Islamic Texts Society

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Islamic Texts Society
Founded 1981
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Cambridge
Distribution Worldwide
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics Islam, Islamic legal studies (fiqh), Sufism
Official website

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]


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 publications[edit]

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 also[edit]


  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. ^ 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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