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Islamic Research Guide

A Research Guide for the Study of Islam

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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. Sewanee ILL, 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.

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