Islamic Studies Resources

The origins of Islamic studies as an academic discipline can be traced back to the ninth century in Iraq. It is an all encompassing term that covers various aspects of Islamic knowledge including belief (aqidah), worship, manners, fiqh, kalam (theology) as well as other disciplines such as economics.

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources: Created by the University of Georgia, the site has links to current affairs, religious essays, a subject directory Koran, sects, women, philosophy, science, art, music, literature, language, bibliographies.

Middle Eastern Studies: Islam: Columbia University's compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on Islam.

Introduction to Islam: Translated texts, articles about Islam, jihad, religion and politics, state and religion.

Islamic Studies Books: Recently published books about Islam, the Islamic civilization, and the Middle East.

Areas of Study

Islamic studies focus on creating a Muslim identity through the teachings of Quran and Hadith (sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad). Some of the areas of knowledge and courses in Islamic studies include:

Introduction to Islam: It introduces the basic concepts, beliefs, practices and various other aspects based on the two primary sources, i.e., Quran and Hadith.

BBC Religion and Ethics--Islam: An excellent introduction to the history, customs, beliefs, worship and ethics of Islam. Explains major subdivisions of Islamic faith.

PBS - Islam: Empire of Faith: "From Muhammad to the great Ottoman sultans, learn more about the history of the Islamic Empire. A companion site to the PBS series Islam: Empire of Faith."

Tawheed (Oneness of God): This is the foundation of Islam and perhaps the most important concept. Its discussion includes the concept, categories of tawheed, its principles, conditions and implications.

Islam World: The page to go to for finding information on Islam, with 20 translations of the Qur’an and search tools available for the textual and topical analysis.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook: Links comprising approximately 30 pages of text and links to primary and secondary resources of all types.


Pillars of Faith: These are the pillars of Islam. This subject discusses the five articles of faith, i.e. the testimony of faith, the prayer, fasting, charity and pilgrimage; also their importance and the associated details of the practice of these articles.

Joppa: A fantastic collection of hard to find books dealing with Islamic studies, Middle East, and Near East.

Islam 101: Islam 101 is an educational website on Islam, Muslims, Islam’s theology, human relations with Muslims and non-Muslims, its history, civilization and everything else in life.

Belief & Faith: The two core concepts, ‘Aqidah and ‘Eeman (both roughly translated as faith) are explained along with their importance.

Science of Hadith: Hadith (the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad) is one of the two primary sources of information and guidance in Islam. This subject deals with the principles, characteristics and benefits of the science of hadith.

Islam: A section from Paul Flesher's Exploring Religions covers Islamic cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps.

Encyclopedia of Islam: The Encyclopedia of Islam (Online Edition) combines a familiar look with fast and effective research facilities. The entire text of volumes I to XI and Supplement (Volume XII) of the monumental, printed edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam am now easily available on your computer screen.

Manners and Etiquettes: Discusses the importance of supplications and the manners and etiquettes of doing supplications.

Life of Prophet Muhammad (Seerah): The seerah, or the life of Prophet Muhammad is the basic source of guidance for Muslims. This course explains the various aspects of his life including his achievements, their impact and importance.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online: Nearly 6,000 entries from esteemed Oxford works, including the recently published Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, and more.

Access Islam: Funded by the US Dept. of Education, this site gives students and teachers access to Internet-based videos, lesson plans, and associated materials.

Fundamentals of Jurisprudence (Usul Al-Fiqh): Fiqh ((Fundamentals of Islamic Jurisprudence) combines the understandings of some of the most knowledgeable and learned Muslim scholars and gives the set of codes or rulings for every day matters.

Da’wah (Calling to Islam): Spreading the word of Allah is the duty of every Muslim and this subject discussed the methodology and benefits of da'wah.

"Islam: Empire of Faith": A companion piece to the PBS documentary of the same name, this site offers detailed segments on faith, culture, innovation, and profiles of prominent figures in Islam. The site also features an interactive timeline and educational resources.

MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET: Companion Web site for the PBS film MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET. The site includes clips from the film, a virtual Hajj, a timeline, a discussion forum, and links to other resources.

Stories of the Prophets: The Quran talks about a number of prophets and courses are taught about the stories of the prophets to explain important lessons from the lives of these prophets.

Islamic History and Civilization: It discusses at length, the history of Islam from the beginning of the life of Prophet Muhammad up to several centuries later including the rise and fall of the Muslim empire.

FRONTLINE: "Muslims": This FRONTLINE special examines the different faces of Islam's worldwide resurgence and the fundamentals of the faith. The program tells the stories of Muslims struggling to define how Islam will shape their lives and societies.

The Islam Project: This multimedia Web site is aimed at schools, communities, and individuals who want a clearer understanding of Islam. The project comprises two PBS documentaries -- MUHAMMAD: LEGACY OF A PROPHET and FRONTLINE's "Muslims" -- along with a strong community engagement campaign and educational materials.

Islamic Law of Inheritance: Inheritance is not a trivial matter in Islam. This topic is discussed in detail in the Quran including who should inherit, how much to inherit and the shares of each heir.

Islam Links: Links assembled by Daniel Martin Varisco, director of the MECA program at Hofstra University.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook: Prepared by Dr. Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Lawful and Unlawful in Islam (Halal wa Haram): It is extremely important for every Muslim to learn about what is permissible and what is not allowed in every aspect of life.

Islamweb: Islamic Studies Internet Guide prepared by scholars associated with the Carolina-Duke-Emory Institute for the Study of Islam.


Islamic Philosophy Online: "This site contains hundreds of full length books and articles on Islamic philosophy ranging from the classical texts in the cannon of Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy."

American Academy of Religion: The Study of Islam Section of the American Academy of Religion

Places of Worship around Australia (All denominations)


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