After 20 years as a bookseller Jamil Chishti enrolled onto a Masters degree in Publishing Studies at UCLAN and upon graduating he setup Beacon Books in November of 2013. Our first book was written by the world renowned scholar Dr Gibril Fouad Haddad on the Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries and since then we have steadily grown to publish books in a wide range of genres from Quranic Studies, biographies and children’s books. We have a small but expanding team of full time and part time staff and occasionally trainees.
We have been blessed to have published some key landmark books already such as the The Lights of Revelation and the Secrets of Interpretation: Hizb One of the Commentary on the Qurʾan by al-Baydawi which won the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation – 2017 achieving second place for an English translation. We have also entered into our first international joint publishing agreement with the University of Brunei Darussalam with the Light for the Seeker. Joint publishing is something we would like to do more of in the future, not only with universities but other publishers as well.
In May of 2017 Beacon Books took part in the International Sufi Conference in the historic Moroccan city of Fes, by holding its first overseas book launch of Pure Gold from the Words of Abd al-Aziz al-Dabbagh. This was a book that we published under exclusive license from EJ Brill, one of the oldest university publishers in the world.
We have exciting plans to start a number of series including classic and original new poetry and an academic series on Islamic Education in the West. This last project will see us jointly organize our first academic conference on the history and development of Islamic Education in Britain. We plan to organise other conferences including an exciting project on Islam and Science.
Beacon Books is still at the start of an exciting journey which we hope you will join us on either through reading our wonderful books, writing for us or getting involved in the company to produce books that will educate, entertain and edify your soul.