New York: New American Library/A Mentor Book, 1959. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First Printing of this edition which is a reprint of the original 1957 Princeton University hardbound edition. x, 319pp, "Insight into Islam" (introduction), Preface by author, index. 12mo/18cm. Illustrated paper, light soil and wear, otherwise clean, tight and very good.. A broad and incisive survey by a leading Islamic scholar. Wilfred Cantwell Smith (1916-2000) was the founding Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University at the time of writing. Later he moved to Harvard to head the Institute of World Religion. He was generally considered to be one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century in the field of comparative religion..
Pathankot: Maktaba-e-Jamaat-e-Islami Book. Fine. Soft cover. Possibly first edition. n.d. [pre-1947?]. 56pp. 12mo/17.5cm. Printed blue wrappers, some fading, light wear, previous owner (?) name and address on inside of front cover "A. Raoof/c/o Hon. Dr. Habib Ahmad, B.Sc, B.T/ Toba Tek Singh/(Lyallpur", otherwise internally fine. An early political speech by Maulana Maudoodi (1903-1979), founder of probably the most influential conservative Muslim organization in Pakistan, the Jama'at-i-Islami. No copies of this Pathankot (East Punjab) edition were found in the British Library, LC, NYPL or on OCLC. The five earliest editions found on OCLC with a "[1939?]" date had 64 pages with a Lahore imprint. There were a number of later editions starting in 1960 so this is a bit of a mystery..
Lahore: Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam, 1951. Book. Fine. Hardcover. N.d. [ca.1951?]. Second Edition (1944). x, 408pp, Preface, Abbreviations, chapter headings include Purification, Adhjan and Iqamah, Prayer Service, Pilgrimage, Jihad, Marriage, Wills and Inheritance, Ethics and The State. 8vo/21,5cm. Blue-green cloth, shelf wear only, in slightly chipped a soiled illustrated dj adhered to boards, one inch closed tear at head of front hinge, chemical spots on one page of Preface, light over-printing on page 1, otherwise internally fine. An official Lahore Anjuman presentation slip addressed to J.P. Hurley, AmConGen, Lahore dated Nov 8, 1959 and signed by its then President, Sadrud-Din, is adhered to the free front end paper. Hadith is defined as a saying. This work is sometimes known as the Sunnah and is a record of what the Prophet Muhammad said, did or approved during his life. This edition was printed verbatim from the first edition. This version is based largely on the Jami' of Muhammad Ismail al-Bukhari (810-870) and of its 690 hadith, 513 are taken from the Bukhari. Maulana Muhammad Ali (1875-1951), M.A., Ll.B., was one of the major leaders and writers of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam. Companion of the founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, he became President of the breakaway Lahore Anjuman or party on its founding in 1914 retaining that position until his death in 1951. During the course of his life he contributed some ten thousand pages in Urdu and six thousand pages in English to Islamic religious literature. Scarce copy of this edition with its rather unique presentation..
Bombay, London, New York: Asia Publishing House, 1965. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. 61pp. 8vo/21.5cm. Wrappers, minor wear and wrinkling, internally clean, tight and very good. Three lectures given in New Delhi in March 1964 under the sponsorhip of The Indian Council of World Affairs. The author (1916-2000) was at the time, Director of the Institute of World Religion at Harvard and was previously Founding Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He had written much on Indian Islam including his Ph.D. thesis. He was considered one of the most influential figures of the past century in the comparative history of religions..
Karachi: Dar-ut-Tasnif Ltd., 1961. Book. Fine. Soft cover. First Edition. First of four parts. Originally written in Urdu by Muhammad Kifayatullah Dehlavi. Translated and edited by the Board of Authors of Dar-ut-Tasnif in Karachi. [iv], iv, 34, [viii] pp,, Introduction by I.H. Siddiqi, Secretary, Board of Authors, Appendix, Table, 7 pages of sketches showing 13 prayer positions. 16mo/17cm. Green and white wrappers, light soil, 2-word ink notation at top of front panel, stamp of Maktaba-e-Faridi/Urdu College/Urdu Rd. Karachi on front panel and title page, otherwise internally fine. According to the Introduction, this booklet is a revised and edited English version of Talim-ul-Islam, a book which was written in Urdu by Hazrat Allama Mufti Muhammad Kifayatullah (Hanafi) Dehlavi (Rah-mat-ul-ah 'alaih) for the specific purpose of imparting religious education in schools. The original book consisted of four parts in Urdu but only the first part is included in this translation. All four parts had been published in Yaqeen, the English language fortnightly of Dar-ut-Tarif, in 1957 and 1958 and the revised translation started appearing in Yaqeen from May 1960, simultaneous with this booklet. There is an advertisement for Yaqeen on the inside of the back cover. Scarce..
Delhi: Self-published. Printed by Manohar Lal Sabharwal, 1936. Book. VG. Hardcover. First Edition. [viii], 80, [viii-author publication list with testimonials] pp, 26 monochrome illustrations mainly from photographs. 12mo/18cm. Pictorial cloth backed boards, stamp of Kutub Khana Naziri, Delhi on frontispiece, in chipped and taped dj. VG/Fair. About half of the book is about the Masjid -i Jahan Numa in old Delhi, commonly known as the Jama Masjid. It is the largest and best known of the Muslim mosques of India accommodating some 20,000 worshippers and was built in 1656 by the Moghul Emporer Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal. The second half of the book (pp 47-80) gives a detailed and illustrated description of the prayer positions adopted by Muslim devotees in their religious devotions at such a mosque. A short Introduction is given by Dorothy E. Brooke, wife of Major-General G.F.H. Brooke who helped edit the book for the author, Munshi Aziz-ur-Rahman, who appears to have been primarily a language teacher who had written at least five previous books on religion and the Urdu (Hindustani) language..
Osnabruck: Biblio Verlag, 1978. Book. NF. Hardcover. New impression of Third Edition Paris 1874. xx, 412pp. 12mo/19.5cm. Green cloth gilt NF. Text in French. The last chapter, from page 289 to 403, concerns Indian Muslims. Garcin De Tassy )1794-1878 ) was an early orientalist and specialist in Arabic and Indian philology..
Plainfield, IN: Islamic Society of North America, 2005. Book. Good. Soft cover. Pamphlet. 6pp folded to 3. 8vo/22cm. A clearly worded statement of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) on the subjects of terrorism and religious extremism. The pamphlet is organized into four sections: I--Our Position on Terrorism; II--Clarifying Related Issues; III--Countering Terrorism and Religious Extremism: Muslims' Responsibilities; and, IV--An Appeal to People of All Faiths. ISNA is probably the largest organization of Muslims and Muslim organizations in the United States and Canada. It publishes a bi-monthly magazine called, Horizons..
Woking, Surrey: Woking Muslim Mission and Literary Trust, 1935. Book. Fine. Soft cover. N.d. (1930s?). 44pp. 16mo/17.5cm. Printed blue wrappers, stapled, light fading at edges, 4-digit hand-written number on front panel, internally fine. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din (1875-1932), prolific expositor of Islamic religious literature and founder of the Woking Muslim Mission in England was one of the most important Muslim missionaries in England from the time of his arrival in 1912 to his death in 1932. Scarce. No copies found on OCLC or in the on-line catalogues of the British Library, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, or the small collection of materials by the Khwaja at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY..
Lucknow: Syed Baqar Husain at the Muslim Press, 1932. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First Edition. 62pp. Tall 8vo/24cm. Brown printed wrappers, spine chipped at head, previous owner name (S. Ali Ausat Zaidi) on cover, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. A sub-title on the first page has, "(An Islamic Missionary Publication.)" An ad on the inside of the front cover describes the Madrasatul Waizeen (or College of Preachers), Lucknow: "Under the patronage of Shamsh-ul-Ulema Maulana Syed Najmul Hasan Sahib, Mujtahid, this Islamic missionary movement has been working since 1920. Its field of operations has not been confied to India and Burma but its missionaries have done a good deal of work in Zanzibar, Uganda, Mombasa, Darussalam, SIngapore, Shanghai, &c. [signed by] Mirza Abid Husain, Honorary Secretary." There are 10 articles: H.E.H. The Nizam's Visit to Madrasat-uo Waizeen...by the Editor; Ali's Sermon...Translated by Syed Ahmad Ali, Mohani; Martyrdom of Imam Husain by Syed Ameer Ali Masoomi; The Tragedy of Karbala by Ali Hasnain; Islam in England by Syed Abid Husain; The Bible and the Quran by the Editor; Prohibition of Wine in Islam by Syed Ahmad Ali Mohani; What Is True Islam by Sir Ahmad Husain, Nawab Amin Jung Bahadur; The Martyr of Karbala by Hon. Justice A.D. Russel; Hazrat 'Abbas at Karbala (also by Justice Russell); and "One Minute on Islam by K.I. Bhattacharge "Shahjanta". At the end there is a 4-page Urgent Appeal for funds to the subscribers from the Editor to keep the publication going. The Editor is also described on the cover as "the M.R. and Financial Secretary of the Madrasatul Waizeen." Scarce to Rare. No copies were found in the OCLC, LC, and Harvard on-line catalogues but the British Library had copies of Volumes 35 to 48, from 1948 to1962..
Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books Ltd, 1961. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. 2nd printing of Second Edition (1956). [vi], 210 + [vii] list pp, glossary, books for further reading, index. 12mo/18cm. Paper, light soil and wear, light browning of text pages, wormhole top of last fifty pages, otherwise clean, tight and very good. A basic introductory text. Alfred Guillaume (1888- ) was one of the leading Western scholars of Islam. Head of the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS before Bernard Lewis, Professor of Arabic at Princeton, Editor of The Legacy of Islam and holder of many other distinguished posts, this is one of his many books..
Lahore: Markazi Maktaba Jama'at--i-Islami, Pakistan, 1957. Book. Soft cover. N.d. (ca.1957?). 32pp, 12mo/18cm. Printed green wrappers, unopened. VG+. A thoughtful response from a spokesman for the Jama'at-i-Islami to a comment made in a Karachi newspaper interview by the British leftist Labour leader, Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) regarding "religious fanatics" in Muslim countries..
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1982. Book. Good. Soft cover. Politique d'Aujourdhui series. First Edition. 270pp, Presentation par Olivier Carre, thirteen papers by various Islamic scholars. 8vo/21.5cm. The chapters cover Islam in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, the Maghreb, Iran, Turkey, the countries of south-east Europe, the Soviet republics, China, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and some of the countries of Africa. Authors include the editor, M. Seurat, S. Nasr, G. Grandguillaume, J.-P. Digard, P. Dumont, J.-F. Bayart, A. Popovic, A. Bennigsen, F. Aubin, M. Gaborieau, V. Graff, D. Lombard, J.-L. Triaud and C. Coulon. Olivier Carre was a French sociologist and Arabist who was in charge of research at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris. This French language edition appears to be scarce..
Paris: Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, 1956. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Translated by Eva Meyerovitch. 137pp, Preface by Louis Massignon, La Culture Islamique, Doctrines Juridiques Shi'ites, Droit et Theologie Islamique dans l'Inde, Droit et Religion en Islam, Ouvrages d'Asaf A.A. Fyzee. Tall 8vo/25cm. Green cloth, faded toward edges, few spots at top of front board, light soil, internally fine. Professor Asaf Ali Asghar Fyzee (1899-1982) was a noted Muslim writer and authority on Muslim jurisprudence..
Rabwah: Ahmadiyya Muslim Foreign Missions Office, 1955. Book. NF. Hardcover. N.d. (probably 1950s. Printed by N.V.de Zuid-Holl. Boek- en Handelsdrukkerij, The Hague. [ix], 221pp, frontis portrait of author. 8vo/23cm. Original black cloth gilt in dj with light wear, presentation stamp of Ahmadiyya Muslim Foreign Missions Office, Rabwah on half-title. F/NF. Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmud Ahmad (1889-1965) was the son of the Ahmadiyya founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, and was also known as the Khalifatul Masih II or Second Successor of the Promised Messiah..
iTHACA: Cornell University Press, 1967. Book. Fine. Soft cover. Second Printing of first edition in English (1959). xiii, 142pp, bibliography. 8vo/21.5cm. Printed green card stock wrappers, light soil, internally fine. An essay in the relatively new field of the geography of religion. Xavier de Planhol is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Besides his many contributions to Encyclopaedia Iranica, his Les Nations du Prophete (1993) and Minorities en Islam of 1997 have been widely acclaimed..
Paris: Librairie Artheme Fayard, 1958. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Je Sais - Je Crois. Encyclopedie du Catholique au XX Eme Siecle. Quatorzieme Partie : Religons non Chretiennes et Quete de Dieu. 159pp. 8vo/19cm.Text in French. Wrappers loose and worn, internally clean and very good. Louis Gardet was a prolific French Islamicist on the faculty of the University of Toulouse..
Woking, Surrey: Shah Jehan Mosque, 1960. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. 22pp, 3 monchrome photo illustrations, publication list. 8vo/21.5cm. Leaflet, light wear. Offprint from the August 1950 issue of The Islamic Review by the Shah Jehan Mosque. The author served as Iman of this mosque from 1959 to 1964 Sheikh Muhammad Tufail (died 1984) held many important positions with the Lahore group of the Ahmadiyyas (Ahmiadiyya Anjuman Isha'at e-Islam Lahore or Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam). Two of the photographs show the bending and prostration postures for Islamic worship, with explanatory words for both..
New York: New American Library/A Mentor Book, 1959. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First Printing of this edition which is a reprint of the original 1957 Princeton University hardbound edition. x, 319pp, "Insight into Islam" (introduction), Preface by author, index. 12mo/18cm. Illustrated paper, light rubbing and edgewear, stamp of American Book Company, Rawalpindi on ffep, otherwise clean, tight and very good. Laid in is an anonymous 2-page review from the December 19959 issue of The Islamic Review of Woking, England. A final paragraph from this review is revealing: "Professor Smith likes to have himself regarded by Muslims as a sympathetic student of Islam. He claims his observations to be objective, but a careful reading of this book will clearly reveal to any sincere thinking Muslim how abysmal are the depths of his hostility. Unfortunately this kind of thinking is representative of the majority of so-called "Orientalists". Their basic enmity of Islam differs from that of the old-fashioned missionary only in that it is expressed in a much more subtle way." However, the review finishes with the sentence, "This book should be read by all Muslims who seek to understand the magnitude of the problems they must face in dealing with the West." The Islamic Review was the organ of the Woking Mission founded by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din in 1913. It was connected to the Lahore Ahmadiya Movement from its initial publication in 1913 to the 1960s when the Mission was closed. A broad and incisive survey by a leading Islamic scholar. Wilfred Cantwell Smith (1916-2000) was the founding Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University at the time of writing. Later he moved to Harvard to head the Institute of World Religion. He was generally considered to be one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century in the field of comparative religion..
Washington DC: Middle East Journal, 1967. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Offprint from Middle East Journal, Winter 1967, pp 16-34. Signed by the author, "To Morris Dembo with/best regards/Herbert Liebesny". Tall 8vo/24cm. Stapled, a bit of edgewear, small spot on back page, otherwise very good. Herbert J. Liebesny (1911- ) was on the staff of the National Law Center, George Washington University and author of, Law in the Middle East (1955) and other books on Islamic and comparative law. Morris Dembo was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer specialized in Urdu...