al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,
In classical times, students of knowledge would be given speific lessons that familiarised them with the most important classical books in our heritage on various subjects such as fiqh, tafseer, Arabic, 'aqeedah, and so on. This tradition even continued it seems right up until the previous generation, where students of Arabic in Arab universities, for example, were required to take a class on al-Maktabah al-'Arabiyyah; the Arabic Library.
It remains an important subject today, because it familiarises us with our heritage and the wealth of information available to seekers; it is also, in shaa' Allaah, a powerful drive to encourage people to learn Arabic. The posts in this section will be of two types; one that will provide a list of the most important books for each area of study, and another that will be a short review of the contents of a particular book and its author.