In need of book recommendations? Here is what I have personally read, have found very useful, and recommend:

Anthropology/ Societies/ Culture

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

Factfulness by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (Bill Gates recommended)

Rescue in Albania : One Hundred Percent of Jews in Albania Rescued from Holocaust by Harvey Sarner

Balkans/ Kosovo

Kosovo: A Short History by Noel Malcolm


The Autobiography of Malcolm X by A. Haley et al.

Business/ Economics

Business Adventures by John Brooks (Warren Buffett and Bill Gates recommended)

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Child Development/ Parenting/ Psychology/ Education

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Helping Children Succeed by Paul Tough

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Bronson and Merryman

The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax

The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids by Alexander and Sandahl

The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler


Getting What You Came For by R. L. Peters (Extremely useful for Master’s and Ph.D. students)

Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Happiness/ Community/ Belonging/ Personal Growth

Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari

The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People by Dan Buettner

The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking

Islam: Faith and History

Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong

Islam in Focus by Hammudah Abdulati

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings

The Divine Reality by Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

The Qur’an Translated by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem


The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Hatred of Muslims by Nathan Lean

The Fear of Islam, Second Edition: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West by Todd Green

Muslim Civilization and Science/ World History

How Islam Created the Modern World by Mark Graham

Science and Civilization in Islam by Seyyed H. Nasr

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History by Ibn Khaldun


Splitting the Moon by Joel Hayward

The Soul of Rumi by Jalaludin Rumi. Edited by C. Barks

Psychology/ Success

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Hope is Alive by Burhan Al-Din Fili

The Savage and Other Islamic Stories by Joel Hayward

World Religions

The Bible, the Qur’an and Science by Maurice Bucaille

The World’s Religions by Huston Smith

Writing/ English Language

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

More coming soon…

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