Olin C. Bailey Library

Islamic Journeys

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Reference Sources in Bailey Library

Encyclopedia of Islam.  Leiden: Brill, 1980.  Ref 956.03 En19b2

Esposito, John L., Shahrough Akhavi, Albert Hourani, et al. Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Ref 909.097671 Ox2e

Kennedy, Hugh. Historical Atlas of Islam. Leiden: Brill, 2002.  Ref 911.17671 H629k2

McAuliffe, Jane Dammen. Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an. Leiden: Brill, 2001.  Ref 297.1226 En19m

Nursi, Bediuzzaman Said. From the Risale-i-nur Collection [A Commentary of the Qur’an]. Istanbul, Turkey: Sozler Publications, 1993.  Main Collection 297.122 N938f

The Qur’an: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Oliver Leaman. London: Routledge, 2006.  Ref 297.1226 Q62L

Library Research Databases to Locate Periodical Articles

A complete listing of Bailey Library’s databases is available from Bailey Library’s home page.  The selected databases below will be particularly useful when researching topics relating to the “Islamic Journey.”

Academic Search Premier (1975-present)

A multidisciplinary database containing full text articles and abstracts of articles from over 8,000 journals and magazines, about half of which are peer-reviewed. Full text is provided for nearly 4,700 publications.


Online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Includes articles, multimedia, videos, and Internet links. Research tools include:

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary & Thesaurus
Notable Quotations
Gateway to the Classics
World Atlas & Data
Year in Review

VIEW: “Islam, Pillars of.” Online Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 3 August 2007

Oxford Reference Online (current)

Oxford Reference Online contains over 150 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including key titles from the Oxford Companions Series and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of reference books.

Readers' Guide Full Text (1983-present)

Readers' Guide indexes and abstracts the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada. Full text begins in January 1994 for most titles. Readers' Guide is a good place to start if you have a general, news-related topic.

Art Abstracts (1984-present)

Art Abstracts indexes and abstracts articles from international art periodicals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, and reproductions of artworks that appear in indexed periodicals. No full text is available, so be sure to check our Journals List to see if we have the journal.

ATLA Religion Database (1949-present)

The American Theological Library Association produces this database, which is a collection of religion and theology journals selected by some of the foremost religion scholars in the United States. Journals representing all major religious faiths, denominations, and language groups are included. Some full text is available.

Humanities Full Text (1983-present)

The Humanities database cites articles from English-language periodicals, and has full text of selected periodicals beginning in January 1995. This database covers archaeology, classical studies, art, dance, film, gender studies, folklore, history, journalism and communications, linguistics, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion and theology.


JSTOR contains the full text of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR does not index the most current issues.You can search the following subject areas: African American studies, African studies, anthropology, archeology, Asian studies, botany & plant sciences, classical studies, ecology & evolutionary biology, economics, education, finance, folklore, geography, history, language & literature, Latin American studies, mathematics, Middle East studies, philosophy, political science, population studies, Slavic studies, sociology, and statistics.

Literature Online (700s-present)

Literature Online is a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, 7,000 works of drama and prose, 192 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.

Literature Resource Center (current)

Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses on authors from every age and literary discipline. The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers. Twayne World, U.S., and English Authors each contains the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, U.S., or English authors.

Philosopher's Index (1940-present)

The Philosopher's Index provides citations and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields. It covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.

Project Muse (1990s-current)

Full text of nearly 200 scholarly journals published by university presses in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, mathematics, political science, gender studies, and others.


For those articles not in Bailey, check UCA's catalog, BearCat.  Do a title search on your journal name.  For articles not at Bailey or UCA, it is possible to order the article via Bailey’s interlibrary loan service.

Recommended Internet Sites 

Arabic calligraphy 

While many religions have made use of figural images to convey their core convictions, Islam has instead used the shapes and sizes of words or letters. Because Islamic leaders saw in figural arts a possible implication of idolatry, Islam's early theocracy looked to the artistry of calligraphy for religious expression. In Islamic and Arabic cultures, calligraphy became highly respected as an art -- the art of writing.

Internet Sacred Text Archive. Islam

Includes various versions of the Qur’an, “A Manual of Hadith,” the “Hadith of Bukhari,” Sufi texts, and other texts. 

Islamic Studies, Islam, Arabic, and Religion 

Although it begins with Islamic scholars speaking out against terrorism, the main emphasis of this site is a collection of annotated sites about the Qur'an, Sufism, Sunni, Islam in the modern world, women's rights, art, architecture, music, Arabic language study, and more.

Islamic World to 1600 

Produced by the Applied History Research Group at the University of Calgary, this multimedia tutorial outlines "Muslim beliefs and practices, as well as the history of the Islamic world from the 7th to the 17th centuries, including the expansion of the Islamic empires of Asia, Africa, and Europe." Sections include: The Caliphate and the First Islamic Dynasty, The Fractured Caliphate and the Regional Dynasties, The Mongol Invasions, and Rise of the Great Islamic Empires.

Open Directory Project: Religion and Spirituality: Islam 

This site from the DMOZ: Open Directory has links to 1400 sites that pertain to Islam from architecture to history to online resources to social aspects of Islam. This is a good place to start if none of the other sites meet your information needs.

Hemminger, Bill. University of Evansville. Exploring Ancient World Cultures.  “Essays on Islam”

Hemminger provides a concise but informative introduction to Islam.

University of Southern California. MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts. The Noble Qur’an

This USC site contains a plethora of information about the Qur’an including introductions and commentaries, numerous versions and translations, a brief history of the compilation of the Qur’an, and rules to memorization of the Qur’an.

Virtual Religion Index: Islamic Studies 

Part of the Virtual Religion Index created by the Religion Department at Rutgers University, this site contains links to general resources, information on Muhammad the prophet, the Quran (Koran), Hadith (Oral tradition), Shari'ah (Law), Shi'a, Sufis and modern movements of Islam.

Journeys Library Collection: Books/Media Relating to Islamic Journeys

Bailey Library Catalog 
            To locate books in the Bailey Library collection, search by subject, author, title, or keyword.

WorldCat (1200-present)
            Catalog to books in libraries worldwide.


Abdel Haleem, M.A. Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and style. London: Tauris, 1999. 
297.1226 Ab31u

Armstrong, Karen. Islam: A short history. New York: Modern Library, 2000. 
297.09 Ar57i

Cragg, Kenneth. The pen and the faith: Eight modern Muslim writers and the Qur’an. London: Allen & Unwin, 1985. 
297.1226 C843p

Esack, Farid. On being a Muslim: Finding a religious path in the world today. Oxford: Oneworld, 1999.
297 Es11o

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck & John L. Esposito, eds. Islam, gender, & social change. New York: Oxford, 1996.
297.082 Is4h

Hoodbhoy, Pervez. Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality. London: Zed Books, 1991. 
297.1975 H761i

Irwin, Robert. Islamic art in context: Art, architecture, and the literary world. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997.
704.94897 Ir9i

Islamic knowledge [VIDEORECORDING]. Presented by RM Productions and TF1. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 1988. 
Media Center Video 500 Is4s

Jomier, Jacques. How to understand Islam. New York: Crossroad, 1989.
297 J689h

Messick, Brinkley. The calligraphic state: Textual domination and history in a Muslim society. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
297.1975 M563c

Phipps, William E. Muhammad and Jesus: A comparison of the prophets and their teachings. New York: Continuum, 1996.
297.63 P558m

Rahman, Fazlur. Major thems of the Qu’ran. Minneapolis, MN: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1980.
297.2 R129m

Renard, John. Seven doors to Islam: spirituality and the religious life of Muslims. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.
297.4 R29s

Schimmel, Annemarie. Deciphering the signs of God: A phenomenological approach to Islam. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
297 Sch34d

Stowasser, Barbara Freyer. Women in the Qur’an, traditions, and interpretation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
297.1228 St77w

Last Modified 8/15/2007
By Amanda Moore