Library

Take the tour! Meet the librarian for the Arabic/Islamic section (Peter Colvin— pc7@soas.ac.uk – very helpful)- Check out the Electronic Resources page on the SOAS library website http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/resources/. Most important Arabic Islamic studies related digital resources are available on all SOAS computers (library websiteàA-Z Electronic Databasesà A-Bà Brill Online) and remotely from anywhere through your Athens account (ask the library enquiry desk for your Athens account username and password).

  • Encyclopedia of Islam (EI2)—The Encyclopedia of Islam is an indispensible resource and is generally the first point of reference. It is available on all SOAS computers and also available for remote access using your Athens account. The second edition is the one available and the publishers are now also working on the third edition. The print edition is in the Near and Middle East Reading room in the library.
  • Index Islamicus – Also an indispensible resource is an index of all publications related to Arabic and Islamic studies in the Western world. There is a short period lapse between the print version and the online one. The online one is of course fully searchable and is available on all SOAS computers and remotely using your Athens account. The print edition is in the Near and Middle East Reading room in the library.
  • Encyclopedia of the Qur’ān – Very useful first point of call for anything related to the Qur’ān. Entries may overlap with EI2 but this is more recent and so you may find more up to date references. It is available on all SOAS computers and remotely using your Athens account. The print edition is in the Near and Middle East Reading room in the library.
  • Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature - Very useful first point of call for anything related to the Arabic literature. You will find most of the entries in the Encyclopedia of Islam but this is provides information from a more literary perspective. It is also more recent that the EI2 and thus you are likely to find more up to date references. The print edition is in the Near and Middle East Reading room in the library. Unfortunately Routledge have not yet made it available online (but some intelligent students have scanned it :-)

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