The Message Of Quran

The Message of the Qur’an - English Edition

To date, The Book Foundation has produced and supplied over 70,000 copies of The Message of the Qur’an (Muhammad Asad’s magnum opus) in its magnificent edition designed by Fe-Noon, first published in 2003 in two formats (hardback and slipcase set with six paperbacks) and re-issued in 2008 in a more compact version, also in two formats (hardback and slipcase set with three paperbacks).

Distinctive features of new edition

These editions have four elements: Arabic text and transliteration, and Muhammad Asad's English translation and matchless commentary, as well as beautiful artwork and design features by the internationally renowned Muslim artist and scholar, Dr. Ahmed Moustafa. As the distinguished British Muslim, Hasan Gai Eaton, explains in a new Prologue to the work, there exists no more useful guide to the Qur'an in the English language than Muhammad Asad's translation and commentary, and no other translator has come so close to conveying the meaning of the Qur'an to those who may not be able to read the Arabic text or the classical commentaries.

The Message of the Qur’an - German Edition

Der Botschaft Des Koran, the German translation of The Message of the Qur’an sponsored by The Book Foundation and launched by Patmos Verlag in November 2009 has been much praised for its excellence within the German-speaking world and received many highly positive reviews. The Book Foundation played an active role in advising and supporting its German agents so as to ensure the highest standards of excellence in the quality of translation and design.

The Message of the Qur’an - Spanish Edition

The Book Foundation sponsored a meticulously accurate and faithful Spanish translation of The Message of the Qur’an (El Mensaje del Qur’an) which was published in 2005, and thanks to the generosity of benefactors. 2,500 copies of this edition were shipped to the Southern California office of CAIR for distribution to the Spanish-speaking Muslim community in Los Angeles. The translator has since developed a detailed Exploratory Index for the Spanish and English versions.

The Message of the Qur’an - Other translations

The Book Foundation is actively evaluating new projects to translate The Message of the Qur’an into other languages, including French and Japanese. The prospect of a Chinese translation is also being considered.

Publication standards

Strict evaluation criteria are employed before granting to any publisher the rights to produce editions or translations of any of the works of Muhammad Asad for which The Book Foundation exercises copyright. These standards cover the integrity and quality of translation and design. Scholars consulted in evaluating drafts have included Dr Murad Hofmann, the distinguished German diplomat and author, Dr Laurence Selin, Director of the Institute des Developments Culturel in Paris, and Dr Bassam Saeh, a noted scholar of Arabic based in Oxford.

The Message of the Qur’an - Digital Version

Towards the end of 2011, after careful evaluation, The Book Foundation engaged Magnicode Inc of California USA, the developer behind the hugely successful My Quran App, to build a digital version of The Message of the Quran in the form of an application for the iPad. It is anticipated that similar projects will follow to develop further Apps to extend to other platforms such as Android.

Collaboration with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

The Book Foundation has distributors in the UK and USA supplying copies to the mainstream book trade, but most of the copies have been donated to support two outreach projects initiated by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the USA: first, their highly successful ‘Explore the Quran’ campaign which offered a copy of The Book Foundation’s edition of The Message of the Qur’an to any non-Muslim American who asked for one; and, more recently, their ‘Share the Qur’an’ project, through which they hope to distribute a total of one million copies to the American public in a multi-year initiative as part of their outreach work to improve understanding of Islam in the USA.

This ground-breaking outreach initiative was prompted by President Obama’s address to Muslims worldwide soon after his election. It aims to educate policy-makers and opinion leaders about Islam, and also to provide an opportunity for American Muslims to reach out to their fellow citizens of other faiths. CAIR intends to distribute the first 100,000 copies to governors, state attorney generals, educators, law enforcement officials, state and national legislators, local elected and public officials, media professionals, and other local or national leaders who shape public opinion or determine policy.

“All of us at CAIR are full of gratitude to The Book Foundation, its staff, founders, and donors, for what you are doing to help educate about Islam. We are so honored by our partnership with you. We have reached so many hearts and minds through the Explore the Quran Project. Almost no two days pass without receiving a heart-warming letter or message from some professor, journalist, politician, or others who have received a copy and are grateful for it. I have to say that it is such a pleasure to work with other Muslims who carry their work with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. I can tell you that this is the most enjoyable project I have been involved in my whole life.” ~ Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR, Southern California, on the collaborative work between CAIR and The Book Foundation.

“I wanted to thank you for this extraordinary gift. But more than just this gift, your efforts to open up a dialogue between people of all faiths, specifically to help educate non-Muslims on the religious and cultural traditions of Islam, come as a soothing balm to soothe a sick and troubled and disastrously misinformed public. For that you deserve the gratitude of a nation.” ~ From a letter of thanks by a recipient of a free copy of The Message of the Qur’an distributed by CAIR.

The purpose of the project is not to proselytise but to meet the huge interest among the non-Muslim American population in what the Qur'an really says and what Islam really stands for. An opinion survey carried out by CAIR in 2005 revealed that 40 million Americans have expressed a wish to receive a copy of the Qur'an. This demand eloquently suggests that Americans want to learn for themselves rather than rely on common prejudices or misleading media reports.

In Hilliard, Ohio U.S.A, police detective Charles Scalf ordered a Qur'an to learn about the beliefs of his city's growing Muslim population: "You hear so many different things about what the Qur'an says – I thought, why don't I read it myself?"

"The best way to pursue peace is to get to know your neighbour a whole lot better than we do now," says the Rev. Thomas Martin, a retired Presbyterian Minister in Powell, Ohio, who requested a Qur'an. "If I'm going to know my neighbours, I need to know something about their faith." ~ ABC World News Tonight June 6 2005 (viewed by 9 million people).

Impressive survey results

A survey carried out by CAIR has revealed that:

  • 92% of those who responded believe that educational programs like CAIR's Explore the Qur'an Project are beneficial to prevent misunderstandings and conflict.
  • 77% report that their knowledge about Islam has increased after reading all or part of the Qur'an.
  • 70% report that they have shared the information they have learned from reading the Qur'an with their family, friends or co-workers.
  • 55% found many similarities between the Qur'an and their own beliefs.

Almost all the 1,310 survey respondents provided individual comments which detail how impressed they were with the copy given to them. They urge us to do more to carry the project forward.

Scope of the project

Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR, Southern California, reports that this is the most exciting and successful project he has ever been involved in. He explains that "new donated copies will also allow us to hand deliver a copy to the hundreds of key newspaper editors and reporters, political and law enforcement leaders, as well as interfaith leaders whom our chapters work with in over 30 majors cities across the US and Canada. These are people who already have a working relationship with Muslims, but have not had the opportunity to receive a copy of the Qur'an and might be too busy to order one online from CAIR."

Winning hearts and minds

The response from those receiving this magnificent edition has been overwhelmingly positive. One recipient, a devout Catholic training to be a priest, was so inspired by the gift that he decided to fast the whole month of Ramadan in his seminary and read the whole Qur'an during this time. This is an extract from his letter of thanks:

~ "I had no idea that when I signed up to receive the Holy Qur'an that I would receive this absolutely beautiful book! I would like to observe Ramadan this year as a spiritual practice of my own in solidarity with the Islamic community and the community around me and around the world."

Another non-Muslim wrote:
"Thank you very much for the beautiful copy of the Holy Qur'an. I am amazed at how poetic and eloquent a scripture it is, and the illustrations and illuminations are incredible. I have learned some more about the life of Muhammad, and I am amazed at how much of the lyrical beauty is retained in the translation. The annotations are also very helpful."

Further encouraging feedback

And Hussam Ayloush reports this inspiring encounter after one of his outreach talks at a college in California:

"After my talk, I was approached by a professor who told me that he ordered a copy of the Qur'an four months ago after he heard about the offer. He added that this has been the most beautiful and most powerful book he has ever read or seen. He added how he keeps it on his main table at home so all his friends and relatives come and see. He said he loves it when people come and ask him about it."

Such wonderful responses from recipients show how a well-organised collaborative effort of this kind can be so effective in distributing large numbers of copies. At a time of such misunderstanding about the true message of Islam, the educational importance of making such a fine edition available to so many non-Muslims can hardly be exaggerated. Their heart-warming response speaks for itself.

The success of this project owes much to the organisational flair and outreach of CAIR coupled with the inspiring quality of the new edition published by The Book Foundation. But it is of course the generosity of benefactors who have made all this possible. As Brother Hussam says, "May Allah reward and bless all those who are making this dream happen."

Donation to Al Birr Foundation, London

1500 copies of The Message of the Qur'an were donated to Al-Birr Foundation, a registered UK charity (No. 1059473), in 2006 for distribution to libraries, universities, schools, and Islamic institutions in the UK, as well as to engage in further outreach to journalists, politicians, and other opinion leaders. Al-Birr Foundation, whose stated aim to make the Qur’an “freely and easily available to all those who wish to study and understand it”, was particularly pleased to be able to distribute the translation by Muhammad Asad, which they believe is best suited to intelligent and inquiring readers in the West. 1,500 copies of The Road to Mecca were also supplied to Al-Birr at the same time for free distribution.

Other Written Works

The Road to Mecca

In this extraordinary and beautifully-written autobiography, Muhammad Asad tells of his initial rejection of all institutional religions, his entree into Taoism, his fascinating travels as a diplomat, and finally his embrace of Islam. The Book Foundation granted Fons Vitae permission in 2000 to reprint and distribute the original English version of The Road to Mecca.

The Book Foundation has granted the following publishers permission to publish translations of works by Muhammad Asad:

  • Patmos Verlag for the republication of the German translation of The Road to Mecca (Der Weg nach Mekka), 2009.
  • Sodong Publishing for a Korean translation of The Road to Mecca.
  • Edition Bukhara for German translations of Islam at the Crossroads (Islam am Scheideweg), 2007, and Principles of State and Government in Islam, 2011.
  • Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for an Arabic translation of Islam at the Crossroads, 2009.

Other works sponsored by The Book Foundation and produced by Fe-Noon include:

  • The Attributes of Divine Perfection, by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, with an introductory essay by Charles le Gai Eaton, and artwork by Dr Ahmed Moustafa, 1998.
  • The Concept of Justice in Islam by Charles le Gai Eaton, 2005. The Book Foundation donated 10,000 copies of this booklet to CAIR in 2007 for their outreach work throughout the USA.

The Education Project

The Book Foundation has developed and published the following series of books to support its educational mission:

1. The Book of Revelations

A Sourcebook of Themes from the Holy Qur’an, edited by Kabir Helminski. 265 titled selections from the Qur’an with interpretations by Muhammad Asad, Yusuf Ali, and others, highlighting the essential spiritual themes of the book, presented in a fresh contemporary translation of high literary quality. An essential sourcebook for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
“The Book Foundation publications are beautiful in form and content. I am especially impressed with The Book of Revelations. Deep knowledge and insight into the Qur'an is manifest in the titles given to the selections. I am in awe of that book.” ~ Ingrid Mattson, Vice- President of ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) and Professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary.

2. The Book of Character

An Anthology of Writings on Virtue from Islamic and Other Sources, edited by Camille Helminski.
“This exquisitely beautiful, moving expression of the virtues of believers in Islam and other religious traditions prove the spiritual unity and harmony of all mankind. [It] comes as a balm for the Muslim heart and soul. Numerous relevant illustrations from the lives of the prophets, Sahabah, saints, religious teachers and spiritual exemplars from other major world religions prove that the quest for absolute values which alone give meaning to life and death is universal, innate in the basic nature of the human being, transcending race, sex, time or place.” ~ Muslim World Book Review, 2005.

“Islam's ethical tradition is one of the richest in the history of human thought. This book provides a general reader with an excellent selection from that tradition and it can be opened at any page with delight.” ~ Hamza Yusuf, Director of Zaytuna Institute.

“I am truly inspired by what you are all doing at the Book Foundation. I have been using your Book of Character as a wonderful resource for talks, reminders and youth programmes.” ~ Faraz Zai

US Congress Project

In 2007, The Book Foundation supported a project managed by its US office to send a copy of The Book of Character to every member of the US Congress, comprising both senators and members of the House of Representatives. The project ensured that Members of Congress were not only sent a copy of the book and a covering letter explaining what had motivated the Charity to send them a copy, but were also individually contacted to engage them in turning their attention to it and in commenting on it.

3. The Book of Essential Islam, by Ali Rafea, with Aisha and Aliaa Rafea.

This book examines the main teachings and practices of Islam with lucidity and depth, applying a corrective to the distortions and misconceptions of Islam that abound.

4. The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam, by Jamal Rahman.

This book incorporates practical spiritual exercises and reflections for inner work and the development of spiritual qualities and awareness as well as specific guidance on how to translate its teachings through compassionate action in the world.

“The Fragrance of Faith reveals the inner Islam that has been passed down through the generations. We need reminders of this ‘enlightened heart of Islam’ in our lives, our homes, and our schools. In Jamal Rahman’s book Islam is alive and well.” ~ Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Author Islam: A Sacred Law and What’s Right With Islam.

“This heartfelt book is perfect for the classroom, whether in a Muslim context, or outside of it. It conveys a tradition of compassion and humor passed through one family that represents the best Islam has to offer. And Mr. Rahman is highly entertaining.” ~ Michael Wolfe, Author The Hadj: An American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca, Executive Producer, Unity Productions Foundation (UPF).

5. The Book of Nature: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Perspectives on Nature and the Environment, edited by Camille Helminski.

This anthology presents an uplifting and universal approach to appreciating the natural order from a Muslim perspective. Each chapter is introduced with a passage from the Qur’an and followed by a wide range of pieces that remind us of the Divine Order in Nature and the interdependence of all life.

6. The Book of Language

Exploring the Spiritual Vocabulary of Islam, by Kabir Helminski, with an Introductory Essay by Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad and Appendices by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas. This important book is a deep glossary of Qur’anic terms, essential English terms for education and spirituality, as well as essays reflecting on the importance of language.

7. The Book of Hadith

A compilation of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, selected by Hasan Gai Eaton from the Mishkat al Misabih, with a 25-page Introduction by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas, and edited by Kabir Helminski and Jeremy Henzell-Thomas. Robson’s original translation has been adapted by Mahmoud Mostafa, and the Arabic text supplied for each of the hadith.

British Schools Project

The Book Foundation supported a collaborative project with emel Magazine in 2006 to distribute a Qur’an to every school which requested one. 148 independent schools, including some of the most prestigious in the country (Eton, Charterhouse, and Millfield, amongst others) requested a copy which was duly dispatched to the librarian at each school. Many appreciative letters were received.

“I would like to thank you for your generous gift of the beautiful book, The Message of the Qur'an. We have many Arabic students and World Religions is an important area of study at Atlantic College. This book will be a tremendous addition to our library here.” ~ Librarian, United World College of the Atlantic.

“I would like to thank you most sincerely for sending us a copy of The Message of the Qur'an. It will make a beautiful and practical addition to our resources for students and staff, and I am sure that it will help us to gain insight into the Muslim faith.” ~ Headmaster, Merchant Taylors School.

Advancing the Educational Mission of The Book Foundation

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

Articles on education in Islamica Magazine

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas contributed a series of 3 articles on education for Islamica Magazine between 2005-2006: ‘Thinking Skills: Engaging the Intellect Holistically’; ‘Thinking Outside the Box’; and ‘Key Elements of Holistic Education.’ Jeremy also served on the Advisory Board of Islamica Magazine, 2005-2009.

Articles published in emel Magazine

‘Reflections’ essays in emel Magazine Since 2006, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas has written 31 essays in the Reflections series in emel magazine, a successful Muslim lifestyle magazine edited by Sarah Joseph, aimed largely at young professional Muslims in the UK, but now also distributed widely in the USA.

The objective in these articles reflects the educational mission of The Book Foundation in making Islamic principles and values (and especially the spiritual teachings of the Qur’an as clarified in the commentary of Muhammad Asad) accessible to a wider readership of inquiring Muslims by relating them to topical contemporary issues and bringing mature reflection to life in a concise, lively and readable form. The magazine has made available a selection of these essays online, and plans to issue a book-length compilation of all the essays in due course.

Titles include:

  • Walking in Nature: A Call to the Heart
  • Taking Responsibility for Others
  • Choosing an Abundant Life
  • Knowing Where We Are
  • Following the Middle Way
  • Reaching beyond Self-Interest: The Power of Altruism
  • Seeing All That We Do
  • Restoring Dignity Through Compassionate Care
  • Talking to the Young: Honouring the Sacred Trust of Parenting
  • Islam and The Future of Philanthropy
  • Embracing Optimism: Becoming a Creative Minority in the Media
  • Reclaiming an Authentic Life
  • Embarking on Higher Education: The Unending Quest for True Excellence
  • The Festival of the Sacrifice: Surrendering One’s Whole Being to God
  • Entering the Garden
  • What Ghazali Means to Me: Becoming what we Know
  • Living up to Shared Values
  • The Good Word: Speaking in the Finest Manner
  • Memories of Sarajevo: The Healing Power of Art and Music

Articles in the Credo column of The Times

From 2010-2011 Jeremy Henzell-Thomas contributed a series of articles for the Credo column of The Times newspaper from a Muslim perspective.

Other Published Work

Other published work by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas advancing the educational mission of The Book Foundation includes the following:

  • Where The Two Oceans Meet: The Art of Ahmed Moustafa (London: Fe-Noon Ahmed Moustafa, 1998). Text for the exhibition of the Art of Ahmed Moustafa at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome, Italy. (Parallel English, Italian and Arabic text). Translated into Bosnian for the exhibition of the Art of Ahmed Moustafa at the Umjetnicka galerija, Sarajevo, 1998, and into Catalan for the exhibition at the Diocesan Museum, Barcelona, Spain, 1999.
  • Explanatory Prologue to The Attributes of Divine Perfection: The Concept of God in Islam, a translation of Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali’s treatise on the 99 Names with accompanying artwork by Ahmed Moustafa (London: The Book Foundation, 2000)
  • Foreword to Wholeness and Holiness in Education: An Islamic Perspective by Zahra Al Zeera, International Institute for Islamic Thought, London, 2001.
  • “Excellence in Islamic Education: Key Issues for the Present Time.” Available on the website of the Book Foundation,
  • ‘Embracing the Challenge of an Interconnected World’, in The Quest for Sanity: Reflections on September 11 and its Aftermath (Wembley: The Muslim Council of Britain, 2002).
  • ‘Passing Between the Clashing Rocks: The Heroic Quest for a Common and Inclusive Identity.’ The Journal of Pastoral Care in Education, Spring, 2004.
  • ‘The Challenge of Pluralism and the Middle Way of Islam’, in R. Boase (ed.), Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005).
  • Introduction to Islam, Christianity and Pluralism by Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1st Zaki Badawi Memorial Lecture. Joint publication by Lambeth Palace and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Richmond, 2007.
  • ‘Beyond the Tower of Babel: A Linguistic Approach to Clarifying Key Concepts in Islamic Pluralism,’ in W. Krause (ed.), Citizenship, Security and Democracy: Muslim Engagement with the West (Richmond: AMSS UK, 2009). This paper was originally presented at the opening plenary session of the international conference on Citizenship, Security and Democracy, Istanbul, 1-3 September 2006 organised by the AMSS UK and the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (Turkey).
  • ‘British and Muslim: Holding Values to Account through Reciprocal Engagement’, Arches Quarterly, Spring, 2011, 30-43.

Public Discourse

The imperative to engage in public discourse remains a key objective of The Book Foundation. An essential aspect of the progressive refinement and dissemination of our educational vision is our engagement in appropriate seminars, symposia, workshops, roundtable discussions and other academic conferences, and support for other projects which are in harmony with the core mission of the Foundation and which aim to improve contemporary perceptions of Islam and Muslims.

The high standing of The Book Foundation in the arena of public discourse has emerged from a combination of factors: our faithfulness to the centrality of the universal and inclusive message of the Qur’an, our intellectual strength, our articulation of the finest Islamic values, our ability to express shared values in a language which brings to light the convergence of different traditions, and our ability to relate Qur’anic teachings to contemporary issues and problems so as to make a positive contribution to the improvement of society for all our citizens.

The accumulated expertise of The Book Foundation equips it to make a contribution in many areas relating to the understanding of Islam in the contemporary world including the authentic message of the Qur’an, spirituality and human values, the revival of higher human faculties, holistic education, Muslim identity in the West, Islam and social renewal, and building inter-faith, inter-cultural and inter-spiritual understanding.

Collaborative Work with EastWest Institute

The Book Foundation made a significant contribution to the Reframing Perceptions about Islam and Muslims project led by the EastWest Institute (EWI) which convened a series of meetings in the USA involving major donors, leading scholars and practitioners. Both the Chairman and the Executive Director of The Book Foundation attended the meetings convened in Washington DC (2005) and New York City (2006), and offered extensive comments on the four major initiatives in the emerging business plan (Media Center, Civic Engagement, Strategic Communications, and Influence the Influencers). Existing relationships with leaders of the American Muslim community were strengthened, and new relationships developed, both amongst scholars and philanthropists, and with EWI leaders.

Conferences and Other Events

From 2000-2012, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas has given over 35 presentations at conferences and other events to advance education about Islam, including several keynote and plenary addresses. These include:


  • Closing Plenary Address at the Conference on Muslims of Europe in the New Millennium: Multiculturalism, Identity and Citizenship, Regent’s College, London.


  • ‘Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of Education: Steps Towards Synthesis.’ Diplomatic Academy, Westminster University, London.
  • ‘A Fair and Inclusive Society.’ Address on the occasion of the Launch of FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism with the Right Hon. Jack Straw, M.P., Home Secretary. St Bride’s Hall, London.
  • ‘The Language of Islamophobia.’ Conference on Exploring Islamophobia, Westminster University School of Law.
  • Opening and Closing plenary addresses at the conference on Unity and Diversity: Islam, Muslims and the Challenge of Pluralism, Diplomatic Academy, Westminster University, London.


  • ‘Citizenship and Islamic Education.’ Conference on Muslim Education in Europe, Gustav-Stresemann Institut, Bonn, Germany.
  • ‘Identity and Dialogue: Spiritual Roots and Educational Needs.’ 10th Annual International Conference on Education, Spirituality and the Whole Child, University of Surrey Roehampton, London.


  • ‘Passing Between the Clashing Rocks: Inter-faith and Intra-faith Dialogue and the Heroic Quest for a Transcendent Identity.’ Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.


  • ‘Mythical Meaning, Religion and Soulful Education: Reviving the Original Sense of Intellect.’ Reasons of the Heart Conference, University of Edinburgh.


  • ‘Quantity Masquerading as Quality: Reviving an Authentic Notion of Qualitative Education.’ Conference on Higher Education in Developing Countries, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London.
  • ‘Going Beyond Thinking Skills: Reviving an Understanding of Higher Human Faculties.’ 10th International Conference of the International Association of Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACEP), University of Durham, England.


  • ‘Tribalism and the Colonization of Core Values: Reclaiming Shared Universals.’ Conference on The Politics of Islam(ism): Decolonizing the Postcolonial, University of Westminster, London.


  • ‘A Creative Minority for Social Renewal: The Challenge for Muslims in Britain Today.’ Symposium on The Future of Islam in Britain, New Muslims Perspective, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham.
  • Introductory address to the Working Session on Youth and Education, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Vienna.


  • ‘A Creative Minority for Social and Spiritual Renewal: The Challenge for Muslims in Britain Today’. Public lecture, City Circle, Abrar House, London.
  • ‘The Importance of Education in Islam.’ Address delivered at a roundtable discussion organised by the Progressive Muslims Forum, House of Lords.
  • ‘Muslim Youth and the Renewal of Core Human Values: The Centrality of Education.’ Keynote Address, Conference on Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations, University of Chester.
  • ‘Muslims and Participative Citizenship.’ 3rd symposium of the Contextualizing Islam in Britain Project, University of Cambridge.


  • ‘An Authentic Islamic Vision of Education: Towards a comprehensive system of education derived from the Holy Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.’ Concept paper for the establishment of a school in Medinah.
  • ‘Shared Values and Human Civilisation: The Need for an Alliance of Communities.’ Roundtable meeting, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul.
  • ‘British and Muslim: A Personal Perspective.’ Symposium on Islamic Studies in Britain, British Academy.
  • ‘Islam and Human Excellence.’ Keynote Address, Goldman Sachs Eid event, London.


  • ‘Islamic Education: Cosy Corner, Lame Duck, Model of Compliance, or Beacon of Excellence?’ 2nd symposium of the second phase of the Contextualizing Islam in Britain Project, University of Cambridge.
  • ‘British and Muslim, or just Human…and what about Welshness? Some Reflections on Identity.’ Public Lecture, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University.


  • ‘The Power of Words and Images.’ Conference on Acknowledging a Shared Past to Build a Shared Future: Rethinking Muslim and Non-Muslim Relations, British Council and University of Cambridge.


Recipients of grants made by The Book Foundation include the following:

  • The award-winning Khayyal Theatre Company, which uses drama to present the finest elements of Islamic character and spirituality adapted from classics of wisdom literature.
  • Mosaic International, to support their national road show to explain the contribution of Islamic civilisation and Muslims to life in the West.
  • A talented student for his second year of study in the Visual Islam and Traditional Arts (VITA) program of the Prince’s Foundation.
  • The Best of British Islam Festival in London from March – August 2002, celebrating the depth and diversity of Islam in Britain.
  • The film project Islamic Spain: Three Faiths in One Land, produced by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) in the USA.
  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in support of their distribution of free copies of the DVD produced by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) on The Life and Legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, and for distribution of The Message of the Qur’an in Florida, in the cause of better understanding of the Qur’an and improved inter-faith relations in Florida.
  • The registered German friendly society, Verein für denkende Menschen e.V. (VDM e.V.), Essen, to support the translation of The Message of the Qur’an into German. Following the publication of this work in 2009, further grants were advanced to the VDM e.V. to assist them to distribute it amongst the German-speaking Muslim community.
  • Sandala LLC, Chicago, to support the publication of Tahawiyya, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.
  • The One Nation with Liberty and Justice for All project in the USA, to provide awards for media contributions which make a significant contribution to advancing the mission of One Nation in educating Americans about Islam and Muslims for the purpose of increasing understanding, engagement, respect and goodwill between the Muslim community and the Nation as a whole.
  • Galilee Foundation, a registered UK Charity, to enable Palestinian students within Israel to further their education.
  • The Rev. Jamie Hamilton, Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, USA, for a one-year Qur’an study project undertaken with students at the Academy. The project culminated in a book proposal entitled Holiness Happens: Engaging the Qur’an.
  • Fons Vitae Publishing, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, for the production and printing of Islamic Jurisprudence According to the Four Sunni Schools (Al-Fiqh ‘ala al-Madhahib al-Arba’ah) by ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Jaziri, translated by Nancy Roberts, with an introduction by Frank E. Vogel and a Foreword by Dr. Sherman Jackson.
  • Dr Jeremy Henzell-Thomas, to support his research as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge from October 2010.


For further information on how to contribute, please contact:
Dr. Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

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