Dr. Mohamed Taher
Literary sources that fascinate the Western readers include:
The Arabian Nights (more famous as Thousand and One Nights):
A collection of ancient Persian-Indian-Arabic tales of uncertain date and authorship (http://www.provlib.org/community/links/arablit.htm ) "A collection of stories, from Sindbad, Ali Baba & Forty Thieves, Aladdin, Maruf the Cobbler, that have entertained people for centuries" (The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Understanding Islam. By Yahiya Emerick. Indianapolis, IN., Alpha Books, 2002.(ISBN: 0-02-864233-3) p. 303)
The Mathnawi by Mavlana Jalaluddin Rumi
"Currently, his poems about faith and life sell more books in America than any other poet's" (The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Understanding Islam. p. 303)
Layla and Majnun by Nizami
The conference of Birds by Fariduddin Attar
The Musings of Rabi'a al-Adwiya
The Island of Animals
The Gulistan by Sadi Shirazi
The Rubbaiyat by Omar Khayyam
Kritzeck, James, ed. Anthology of Islamic
Literature. Penguin USA. 1990. 379pp.
(Anthology of Islamic Literature presents a
representative and rich sampling of some thirteen centuries of great Islamic
literture, spanning the period from the rise of Mohammed and the Age of Caliphs
to the Mughal poetry of India and Ottoman poetry at the end of the eighteenth
century. It encompasses the writings of mystics, poets, storytellers,
biographers, visionaries, spinners of tales and proverbs. More than forty
selections are included in this volume to introduce the Western reader to the
culture of Islam, to the depth and breadth of its imaginative vision). source:
-- -- -- Modern Islamic Literature: From Eighteen Hundred to the Present. N A L, 1972.
ISLAMIC LITERATURE. http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/islamlit.htm
Najibullah. Islamic Literature: An introductory history with selections. New York, Washington Square Press, 1963.
Smith, B. P. Islam in English Literature. Beirut, American Press, 1939.
Taher, Mohamed. Quantitative Study of Islamic Literature. New Delhi, M D Publications, 1993. 183 p. ISBN: 81-85880-11-5
------------- and Dr. Siddiq Ali, “Literature about Islam in America: A Survey of Sources of
Information”, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 4 (1987),
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