The following list was produced by Dr. Shoaib Rasheed on his blog, The Silent Admirer. I have reproduced the list here with the understanding that the list may grow over time and may need updating on this site. In any case, please do visit The Silent Admirer site and subscribe to his content:
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
Wa ‘l-Salatu wa ‘l-Salamu ‘Ala Sayyidina Muhammad
The following is a list of academic books and papers in English on various topics within Deoband Studies. I hope to keep updating this page from time to time as I myself learn more and read new things. Direct links to PDFs of the writings have been provided when possible. If the link does not work, it may mean that it was deleted, and if so, please bring it to my attention, and I will try to find a new link for the same resource.
- Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband, 1860-1900, Barbara D. Metcalf, Oxford University Press, 2004. Note: Studying the history and intellectual thought of Deoband can be intimidating. There are numerous figures, all with similar-sounding names to keep track of. Furthermore, studying Deoband without understanding the historical, political, and intellectual context in which it developed will most-likely cause confusion at best, and cynicism towards the ulama at worst. Therefore, I highly recommend this book for the reader who has minimal knowledge of Deoband and wants to acquire a preliminary yet comprehensive introduction. The book introduces the reader to the historical setting out of which Deoband grew, as well as some of the other ideologies with which it found itself in conversation with such as Nadwa, Ahl-i Hadis, and Barelwis. It orients the reader to the founding figures of the Deoband, as well as its approach to certain defining topics such as Sufism, Law, and its views on what constitutes an ideal Islamic worldview.
- The Ulama in Contemporary Islam: Custodians of Change, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Princeton University Press, 2002.
- The Socio-Polital Thought of Shah Wali Allah, Muhammad al-Ghazali, Adam Publishers, 2004
- “Contribution of Darul-‘Ulum Deoband to the Development of tafsir,” Bilal Ahmad Wani, M.Phil University of Kashmir, 2012
- “Invoking Islamic Rights in British India: Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Huquq al-Islam,” Ali Altaf Mian and Nancy Nyquist Potter, The Muslim World, 99:312-334, 2009
- “Shari’at and Tariqat: A Study of the Deobandi Understanding and Practice of Tasawwuf,” Aamir Bashir, Dar al-Sa’adah Publications, ilmresources.wordpress.com, 2013
Outside the Subcontinent
- “Deobandis Abroad: Sufism, Ethics and Polemics in a Global Islamic Movement,” Brannon Ingram, Ph.D. Diss University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
- “The Dars-e-Nizami and the Transnational Traditionalist Madaris in Britain,” Hamid Mahmood, Queen Mary University of London, hamidmahmood.wordpress.com, 2012
- “The Tablighi Madrassas in Lenasia and Azaadville: Local Players in the Global ‘Islamic Field’,” Dietrich Reetz, in Muslim Schools and Education in Europe and South Africa, A Tayob, I Niehaus, W Weisse (eds.), p 85-104, 2011
- Perfecting Women: Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Bihishti Zewar, Barbara D. Metcalf, University of California Press, 1992
- “Traditionalist Approaches to Shari’ah Reform: Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Fatwa on Women’s Right to Divorce,” Fareeha Khan, Ph.D. Diss University of Michigan, 2008
- “Worlds ‘Apart’: The Tabligh Jamat Under Apartheid, 1963-1993,” Ebrahim Moosa, Journal for Islamic Studies, Vol 17, 1997
- “Darul Uloom Deoband: Stemming the Tide of Radical Islam in India,” Taberez Ahmed Neyazi, RSIS Working Paper No. 219, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Singapore, 2010
- Husain Ahmad Madani: The Jihad for Islam and India’s Freedom, Barbara D. Metcalf, Oneworld Publications (Makers of the Muslim World Series), 2009
- Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Oneworld Publications (Makers of the Muslim World Series), 2007
- “Indian Muslims Attitude to the British in the Early Nineteenth Century: A Case Study of Shah Abdul Aziz,” Mushiru-l-Haqq, M.A. Diss, McGill University, 1964
- “The Leadership of the Scholars from the Subcontinent,” a video-recording of a thought-provoking lecture in 2013 by Maulana Shams ad Duha Muhammad that explores the revolutionary and anti-colonialist aspects of the akabir of Deoband