The Islamic faith began with a series of divine revelations, which were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad beginning in the early 7th century CE. Muhammad's revelations went on to form the basis of the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, and they gave rise to a worldwide faith that now numbers over 1.6 billion adherents.
Islam has become a hotly-debated topic with the rise of militant groups like the Islamic State in recent years and al-Qaeda before them. Average Muslims around the world frequently face prejudice and even violence as a result of rising Islamophobia.
But beneath the controversy is a rich and beautiful faith, full of the rituals and traditions of everyday people who pursue lives of meaning like anyone else.
If you're seeking to explore Islam more deeply, you've come to the right place. This week, our ReligionReads series features essential books by Muslim authors, ranging from fiction to poetry to historical analysis.
Did we miss one of your favorite books? Tell us in the comments below. And check out our other ReligionReads lists on Sikhism, Paganism, Seeker Spirituality and Hinduism.
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