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The Roots of the Rohingya Crisis

Racism, Asian Islamophobia, and violence have taken a heavy toll on relations between the Rohingya and Buddhist Nationalists in contemporary Southeast Asia Read More

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John L. Esposito
John L. Esposito Dear Reader:
For many in the west, the word "Shariah" evokes fear — a fear that a medieval legal system will be imposed throughout Europe and America. But this idea of a militant Islam is simply one vision of Shariah, warped and distorted by Islamophobic rhetorics.... Read full letter
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What's New
  • New Subject Entries
  • New Focus On: The Rohingya, Rising Asian Islamophobia, and the Tenuous State of Muslim- Buddhist Relations in Contemporary Southeast Asia
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    Would you like to learn more about Rohingya? See our articles on Myanmar and Southeast Asia. (Photo credit: Ishak M Sohel, Asian Resource Foundation.)
  • Subject Entries
    New subject entries include additions to Islam and Law and The Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics. See the full list here
  • Learning Resources
    An updated timeline, which includes new material on the recent events in the Middle East, among other topics.
  • Interviews
    Continuing our on going interview series, we discuss recent developments in the Gulf States and their mpact on education, research, and international relations with Jörg Matthias Determann, assistant professor of history in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar... Read more
  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Second Edition
    Here is a fast, centralized path to John Esposito's updated guide to Muslim faith, customs, and political beliefs, based on questions Esposito has been asked by a diverse range of audiences...Read more
What's Inside
  • Nearly 6000 entries from esteemed Oxford works, including the recently published Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, and more.
  • Primary Source documents with editorial commentary provide historical context for important events and major figures in the history of Islam.
  • Learning Resources include thematic guides, lesson plans, bibliographies, a glossary, and other useful tools.
  • Images and Maps provide visual perspectives on global Islam and its historical development.
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