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Islamic Studies

This guide will introduce you to research resources primarily from the ASU Library for the study of Islam as a religion. Other open access resources are included that have significant research and scholarly potential.

Finding Books

Our Islamic Studies collection includes books (print and electronic), periodicals, films (streaming video, DVDs), and music CDs. Use our Catalog to access all the above. For journal articles, check the Journal Articles tab.

Arabic Script: If your computer is set with Arabic fonts, you can use our Library One Search or OCLC FirstSearch WorldCat to locate Arabic-language materials at ASU Library. Otherwise, use the LC-ALA Romanization of Arabic table

These are some of the Library of Congress Subject Headings related to Islamic Studies (learn about LCSH in this guide):

Religious life -- Islam * Islam -- Customs and practices * Islam Doctrines * Islam Essence genius nature * Islamic Sects * Sufism * Qur'an * Qur'an - Criticism - Interpretation - Etc. *

Islamic Philosophy * Islamic Ethics * Islamic Law

Islam -- History * Islamic Empire* Islam 20th Century* Islam 21st Century*

Islamic Sociology * Muslim Women * Muslims -- United States *

Islam and Politics * Islam and State * Democracy -- Religious aspects -- Islam * Islam -- Relations -- Christianity *

Islamic architecture * Art, Islamic *

Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam * Jihad *

Beyond ASU Library

Center for Research Libraries (Middle Easten Studies): 20,000 items about the Middle East and Islam Studies. All materials are avialble for borrowing to ASU affiaes:

  • Print Books, Digitized Books
  • Magazines
  • Microfilmed Newspapers (from Iraq, Turkey, and around the world), Library of Congress Arabic Pamphlets
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Print newspapers
  • Microform Sets: the Creation of Modern Iraq


eBook Collections

Arabic Collections Online: A public digital library of public domain Arabic language content, covering literature, business, science, and other disciplines. Funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, in collaboration of other university libraries. 

E-Book Collections at ASU Library: A comprehensive list, arranged alphabetically, of all collections of E-Books.

Downloadable E-Books Library Guide: Contains instructions for those of our licensed e-book packages which allow for downloading of e-Books to personal eReaders .

Dissertations and Theses

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