A question many people, who want to start studying Islam in a systematic way, have, is how to begin their studies. This is especially pertinent for English-speaking Muslims in the West. Information is scarcely available and not many teachers deal with this question systematically and accordingly. This book is about to change this. It will give you the “first principles” of starting your Islamic studies. There is no other book available like this in English. You will be introduced to 17 Islamic sciences in a way you have never seen before. The method applied has been shown and proven in the history of teaching the Islamic sciences. It is the method of the so called ten principles (al-mabadi al-'asharah). Knowing the ten principles of an Islamic science will immediately give you an overview of that science. Think of 'aqidah, fiqh and tasawwuf for example, but these are not the only Islamic sciences though. There are many other important sciences. A serious student of knowledge needs to study and master these 17 Islamic sciences as a minimum to become a scholar in the end. Knowing the ten principles of these 17 Islamic sciences will give the student of knowledge a sound and solid head start.