Try Reza Aslan’s No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, or Sadakat Kadri’s Heaven on Earth: A Journey through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern World.
Curious about Islam and women? Look for Amina Wadud’s Quran and Woman – Dr. Wadud is one of the most prominent American Muslim scholars. For a perspective on ordinary women’s lived experiences, check out the anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (compiled by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Masnavi). Scott Kugle’s collection of oral histories, Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims looks at the often-overlooked LGBTQ+ Muslim community.
To learn more about being Muslim in the United States, check out Su’ad Abdul Khabeer’s Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip-Hop in the United States.