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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

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

References principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Emphasizes materials published since 1971, but has some materials dating from as early as 1779. It is broad, emphasizing the Humanities and Social Sciences, but not comprehensive.

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.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

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

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.


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. Providescoverage of both the whole geographical extent of the European Middle Ages (including Germany and Austria, Spain and Portugal, the Low Countries, and Central and Eastern Europe, amongst many others), and of numerous major topics, from art and architecture, medicine, and law, to archaeology, ecclesiastical history, and languages and literature.


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.

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.

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

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.

General Reference Works

Routledge key guides (series)

Muslim Almanac, The

WILSON Reference Quarto BP40 .M83 1995

Contributor: Jørgen S Nielsen

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 (

University of Southern California [Muslim Student Association?]

Multimedia Materials

Audio Resources

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

in Arabic with translation in English / Music Publisher No: 6TCS O4B 5153 EMI

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.

Journal Titles

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.

Primary Source Materials

Historical Documents

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.

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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