Being in the UAE or the Middle East, Islam rules daily life. Understand the religion of peace, and understand many of the traits of the people.
Islam - A Short History
by Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong's work is excellent, because, in a nutshell, it covers the basic historical premise of how the religion was formed and how it evolved.
This book is as comprehensive as it is simple. An excellent primer to the basic principles of Islam, allowing understanding, as well as differentiating between teachings and the cultural aspects of the religion.
A modern adventure into understanding Islam through journeys through the many Islamic lands. This book comes from the view of a western Muslim trying to understand the roots of his own faith. An insightful, rewarding and sometimes amusing read.
Widely recognised as the best book about the Prophet(pbuh) of the religion, this factual historical review of His life. No interpretation - just simply it assists in understanding.
The Holy Quran
translated by Allamah Nooruddin
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There are many different translations of the Holy Book of the Muslims. This version is both simple and clear and widely regarded as an accurate and superior translation.