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Islamic Universities and Their Global Outreach

Alexander Thurston explores the history of Islamic universities, and their impact on the global Muslim community...Read More

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The Qur'an is foundational to Islam and the everyday lives of Muslims. Its form and content are attributed to God, while Muhammad is regarded as an instrument or a conduit. He is neither the author nor editor of the Quran, but God's intermediary.... Read full letter
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  • 11 new Biographies
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  • Learning Resources
    Lynda C. Clarke (Concordia University, Montréal) presents a lesson plan on Shī'ite Messianism.  
  • Biographies
    We've added 11 new biographies focusing on leading figures from both sides of the war for Algerian independence, including entries on Zohra Drif and Henri Borgeaud. See the full list here.
  • Interviews
    OISO explores the ISIS situation, asking the question: how did the group go from being a small but extreme section of the Syrian opposition to a powerful organization in control of a large swath of Iraq and Syria? We asked Robert A. PapeShadi HamidHanin Ghaddar, and Charles Kurzman. Their answers are here.
  • 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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