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Religious Studies

Important resources for the study of religion at the University of Michigan

Find materials in our library

In our Catalog Advanced Search, select Subject from the drop down menu and search on terms such as 

  • Qurʼan
  • Hadith
  • Muḥammad, Prophet, -632
  • Islam 
  • Muslims
  • Islamic (Islamic civilization, Islamic law, Islamic ethics, Islamic philosophy, Islamic art, Islamic countries, Islamic calendar, etc)
  • Sufism

Combine with terms representing particular concepts, places, periods, etc and refine by publication date and language. Or search on names of specific persons / figures / scholars, works, movements, communities, etc -- for example

  • islam AND faith
  • Qurʼan AND study teaching AND "west africa" 
  • islam AND politics AND afghanistan
  • islam AND identity AND bosnia
  • islamic law AND ottoman
  • hanafi AND influence
  • islamic calendar AND mughal 
  • astronomy AND islam
  • al-ghazali (ghazzali) AND god 
  • "sahih al-bukhari" 
  • "al-tariqah al-muhammadiyah"
  • suhrawardi AND sufism AND history
  • ismailis
  • anti-muslim [racism, prejiduce, bias, sentiment, politics, etc]
  • islamophobia

Use ALA-LC Romanization / Transliteration for terms in non-Latin scripts keeping in mind that it is not necessary to enter full diacritics (eg "naqshabandiyah" "shiah" "ihya ulum al-din" rather than "Naqshabandīyah"  "Shīʻah" "Iḥyāʼ ʻulūm al-dīn")

You might also wish to browse the titles with call numbers BP1-BP 253, D198-199.7, DS36.85+, DS38.14+

For a broader search across book and article length literature, try Library Articles Search

Assorted Online Bibliographic Resources

Other discipline-specific literature databases may also be useful --- Anthropology Plus, CINAHL, Political Science Complete, PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, etc


Reference Works & Portals

Text Collections / Corpora

Scholarly Societies and Initiatives

Digital Scholarship / Digital Humanities (DS / DH)

Sampling of Tools, Initiatives, & Projects

(for an even richer sampling, see MELA DSIG Resource List)

Arabic script OCR

See also the various publications and presentations from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt) and Qatar Computing Research Institute. Important existing tools are QATIP, Sakhr, NovoVerus, and Kraken

Transliteration / Romanization

Transliteration (called Romanization when converting to Latin characters) is essential for searching in catalogues, databases, indexes, full text collections, etc. Systems vary considerably by publication / electronic resource / scholarly community / language of influence. Most North American library catalogues (including our local catalogue) use the Library of Congress (ALA / LC) Romanization system. For comparison of various transliteration systems, see the samples linked below along with Thomas T. Pedersen’s comparison tables

Sampling of Transliteration / Romanization Systems

Transliteration Comparison Tables (Thomas T. Pedersen)