Introductory Information

This guide introduces scholarly resources for the study of Islam and Muslim history, culture, practice and belief. The reference titles on this page offer introductory and background information on a wide range of perspectives on Islamic faith and traditions. The menu options will lead you to tools for deeper research.


Encyclopedia of Islam Online

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought



Biographical Encyclopedia of Islamic Philosophy

Islam in the World Today: A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture and Society


Oxford Dictionary of Islam

Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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