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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World

Editor in Chief: John L. Esposito

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World focuses on the Islamic dimension of the Muslim experience in recent history, with background articles grounding the information in its historical context. Entries written by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars from around the world address political and social action from a multidisciplinary perspective, as well as the practice and theory of Islam in Muslim societies around the globe. Unlike more limited explorations of Islam, this work looks at societies in South and Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas, as well as in the Arab heartland, offering extensive comparative and systematic analyses of Islamic beliefs, institutions, movements, practices, and peoples on an international scale.

Topical categories covered include history and geography; schools of thought; religious beliefs; theology and philosophy; mysticism; religious practice, devotionalism, and ritual; religious law; politics; economics; culture and society; and biographies. Articles range from brief 500-word essays to major interpretive and synthetic treatments of topics such as the Islamic state, pilgrimage, law, marriage, and foreign relations. Related entries cover such topics as social and political movements, women, Muslim minorities, human rights, Islam in the West, and interreligious affairs.

Published by Oxford University Press, 1995.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Director, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University


Shahrough Akhavi, Professor of International Studies, University of South Carolina

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Professor of Islamic History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

James P. Piscatori, Professor of International Politics, University of Wales

Abdulaziz Sachedina, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Sharon Siddique, Director, Sreekumar-Siddique and Co., Ltd.; Formerly Acting Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

John O. Voll, Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

Fred R. von der Mehden, Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, Rice University

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