Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood, (born Rosalyn Rushbrook in 1942, later Rosalyn Kendrick) is a British author of some forty books on Islam and other subjects.


Maqsood was born in London in 1942.[1][2] She graduated from the University of Hull in 1963 with an honours degree in Christian Theology,[1][2][3] and gained a DipEd in 1964.[2] Maqsood was a convert to Islam from Christianity in 1986.[3][4][5] She taught religious studies in the United Kingdom for more than thirty years.[4] Prior to her retirement in 1996,[1][3] she had been head of religious education at a Hull secondary school.[6]

She has written more than forty books on religious topics.[7] Under her first married name Rosalyn Kendrick, she wrote several books about aspects of Christian theology.[2] From 1992, she published a large body of writing to introduce Islam to English speaking people.[8] Her book for children, Islamic Mosques (2005), includes information about mosques and how to pronounce Islamic terms.[9] Need to Know?: Islam (2008) was considered a contemporary "Tablīgh" by Insights.[8]


Title Year Publisher Notes
Does God Have a Body? and Other Questions 1977 SCM Press, London as Rosalyn Kendrick[2][10]
Jesus of Nazareth: Plays for the Classroom 1979 Edward Arnold, London as Rosalyn Kendrick[2]
Setting the Foundations: A Guide to the Study of the Life and Teaching of Jesus Christ as Presented in the First Three Gospels 1983 Hulton Educational, Amersham as Rosalyn Kendrick [2]
The Trouble with God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion 1983 H.E. Walter, Worthing, West Sussex [2]
In the Steps of Jesus: Insights Into the Life and World of Christ 1985 Hulton Educational, Amersham as Rosalyn Kendrick [2]
Examining Religions: Moral Issues in Six Religions, ed. W. Owen Cole 1991 Heinemann, Oxford as Rosalyn Kendrick [2]
The Separated Ones: Jesus, the Pharisees, and Islam 1991 SCM Press, London [2]
Where Did I Go Wrong? 1992 St. Paul Publications as Rosalyn Rushbrook
Sacred Texts: The Qur'an 1993 Heinemann, Oxford [2]
Petra: A Traveller's Guide 1994 Garnet Press, Reading [2]
For Heaven's Sake 1994 Ta-Ha Publications, London [2]
Thinking about God 1994 American Trust Publications, Plainfield, Indiana [2]
Living with Teenagers: A Guide for Muslim Parents 1995 Ta-Ha Publications, London [2]
The Story at I'd 1995 Heinemann Educational, Oxford
Life Beyond Death: Christian Response to Bereavement 1995 Canterbury Press, Norwich as Rosalyn Kendrick
The Muslim Marriage Guide 1995 Quilliam Press, London [2]
Islam: A Dictionary 1996 [2]
The Beautiful Commands of Allah 1997 Goodword Books, New Delhi [2]
Bride of the Nile 1998 Wolfhound Press YA fiction[11]
The Muslim Prayer Encyclopaedia: A Complete Guide to Prayers as Taught by the Prophet Muhammad 1998 Goodword Books, New Delhi [2]
After Death, Life: Thoughts to Alleviate the Grief of All Muslims Facing Death and Bereavement 1998 Goodword Books, New Delhi [2]
Living Islam: Treading the Path of the Ideal 1998 Goodword Books, New Delhi [2]
A Basic Dictionary of Islam 1998 Goodword Books, New Delhi [2]
The Beautiful Promises of Allah 1998 Goodword Books, New Delhi [2]
The Beloved Prophet 1999 Able Publishing, Knebworth [2]
The Problem of Evil 2000 Adam Publishers, Delhi [2]
The Sign of the Gnat 2000 Adam Publishers, Delhi [2]
The Mysteries of Jesus: A Muslim Study of the Origins and Doctrines of the Christian Church 2000 Sakina Books, Oxford [2][4][12]
GCSE Islam - the Do-it-Yourself Guide 2001 Goodword Books, New Delhi; IPCI, Birmingham [2]
What Every Christian Should Know about Islam 2002 Islamic Foundation, Leicester [2][3]
Islamic Mosques 2005 Raintree, Oxford
Teach Yourself Islam 1994; 3rd ed. 2006 Hodder and Stoughton, London [2]
Islam - An Introduction: Teach Yourself 2010
Islam Made Simple: Flash 2011
Islam (Collins Need to Know?) 2012 HarperCollins, London [2][8]


  1. ^ a b c Meehan, Sumayyah (4 October 2007). "Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood, an Interview". The Muslim Observer. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af "Introduction to 'I was Ready'". Insights (S. 1) (20724586). 1 (4): 151–162. June 2009. ISSN 2072-4586.
  3. ^ a b c d Ahmad, Anis (Spring 2002). "Reviewed Work: What Every Christian Should Know About Islam by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood". Islamic Studies. Islamabad: Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University. 41 (1): 120–124. JSTOR 20837170.
  4. ^ a b c Maishanu, Isa Muhammad (Spring 2003). "Reviewed Work: A Muslim Study of the Origins of the Christian Church by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood". Islamic Studies. Islamabad: Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University. 42 (1): 160–167. JSTOR 20837259.
  5. ^ "Women in Islam". Canada & the World Backgrounder. 72 (1): 6. 2006 – via EBSCOhost.
  6. ^ Maqsood, Ruqaiyyah Waris (March–April 2004). "A week in the life of.. Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood". Emel. No. 4. London, England. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  7. ^ Kressel, Neil J. (2012). "The sons of pigs and apes" : Muslim antisemitism and the conspiracy of silence (1st ed.). Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-59797-811-8. OCLC 967589479.
  8. ^ a b c Zafar, Muhammad Imtiaz (2010). "Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood Need to Know? Islam Understand the Religion behind the Headlines". Insights. 3 (2): 267–278 – via EBSCOhost.
  9. ^ Moore, Ann W. (November 2005). "Hindu Mandirs/Buddhist Temples/Islamic Mosques …". School Library Journal. 51 (11): 114–115 – via EBSCOhost.
  10. ^ Donovan, K, S.J. (1978). "Review: Does God have a Body?". The Month: 139. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  11. ^ "First Flush: Young Adults". Books Ireland. Wordwell Ltd. (212): 111. April 1998. JSTOR 20623607.
  12. ^ "Review: The Mysteries of Jesus". Q News: The Muslim Magazine: 30–31. 2000. Retrieved 22 November 2019.