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Islamic sources

Welcome - Merhaba - أهلا وسهلا - Hoşgeldiniz - خوش آمدید ! This guide focuses on the study of the sources of Islam: the Qur'an, and the Shari'a (Islamic Law). It is tailored to the courses offered by the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies.


Arabic-English dictionary of Qur'anic usage is a comprehensive and contextualized Arabic-English dictionary of Quranic usage based on classical Arabic dictionaries and Quran commentaries.

Encyclopaedia Islamica is based on the abridged translation of Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī', one of the most comprehensive research tools on Islam and the Muslim World. Encyclopedia Islamica is particularly relevant for Shi'i studies.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd edition) is a unique and invaluable reference tool setting out the present state of knowledge of the Muslim World.

Encyclopaedia of Islam (3rd edition) is an entirely new work reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship on the Muslim World, including Islam in the 20th century and Muslim minorities all over the world.

Encyclopaedia of the Quran is a dictionary of Quranic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, etc. also providing access to 62 Early Western Korans and an electronic Quran concordance.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is a comprehensive research tool providing reliable background information on Islam and the Islamic World.

Leaman, Oliver. The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia. Routledge, 2006. Electronic resource.


Arabic-English dictionary of Qur'anic usage is a comprehensive and contextualized Arabic-English dictionary of Quranic usage based on classical Arabic dictionaries and Quran commentaries.

Zammit, Martin R. A Comparative Lexical Study of Qurʼānic Arabic. Brill, 2002. Electronic resource.

Ambros, Arne A, and Procházka Stephan. A Concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic. Reichert, 2004. Print.

Ambros, Arne A, and Procházka Stephan. TThe Nouns of Koranic Arabic Arranged by Topics: A Companion Volume to the "concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic". Reichert, 2006.Print.

Penrice, John. [Silk Al-Bayān fī Manāqib al-Qurʼān] =: A Dictionary and Glossary of the Kor-Ân, with Copious Grammatical References and Explanations of the Text. Curzon Press, 1976. Print.


Available at McGill:

Open Access:

The Directory of Free Arab Journals (DFAJ) is a directory of Open Access journals published in the Arab World. The website  is maintained by a group of OA activists in the region, and includes 319 journals from 150 publishers in 18 different countries.

Digital collections

Early Western Korans Online (Brill) includes Qur'ans and Qur'an translations, printed in Europe between 1537 and 1857.

The Noble Quran is an user-friendly and interactive online version of the Qur'an.

Online Quran Project offers easy exploration, browsing and research of the Qur'an, and various online translations. The hope is to include translations of the Quran in all the languages in the world.

Quranic Arabic corpus is an annotated linguistic resource showing the Arabic grammar, syntax and morphology for each word in the Holy Quran providing three levels of analysis: morphological annotation, a syntactic treebank and a semantic ontology.

The Koran is an electronic version of The Holy Qur'an, translated by M.H. Shakir and published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., in 1983.

Sultan Baybar’s Qur’an is one of the most magnificent Qur'ans in the British Library.


JSTOR is a subject searchable index of journals on-line with JSTOR. Retrieves full-text back files of scholarly journals, some of which date back to the 1800's. Does not include articles more recent than five years ago.

Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) offers scholarly and general interest sources in business, medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.

Historical Abstracts (Ebsco) covers a broad range of topics.

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Ebsco) covers political and scholarly information on the countries and people of the area.

ProQuest Research Library  is a multidisciplinary database covering disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.

Web of Science gives access to scholarly articles for medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology which also includes citation indexes.

A selected list of databases pertinent to Islamic Studies is available here, and a complete list of databases accessible to McGill affiliated researchers is available here.


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