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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.

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 (Primary Source materials)

Hathi Trust Digital Library is a repository of content digitized from numerous academic & research institutions libraries. Founded in 2008, it currently offers a collection of over 17 millions titles.

Internet Archives started archiving the Internet in 1996, and later expanded to other material types. Currently, it provides free access to 330 billions webpages, 20 million books and textual materials, as well as millions of audio recordings, videos, images and software programs.

Islamic Heritage Project is a Harvard University digital collection of heritage texts from the 10th to 20th centuries covering a wide range of topics (religious texts & commentaries, history & geography, law, sciences, poetry & literature, rhetoric, logic & philosophy, calligraphy, dictionaries & grammar, biographies & autobiographies) in numerous languages.

Muftiships Web Archive is an Ivy League Plus Libraries Confederation project aiming at preserving legal websites from the Islamic world to follow "responses of local judicial authorities to current events", see how "these authorities engage with the public", and how "Islamic law is administered in the digital age."

SHARIAsource is a "portal into the digital world of Islamic legal studies and related tools from data science and AI" maintained by the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. is a private initiative offering an "online, authentic, searchable, and multilingual (English/Arabic at the individual hadith level) database of collections of hadith.


Abou El Fadl, Khaled, et al., editors. Routledge Handbook of Islamic Law. Routledge, 2019. Electronic resource.

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

Encyclopaedia of Islam (THREE) 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.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is a platform comprising more than 5,000 reference entries, scholarly chapters, and primary source materials in addition to 13 core titles (i.e. The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Islamic World: Past and Present, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, The Oxford History of Islam, etc.) focusing on  global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.

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

Peters, Rudolph, and P. J Bearman. The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law. Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Print &Electronic resource.


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.

Dossiers is one of the many publications of Women living under Muslim Laws, an international solidarity network informing and supporting "women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam."

Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) has been published by the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (CIMELS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich, Switzerland, since 2012. EJIMEL aims at enabling "the discussion of legal issues as well as associated political, social, cultural and philosophical topics relating to the Middle East and Islamic world."

Manchester Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law has been published since 2005 by an international team of Islamic Law scholars and practitioners.

Studia Islamica "is one of the oldest academic journals published in the field of Islamic studies. Published in Paris since 1953, it has been co-edited by A. L. Udovitch and Houari Touati since 2003." It focuses on the history, religion, law, literature and language of Islamic lands around the Mediterranean Sea and in south-west Asia, for both the pre-modern and modern periods.

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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