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.[3] Since its inception, ITS has worked in collaboration with scholars including Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, David Burrell, Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Martin Lings, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Eric Ormsby, and Timothy Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad).[4]


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.[5][6]

Notable publicationsEdit

The Islamic Texts Society has published over sixty titles, including the bestselling[7] 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.[8]

One project of the ITS is the “Ghazali Series”, aiming to publish in English works of Muhammad Abu Hamid al-Ghazali.[9][3] Two of its volumes won the British Book Design and Production Award (best general paperback) in 1991 and 1993.[9][10]

Another ITS project is the “Fundamental Rights and Liberties in Islam Series”, which includes several studies by Mohammad Hashim Kamali.[3][11]

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, audience
  2. ^ "283832 - ISLAMIC TEXTS SOCIETY". Charity Commission.
  3. ^ a b c See Matheson Trust/Publishers.
  4. ^ David B. Burrell, Questing for Understanding: Persons, Places, Passions, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012, p.68.
  5. ^ Mention of QE in the profile of Gray Henry at Circle of One.
  6. ^ Review of Medicine of the Prophet, by A. H. L. Holdijk Archived 21 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Al-Ahram Weekly, 11–17 May 2000.
  7. ^ Ranked “#1 in Islamic Studies” and “#17 in Religious History of Islam” by Amazon UK as of August 2019.
  8. ^ Elma Ruth Harder, “Reclaiming the Islamic Intellectual Tradition”, Center for Islam and Science. Also available from Brill’s Index Islamicus.
  9. ^ a b “Books on Islam for the West”, a 1993 article in the New Straits Times.
  10. ^ Cover calligraphy by Tom Perkins.
  11. ^ List of Kamali titles at ConstitutionNet.

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