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The field of Islamic Studies is both wide-reaching and dynamic. It includes the range of foundational documents, traditions, institutions, and history of Muslims in various countries and regions throughout the world from the origins of Islam to the present day. This interdisciplinary field therefore includes history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, Arabic language and literature, as well as literatures in other languages including Persian, Turkish, and Urdu, and remains responsive to new discoveries, interpretations, ideologies and theories.
The Internet makes access to staggering amounts of information easy – but it also raises important questions: What are the major issues and key developments in the field? Which sources are up-to-date and which are obsolete? Which works are pivotal in defining the discourse at various stages in its development? Which sources are considered accurate and balanced, and which represent simply a given individual or group’s position? These questions are important to keep in mind when undertaking any new study, but they are particularly critical in a dynamic and contested field such as Islamic Studies. Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies combats this overload by providing expert guidance to the field in all its diversity and throughout its developmental stages. Top scholars in the field have contributed on their areas of expertise, so that users will understand how the field is organized and why it developed in the way it did. The articles present a guided tour through the key literature on each topic, providing context for its development, and a balanced overview of the major issues within a given topic.
Editor in Chief
Andrew Rippin is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Victoria in Canada. He received his PhD from McGill University in 1981 with a dissertation on the Quranic “occasions of revelation” material. His research into the formative period of Islamic civilization in the Arab world, as well as the history of the Qur’an and its interpretation, has resulted in numerous publications, a selection of which are collected in his book The Qur’an and its Interpretative Tradition (2001). He is the author of Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, first published in two volumes in 1990 and 1993 and now combined into a single volume in its 4th edition (2012). He has edited a number of books and is on the editorial boards of a dozen journals from around the world. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
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