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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.
Readers interested in learning more about the current state of Islam in the world and what key factors have had a significant impact on it will welcome this selection of freely available Oxford Bibliographies articles. This collection spans various disciplines in order to further illuminate the rich history of Islam. Read More.
Editor in Chief
Natana J. DeLong-Bas is the author of Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know (2018), Islam: A Living Faith (2018), Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad (rev. ed., 2008, translated into Arabic, Russian and French), Notable Muslims: Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture (2006), and Women in Muslim Family Law (2001), editor of Islam, Revival and Reform: Redefining Tradition for the Twenty-First Century (2022), Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (2 vols., 2013), and Deputy Editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and Oxford Islamic Studies Online (2008). Past President of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS), she is an expert on Islam and Christianity, women and gender, Islamic law, the environment, terrorism and extremism, and the Arabian Gulf countries. She is Professor of the Practice of Theology and Islamic Civilization and Societies at Boston College.
Celebrate 5 years of Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies with a video from Andrew Rippin, the module's former Editor in Chief.
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