The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World
Edited by John L. Esposito
Publishing in print in February 2009, this encyclopedia presents students, researchers, political analysts, journalists, and common readers with accurate, comprehensive, and balanced scholarship on all aspects of the world's fastest-growing religion and the areas it affects: society, politics, economics, everyday life, culture, and thought.
A six-volume work, this set constitutes a major revision and massive expansion of the 1995 Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. In addition to covering Islamic societies in the modern world from the eighteenth century to the present, as the earlier four-volume set did, it will add a depth of historical background going back to the pre- Islamic era. The new reference also covers the full geographical extent of Islam by focusing not only on the countries in which Islam is dominant, but also on regions in which Muslims live as minorities, such as Europe and the Americas.
As with the original Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, the articles in this new encyclopedia take a broad, comparative, and multidisciplinary approach in dealing with issues that span across a multitude of countries and centuries.
Editor in Chief
John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Natana J. DeLong-Bas, Lecturer in Theology, Boston College
Shahrough Akhavi, Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina
James P. Piscatori, Fellow of Wadham College and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Member of the Faculties of Social Studies and Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Tamara Sonn, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies, College of William and Mary
John O. Voll, Professor of Islamic History, Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Hakan Yavuz, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Utah