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Item Code: NAL647
Author: N.A. Baloch
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9788171512362
Pages: 238
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.5 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 520 gm
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About The Book

This book is an introductory list of those eminent books that had been written hundreds of years ago. The author has taken pains in collecting such books and classified under eleven different faculties. It is neither research oriented nor planned as a text-book to a comma and a colon. The main objective is to introduce the author and the book as briefly as possible. For this purpose relevant information has been brought together and compiled in a simple readable form. As far as possible, information has been drawn from the original texts or their translated editions, and also from secondary sources and reference works. We can see Islamic civilization, culture and thought in these books and can evaluate their achievements through comparing with modern civilization.


In the history of world civilizations, Islamic civilization has been essentially a faith-cum-knowledge based civilization. The quranic revelation simultaneously strengthened the foundations of faith and knowledge. The genesis of search for knowledge and achievement of excellence, the distinctive characteristics of the early Islamic society, may be explained briefly.

History of the Islamic peoples (the ummah), and of Islamic education, started with the quranic imperative ‘Read’! which made learning compulsory. The quran in itself became an inexhaustible source of knowledge, and also the revelation established the undisputed superiority of knowledge and strongly motivated the believer to seek more and more of knowledge. Consequently, the prophet (sal’am) declared that learning was compulsory for every ‘believer’ (muslim), man and woman, and that knowledge was to be sought for even though it be in china- i.s. wherever it was available, through any language, any teacher and in any country. There was a further elaboration that knowledge for mankind must multiply with the instrument of writing-the tip of the pen, and that mankind had beendestined to know the unknown. Human beings were called upon to see , to observe , to ponder, to think, to reflect , to understand and to learn. In effect, ISLAM became a way of living and learning, QURAN the book, and PROPHET the teacher. Primacy of knowledge was affirmed and the concept of compulsory learning and education was confirmed.

As the early Islamic community took to education, ‘childhood Education’ (Ta’lim al-aftal) came to be viewed by the muslim educator as the fundamental and foundational stage of education. As a result, the first organized educational institution- the universal primary school-was born. The kuttab (primary school) was held under any roof that was then available- such as mosques, houses of teachers and of learned men, palaces, bookshops, literacy salons, tents and open air in the desert. In the eastern world of Islam this elementary school became known as Maktab and in the fareast (Malaysia-indonesia) as pondok. With further development of formal system of education, madrasahs were established as the more distinct higher educational institutions outside the mosques in the 5th century A.H.

From believers’dedicated effort to understand the meaning of Quran, emerged the different ‘Quranic Studies’ (Ulum al-Quran) which is the subject of suyuti’s work . The ‘quranic studies’ , in turn paved the way for emergencies of other studies which eventually developed in to independent sciences . Hadith and sunnah were complimentary to the comprehension of the divine revelation and therefore, Hadith was studied intensively. This study developed in to an independent science, and Ibn salah’s work is an introduction to the ‘science of hadith’. Efforts at integrating faith and knowledge, the spiritual and the rational attitudes in belief and behavior , culminated In Al-ghazali’s expositions in his different works, mainly Ihya’ ‘Ulum al-din and Kimya-I sa’ adat.

The quranic revelation had motivated mankind to read, to observe, to think and rethink, to search and research, and to seek more and more of knowledge to be able to grasp the reality not only of the creator’s existence but his presence permeating the whole universe, both the world of humans and the world of nature. The more gifted among the believers responded to the Quran’s call more seriously: they began to observe, think and reflect in order to understand and learn more and more about god’s creation. Their researches extended the frontiers of knowledge at a rate not known before in history, and led to the development of different studies and sciences.

As ‘knowledge’ was to be sought for from all possible sources, the muslims researches spared no pains to seek knowledge through translation from greek, Indian, Iranian and possibly Chinese sources. By the first quarter of the 2nd Hirja century, the muslim scholar had gained acquaintance with the literary traditions of the non-muslim peoples.

With the Qur’anic emphasis on importance of knowledge, and the prophet’s motivation to muslims to acquire knowledge, persuit of knowledge became a living ideal with the early Islamic Community. It gained momentum in the first century of the Hirja, and led to considerable expansion of knowledge during the 2nd and 3rd centuries Beginning from the fourth century and continuing on for the next few centuries, there was an explosion of knowledge the first one in human history. This necessitated comprehension of the ever growing orbit of knowledge.


Religion And Ethnic
Sources of knowledge and guidance
The standard work on Quranic studies, by Al-suyuti1
The miracle of the Quran, by Al-Baqillani5
Codification and sceintific Evaluation
Introduction to the science of Hadith, By Ibn Al-salah
The Sufis Path
Book of flashes, by Al-sarraj12
Alchemy of happiness, Al-ghazzali14
Refinement of conduct, by Ibn Miskwayh17
Comparative Religion
The religious sects and schools, by Al-shahrastani19
Education and Pursuit of knowledge
Education as guidanance of the young
Treatise on matters concerning learners and guidelines for teachers, by Al-Qabisi23
Theory and practice of education
Instruction of the learner and method of learning, by Al-zarnuji26
The discource of the listener and the speaker, by Ibn jama'ah28
Superiority of Knowledge
Exposition of knowledge and its excellence, by Ibn 'Abd al-barr32
Subject-wise comparative catalogue
The catalogue, by Al-Nadim35
Classification of knowledge, science and curricular studies
The key of happiness and the light of leadership, by Tashkopruzade39
Philosophical Thought
Peripatetic Philosophy
On first philosophy, by Al-kindi42
Rationalization Favouring Greek Pholosophy
The track of synthesis, by ikhwan al-safa44
Ibn sina's Philosophy
Book of observation and admonitions, by ibn sina47
Book of soul, by ibn Tufayl50
Ibn Tufayl's Philosophy
The alive son of the Awake, by Ibn Tufayl53
The ideas of classical and later philosophers , by fakhr al-din al- razi55
Philosophy of religion
The conclusive divine proof.., by Waliyyullah Al- Dihlivi57
Philosophy of Illumination
Philosophy of illumination, by Al-suhrawardi61
Transcendent Theosophy
The signs of Divine Grace, by mulla sadra64
Political thought, governence and administration
Political Theory
The views of the citizens of the Ideal city, by Al-Farabi67
Methods of judgement in the Shari'ah laws, by Ibn qayyim al-jawziyyah71
Public Finance
The book of (public) finance, by Abu 'ubayd al-harawi74
Book of Ministers and secretaries, by Al-jahshayari76
Exposition of the principles of accountability, by Ibn al-ukhuwwah78
Trade, Carvan Routes and postal service
Book of routes and kingdoms, by Ibn khurdadhbih81
Jurisprudence and law
The beginning of the Advanced and the end of the average, by Ibn Rushd83
Al-Hidayah in the expositio of Al-bidayah, by Al-marghinani85
Principles of Jurisprudence
Principles of Jurisprudence, by Imam Shafii88
Principles of Jurisprudence, by Al-Bazdawi90
Legal Maxims
Similars and Parallels, By Ibn nujaym93
Legal Distinctons
Rules of Difference between legal opinions and laws, by Al-qarafi96
Legal distinctions (in the branches of hanafite law), by Al-karabisi98
Legal Philosophy
The Agreeable principles, by Al-shatibi100
Constitutional Law
The rules of Sovereignty in the governance, by Al-mawardi102
International Law
Book of International Law , by Al-shaybani104
Al-sirah (biography of the holy prophet), by Ibn hisham107
Annalistic Approach
Kitab 'Al-Tarikh', By Khalifa ibn khayyat109
Tropical Approach
The conquest of Sind, tr. By Ali Kufi(tr)111
The Dynastic Approach
The nasirite dynasties by Mainhaj-j-siraj juzjani113
Universal History
Washings of Gold and mines of diamonds, by Al-Mas'udi118
History of a perticular city
History of Makkah, by Al-azraqi122
Philosophy of history
The Muqaddima, by Ibn Khaldun124
An open denunciation of the Adverse critics of Historians, by Al-sakhawi127
Al-sirah (biography of the Holy Prophet), by Ibn Hisham107
Annalistic Approach
Kitab 'Al-tarikh', Khalifa Ibn Khayyat109
Tropical Approach
The conquest of sind, tr. By Ali kufi(tr)111
The dynastic Approach
The nasirite dynaties, by Minhaj-j-siraj juzjani113
Universal History
Washings of gold and mines of diamonds, by Al-masudi118
History of particular city
History of makkah, by Al-azraqi122
Philosophy of History
The muqaddima , by Ibn khadun124
An open denunciation of the Adverse critics of Historians, by Al-sakhawi127
Society And Culture
The law of the language , by Ibn faris the Linguist129
Classification Of Nations
Introduction to the classes of nations, by Ibn sa'id131
Study of a culture
The indica, by Al-bayruni133
Literary culture(Adab)
The choicest chronicles, by Ibn Qutabya136
The poetics, by Ibn al-mu'tazz139
Book of musical modes, by Al-urmawi142
Cosmology, Cosmography, Geography And Chronology
Scientfic Cosmology
Farthest perception in the comprehension of heavens, by qutb al-din shirazi145
The selection of the age, by Al-dimashqi147
Book on shape of the earth, by Ibn hawkal149
The travel, by Ibn battuta152
Temporal Dimention : Chronology
The surviving monuments of the bygone times, by Al-bayruni157
Natural sciences
The book of plants, by Abu Hanifa al-dinawari161
Book on Animal Life, by Al-damiri163
The optics, by Ibn Al-haytham165
Physics and Hydrostatics
Book of the balance of wisdom, by Al-khazini168
Book of secrets, by Ab bakr al-razi171
Mathematics Sciences
The key to calculation, by Al-kashi174
Book of the Figure of the sector, by nasir al-din al-tusi176
Book of algebra, by Al-khwarazmi178
Mathematical Geometry
The encompasser of premises and conclusions, by Al-marrakushi181
Science and Art of Healing
The principles
Canon Medicinae, by Ibn sina183
Anatomy, physiology
Commentary on anatomy of the canon, by Ibn al-nafis186
Book of concessions for the would-be-authors, by Al-zahrawi189
Small pox and measles
The treatise on smallpox and measles, by Al-razi192
The well arranged book on Ophthalmology, by Ibn al-nafis194
The simples drugs and diets
The comprehensivev in the simples of drugs and diets by Ibn al-baytar197
Therapy and Diet
Book of practical treatments and precautionery measures, by Ibn zuhr199
The perfect in baytara and zurtaqa, by Ibn al-baytar201
Medical Profession
The best of generations of physicians, by Ibn Abi Usaybi'a203
Applied Science And Technology
Book of agriculture, by Ibn al-awwam205
Agricultural Calender
The seasonal periods and atmospherics, by Al-ajdabi207
Underground Water Resources
Raising of the subterranean waters, by Al-karaji209
Machenics and Technology
The book of ingeneous mechanical devices, by banu musa211
Integration of Theory and practice in the application of mechanics, by Al-jazari214
Knowledge of oceans and nevigation
Book of instructions in principles and regulations , by Ibn majid217

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