Recommended Readings

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Finding the right book on a subject can be a challenging task. Especially when the subject is controversial. We have collected a list of reliable and well-researched readings on how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam began as interrelated religious traditions, and how each evolved over the course of history. The books also cover rituals, beliefs and practices of  Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and the ways in which the three religious communities have interacted with each other over time until the present. Many of the readings emphasize fresh and creative ways of overcoming animosities of the past and building bridges of greater understanding and collaboration between the children of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.

A Common Word between Us and You. 13 October 2007.

Adler, Rachel. Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics. Jewish Publication Society, 1998.

al-Hibri, Aziza. The Charter of Madinah and Religious Freedom. Marrakesh, January 25, 2016

Armstrong, Karen. A History of God: From Abraham to the Present, the 4000-Year Quest for God. Heinemann, 1993.

—. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths. 1st ed., A.A. Knopf, 1996.

—. Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time. 1st ed., HarperCollins, 2006.

—. The Battle for God. 1st ed, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Aslan, Reza. No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.

Astin, Alexander W., et al. Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives. Jossey-Bass, 2013.

Bakhos, Carol. The Family of Abraham: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Interpretations. Harvard University Press, 2014.

Berlin, Adele, et al. The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring the Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation. Oxford University Press, USA, 2004.

Blumenfeld, Laura. Revenge: A Story of Hope. Washington Square Press, 2003.

Carroll, James. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Chittister, Joan., et al. The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Beacon Press, 2006.

Constable, Olivia Remie., ed. Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.

Dorff, Elliot N., and Arthur I. Rosett. A Living Tree: The Roots and Growth of Jewish Law. State University of New York Press, 1988.

El Fadl, Khaled M. Abou. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists. HarperOne, 2005.

Esposito, John L. What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam. Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.

Esposito, John L., and Dalia Mogahed. Who Speaks For Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Gallup Press, 2008.

Feiler, Bruce. Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths. 1st Harper Perennial Ed, Harper Perennial, 2005.

Frymer-Kensky, Tikva Simone, ed. Christianity in Jewish Terms. Westview Press, 2000.

Greenberg, Irving. For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity. Jewish Publication Society, 2004.

Grose, George, et al. The Abraham Connection: A Jew, Christian and Muslim in Dialogue. Edited by Benjamin Hubbard, Crossroad Publishing Company, 1995.

Guillaume, A., translator. “‘Constitution’ of Medina (Dustur Al-Madinah).” in The Life of Muhammad — A Translation of Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah, Oxford University Press, 1955, pp. 231–33,

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, and John L. Esposito, eds. Daughters of Abraham: Feminist Thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. University Press of Florida, 2001.

Haleem, M. A. S. Abdel. The Qur’an: English Translation and Parallel Arabic Text. Rev. ed., Oxford University Press, USA, 2010.

Halevi, Yossi K. At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for Hope with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. Updated, Harper Perennial, 2002.

Harms, Gregory, and Todd M. Ferry. The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, 4th ed., Pluto Press, 2012.

Hathout, Maher. In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam. Muslim Public Affairs Council, 2006.

Heft, James, ed.. Beyond Violence: Religious Sources for Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Fordham University Press; Eurospan, 2004.

Heschel, Abraham Joshua. “No Religion Is an Island.” in No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue, ed. by Harold Kasimow and Byron L Sherwin, Orbis, 1991, pp. 3–22.

Hussain, Amir. Muslims and the Making of America. Reprint edition, Baylor University Press, 2017.

—. Oil & Water: Two Faiths: One God. CopperHouse, 2006.

Idliby, Ranya, et al. The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew– Three Women Search for Understanding. Reprint, Free Press, 2007.

Jacobsen, Douglas G. and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen. No Longer Invisible. Religion in University Education. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Kuschel, Karl-Josef. Abraham: Sign of Hope for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Translated by John Bowden, Continuum Intl Pub Group, 1995.

Lessing, Gotthold. Nathan the Wise. A Dramatic Poem. Translated by Ellen Frothingham, Henry Holt, Hansebooks, 2017.

Levenson, Jon D. Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Princeton University Press, 2012.

Lowney, Chris. A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment. Free Press, 2005.

Madden, Thomas F. The New Concise History of the Crusades. Updated, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005.

”The Marrakesh Declaration”. 25th-27th January 2016

Menocal, Maria. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. Little Brown, 2002.

Moses, Paul. The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace. Image, 2009.

Myers, David N. Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction. 1 edition, Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Nostra Aetate – Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.” 28. October, 1965.

Novak, David. The Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism: An Historical and Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws. E. Mellen Press, 1983.

Ruthven, Malise. Islam: A Very Short Introduction. 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Siddiqi, Muzammil H. “Everything in the Universe Is ‘Muslim.’” In Can Humanity Survive?: The World’s Religions and the Environment, ed. by James Veitch, Awareness Book Co., 1996, pp. 231–41.

—. “God. A Muslim View.” Three Faiths, One God: A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Encounter, edited by John Hick and Edmund S. Meltzer, Palgrave Macmillan, 1989, pp. 63–76.

Siker, Jeffrey S. Disinheriting the Jews: Abraham in Early Christian Controversy. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991.

Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions. 50th anniversary ed., HarperOne Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2009.

Solomon, Norman, et al., eds. Abraham’s Children: Jews, Christians And Muslims in Conversation. T. & T. Clark Publishers, 2006.

Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures, The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. 1st ed., Jewish Publication Society of America, 1985.

Teubal, Savina. Ancient Sisterhood the Lost Traditions of Hagar and Sarah. Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 1997.

The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments. New Revised Standard Version, Oxford University Press; 1990

Thistlethwaite, Susan, et al., eds. Abrahamic Alternatives to War. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Just Peacemaking. Ebook National Government publication, U.S. Institute of Peace, 2008.

Thistlethwaite, Susan, ed. Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Trible, Phyllis, and Letty Russell, eds. Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives. 1st ed., Westminster John Knox Press, 2006.

Volf, Miroslav, et al., eds. A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.

Williams, Rowan, et al. A Common Word. Foundation for Traditional Studies, 2009.

Woodhead, Linda. Christianity: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2014

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