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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.


Eastlaws is a database of legal sources originating from 18 Arab countries such as court rulings, commercial arbitrations, treaties and conventions, fatwas, etc. All documents are in Arabic with basic translation into English generated by Google Translate. Eastlaws includes a Legal Dictionary.

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 access to scholarly and general interest sources in business, medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.

Index Islamicus Online is a classified bibliography of publications in European languages on Islam and the Muslim world including more than 590,000 records.

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.

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.


Amin, S. H, and Mary C Armstrong. Arabic-English Dictionary of Legal Terms. Royston, 1990. Print.

Faruqi's Law Dictionary, Arabic-English contains Terms of Jurisprudence (ancient and Modern), Forensic Medicine, Commerce, Banking, Insurance, Civil Aviation, Diplomacy and Petroleum

Law Dictionary, English-Arabic contains the Basic Terms and Phrases in the various Branches of Law (civil, Commercial, Criminal, Administrative and International)

Digital collections


Bakhtiar, Laleh, and Kevin A Reinhart. Encyclopedia of Islamic Law: A Compendium of the Views of the Major Schools. ABC International Group, 1996. Print.

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.

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies.

The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History is an interdisciplinary encyclopedia providing both historical and contemporary comparisons of the world legal system.


Available at McGill:

Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law

International Islamic University Malaysia Law Journal

Islamic and comparative law quarterly

Islamic and comparative law review

Islamic Law Journal

Islamic Law and Society

Journal of Islamic Law & Culture

Journal of Islamic Law Studies

مجلة مجمع الفقه الاسلامي

مجلة المسلم المعاصر = the Contemporary Muslim

مجلة جامعة أم القرى لعلوم الشريعة والدراسات الاسلامية

Middle East Law and Governance

UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law

Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

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.

Dossier (Women living under Muslim Laws)

Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law

Studia Islamica

Young Muslim Digest Magazine is a monthly blog-based magazine providing information on Islam derived from the Qur'an, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace on him), legal decisions of jurists and opinions of pious scholars who represent the mainstream of the Muslim Ummah (community). Based in Bangalore, India, YMD has been published since 1976.


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