Book Review Archives - Tolou International Institute

The Meaning of Life from the Perspective of the Quran and Narrations

Ali Movahediān ‘Aṭṭār’s book explores the meaning of life through the lens of the Quran and narrations. It examines whether the Qur’anic perspective can be understood independently of belief in God, making it relevant for all. Key themes include faith, righteous deeds, and acquiring goodness. The book offers strategies for living a meaningful life based on Quranic principles, addressing both individual and collective aspects of existence.

Two Hundred Questions and Answers about Imām of the Time

Divīst Pursish va Pāsukh Pīramūn-i Imām Zamān (a) is a two-volume book by Sayyid Jaʿfar Mūsavīnasab that provides answers to 200 questions about the concept of Imamate, with a focus on the life and Imamate of Imām Mahdī (a). This book addresses various aspects such as his birth, occultation, reappearance, and the establishment of a global government. It serves as an important resource for Shiʿa scholars and contains 89 answered questions in its second volume.

Sufyānī from Rise to Decline

This book delves into the character of Sufyani in Islamic eschatology. Based on authentic narrations, it explores Sufyani’s traits, uprising, goals, and ultimate fate at the hands of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.). A valuable resource for understanding Mahdism and the narrations related to Imam Mahdi’s (a.t.f.s.) emergence.

Jalāʾ al-ʿUyūn

Jalāʾ al-ʿUyūn by ʿAllāma Majlisī is a Persian book that introduces the fourteen Infallibles in Shiʿa Islam. Written in the 11th century, it covers their biographies, virtues, miracles, and the importance of shedding tears for their sufferings. The book has been translated into multiple languages and is highly recommended, including an English translation.

Difāʿ az Mahdawiyyat

Difāʿ az Mahdawiyyat by ʿAlī Aṣghar Riḍvānī is a concise Persian book that defends the belief in the Mahdī. It refutes objections from Orientalists and Muslim intellectuals, providing evidence from Islamic sources. Recommended for those supporting Mahdism.

Dīnshināsī az Dīdgāh-i Ḥaḍrat-i Mahdī

This book examines Islamic and religious teachings from the perspective of Imam Mahdi (a). The author uses hadiths and narrations narrated from Imam Mahdi (a) to address topics such as monotheism, imamate, prophethood, resurrection, jurisprudential rulings, ethics, sin, and prayer.

Tārīkh-i Qurʾān (History of the Qurʾān)

Tārīkh-i Qurʾān by Muḥammad Hādī Maʿrifat is a comprehensive book on Qurʾānic studies. It covers the revelation, compilation, recitations, and addresses claims of distortion. With valuable insights and authoritative scholarship, this book is a valuable resource for understanding the history of the Qurʾān.

Ādāb al-Mutaʿallimīn [Etiquette of Knowledge-Seekers]

Ādāb al-Mutaʿallimīn by Khāja Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī is a renowned book that offers essential guidelines for knowledge-seekers in Islam. With twelve insightful chapters, it covers topics like intention, field selection, seriousness, reflection, and piety. This concise and valuable guide is a must-read for those interested in acquiring knowledge with Islamic etiquette and precision.

Book Review: The Basic Layers of Cognition

In the present book, Dr. Ahmadi explains and criticizes traditional philosophical theories of the nature, limits, methods, possibility, and value of knowing. The traditional problems of epistemology in Islamic and Western philosophy from Avicenna and Allamah Tabatabaei to Descartes and Kant are explored and criticized, and the author’s own theories are presented.

Book Review: Family in Islam

The present book consists of six chapters, which include: the family and the foundations of ontology and anthropology of Islam, the family and its evolution, the pillars and status of the family, the functions of the family in Islam, and the final section of the book deals with the stresses of the family.