Islamic Texts Society

The Islamic Texts Society (ITS) is a peer-reviewed, British publishing house which concentrates on academic and general titles on Islam.[1] It is registered as an educational charity in the UK.[2]

Islamic Texts Society
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationCambridge
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsIslam, Islamic legal studies (fiqh), Sufism



The Islamic Texts Society was founded in Cambridge, United Kingdom, in 1981.[citation needed] Since its inception, ITS has worked in collaboration with scholars including Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Timothy Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad), Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Eric Ormsby.[citation needed]


The ITS also had an imprint, Quinta Essentia, focused on symbolism, the arts, and universal spirituality. This has since been transferred to the American publisher Fons Vitae.[3][4][5]

Notable publicationsEdit

The Islamic Texts Society has published over sixty titles, including the bestselling[citation needed] biography by Martin Lings, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, and key works on Hadith studies, Islamic jurisprudence and Sufism. The long term aim of the Islamic Texts Society is to provide a comprehensive English library on Islam and its various disciplines.[6]

One project of the ITS is the "Ghazali Series", aiming to publish in English works of Muhammad Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. Two of its volumes won the British Book Design and Production Award (best general paperback) in 1991 and 1993.[7][4]

Another ITS project is the "Fundamental Rights and Liberties in Islam Series", which includes several studies by Mohammad Hashim Kamali.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Schlegell, Barbara von (July–September 2002). "Translating Sufism". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 122 (3): 9. the translations are accurate but it is clear they are intended for a wide, and not necessarily academic, audienceCS1 maint: Date format (link)
  2. ^ "283832 - ISLAMIC TEXTS SOCIETY". Charity Commission.
  3. ^ Mention of QE in the profile of Gray Henry at Circle of One.
  4. ^ a b Mention of awards and Quinta Essentia at Gray Henry's ZoomInfo profile.
  5. ^ Review of Medicine of the Prophet, by A. H. L. Holdijk, Al-Ahram Weekly, 11–17 May 2000.
  6. ^ Elma Ruth Harder, “Reclaiming the Islamic Intellectual Tradition”, Center for Islam and Science.
  7. ^ “Books on Islam for the West”, a 1993 article in the New Straits Times.

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