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    History of Islam

Using this Subject Guide
General Information - covers all time periods
The Founding of Islam to 1700
Islam since 1700
Other History Guides
- General History
The Ancient World
Medieval Europe
Modern Europe
North American History
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Books at JPII Library
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Using this subject guide

The John Paul II Library offers many different sources of information about the history of Islam. Print reference sources available on the first floor can be used to map the progression of Islam and identify key figures in the different eras. Many of the print reference resources, like encyclopedias, have bibliographies that give book or journal titles for further information on the subject covered. The JPII Catalog can be searched for books available on the second floor or through OhioLINK.

Electronic resources are another way to find information at the JPII Library. Databases, such as Academic Search Premier or Humanities Index, can be used to locate articles from thousands of journals. Or your search can be narrowed to journal titles that cover specific subject areas, like Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean.

The sources listed here can help you start your research but are only a part of the resources available to you through the library. If you have any questions, ask the librarians for help.

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General Information - covers all time periods

Online Resources

Academic Search Complete - the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 9,300 journals in the collection. This database is more extensive than Academic Search Premier, which it replaced.
Humanities International Complete - Full-text from hundreds of internationals journals and books. Includes all data from Humanities International Index.

Oxford Dictionary of Islam


Online Journals

Arabica: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies - Focuses on multidisciplinary studies of ancient and contemporary problems concerning Arabic societies.

Islamic Law and Society - covers all branches of Islamic Law from its emergence until modern times. 

Web Page

Arab Culture and Civilization - sponsored by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, this resource is intended to increase the understanding of Arab culture and civilization.


Print Resources

Atlas of the World's Religions/ Ninian Smart, ed. Reference, First Floor BL85 A84

The Encyclopedia of Islam Reference, First Floor  DS37 .E52

The Timetables of History - Reference D11G78
The People's Chronology - Reference D11 T83
Reference Sources in History - Reference D20 .F75 2004
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The Founding of Islam to 1700

Online Database

Historical Abstracts - Index and abstracts to articles covering world history from 1450 to present (excluding U.S. and Canada). Includes or has links to full text

Online Journals

Medieval Encounters - Features articles on the interaction of Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures from the fourth through to the sixteenth century.

Al-Masaq: Islam & the Medieval Mediterranean - Covers all aspects of the Islamic Mediterranean culture from the second to the ninth AH (eighth to the fifteenth centuries).

Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient -  studies the economic and social history of the Ancient Near East, the World of Islam, and South, Southeast, and East Asia from ancient times until the beginning of the nineteenth century.





Medieval Europe and the World: From Late Antiquity to Modernity, 400-1500. Reference, First Floor  D117 W56 2005

Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Reference, First Floor D 114 D5

The Historical Geography of Europe - Reference D21.5 F7

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Islam since 1700

Online Journals

The Muslim World - Devoted to the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.

Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World - Studies the roles of women in Islam in modern times.

Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations - Concerned with both Islam & Christian-Muslim relations worldwide.





The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. First Floor Reference, DS35.53 .O95

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Updated December 14, 2009