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Sharīʿah, Family Structure, and Genetic Technologies

With the emergence of various applications of modern genetic and reproductive technologies, ethicists worldwide have grappled with the moral quandaries that these advancements pose.... Read More

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John L. Esposito
John L. Esposito Dear Reader,

Every year, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) publishes its American Muslim Poll, a survey that gathers identical information from American Muslims alongside the general public...  Read full letter
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What's New
  • Learn More
    Would you like to learn more about Islam and biomedical technology? See the subject entries included in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics, edited by Ayman Shabana. (Photo credit: ILO/Apex Image, via Flickr.)
  • Subject Entries
    New subject entries include additions to our spotlights on Islam, Gender, and Sexuality (Samar Habib, editor), Islamic Philosophy and Philosophers (Ayman Shihadeh, editor), and Islam and Politics (Peri Bearman, editor). See the full list here.
  • Learning Resources
    A new lesson plan on Progressive Islam by Adis Duderija.
  • Interviews
    Continuing our ongoing interview series, Mobashra Tazamal (The Bridge Institute) talks to author Samira Ahmed about her bestselling novel Love, Hate & Other Filters (Soho Press), in which Muslim teenager Maya Aziz struggles to navigate her own path in life while confronting a wave of Islamophobia in the wake of a terrorist attack. Read more
  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Second Edition
    Here is a fast, centralized path to John Esposito's updated guide to Muslim faith, customs, and political beliefs, based on questions Esposito has been asked by a diverse range of audiences. Read more
What's Inside
  • Nearly 6000 entries from esteemed Oxford works, including the recently published Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, and more.
  • Primary Source documents with editorial commentary provide historical context for important events and major figures in the history of Islam.
  • Learning Resources include thematic guides, lesson plans, bibliographies, a glossary, and other useful tools.
  • Images and Maps provide visual perspectives on global Islam and its historical development.
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