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Background Materials / Bibliographies

  • Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Provides alphabetically-arranged articles on qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur'anic studies.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam  Icon  Icon  Icon
    The bibliographies tend to have a number of citations to materials which are not in English.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Provides full-text encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, maps, images, and timelines relating to Islamic studies. Also contains two full-text interpretations of the Qur'an and a concordance. Articles cover the history, peoples, beliefs, individuals, and cultures that constitute the world of Islam.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world  Icon
    Good survey articles with suggestions for further readings. Published in 2004.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Published in 2005. Note that some of the articles and bibliographies have not been updated since the 1987 edition. Also available in print format. Provides good introductory articles with suggestions for further reading.
  • Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies  Icon  Icon  Icon
    An excellent place to start looking for additional writings on your topic. This source consists of annotated bibliographies on various topic. The entry on each topic start with a very short overview followed by suggestions for further reading on various aspects of the topic. The topics are listed alphabetically. To see a list of all of the topics covered click on the "Learn more about this subject" link in the left boxed column. Then scroll down after the new screen appears.
  • Encyclopedia of women & Islamic cultures  Icon
    Each of the first five volumes have articles selected on particular themes/topics. You can look at the table of contents of each volume and/or check the subject index at the end of volume six to find entries on your topic. Volume six also has some supplementary articles. (first volumes were published in 2003, volume six was published in 2007).
  • Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture  Icon
    This print source is also available online as part of the Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States  Icon
    Volume 1 has useful articles with good bibliographies. You may want to look at the "List of Entries by Topic" on page xix to find entries related to your topic.

Search Tips

Note spelling variations (Qur'an or Koran)

Note use of different terms (hijab or veil or head scarf).  Different resources may use a different term, so you might have to search by various terms to find information on your topic.

If you find a useful book check the subject headings assigned to that book to find related books.


  • ATLA Religion Database + ATLAS  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Provides online access to the entire core collection of more than fifty significant scholarly journals in the field of religion. Also provides citation information for journal articles, book reviews and essays for over 600 journals in the fields of religion and theology. Covers 1949-present.
  • Index Islamicus  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Offers citations to literature on Islam, the Middle East and Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, and Muslim minorities elsewhere. Includes citations to journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and book reviews from 1906 to present.
  • JSTOR  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Provides full-text and page images from many of the top journals in most academic disciplines.
  • ProQuest Research Library  Icon  Icon  Icon
    You might want to limit your search results to "Scholarly Journals"

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