The Study Quran Review: Gibril Fouad Haddad

[The Muslim World Book Review, 36:3, 2016, pp. 2025]
Seyyed Hossein Nasr et al., ed. The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary. New York: Harper Collins, 2015. Hardback. lix + 1988pp. Maps. ISBN: 9780061125867.
This book is the magnum opus of Iranian University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933), an expert on Islamic philosophy and the history of science and the heir apparent of the syncretist Frithjof Schuon (19071998) as head of the Maryamiyya Order, a universalist movement based on the socalled Traditionalist School. (“Traditionalism” is a Western adaptation of Hinduism that negates claims of Truth  by any religion through relativizing all of them; I will refer to its ideology in this review by the term Perennialism.) It is a wellcrafted, mostly North American project that lumps several works in a single hefty volume printed on extrathin India paper: an original English rendering of the Qur’n; a firstever, rich anthology in English from 41 works of Quranic commentary with an embedded 42nd, original commentary on the part of Nasr, who terms it “not simply a collage of selections but a new work” (p. xliii); and the mismatched last part, 15 essays on the Qur’n by a mixed group of academics—three of whom are also the book’s general editors— “included… at the suggestion of the publisher… the essays are in a sense a separate book… an independent work” (p. xlv).
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Arabic Reading List for Students of Knowledge by Mawlana Shahin-ur Rahman

By Shahin-ur Rahman

In order to comfortably read Arabic texts without the need for diacritical marks, one must master the rules pertaining to Naḥw and Ṣarf before embarking on the reading journey. Not only is it an imperative to familiarise oneself with all the rules of grammar, but to be able to apply them into real literature and produce one’s own prose is of more importance. Therefore, it would not be incorrect to say the ability to read Arabic poetry and prose without diacritical marks is a skill acquired, not a science studied.

To reach such a stage, below is a suggested reading list which has been prepared upon request by a student of knowledge.

Note: The list will exclude any non-Arabic primers; the following list has been written for those who already have previous, albeit basic, knowledge of the fundamental Arabic sciences.Read More »

Muslim Legacy in ‘Ulum al-Qur’an by Thameem Ushama’

By: Thameem Ushama’


The ’Ulum al-Qur’an is a science that contributes to the proper understanding of the message of the Qur’an. Having gradually developed based on the earliest Islamic sources it serves as the primary guideline for
historical, technical, linguistic, stylistic, jurisprudential, interpretative and exegetical issues in the study of the Qur’an. Hence, this article presents a brief analysis of the origin and development of the ’Ulum during the era of the Companions, the Successors, and the Followers of Successors. It also takes stock of the works and evaluates the Muslim scholarship in the field. In addition, it explores the development and codification of various intra-related branches of the ’Ulum and highlights the contemporary Muslim contributions to this science.

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Dars Nizami Book List and Downloads

I hope to be able to sort these books alphabetically and provide one post per book which would include all available editions. For now, I have simply listed the links to the Internet Archive where you can find the books organized in collections.

With help, I would also like to provide some posts that organize the books according to subject and also according to year of study in a typical Dars Nizami institution.

Collection 1

Collection 2

Collection 3

Collection 4

Collection 5

Collection 6

Collection 7

Collection 8

Collection 9

Collection 10

Collection 11

Collection 12

Collection 13

Collection 14

Collection 15