This is a continuously updated list of books and other reading materials.

My Reading List

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How to Read a Book - Mortimer Adler

Before embarking on any reading enterprise, you want to learn how to strategically approach a book. This work is a primer in understanding the four stages of reading and how can one begin to develop expertise in a body of knowledge.


Muhammad: His life - Martin Lings

Bismarck: A Life - Jonathan Steinberg

Frederick the Great - Tim Blanning

From Third World to First - Lee Kuan Yew

Storm of Steel - Ernst Junger


Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
by Nassim Taleb

Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
by M.M. Waldrop

Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies
by Geoffrey West

The Misbehaviour of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward
by Benoit Mandelbrot

Thinking in Systems
by Donella Meadows

Network Science
by Albert-László Barabási

The Square and the Tower
by Niall Ferguson


Age of Anger - Pankaj Mishra

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond

The Crisis of Islamic Civilisation - Ali Allawi

The Lessons of History - Will Durant

The Muqadimmah - Ibn Khaldun

The Peloponnesian War - Donald Kagan

The Origins of Political Order - Francis Fukuyama

The Collapse of Complex Societies - Joseph Tainter

What is History? - E.H. Carr

Administration, Governance & Statecraft

Advice to War Time Presidents - Angelo Codevilla

Seeing like a State - James C. Scott

Political Economy

The National Economy - Friedrich List

The Long Twentieth Century - Giovanni Arrighi

Political Philosophy & Theory

Alternative Paradigms: Impact of Islamic and Western Weltanschauungs on Political Theory - Ahmet Davutoglu

The End of History and the Last Man - Francis Fukuyama

The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament – Wael Hallaq

Why Liberalism Failed - Patrick Deneen


Formations of the Secular - Talal Asad

Islam and the Destiny of Man - Gai Eaton

Islam Between East and West - Alija Izetbegovic

Prolegomena to the Metaphysics of Islam - Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas


The Silmarillion - J.R.R Tolkien

The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R Tolkien

The Complete Fiction - H.P. Lovecraft

The Complete Chronicles of Conan - Robert E. Howard

The Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov

My favourite magazines, newsletters and thinkers




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