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Books to read
The Koran Interpreted by AJ Arberry (Oxford University Press, 1964) is perhaps the best and the most poetic translation of the Qur’an. MM Picthall’s The Meaning of the Glorious Koran (available in various editions and from various publishers) is one of the most popular. Discovering the Qur’an by Neal Robinson (SCM Press, 1996) develops ‘a contemporary approach to a veiled text’. Avoid, at all cost, the Penguin translation by NJ Dawood which is considered by Muslims to be a highly misleading and hostile (mis)translation. Introducing Islam by Ziauddin Sardar and Zafar Abbas Malik (Icon Books, 2002) is an informative and entertaining illustrated guide to religion, culture and civilization of Islam.

On Being a Muslim by Farid Esack (One World, 1999) explains the trials and tribulation of pursuing an Islamic path in today’s world. Revival and Reform in Islam by Fazlur Rahman (One World, 2000) an influential scholar of the late twentieth century explores the internal struggle within Islam and suggests a way forward. Women in the Qur’an by Amina Wadud (Oxford, 1999) presents a Muslim feminist reading of the Qur’an. Leila Ahmad’s Women and Gender in Islam (Yale University Press, 1992) and Women and Islam by Fatima Mernissi (Blackwell, 1991) are highly regarded feminist interpretations. Anne Sofie Roald’s Women in Islam (Routledge, 2001) explores the experiences of Western female converts to Islam. Orientalism by Edward Said (Routledge, 1978) is the classic text on Western representation of Islam. A more up-to-date text, taking in films and television, is Ziauddin Sardar’s Orientalism (Open University Press, 1999). Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Al-Saqi, 1984) provides eye-witness accounts from the Muslim side.

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Websites to check out
www.islam-online.net Masses of news, comment, basic information as well as its own cyber-counsellor.
www.wluml.org Women’s human-rights issues intelligently explored on this Women Living Under Muslim Laws site.
www.islam21.org For lively discussion on democracy and human rights.
www.islamic-foundation.org.uk Good information, materials and books from this research foundation.
www.islam.ca A good over-all site for Muslims in Canada.
http://islamicity.com Popular among Muslims as it provides radio, cyber-tv and an active bazaar.
www.islamic-banking.com With its emphasis on research and policy issues is by far the best while www.lariba.com is useful for day-to-day economic issues.
www.quaraan.com Has various translations of the Qur’an and other texts.
www.salaam.co.uk Carries monthly thematic briefings on important Muslim issues.

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Contacts

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
International Muslim Association of New Zealand
PO Box 3101, Wellington
Tel: + 64 4 387 4226
E-mail: iman@paradise.net.nz

AUSTRALIA
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
PO Box 1185, Waterloo DC
NSW 2017
Tel: + 61 2 9319 6733
Fax: +61 2 9319 0159
E-mail: afichalal@bigpond.com

BRITAIN
Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 52
Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0XW
Tel: +44 20 8903 9024
E-mail: admin@mcb.org.uk

The Islamic Foundation
Markfield Conference Centre
Ratby Lane, Markfield
Leicester LE67 9SY
Tel: +44 1530 244944
E-mail: info@Islamic-foundation.org.uk

CANADA
Canadian Islamic Congress
Suite 424, 420 Erb St W
Waterloo N2L 6K6
Tel: +1 519 746 1242
E-mail: cic@cicnow.com

Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association
885 Progress Ave. UPH 14
Toronto M1H 3G3
Tel: +1 416 289-3871
Fax: +1 416 289-0339.

 


IRELAND
The Islamic Foundation of Ireland
163 South Circular Road,
Dublin 8
Tel: +353 4533242
E-mail: ifi@indigo.ie

US
Islamic Society of North America
PO Box 38
Plainfields, IN 46168
Tel: +1 317 839 8157
E-mail: info@isna.org

American Muslim Council
1212 New York Avenue
NW Suit 400
Washington DC 20005-6102
Tel: +1 202 789 2262
E-mail: amc.dc@ix.netcom.com

The Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington DC 20003-4034
Tel: +1 202 488 8787
E-mail: webmaster@cair-net.org


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