ila Alfiyat Ibn Malik Ibn Hisham al-Ansari; [7] Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s, Knowledge and the Sacred [re-read]; [8] Mystical Dimensions of Islam by Annemarie Schimmel; [9] A History of Islamic Legal Theories An Introduction to Sunni Usul Al-Fiqh, by Wael B. Hallaq; [10] also by Wael B. Hallaq, The Origins And Evolution Of Islamic Law; [11] Sufi Essays from Seyyed Hossein Nasr; [12] The Sacred Foundations of Justice in Islam The Teachings of Ali Ibn Abi Talib by Reza Shah Kazemi, M Ali Lakhani, and Leonard Lewisohn; [13] The Art of Reciting the Qur’an by Kristina Nelson; [14] Muhtar Holland’s Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship – Al Ghazali; [15] The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr edited by William C. Chittick; [16] Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore’s Ramadan Sonnets/Poems; [17] Al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism; [18] Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God from Al-Wabil Al-Sayyib Min Al-Kalim Al-Tayyib Muhammad Ibn Abi Bakr Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyah; [19] Al-Ghazali’s Letter to a Disciple (Ghazali Series) Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali [re-read]; [20] Mulla Sadra’s The Elixir of the Gnostics Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Sadr Al-Din Shirazi; [21] Ebrahim Moosa’s Ghazali And The Poetics Of Imagination [continuation]; [22] The Self-Disclosure of God Principles of Ibn Al-‘Arabi’s Cosmology from William Chittick; [23] also from Chittick, Fakhruddin Iraqi Divine Flashes; [24] Hadith study: Sunan Abu Dawud; [25] Ira M. Lapidus’ A History of Islamic Societies [continuation]; [26] Ibn Ishaq’s al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah; [27] The Sufi Path of Knowledge by William Chittick; [28] The Practice of Everyday Life by Michel De Certeau; [29] After the Death of God by John D Caputo and Gianni Vattimo; [30] Tommie Shelby’s We Who Are Dark; [31] The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization by Richard W. Bulliet; [32] Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ uluwm al-Deen [Arabic version]; [33] The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman; [34] al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating Book XI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, translation by Denys Johnson-Davies; [35] David C. Lindberg and his The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450; [36] al-Ghazali’s On Disciplining the Soul and on Breaking the Two Desires Books Xxii and Xxiii of the Revival of the Religious Sciences Nakamura; [37] White by Richard Dyer [continuation]; [38] Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union With the Almighty Al-Munqidh Min Al-Dalal by al-Ghazali; [39] Martin Lings’s Muhammad His Life Based on the Earliest Sources [continuation]; [40] Hadith Qudsi; [41] The Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic by Nariman Naili Al Warraki and Ahmed Taher Hassanein [review].

And while this may seem a bit ambitious, I will do my best to wade through this impressive stack this summer. I am going to try to adhere to the order as much as possible.

Summer Reading List 2007

[1] Sherman “Abd al-Hakim” Jackson’s, Islam and the Blackamerican [re-read]. [2] Planning a review of Irshad Manji’s, [the lesbian Muslim woman] The Trouble With Islam Today. [3] Olivier Roy’s, The Failure of Political Islam; [4] Hamza Yusuf’s, Purification of the Heart; [5] Michael A. Gomez’s, Black Crescent; [6] Ira M. Lapidus’, A History of Islamic Societies; [7] Frantz Fanon’s, The Wretched of the Earth [re-read]; [8] Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination by Ebrahim Moosa; [9] Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square, ed. Bukhari, Nyang, Ahmad, and Esposito; [10] al-Ghazali’s, Ayyuha’l-Walad [Letter To a Disciple]; and finally [wew!] , [11] the Sidney Poitier and [12] Miles Davis memoirs, too. Needless to say, with a reading list like this, it’s obvious I’m not married!