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Concise Introductory Articles
Brief list of leading classics and introductory texts in the field. The contributions by classic authors (e.g. Schacht) have been built on, and corrected for, by others such as Wael Hallaq:
The Spirit of Islamic Law by
Call Number: KA615 Wei
Publication Date: University of Georgia Press, 2006-03-01, reprint of 1998
Clarifying terminology which is particularly necessary for Islamic terms in their original language (e.g. Arabic / Turkish / Persian):
The Oxford dictionary of Islam
John L. Esposito (Ed) (Oxford University Press, 2003)
Designed for general readers with little or no knowledge of Islam, this dictionary provides more than 2000 vivid entries organized in an easy-to-use, A-Z format.
Encyclopedia of Islam: Glossary and Index of Terms (2nd Edition)
P.J. Bearman, Th. Bianquis and C.E. Bosworth (Eds.) (Brill Academic Publishers, 2004)
Presented for convenience as a separate data set, the Glossary is an invaluable source of information for both the non-specialist, who is given an insight into the varied and rich vocabulary of Islam, and the specialist, who may discover surprising new contexts in which a term is being used.
Glossary of Arabic terms
Shaheen Sardar Ali, Islamic law curriculum project, UK Centre for Legal Education
This draft glossary of Arabic terms used in teaching and learning Islamic law has been produced as part of the work of the "Developing an Islamic law curriculum" project.
Islamic Jurisprudence Glossary
English Department of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi's Office, Iran
A compilation of jurisprudential terms along with their simplified explanation.
See also: Islam - Dictionaries (LINC Subject Catalog)
For print copies of Islamic dictionaries. "A dictionary of Islam" (1855) by Thomas Patrick Hughes (Call number: BP40 Hug) is one such authoritative source.
Handbooks, Manuals etc.
Researchers will find these helpful with their topical approaches and distillation of current issues in the field:
The Oxford handbook of Islamic law
Anver M. Emon and Rumee Ahmed (Ed) (Oxford University Press, 2015-)
Employing a historiographical approach, expert scholars in Islamic legal studies highlight the contested nature of key concepts and topics in Islamic law without taking any particular account for granted.
Research handbook on Islamic law and society
Nadirsyah Hosen (Ed) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018)
The Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society provides an examination of the role of Islamic law as it applies in Muslim and non-Muslim societies through legislation, fatwa, court cases, sermons, media, or scholarly debate.
Routledge handbook of Islamic law
Khaled Abou El Fadl, Ahmad Atif Ahmad, and Said Fares Hassan (Eds.) (Routledge, 2019)
This handbook is a detailed reference source comprising original articles covering the origins, history, theory and practice of Islamic law.
The Ashgate research companion to Islamic law
Rudolph Peters and Peri Bearman (Eds.) (Ashgate, 2014)
The volume presents classical Islamic law through a historiographical introduction to and analysis of Western scholarship, while key debates about hot-button issues in modern-day circumstances are also addressed. In twenty-one chapters, distinguished authors offer an overview of their particular specialty, reflect on past and current thinking, and point to directions for future research.
Get a quick overview of topics using A-Z reference:
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim world (2nd Edition)
Richard C. Martin (Ed.) (Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016)
This reference work includes articles on the history, religion, cultural practices, and political economies of Muslims from the seventh-century in West Asia to today's Muslim societies throughout the continents of Asia, Africa, the Subcontinent, Europe, and the Americas.
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Three (3rd Edition EI-3)
Kate Fleet, et. al., (Eds.) (Brill, 2007-)
Dating back to its 1st Edition in 1913, this reference work includes comprehensive coverage of Islam in the twentieth century, attention to Muslim minorities all over the world and full attention to social science as well as humanistic perspectives.
Wilferd Madelung, Farhad Daftary (Eds.) (Brill, 2008-)
Encyclopaedia Islamica is an abridged translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʾārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. It complements other encyclopedias due to its unique attention given to Shiʾi Islam and its rich and diverse heritage.
Encyclopaedia of the Qurʼān
Jane Dammen McAuliffe (Ed.) (Brill, 2001-2006)
Encyclopedic dictionary of 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.
The Oxford encyclopedia of the Islamic world
John L. Esposito (Ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2009)
Provides accurate, comprehensive, and balanced scholarship on Islam and the areas it affects: society, politics, economics, everyday life, culture, and thought.
The New Cambridge History of Islam
Michael Cook (Ed) (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
The new encyclopedia of Islam (4th Edition)
Cyril Glassé (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)
The essential one-volume work of reference on Islam, fully revised with added articles, including maps of the Islamic world today and through history, a chronology, and genealogical tables of key dynasties of the faith.
The biographical encyclopedia of Islamic philosophy
Oliver Leaman (Thoemmes Continuum, 2006)
The encyclopedia provides access to the ideas and people comprising almost 1400 years of Islamic philosophical tradition. It goes beyond philosophy to reference all kinds of theoretical inquiry which were often linked with philosophy, such as the Islamic sciences, grammar, theology, law, and traditions. Every major school of thought, from classical Peripatetic philosophy to Sufi mysticism, is represented, and entries range across time from the early years of the faith to the modern period.
Encyclopaedia of Islamic banking and insurance
Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (2006)
Covering a wide range of topics, this publication also includes a survey of Islamic banks and financial institutions, research and educational bodies, a comprehensive bibliography and a glossary of Arabic terms commonly used in Islamic financing.
Encyclopedia of women & Islamic cultures online
Suad Joseph (Ed.) (Brill, 2012)
A groundbreaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world, using an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global approach to examine women & Islamic cultures in countries with significant Muslim populations.
The Oxford encyclopedia of Islam and women
Natana J. Delong-Bas (Ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Written by leading international experts and with a concentration on contemporary issues, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women has more than 450 articles providing clear, current, comprehensive information on the major scholarly topics within the study of Islam and women.