Islamic Studies

Welcome to the Subject Guide for Islamic Studies at Carleton University Library.   Use dictionaries and encyclopedias to get an overview and background information.  Also listed below are specialized reference resources useful when first exploring a topic.  Look in the section Finding Books and eBooks to find Sacred Texts.  

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Encyclopædia of Islam
Encyclopedia of Islamic civilisation and religion
Encyclopædia of the Qur'ān
Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures
Encylopedia Iranica
Encyclopedia of religion
Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism
Oxford Dictionary of Islam
Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon: Free, online & downloadable dictionary.

Historical Studies
The Cambridge History of Egypt
The Cambridge History of Iran
The Cambridge History of Islam
Islam : background and bibliography
The Muslim diaspora : a comprehensive reference to the spread of Islam in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas 2 v.

Ismaili literature : a bibliography of sources and studies
Arab and Muslim Americans of Middle Eastern origin : social and political aspects : a bibliography
Islam : background and bibliography
The Islamic revival since 1988 : a critical survey and bibliography

Biographical Resources
Concise biographical companion to Index Islamicus : an international who's who in Islamic studies from its beginnings down to the twentieth century
The biographical encyclopedia of Islamic philosophy 2 v.
Great thinkers of the Eastern world : the major thinkers and the philosophical and religious classics of China, India, Japan, Korea, and the world of Islam
Historical dictionary of prophets in Islam and Judaism
Muhammad; encyclopaedia of Seerah

Art and Architecture
A bibliography of the architecture, arts, and crafts of Islam
Dictionary of Islamic architecture
Grove encyclopedia of Islamic art and architecture 3 v.

Books of definition in Islamic philosophy
A dictionary of Muslim philosophy
Islamic philosophy A-Z

The Atlas of Religon
Cultural atlas of Islam
An Historical Atlas of Islam     
Historical atlas of the Islamic world

Women and Islam
Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America
Encyclopedia of women and Islamic cultures
Women and education in Iran and Afghanistan : an annotated bibliography of sources in English, 1975-2003
Muslim women throughout the world; a bibliography


Use Keyword or or the dropdown Subject search to find books by a topic.   To search multiple words not as a phrase do a Keyword search and use Boolean Operations - 
         AND to find all of the words in any order
         OR to find any of the words
         AND NOT to exclude one or more words

For example
       (islam* or muslim) and (art or architect*)

The * symbol will find any ending up to 5 characters.  Canad* will retreive Canada, Canadian, Canadians, etc

A full list of search tips is available at the Keyword Searching page.

Sacred Texts:

  Online texts:
     Internet Sacred Text Archive: Islam.   A free archive of online texts
     Qur'an Explorer
     Tanzil Search the Qur'ran in Arabic

Seach by Title in the catalogue under Koran. Language
(Until updating is complete, search under both spellings of Koran and Qur'an)
      for example:   Koran. English
                             Koran. Arabic & English

Editions of the Qur'an can be found in the book collection in the BP100 - 109 range.

A online copy is available through NetLIbrary:  The holy Qur'an

Search for related materials by Subject: 
             Qur'an or Koran               
             Qur'an -- Commentaries.
             Qur'an - Concordances
                   A concordance of the Qur'an
             Qur'an - Criticism, interpretation, etc.
                   The Qur'an: an introduction
             Qur'an - Dictionaries 
                   Dictionary of Qur'anic terms and concepts
            Qur'an- Encyclopedias
                   Encyclopedia of the Qur'an

E-book titles avaiabable at Carleton are in the Library Catalogue and will be retrieved by a Author, Title, Subject and Keyword search.  Or you may browse our e-book collections.

Relevant eBook Collections:
Brill online e-books
Canadian Publishers Collection
Columbia International Affairs Online
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Making of America
MyiLibrary includes ebooks from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis
Oxford Scholarship online: Religion
Springer ebooks (via SpringerLink)

All e-book collections.

Content last updated: September 24, 2018