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About Oxford Islamic Studies Online

This authoritative, dynamic resource brings together the best current scholarship in the field for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito.

Encompassing over 5,000 A–Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam. The current core content titles include the following:

  • The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics (2013) provides a comprehensive analysis of what we know and where we are in the study of political Islam. It enables scholars, students, and policymakers to understand the interaction of Islam and politics and the multiple and diverse roles of Islamic movements, as well as issues of authoritarianism and democratization, religious extremism and terrorism regionally and globally.
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture (March 2009), a three-volume reference work offering the most comprehensive coverage of Islamic art throughout the world, beginning with the inception of Islam and continuing to the present day
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009), a six-volume work covering the full geographical and historical extent of Islam. Starting in 2011, the OEIW has expanded to include updated spinoff editions, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (2013), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (2014), and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam (2014).
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, available in full on the site with access to archived articles that have been updated in the new Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World
  • The Islamic World: Past and Present, an accessible A–Z reference covering key people, events and concepts in Islamic history
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, in addition to being an integral part of the cross-searchable site content, all 2,500 entries in this authoritative quick reference are free to the public. Anyone can access or cite Dictionary content by using the on-site browse or major Web search engines
  • The Oxford History of Islam, a chaptered work containing authoritative essays by leading Muslim and non-Muslim scholars on the origins of the faith, arts, sciences, and history to the present-day situation of Islam
  • What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, a question-and-answer guide by John L. Esposito, in which he responds to the most commonly asked questions about Muslim culture and Islam with thoughtful, unbiased replies
  • Teaching Islam, edited by Brannon M. Wheeler for the American Academy of Religion's Teaching Religious Studies series, this work brings together leading scholars to offer perspectives on how to teach Islam
  • Makers of Contemporary Islam, a chaptered work by OISO editor in chief John L. Esposito and senior editor John O. Voll that explores the lives and thought of some of contemporary Islam's most important thinkers
  • Two Oxford World's Classics versions of the Qur'an: M.A.S. Abdel Haleem's The Qur'an, a prose translation, and The Koran Interpreted, a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry
  • Hanna Kassis' Concordance of the Qur'an

The site also includes a growing Learning Resources area with a specially commissioned A–Z glossary, quick access to the key themes and questions from What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam; specialist-approved links to internet resources; a guide to Teaching Islam; thematic guides to issues in the Islamic World; and The Geography of the Islamic World—a topically organized collection of links to selected chapters and full-color maps from the latest edition of the Oxford Atlas of the World's Religions—provides access to a global view of Islam from earliest times to the present.

For more details on the extensive range of Search and Browse options, Qur'anic study tools, and more, see What's Inside.



Editor in Chief: John L. Esposito

University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Read Professor Esposito's most recent letter



Deputy Editor: Natana DeLong-Bas

Department of Theology, Boston College.



Senior Editors and Editorial Advisory Board

Shahrough Akhavi, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina

Ibrahim Kalin, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford

Tamara Sonn, Department of Religious Studies, College of William and Mary

John O. Voll, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

See biographies for members of the Editors and Editorial Advisory Board




Senior Consultants

Zafar Ishaque Ansari, Director of the Islamic Research Institute, Pakistan

Osman Bakar, International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, ISTAC, Malaysia

Robert Hefner, Boston University

Ira Lapidus, University of California at Berkeley

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University


Library Advisory Board

Paul Auchterlonie, Librarian, Middle East Studies; Chair of MELCOM, UK

Brenda E. Bickett, Bibliographer for Central Asian, Islamic, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Modern Greek & Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

Ali Houissa, Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian, Cornell University

William J. Kopycki, Middle East Studies Bibliographer, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Levine, Manager, History/Biography/Religion Division, Brooklyn Public Library

Kristina Ruelos, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Los Angeles Public Library

See biographies for members of the Library Advisory Board

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