"Kathy's Story" Inside the hell of Irelands notorious Magdalen Sisters' Laundries. by Kathy O'BEIRNE
"Holy Horrors" by James Haught
"Under the Banner of Heaven" A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
“The Age of Reason” by Thomas Paine
“To Hell with God” by Steve Cooper
“The Case Against God” by George H. Smith
“The Born Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible” by Ruth Hurmence Green - available from: http://www.ffrf.org a thorough and critical examination of the Bible with no punches pulled!
The Skeptics Annotated Bible - Easy to look up verses on various topics
“The Origins of the Koran” edited by Ibn Warraq ISBN: 1-57392-198-X
"The Wrath of Allah" by Robert E Burns
“Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out” by Ibn Warraq
* Ibn Warraq’s books are available from: http://www.prometheusbooks.com/site
* The above are written by authors critical of Islam. The following books were written by Arab/Islamic scholars, are accepted by Muslims as authoritative and are essential reading for accurate information about Islam:
“Sirat Rasul Allah,” (The Life of Muhammad) by Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad b. Yasr, translated in English by A. Guillaume; first by published by Oxford University Press, London in 1955; fifteenth reprint by Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan, 2001.
“Muhammad at Mecca,” by Al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, vol. vi, translated and annotated by W. Montgomery Watt and M.V. McDonald, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1988.
“The Foundation of the Community, Muhammad at al-Medina” by Al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, vol. vii, translated and annotated by
M.V. McDonald and W. Montgomery Watt, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1987.
“The Victory of Islam” by Al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, vol. viii, translated by Michael Fishbein, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1997.
“The Last Years of the Prophet” by Al-Tabari, Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Jarir, vol. ix, translated by Ismail K. Poonwala, , State University of
New York Press, Albany, 1990
* The above books deal with the life of Muhammad. Al-Tabari’s books are based on Ibn Ishaq’s work. The next two books are about the spread of Islam after Muhammad’s death:
“The History of Al-Tabari: The conquest of Arabia” vol.10
“The History of Al-Tabari: The Challenge to the Empires” vol.11
The Quran - several translations
* The Hadith are the traditions of deeds and words attributed to the Prophet Muhammad which, after the Quran, provide the basis of Islamic law:
Sahih Abu Dawud
SKEPTICS ANNOTATED QUR'AN Easy to look up verses on various topics
"The Caged Virgin" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance" by Cheryl Benard
"Princess" by Jean P. Sasson
"Daughters of Arabia" by Jean P. Sasson "
"Desert Royal" by Jean P. Sasson
"Princess Sultana’s Daughter" by Jean P. Sasson
The above four books deal with the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia as told by a Saudi princess.
“I' Safiya” by Safiya Hussaini Tungar Tula & Raffaelle Masta, published by McMillan publishers. - The story of a woman sentenced to be stoned to death.
"Not Without my Daughter" by Betty Mahmoody - An American woman’s escape from Iran with her daughter.
"Without Mercy" by Mariam Ali
"SOLD" by Mariam Ali - British born daughters sold into marriage in Yemen by their father.
"Do they Hear you When you Cry" by Fauziya Kassindja - A young woman from Togo escapes to America in order to avoid genital mutilation.
“Women and the Koran” by Anwar Hekmat
“The Stoning of Soraya M.” by Freidoune Sahebjam - Horror story of an Iranian woman being stoned to death.
"Broken Bangles" by Hanifa Dean
"Once I was a Princess" by Jacqueline Gillespie
"Mirage" by Soheir Khashogi, women's lives in Saudi Arabia (fiction?).
"My Forbidden Face" by Latifa - Women under the Taliban
"Zoya's Story" by Zoya with John Follain and Rita Cristofani - Women under the Taliban
“Slave” by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis - The harrowing story of an African girl kidnapped by Arab slave traders.
“Abortion” by Janet Hadley
“The Third Revolution” by Paul Harrison - human population and the environment.
“The Future Eaters” by Tim Flannery - human population and the environment.
“Rethinking Life and Death” by Peter Singer - Examines traditional views on euthanasia and abortion.
“The Population Explosion” by Paul R. Ehrlich & Anne H. Ehrlich
“Billions and Billions” by Carl Sagan
"For the love of a child" by Betty Mahmoody - Stories of children abducted.
“God’s Earth” by Paul Collins - Environmental issues and the Catholic Church.
“The Demon-Haunted World” by Carl Sagan - An antidote against superstition
“The Worst of Times: Illegal Abortion Survivors, Practitioners, Coroners, Cops and Children of Women Who Died Talk About its Horrors” by Patricia G. Miller
“Mandatory Motherhood: The True Meaning of ‘Right to Life’ by Garret James Hardin
“Back Rooms: An Oral History of the Illegal Abortion Era” by Ellen Messer and Kathryn E. May, PsyD.- Women’s stories of surviving illegal abortion prior to Roe vs Wade.
“Moments on Maple Avenue: The Reality of Abortion” by Louse Kapp Howe - Stories from an abortion clinic.
"CRUSADERS: Voices from the Abortion Front" by Marian Faux