House of Wisdom Book Club

House of Wisdom BookClub is an initiative to facilitate love of knowledge and books. It is a reading and discussion program of some of the latest book publications related to Islam and Muslims. A list of eight books are compiled by Dr Mehmet Ozalp to be read in 2020.

If you love books, learning and would like to be part of a group of booklovers, join the House of Wisdom BookClub to expand your knowledge. 



The House of Wisdom BookClub operates with the following simple steps.

STEP-1 Register for the House of Wisdom BookClub at www.isra.org.au/HOWbookclub

STEP-2 Purchase the first two books immediately using an online provider (like Amazon or Booktopia). The responsibility to purchase the book rests with each person as ISRA does not supply the books.

STEP-3  Start reading the book as soon as it arrives before the discussion date (see schedule below). Setting daily reading goal is recommended (If a book is 270 pages, daily reading goal would be 9 pages each day for about a month).

STEP-4 Participate in the scheduled discussion, analysis and review session about the book and its content facilitated by Dr Mehmet Ozalp. See the schedule below.

Steps two to four are repeated for each of the 8 books targeted for reading in 2020.

2020 book list:

1- February-March Sufism: A New History of Islamic Mysticism by Alexander Knysh (2017)

This is a comprehensive new history of Sufism from the earliest centuries of Islam to present. It examines the key concepts and how they are understood. It charts the way Sufism grew from simple ethical principles of Islam to become a powerful influence in classical Muslim societies and its decline in the last century and modern revival. It also examines the roots of the conflict between Sufis and their main critics Salafis (233 pages).

2- April-MayCharity in Islamic Societies by Amy Singer (2008)

An in-depth tour of the history of charity in Islamic societies from the beginnings of Islam to the present day. This book demonstrates how historical circumstances, social status, gender, age and other factors interacted with religious ideals to create a rich variety of charitable practices (224 pages).

3- June Rethinking Islam and the West: An intellectual biography A New Narrative for the Age of Crisis Ahmed Paul (2019)

Author argues that if the measure of success is a balance between spiritual, material and social needs of humanity a completely different picture of Islam and West relations emerges. (182 pages).

4- July Islamic empires: fifteen cities that define a civilization by Marozzi, Justin (2019)

The fifteen-century history of Islam told by covering 15 cities peppered across the Muslim world. 386 pages, spaced out, easy to read (386 pages).

5- August Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis by Fazlun M. Khalid (2019)

The author is the facilitator of Islamic Response to Climate Change initiative. The book goes beyond just mentioning some verses from the Qur’an and theology of the environment and puts a case for activism for Muslims (215 pages).

6- September Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought by Huseyin Yilmaz (2018)

This new book traces how a new conception of caliphate emerged under the Ottoman Empire. Yilmaz challenges conventional narrative and argues that Ottoman practice of caliphate has transformed Muslim understanding of authority, sovereignty and political ideals that has influenced Muslim thought in present time (286 pages).

7- October Uyghur nation: reform and revolution on the Russia-China frontier. David Brophy (2016)

This book covers the history of the Uyghur Turks focusing mainly in the last two hundred years giving a historical, social and political background to understand the current controversy surrounding Uyghurs and their treatment in China. 280 pages, easy read.

8- November Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia by Peta Kstephenson (2010)

Islam Dreaming is a book about stories. It explores what Indigenous men and women from around Australia have to tell us about their varied encounters with Islam. 336 pages. 

The schedule for the book discussion sessions are as follows:

Reading Month

Book Title

Discussion Session Date

Discussion Session Time

February-March

Sufism: A New History of Islamic Mysticism

 

Sun, 5/4/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

April-May

Charity in Islamic Societies

Sun, 7/6/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

June

Rethinking Islam and the West: An intellectual biography A New Narrative for the Age of Crisis

Sun, 5/7/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

July

Islamic empires: fifteen cities that define a civilization

Sun, 9/8/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

August

Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis

Sun, 13/9/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

September

Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought

Sun, 11/10/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

October

Uyghur nation: reform and revolution on the Russia-China frontier

Sun, 15/11/20

10:00am to 12:00noon

November

Islam Dreaming: Indigenous Muslims in Australia

Sun, 13/12/20

10:00am to 12:00noon



Where will the discussions be held? 

You can either join in person at the ISRA Sydney Centre in Auburn or you can join online through Zoom.

Please choose your mode of attendance when you register. Once you register, you will receive reminder emails and SMSs about discussion session.

Enquiries:

Mathew Phillips (matthew@isra.org.au)


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