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Islamic Research Guide: Find Books

A Research Guide for the Study of Islam

Library of Congress call numbers for Islam

BP1-253 Islam

BP1-68 General

BP42-48 Study and teaching

BP50-68 History

BP70-80 Biography

BP75-77.75 Muhammad, Prophet, d. 632

BP87-89 Islamic literature

BP100-(157) Sacred books

BP100-134 Koran

BP128.15-129.83 Special parts and chapters

BP130-134 Works about the Koran

BP135-136.9 Hadith literature. Traditions. Sunna

BP137-137.5 Koranic and other Islamic legends

BP160-165 General works on Islam

BP165.5 Dogma

BP166-166.94 Theology

BP167.5 Heresy, heresies, heretics

BP168 Apostasy from Islam

BP169 Works against Islam and the Koran

BP170 Works in defense of Islam. Islamic apologetics

BP170.2 Benevolent work. Social work. Welfare work, etc.

BP170.3-170.5 Missionary work of Islam

BP171-173 Relation of Islam to other religions

BP173.25-173.45 Islamic sociology

BP174-190 The practice of Islam

BP176-181 The five duties of a Muslim. Pillars of Islam

BP182 Jihad (Holy War)

BP184-184.9 Religious ceremonies, rites, etc.

BP186-186.97 Special days and seasons, fasts, feasts, festivals, etc. Relics

BP187-187.9 Shrines, sacred places, etc.

BP188-190 Islamic religious life

BP188.2-188.3 Devotional literature

BP188.45-189.65 Sufism. Mysticism. Dervishes

BP189.68-189.7 Monasticism

BP191-253 Branches, sects, etc.

BP192-194.9 Shiites

BP221-223 Black Muslims

BP232 Moorish Science Temple of America

BP251-253 Nurculuk 

Searching for books and other resources

Use the library catalog to identify and locate books, video, audio and other material in our library. It is often best to begin with a detailed keyword search. Once you have identified an item that is within the scope of your research, use the subject headings found in the record describing it to locate similar materials. Also, when you retrieve a book from the shelf, you may wish to peruse the books shelved near it as they are likely to be on the same, or a related, subject.

Use WorldCat to identify materials held by other libraries around the world. Most of these you will need to request via interlibrary loan should you wish to use them. ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, is linked below. Please feel free to use the interlirbary loan service, but be sure you have planned for the time it will take for books to be shipped here. Articles are usually delivered electronically and, therefore, much quicker.

Google Book Search offers certain advantages such as the ability to search the full-text of works as well as the ability to view the text of works that are no longer restricted by copyright. If you find something in Google Books that appears to be useful for your research, but you cannot view the book, be sure to check to see if the book is in our library. If not, you can place an interlibrary loan request.

Recently Published Books on Islam in duPont Library

Islam: The Straight Path

This exceptionally successful survey text introduces the teachings and practice of Islam from its earliest origins up to its contemporary resurgence. Islam: The Straight Path traces the development of the religion and its impact on world history and politics, providing keen insight into one ofthe world's least understood religions.

Jihad: A History in Documents

This is an updated and expanded 2015 edition of a classic text on Muslim thinking about war and peace. The new edition includes a new introduction and translations of selected revelatory excerpts from ISIS texts about the treatment of POWs, guidelines on the "management of barbarity," fatwas in opposition to ISIS, and other key topics.

Islamism: What It Means for the Middle East and the World

An incisive analysis of Islamist movements in the Middle East A political, social, and cultural battle is currently raging in the Middle East. On one side are the Islamists, those who believe Islam should be the region's primary identity. In opposition are nationalists, secularists, royal families, military establishments, and others who view Islamism as a serious threat to national security, historical identity, and a cohesive society.   This provocative, vitally important work explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism's compatibility with modernity, with the region's experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities. He explains what Salafism means, its evolution, and connections to jihadist groups in the Middle East. Osman speculates on what the Islamists' prospects for the future will mean for the region and the rest of the world.

Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa

Renowned for its madrassas and archives of rare Arabic manuscripts, Timbuktu is famous as a great center of Muslim learning from Islamâe(tm)s Golden Age. Yet Timbuktu is not unique. It was one among many scholarly centers to exist in precolonial West Africa. Beyond Timbuktu charts the rise of Muslim learning in West Africa from the beginning of Islam to the present day, examining the shifting contexts that have influenced the production and dissemination of Islamic knowledgeâe"and shaped the sometimes conflicting interpretations of Muslim intellectualsâe"over the course of centuries. Highlighting the significant breadth and versatility of the Muslim intellectual tradition in sub-Saharan Africa, Ousmane Kane corrects lingering misconceptions in both the West and the Middle East that Africaâe(tm)s Muslim heritage represents a minor thread in Islamâe(tm)s larger tapestry. West African Muslims have never been isolated. To the contrary, their connection with Muslims worldwide is robust and longstanding. The Sahara was not an insuperable barrier but a bridge that allowed the Arabo-Berbers of the North to sustain relations with West African Muslims through trade, diplomacy, and intellectual and spiritual exchange. The West African tradition of Islamic learning has grown in tandem with the spread of Arabic literacy, making Arabic the most widely spoken language in Africa today. In the postcolonial period, dramatic transformations in West African education, together with the rise of media technologies and the ever-evolving public roles of African Muslim intellectuals, continue to spread knowledge of Islam throughout the continent.

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