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includes 4,921 Subject Entries -1,631 biographies 336 Chaptered Works; 404 Primary Sources and 401 Images & Maps More about this work at
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includes: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World The Islamic World: Past and Present The Oxford Dictionary of Islam The Oxford History of Islam What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam Teaching Islam
Makers of Contemporary Islam
Two Oxford World's Classics versions of the Qur'an:
M.A.S. Abdel Haleem's The Qur'an, a prose translation, and
The Koran Interpreted, a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry
plus Hanna Kassis' Concordance of the Qur'an

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Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains nearly 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

The most important 100+ periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS. The total number of indexed journals is many times that amount. Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).

BAS also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

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Index Islamicus indexes worldwide literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Periodicals devoted solely to the fields of Islam are indexed completely. Other journals are indexed only for articles on Islamic subjects.

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General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

Includes five sections: "Geography," "Population," "History and Politics," "Religion," and "Economy."

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Over 280 manuscripts, 50 maps, 275 printed texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections - materials are freely available to Internet users worldwide; IHP materials date from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE.

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Covers key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D., as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era. Designed both for medievalists, who need a detailed and reliable reference tool, and for students and general readers seeking a guide to the period.

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1 Methodologies, paradigms and sources -- 2 Family, law and politics -- 3 Family, body, sexuality and health -- 4 Economics, education, mobility and space -- 5 Practices, interpretations and representations -- 6 Supplement & Index.

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New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
One-volume, introductory, yet scholarly pieces. The last chapter is Visual expressions of Muslim Societies. Good illustrations throughout.

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The Encyclopaedia of Islam Online covers Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, bringing scholars and researchers access to over 13,000 articles (number or articles in volumes I-XI, excluding supplements on every aspect of Islam. The online edition offers access to Volumes I-XI of the English edition, plus the Index of Subjects to Volumes I-XI, Index of Proper Names to volumes I-X, and supplements. New data will be added to the online edition as they become available in the print edition.

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IEQ draws on a wide range of traditional Muslim sources, including exegeses, Hadith collections and commentaries, classical lexicons, biographical dictionaries, universal histories, works of jurisprudence, Prophetic biographies, and treatises on spiritual and moral psychology "” some of which have never before been presented in any encyclopedic work in a Western language.

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General Reference Works

Provides full text online access to over 360 volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series published since 1960. Coverage of political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

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WILSON Reference Quarto BP40 .M83 1995

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Internet Resources

Web Sites

Jadaliyya is an independent Ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), a network of writers associated with the Arab Studies Journal (

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Multimedia Materials

Audio Resources

Subjects: Qurʼanic recitations Format: 44 sound discs : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in. Language: Arabic

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Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Titles

Studies in Contemporary Islam is devoted to the understanding, review, analysis, and critique of contemporary Islamic religious, intellectual, and philosophical developments as well as of sociopolitical changes in Islamic societies. The journal aims to be interdisciplinary and international in its range and coverage. It is intended as a forum for scholarly dialogue and communication; it does not promote a particular point of view or ideology. The views expressed by authors in the journal are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the journal's editors or represent the journal's position. Studies in Contemporary Islam is indexed in the Index of Islamic Literature.

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This series of papers deals with Islam in its historical as well as normative aspects. The subjects covered include, among others, the foundational texts of Islam; the intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic traditions of Islam; the universal, regional, and local manifestations of the Islamic ethos in various eras and contexts; and the interaction Islam with other religions and cultures.

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Primary Source Materials

Historical Documents

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Arabic manuscripts
Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library
Arabic manuscripts in the library of the S.O.A.S., University of London
books. The Middle East from the rise of Islam.
British intelligence and policy on Persia (Iran), c. 1900-1949 : India Office political and secret files and confidential print
Confidential U.S. State Department central files. Palestine and Israel : internal affairs, 1945-1949
Confidential U.S. State Dept. central files: Palestine and Israel: internal affairs, 1950-1954.
Creation of modern Iraq: India office political and secret files, c. 1914-1921
Early Western books, 1500-1599 : the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean.
General correspondence before 1906, Turkey, 1780-1905
General correspondence, political. Persia.
Great Britain. PRO. C.O. 821/1-15. Palestine : miscellanea.
Iran, the making of U.S. policy, 1977-1980
Islam-fiche : readings from Islamic primary sources
Newspapers and News Resources U.S. Department of State records. Saudi Arabia
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of Jordan, 1930-1944
The Middle East: 1946-1976.
The Middle East: 1950-1961 supplement.
The Middle East: Special Studies 1970-1980.
U.S. Department of State records. Egypt
U.S. Department of State records. Iran
U.S. Department of State records. Iraq
U.S. Department of State records. Lebanon
U.S. Department of State records. Syria
U.S. Department of State records. Turkey

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As a result of generous support from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project, the Princeton University Library is recataloging and initially digitizing 200 of its approximately 9,500 volumes of Islamic manuscripts from Robert Garrett and other sources. These 200 will be the core of the Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts. These manuscripts constitute the premier collection of Islamic manuscripts in the Western Hemisphere and number among the finest in the world.

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Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

"The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world's religions for the period 1900 to 2050."--Home page, Brill site.

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Library Information

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Ames Library of South Asia

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