SHAFAQNA –There is a lot to be said for the digitized Islamic texts gradually being made available online through the work of many hard-working volunteers. If you’re like me, those online documents are great for looking something up, but when you want to read a book cover to cover or carry it with you, nothing compares to an actual book.
So where can you find Shia Islamic books? I asked people on Shia forums to share their sources and conducted Internet searches, and here are the fruits of that labor for your use.
The following websites seem to be the top choices for Shia Islamic books in terms of accessibility, selection, and quality.
This is the online catalog of the Al-Khoei Center in New York with English titles, as well as Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi. Cheaper prices can sometimes be found elsewhere, so it pays to shop around. But this site has a strong selection that is regularly updated, the best search options, fast shipping, and interactive features such as reviews by readers and updates. You can also make secure donations to Shia Islamic charity needs from the store just as you would purchase a book.
This site has a variety of books but specializes in the low-cost P.E.T. publications. Based in the US; low shipping costs. You do have to click a few too many times to put a book in the cart, but it is well worth it!
This site offers a smaller selection, but is notable for its excellent item descriptions, good prices and some unique or rare offerings. It is run by the family that has published a number of great prayer books and children’s workbooks under the name Tayyiba Publishers. They ship only in the United States.
This website is based in Canada. It has a good selection that includes some titles rarely seen or unable elsewhere. A few nice features are that you can add multiple items from a page to your cart at once, you can easily convert currency, and you can pay conveniently by PayPal. It is a little harder to search than some sites but worth spending the time.
The ultra-ubiquitous publisher ships from Iran, so to use this site you have to be willing to tolerate shipping times counted in months rather than days or weeks. It has a very large selection in a variety of languages, including English, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, French, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian, Tajikistani, Spanish, German and few others.
And here are the runners-up: these sites may be less appealing due to lower selection, increased shipping costs or delays, or poorly functioning websites.
Both AbeBooks and Amazon have an ever-increasing collection of Shia books. Try these if you are looking for a specific title, especially if it is out of print – the used book sellers can offer surprising finds with the great ease of the AbeBooks and Amazon interfaces.
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