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Recommended history books

Discussion in 'Islam DIR' started by Dingbat, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Dingbat

    Dingbat Avatar of Brittania

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    I am wondering if anyone has some books especially on the First Four Caliphs and especially any books that deal specifically with the Sunni-Shia split. Various different perspectives are quite welcome and would be extremely helpful. Well that is just my inner-historian speaking but any suggestions on the topics would be an excellent help.:D
     
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    Rational_Mind Ahmadi Muslim

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    http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Khilafat-e-Rashida.pdf

    Here is one, I will try to find others. I myself am interested in a good book on this topic.

    http://www.alislam.org/library/khilafat/Hadhrat Omer.pdf
     
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    Thanks for the link. I have become quite interested in this period of history but really haven't found anything solid to read yet. Either it is extremely pro-Sunni or pro-Shia and there is nothing wrong with that but I feel that sometimes the bias colors it. I figure if there isn't a very objective book on the situation I could read a pro-Sunni book and a pro-Shia book and see if I can come to any conclusions. Unfortunately history and splits like this with so much blood between the two makes it hard to be objective for many.
     
  4. FearGod

    FearGod Freedom Of Mind

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    Hi Brother Dingbat,

    Hope this book will be helpful
    The Caliph and the Heretic: Ibn Saba? and the Origins of Sh??ism - Sean Anthony -
     
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  6. Shia Islam

    Shia Islam Quran and Ahlul-Bayt a.s.
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    Thanks for this question...
    Will come back to it soon, insha'allah
     
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    I look forward to your response.:D
     
  8. Gharib

    Gharib I want Khilafah back

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    Hi Dingbat.

    I am officially supposed to be away and not posting, however, I'd like to help you out.

    If you want to buy actual books on this matter (the time period of the Rightly Guided Khalifa's) then I suggest to you the books of Dr Ali Muhammad As Sallabi.

    You can find his books in the Darussalam website at: Dar-us-Salam.com - Product Search

    You can buy the 4 books of the Khulafa. They mention the division. The Sunni's were in favour of Abu Bakr radiallahu anhu being the leader as the Prophet gave him authority to lead the people in prayer before his death among other things, while the Shia believe that those of his household have more authority than anyone else and at times infallibility is attributed to those of the household of the Prophet, which Sunni's reject as no one other than the Prophets were infallible with the permission of Allah.

    If you do not wish to buy books, roughly the same material is available on audio/video recordings in the Kalamullah website at: Kalamullah.Com | In The Shade of The Qur'an The brother who goes through the lives is Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, may Allah be pleased with him and accept his martyrdom.

    If you prefer the latter, send me a PM and I will get the direct links for you Insha Allah.
     
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    Thank you for the recommendations Brother. I will definitely have to pick up these books for study. I have quite fallen in love with Islamic history as it is a very fascinating history.
     
  10. Shia Islam

    Shia Islam Quran and Ahlul-Bayt a.s.
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    sorry for being late fulfilling my promise to reply to your post...

    I have recently finished writing an article related to your question. I will publish it fully in the future, Allah willing (insha'allah).

    bellow is a paragraph from that article, that I wish you will find suitable. I will inform you once the article is fully published, insha'allah. I must say that i don't know when I will publish it...It may takes time :)

    Here is the quoted paragraph:



    For Shia Islamic sources, the following site is very rich:
    Al-Islam.org by the Ahlul Bayt DILP - Home
     
  11. Matemkar

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    Salam.. MashaAllah..
    Did you study the biography of Prophet Muhammad well? :)
    Anyway, I want to suggest a few books on history of islam especially on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp) and the history later, from both shia and sunni muslim historians and non-muslims as well..

    The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton (Agnostic Writer as she desribes herself)
    After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split by Lesley Hazleton
    The Message by Ja'far Subhani (Shia Muslim Writer)
    Seal of the Prophets and His Message by Mujtaba Musavi Lari (Shia Muslim Writer)
    Mohammad; Man of Allah by Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Shia Muslim Writer)
    Polarization Around the Character of Ali ibn Abi Talib by Murtada Mutahhari (Shia Muslim Writer)
    Hussain, the Savior of Islam by Mir Ahmed Ali (Shia Muslim Writer)
    The Visage of Prophet Mohammad by Dr Ali Shariati (Shia Muslim Writer)
    History of Islam by Mahdi Pishvai (Shia Muslim Writer)
    Fiqh al Sirah - Muhammad Sa'id Ramadan Al-Bouti (Sunni Muslim Writer)
    History of Islam by Mustafa Asım K√∂ksal (Sunni Muslim Writer)
    Biorgaphies of Khulafah Rashidin by Syed Qotb (Sunni Muslim Writer)

    the first two and the last three is a bit against shia islamic history.. but, I like them anyway.. I have many more but these are good as a start :) none of these are extreme in any way.. so, they might introduce the Last Prophet of Islam (pbuh&hp) and also his succession better.. There are sites you can get them as hard copy or if you like reading online books or would like to print some, I have most of them as e-books and I can share.. Please let me know.. thanks.. ma salam
     
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