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What's New in Oxford Islamic Studies Online

A variety of regular updates and site enhancements are scheduled for Oxford Islamic Studies Online. In previous updates, we've added maps and entries from the Atlas of the World's Religions as well as the entire text of the acclaimed resource Teaching Islam. Articles and images have been loaded from the award-winning Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture, making the site more comprehensive by expanding its coverage of the arts. Lesson plans developed by noted scholars have also been added to the Learning Resources area of the site, part of a growing collection offered to help instructors utilize the site's content to its best advantage in the classroom.

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Summer 2017

New Articles

This update includes new entries on Andalusia, additions to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law, and the first entries in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics.

Regional Spotlight: Andalusia:

The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of Islam and Law:
Business Organizations
Courts: Modern Shariah Courts
Legal Theory: Classical Sunni
Mosque, Legal Status and Rulings
Walī Allāh al-Dihlawī, Shāh
Women and Islamic Law

Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics:
Animal research
Dignity (Human)/Karamah
Public Good (Maṣlaḥa)


Letter from the Editor

In this update we feature a special Letter from the Editor by John Esposito, which discusses the alarming trend of anti-Muslim bigotry in the West.

New Learning Resources

An updated timeline, which includes new material on the recent events in the Middle East, among other topics.


Jörg Matthias Determann (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar) discusses the unique challenges of teaching the theory of evolution in the Middle East, along with the future of science education in that region.

Focus On Essay

The Hazāras' Struggle for Recognition and the Post-2001 Statebuilding in Afghanistan by Niamatullah Ibrahimi

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