Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Discover Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database

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Ever wonder about Muslim history and culture, the Islamic world, and the Muslim faith, but didn't know where to find reliable information? Try the database Oxford Islamic Studies Online, now accessible from the A-Z Databases listAtlanta-Fulton Public Library patrons have access to this database for one year as part of the Muslim Journeys grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Use the basic or advanced search options, or just browse individual regions, time periods, and biographies. You can find such varied information as:

  - A description of how British colonial rule unwittingly aided the growth of Islam in the Gambia in the 19th century.
- The Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech of Yemeni Arab Spring activist Tawokkol Karman.
- A map of the Silk Road showing major stops all the way from the Syrian coast to the Shaanxi province in China.
- All the occurrences of the word "jihad" in the Qur'an.
- A quote from Nobel physicist Abdus Salam: "There truly is no [disparity] between Islam and modern science.”
- Find out how one of the world's most independent news sources - al-Jazeera - came to broadcast from an area where most governments either own or strictly control the media.
- A bibliography of materials by and about Malcolm X.
Also included are time lines depicting major events in the Islamic lands side-by-side with world events, an English-language Qur'an verse looker-upper, and a date converter. We invite all of our patrons to explore this database and expand their knowledge of the Islamic world!

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