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  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Access to Cambridge History of Islam and Cambridge New History of Islam
    On-campus / Off-campus
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online
    Select Islamic Studies. Combines the functions of a research level encyclopedia and a bibliography
    On-campus
    / Off-campus
  • Oxford Islamic Studies
    Access to major reference works on the Islamic World from the Oxford University Press
    On-campus / Off-campus
General web resources
Open Access texts
  • Al-Quran al-Karim : the Noble Quran Online Quranic text, searchable, browsable by chapters. Within a chapter, each verse in Arabic is available as an audio-recording (with a choice of 9 different reciters) and is accompanied by its translation in English (6 different English translations are available) or in 34 other languages, as well as a transliterated version.
  • Digital Islam Theses
    JISC-funded project giving access to over 900 UK PhD theses on Islamic studies via ETHOS. Registration with ETHOS is required (free)
  • Hadith Search
    Search for and download copies of the hadiths and commentary upon the hadiths (part of Living Islam website)
  • Islamic Heritage Project
    Access to digitised copies of hundreds of manuscripts, printed texts and maps from Harvard University’s Library and Museum collections dating from the 13th to 20th centuries
  • MENALIB: Middle East Virtual Library (State-and-University Library of Saxony-Anhalt, Halle, Germany)
    Portal to electronic full-text material and bibliographic records of printed material and manuscripts on the Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies
  • Al-Tafsir.com
    Comprehensive resource for Quranic studies
  • Al-Warq
    Extensive collection of writings on Arabic literature and the humanities with some items available in full-text. This site is in Arabic and registration is required.
  • The Quranic Arabic Corpus
    This is an annotated linguistic resource which shows the Arabic grammar, syntax and morphology for each word in the Holy Quran. The corpus provides three levels of analysis: morphological annotation , a syntactic treebank and a semantic ontology .
  • Sunnah.com : the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) at your fingertips
    Sunnah.com is  searchable online database of 13 corpuses of Arabic Hadith compilations in Arabic, including the six canonical collections of hadith (Kutub as-Sittah). Each compilation is accompanied of a brief historical introduction and each hadith is accompanied by its translation in English and Urdu, together with an indicator of its"reliability" according to the Islamic rules of hadith studies.
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