The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has put together a small display of books and materials on the topic of Ramadan. In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the calendar, and it is the holy month of fasting, reflection, and prayer. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar-based, the dates of Ramadan vary. For 2011, Ramadan runs from August 1 to August 29. According to the Islamic faith, Muhammad received the revelation of the Qu'ran during the month of Ramadan. The practice of self-restraint (known as ṣawm)
during this month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
According to History.com
"During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. They are supposed to avoid eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity, as well as unkind or impure thoughts and words, and immoral behavior. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint and self-reflection. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Muslims go to work and school and take care of their usual activities during Ramadan; however, some also read the entire Quran, say special prayers and attend mosques more frequently during this time."
You can visit the History.com link above to read more. The resources on that site do include a nice little video about Ramadan that provides a basic overview plus further information is available.
To help our community learn more about this tradition, we have created a small book display. I would like to emphasize that the books in the display case are available for checkout. If you find any of the books interesting, feel free to ask for it at the Circulation Desk. We will be happy to open the case and let you have it. Do not worry. We do have other books in our collections we can put in if patrons take something out. Or we can help you find something else on this topic, print or online.
Our display features a copy of President Obama's statement on Ramadan
, some photos, and a small F.A.Q. It also features the following books:
- A copy of the Qu'ran. The full title of the edition we are displaying is English translation of the meaning of Al-Qur’an : the guidance for mankind. BP109 .K45 1997.
- Aslan, Reza, No God But God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. BP161.3 .A79 2005. "Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions. In No god but God , challenging the 'clash of civilizations' mentality that has distorted our view of Islam, Aslan explains this critical faith in all its complexity, beauty, and compassion" (from publisher description).
- Curiel, Johnathan, Al' America: Travels through America's Arab and Islamic Roots. E169.1 .C853 2008. According to CHOICE Reviews, "esteemed journalist Jonathan Curiel takes the reader on a marvelously constructed sightseeing tour of the US's relationships with Islam and Arab culture."
- Ibrahim, I.A., A Brief Guide to Understanding Islam. BP161.2 .I27 1996.
- Lippman, Thomas W., Understanding Islam: an Introduction to the Muslim World. BP161.2 .L56 1995. The Los Angeles Times called this book ""An excellent overview of the world's youngest major religion."
- Zepp, Ira G., A Muslim Primer. BP161.2 .Z46 1992.This book "covers the basic beliefs of Islam and provides an informative source for both lay and professional readers" (from publisher description).
Additionally, you can visit our Religious Studies Research Guide
to learn more about Islam and other world faiths. Our guide features access to research databases, e-books, websites, and other resources of interest.