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  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online database available for limited time

    For a limited time, Booth Library patrons may access Oxford Islamic Studies Online through Booth Library. This resource will be available to the EIU community through Dec. 31, 2014.

    This database is an "authoritative, dynamic resource [that] brings together the best current scholarship in the field … to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics and culture, and is regularly updated…"

    The database includes reference entries, primary source documents, learning resources, and images and maps. Click here to link to this resource.

    Access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online is part of the Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series. Booth Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. In addition to receiving access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Booth Library will host a five-part, scholar-led discussion series on the theme "Pathways of Faith" during the spring 2014 semester.

    Books in the series are The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F.E. Peters, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A.C. Brown, The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson, The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, and A Rumi Anthology edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson. Scholars for the series are Brian Mann, assistant professor of history, and Jay Shinde, assistant professor of accountancy. For more information and to register, email Duffin, project director, at kduffin@eiu.edu or click here to visit the library webpage.

    Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.