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Research Guide to Islamic Studies: Home

Here you will find gateways to books, databases, films, and other resources for studying Islam, the Arabic Language, and Middle Eastern Studies

Featured Resource: Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) is a unique, authoritative reference website designed to foster a more informed understanding of the Islamic world.

The need for such a site has continued to grow in the past decade. Our world is connected in more ways than ever—through communications technology, social media, immigration, and popular culture—and yet Islam remains a profoundly misunderstood religion. Moreover, our government policies regarding the Islamic world, the rapid growth of the American Muslim population, and the changing political landscape brought on by the Arab Spring, require us to be better informed and more open to dialogue.

The site is, first and foremost, a reference center, with over 5,000 articles from a number of sources. Among these is:

  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, the definitive reference work on the topic that continues to grow in the form of spinoff titles, including
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics
    • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law

Other features include:

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Islam: providing brief, cross-referenced articles on over 2,000 topics 
  • A Verse Lookup tool (at the top of every page) that enables you to compare two English interpretations of the Qur’an: The Qur’an, by Haleemand The Koran Interpreted, by Arberry 
  • The first and only electronic version of A Concordance of the Qur’an by Hanna Kassis 
  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam (Second Edition), a guide to the most common questions people ask about the beliefs and practices of the Muslim faith 
  • Learning resources, including Thematic Guides, Lesson Plans, and Teaching Islam 
  • “Focus On” articles, designed to stimulate thought and enhance understanding of the Islamic world 
  • A new and growing section on the Arab Spring 
  • Interviews with major scholars, religious leaders, and activists 
  • Hundreds of images and maps, including a section devoted to the geography of the Islamic world 
  • A timeline of major events since the founding of Islam 

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Electronic Journals, Databases, and Books

Electronic Journals

Electronic Journals about Islam

Electronic Journals about the Middle East (History and Archaeology)

Electronic Journals about Middle Eastern Language and Literatures


Religious Studies Databases

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

Journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals.

CREDO Reference

A collection of nearly 500 encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books provides a good starting point for research.

Electronic Books

Note: The WVU Libraries catalog has additional electronic book titles in this area. 

Electronic Books about Islam

Electronic Books about the Middle East (History and Archaeology)

Electronic Books about Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures