Course Reserves


Articles, books, DVDs and other items may be put on reserve to support the curriculum of RGS. To ensure that these materials are readily accessible they cannot be checked out.

MAIS 620 – Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
Preus, Samual J. (1987). Explaining Religion. Yale.
Pals, Daniel L. Eight Theories of Religion. New York: Oxford, 2006.
Freud, Sigmund. The Future of an Illusion. New York: Doubleday, 1964.
Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Routledge, 2001.

MAIS 621 – The Qur’an and its Interpretation
Saeed, Abdullah. The Qur’an: An Introduction. London, New York: Routledge, 2008.
Von Denffer, Ahmad. ‘Ulum al-Qur’an: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an. Britain: The Islamic Foundation, 2000.
Sells, Michael. Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations. Ashland: White Cloude Press, 2005.
Hamza, Feras, Sajjad Rizvi, and Farhana Mayer. An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: Volume 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Rippin, Andrew. The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
Sands, Kristin Z. Ṣūfī Commentaries on the Qurʼān in Classical Islam. London: Routledge, 2006.
Wagner, Walter H. Opening the Qur’an: Introducing Islam’s Holy Book. Notre Dame, Ind: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.
Bauer, Karen. Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qurʼanic Exegesis (2nd/8th-9th/15th C.). Oxford: Oxford University Press in assoc. with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2013.
Rippin, Andrew. Approaches to the History of the Interpretation of the Qur’ān. , 2013.
Baljon, J M. S. Modern Muslim Koran Interpretation (1880-1960). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1961.

MAIS 622 – History of Islamic Thought and Literature
Shepard, William E. Introducing Islam. London: Routledge, 2014.
Calder, Norman, Jawid Mojaddedi and Andrew Rippin, eds. Classical Islam: A Sourcebook of religious literature. London: Routledge, 2013.

MAIS 624 – Islamic Spirituality
Karamustafa, Ahmet T. Sufism: The Formative Period. Berkley: University of California Press, 2007.
Renard, John. Seven doors to Islam spirituality and the religious life of Muslims. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.
Schimmel, Annemarie, and Carl W. Ernst. Mystical dimensions of Islam. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Renard, John. 1998. Windows on the house of Islam Muslim sources on spirituality and religious life. Berkeley: University of California Press.