Reading List for Islamic Theology, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Gender, and Other Topics

The following list was provided to us by our dear friend, Shaykh Omar Qureshi, after my request for a list of suggested readings for students of theology interesting in furthering their understanding of Atheism and Evolution.

Reading list for Islamic Theology, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Gender, and other topics.

Bayḍāwī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻUmar. translated by Edwin Elliott Calverley, James W. Pollock, and 2002. Nature, man and God in medieval Islam ʻAbd Allah Baydawi’s text, Tawaliʻ al-anwar min mataliʻ al-anzar, along with Mahmud Isfahani’s commentary, Mataliʻ al-anzar, sharh Tawaliʻ al-anwar. Leiden: Brill.

Behe, Michael J. 1996. Darwin’s black box: the biochemical challenge to evolution. New York: Free Press.

Blankinship, Khalid. “The early creed.” The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. Ed. Tim Winter. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cambridge Collections Online. Cambridge University Press.

Brown, Jihad. The Problem of Reductionism in the Philosophy of Mind and its Implications for Theism and the Principle of Soul: Framing the issue for further. Available:

Craig, William Lane. 1979. The kalām cosmological argument. New York: Barnes & Noble Books.

Craig, William Lane, and James Porter Moreland. 2002. Naturalism: a critical analysis. London: Routledge.

Dembski, William A. 1999. Intelligent design: the bridge between science & theology. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press.

Denton, Michael. 1998. Nature’s destiny: how the laws of biology reveal purpose in the universe. New York: Free Press.

al-Ghazzālī, translated by ʻAbd-al-Laṭīf at- Tibāwī. 1965. Al-Ghazālī’s tract on dogmatic theology. London: Luzac.

al-Ghazzālī, translated by Aladdin Mahmūd Yaqūb. 2013. Al-Ghazali’s Moderation in belief: al-Iqtiṣād fī al-iʻtiqād. The University of Chicago Press.

Al-Ghazali, translated by David B. Burrell and Nazih Daher. The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God, al-Maqsad al-asna fi sharh asma’ Allah al-husna. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1992.

Girgis, Sherif, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George. 2012. What is marriage? man and woman: a defense. New York: Encounter Books.

Groff, Ruth. 2013. Ontology revisited: metaphysics in social and political philosophy. New York: Routledge.

Haleem, M. A. S. Abdel. “Qur’an and hadith.” The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. Ed. Tim Winter. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cambridge Collections Online. Cambridge University Press.

Haught, John F. 2006. Is nature enough?: meaning and truth in the age of science. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Hazara Society for Science Religion Dialogue. Mansehra, Pakistan.

Jalajel, David Solomon. 2009. Islam and biological evolution: exploring classical sources and methodologies. Bellville: University of the Western Cape.

Keough, Gary. 2014. Reading Richard Dawkins a Theological Dialogue with New Atheism. Lanham: Fortress Press.

Mustafa. Ceric, Roots of Synthetic Theology in Islam: A Study of the Theology of Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC 1995).

McGrath, Alister E., and Joanna Collicutt McGrath. 2007. The Dawkins delusion: atheist fundamentalism and the denial of the divine. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press.

Moreland, James Porter. 2008. Consciousness and the existence of God: a theistic argument. New York: Routledge.

Muller, Jeremy Z. Coming Out Ahead: The Homosexual Moment in the Academy. 1993 First Things 35 (August/September 1993): 17-24. Available at

Murata, Sachiko. ‘Masculine-Feminine Complementarity in the Spiritual Psychology of Islam’ The Islamic Quarterly, 33 (1989), 165-87.

Murata, Sachiko. 1992. The Tao of Islam: a sourcebook on gender relationships in Islamic thought. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Nicholi, Armand M. 2002. The question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud debate God, love, sex, and the meaning of life. New York: Free Press.

Reilly, Robert R. 2014. Making gay okay: how rationalizing homosexual behavior is changing everything. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

Shihadeh, Ayman (2008) ‘The Existence of God.’ In: Winter, T., (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 197-217.

Wells, Jonathan. 2000. Icons of evolution: science or myth?: why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong. Washington, DC: Regnery Pub.

Ziadat, Adel A. 1986. Western science in the Arab world: the impact of Darwinism, 1860-1930. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

5 thoughts on “Reading List for Islamic Theology, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Gender, and Other Topics

  1. Salam,

    Jzk a very good list mashaAllah. If I could supplement the list with the following recommendations:

    [1] Evolution and ID movement:

    William Dembski, Debating Design: From Darwin

    William A. Dembski, The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities 

    Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis

    Stephen C. Meyer, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

    Stephen C. Meyer, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

    Jonathan Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism And Intelligent Design

    [2] Theology and Philosophy

    Imam Al-Haramayn Al-Juywani, A Guide to Conclusive Proofs for the Principles of Belief: Kitab Al-Irshad Ila Qawati Al-Adilla Fi Usul Ati Tiqad (Great Books of Islamic Civilization) translation by Paul E. Walker

    Ulrich Rudolph, Al-Maturidi and the Development of Sunn Theology in Samarqand (Islamic History and Civilization) translated by Rodrigo Adem

    Jon Hoover, Ibn Taymiyya’s Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science)

    Eric Linn Ormsby, Theodicy in Islamic Thought: The Dispute Over Al-Ghazali’s Best of All Possible Worlds (Princeton Legacy Library)

    Earl Edgar Elder, A Commentary On The Creed Of Islam (Aqaid an Nasafi with Taftazani)

  2. Assalam Alaykum
    JazakAllah Khayr. Is there any suggestion as to where specifically one should start. Perhaps a list that orders the books from beginner, intermediate, to advance.

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