Islamic Studies Pathways – an Academic Guide to Islamic Studies Resources on the Internet
This is a non-hierarchical, regularly updated listing of recommended Internet sites about Islam. Many of the sites defy rigid categorisation, so the optimum way of reading the pages is to take a few hours out of your schedule, and scroll down the links. If you don’t have the time for that, or are looking for something specific on this site, try a keyword search [CTRL+F] or the Virtually Islamic search-engine. Pathways has been online since 1996, and contains 100+ links to resources useful for Islamic Studies (academic and other). Some of the sites have been on the listing for several years, but remain extremely useful, because they have been frequently updated. I try to check as many of the URLs as I can on a regular basis. This listing is now integrated with the Virtually Islamic site, which also contains a variety of listings and resources (including News about Islam, Muslims and Cyberspace), a listing of the Islamic Blogosphere and Podcast links, together with details of my books and a blog. Your comments and recommendations are welcomed, as are suggestions for future editions. Feel free to list the URL on your own website.
Whilst every effort is made to keep this listing up-to-date, changes frequently occur to websites. Readers encounting persistent Error messages on any site listed below, or hacked pages, are requested to contact me in order that this listing can be adjusted. Inclusion of an external website’s URL on this listing does not imply endorsement of its contents (see Disclaimer).
All contents of this guide are © copyright 2008 Gary R. Bunt.
- GUIDED WAYS iiii
- AL-ISLAM.COM (QUR’AN) iiiii
Well produced, extensive site including Qur’an-ic recitation, a Hadith Encyclopedia, and an Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence – together with other material. The Qur’an pages contain commentaries, and Java script – making this a user-friendly interface. The material is available in Arabic, English, French, Turkish, and Malay. Requires Real Audio. Sound quality is good, and there is a choice of recitors. Probably the best Qur’an source available online…
- King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an iiiiAn improved and is a useful resource, in particular for the good quality recitations and ease of navigability. There is an irritating pop-up window for font smoothing (OK if you have permissions to install on your machine – otherwise a problem). Other features: four recitors, live feed + MP3 and Real Player download options. Searchable fatwa database (limited, but useful albeit from a specific perspective).
- al-Tafsir.com iii
A welcome addition to the quranic materials available online, produced by the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, this provides a variety of materials associated with commentaries of the Qur’an. The site is very much an on-going project, notable for developing with Martin Lings a much-anticipated new English translation of the meaning of the Qur’an, and “a user-friendly interface for the study and comparison of all the established qira’at and maqams of Quran recitation.” Some areas of the site lead to blank pages for English-only speakers (tafsirs/recitations). Translations of the Qur’an in seventeen languages.
- Memorize-Quran.com iiii
Linked to DigitalHalal, this provides a multi-interface set of tools to facilitate the memorization of the Qur’an (i.e. on your mobile phone, PDA, PC, etc.). The site is easy to navigate, and offers assistance on techniques for memorization. Qur’an downloads are recited by Mishary Rashed and Saad Alghamdy.
- RADIO AL-ISLAM iiiii
A comprehensive selection of Qur’an recitals, from the IslamiCity site. Requires RealPlayer.
- MSA-USC QUR’AN DATABASE iiii
This database is a good (and long established) option for searching for extracts from the Qur’an online. The New Ultraseek Search is particularly effective. The search engine uses Pickthall, Yusuf Ali and Shakir translations of the meaning of the Qur’an.
- THE CLEAR PATH
Regularly updated, and with an effective design. Features an online version of the Hilali/Kan translation of the meaning of the Qur’an (as discussed in Virtually Islamic), and works by Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Baz.
- QUR’AN RECITATION: SH. HUTHAYFI ii
Produced by the Islamic Audio Studios, portions of the Qur’an are recited by Sheikh Huthayfi. This site requires a RealPlayer. English language content also available.
- QURAN RECITATION TABLE iiii
This is maintained by the Islamic Bookstore, and offers some good samples of its recitation catalogue. Recitors, including Saad al Ghamdi and Muhammad Siddiq al-Minshawi, provide high quality recordings.
- THE NOBLE QURAN iiii
Produced by SalafiPublications.com, this offers a number of searchable options through the translation of the Qur’an (verse number or title), and commentaries (Ibn Katheer, Tabari, Qurtubi). Note that to utilise the full range of online services, registration is required. Nice interface!
- THE MOSQUE OF THE INTERNET iiii
Extensive resources associated with the At-Tariqah As-Sammaniyyah Order, including links to the Qur’an in Arabic and Urdu. Offer a free ‘anti-Wahhabi’/’anti- al-Qaeda’ CD to download
- ISLAMWAY RADIO iiii
Produced by Islamic Assembly of North America, this is a comprehensive listing of recitation – linking to exponents of quranic recitation whose work can be heard in MP3 and Real formats. Streaming and Downloads available. Make up your own CD!
- ‘Holy Qur’an Resources on the Internet’ iiii
Links into the many web resources on the Qur’an, such as translations and a page of an early Qur’an manuscript. Recently updated the look of the site, making it far more user-friendly and accessible.
- Islamic Finder iiii
A comprehensive range of resources here, with notable features including downloadable Athan software, Calendar conversion, and prayer times for personal websites. The index of searchable resources and categories could be a useful starting point for research projects.
- IslamWebIslamWeb contains an impressive database of quranic resources. Features include a Fatwa database, fatwa of the week, Islamic songs, prayer times, and selected e-books. There are substantial materials aimed at potential and new converts and ‘reverts’. This is a well-designed and much-improved portal (also available in Arabic and French versions).
- MOONSIGHTING HOME PAGE
This is an extremely comprehensive and interesting resource, which provides resources on calendars, moonsighting, and prayer calculation. The site’s main asset is the discussion on the mathematics of such calculations, which are complex but essential for an understanding of appropriate observation of prayers, and festivals such as Eid-al-Adha.
- AL MUHADDITH ISLAMIC LIBRARY iii
Arabic, Indonesian and English downloadable resources – regularly updated – including Qur’an translations and prayer-time calculators. Make sure you’ve got plenty of disk-space …
- ISLAM ONLINE iiiii
A substantial, regularly updated resource, with interesting features and articles. The Live Fatwa and Cyber Counsellor sections discuss important contemporary issues. Services include a date converter, calendar, and e-cards. This site merits regular visits.
- ISLAMICITY iiiii
One of the most comprehensive Islam-related sites on the Internet, well-managed, and worthy of several visits. This site can take a long-time to download, and can be ‘overwhelming’ in terms of its depth of content and links.
- MSA-USC Hadith Database iiii
In addition to their Qur’an Database (listed above), MSA-USC have also produced a useful Hadith Database, drawing on Bukhari, Muslim, Abu-Dawud, and Malik’s Muwatta.
- Khutbah.com iii
Khutbahs (sermons) on demand, categorised by Societal Issues, Seeking Knowledge, Islamic Beliefs and Returning to Allah. Material has a Sunni perspective: also contains articles, a discussion forum, and an emailing list.
- Islamic Torrents iiiArchive of film materials and resources associated with Islamic themes, which uses BitTorrent to download.
- CHANNEL 4: THE HAJJ iiii
Based around the British TV Channel 4’s coverage of the Hajj in 2003, this includes a ‘virtual hajj’ (requires Flash), and film coverage/reports taken from the pilgrimage. There are basic introductions to elements of Islam on the site. There is a ‘set’ of Hajj prayers available, in English, Arabic and audio formats. Questions sent to Zaki Badawi through the ‘Ask our Imam’ page page, are archived on the site. All in all, a very credible effort to cover the pilgrimage using different aspects of multi-media.
- AL-IMAMThere is an emphasis on multimedia on this site, which features Flash Animation clips on aspects of Shi’ism. There is also a substantial sound archive, including recitation and nashids (recording in Bahrain). Also includes ‘Islamic’ phone tones.
- Parvez VideoExtensively resourced site, seeking to “preserve the work of Allama Parvez on the Quran.” It includes a number of videos and audio lectures, with a strong focus on Pakistan.
- THE LIFE OF THE LAST PROPHET iiii
Based on Sira sources, Yusuf Islam’s audio production of Muhammad’s life – containing recitations, sound effects and music – provides an interesting introduction to the subject. It used to be available as a MP3 file for free download – but now only appears to be available commercially . However, an online sample can be found at the Islamic bookstore
- FREE ISLAMIC RESOURCES iiii
There is plenty of information to download here, including Qur’ans, Arabic browsers and greetings cards.
- ST MARTIN’S COLLEGE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD RELIGIONS, ‘ISLAM’
Part of an Encyclopedia of World Religions, this contains useful articles on aspects of Islam, in an easy to navigate format, including sections (and sub-sections) on Sunni, Shia, and Sufi beliefs.
- ISLAM FOR TODAY iiii
Islam for Today features a section on Ground Zero,, information about women in Afghanistan, and a ‘starter’ set of Islamic Studies resources. A useful resource, which is regularly updated.
- MUSLIM STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION iiii
U.S.-based, information-rich site. Check out the Calligraphy and Image Archives. Fascinating choice of routes to Islamic primary sources (Qur’an, Hadith, etc.), as well as Tafsir commentaries.
- Muslim Space iii
‘Halal’ equivalent of MySpace – be prepared for lots of multimedia (videos, pix, audio) and chat.
- MUSLIMS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE iii
This is a webring, seeking support from other websites against domestic violence.
- Liberal Islam Web Sites iiii
Based around Charles Kurzman’s anthology ‘Liberal Islam’, this is a useful selection of updated links relating to the authors in the book, including Rachid Ghannouchi, Fatima Mernissi, Mohamed Talbi, Yusuf Qaradawi, Abdulkarim Soroush, Muhammad Iqbal, and Mohamed Arkoun.
- SHARIAH WATCH iiii
This is a Yahoo Groups list containing news and quotations about ‘shariah’, drawn from a broad range of sources, and including World, Regional (by country), and Finance sections.
- THE MIDDLE EAST MEDIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE (MEMRI) iiii
MEMRI provides translations of Middle East media resources, including sermons taken from a variety of broadcasts, and some streaming media links. The site has been controversial, with some accusations of bias from Arab and other sources, especially in terms of some of the translations provided (and their emphasis). MEMRI has its headquarters in Washington DC, with offices in Berlin, London, and Jerusalem. Materials are available in in Hebrew, Russian, Turkish, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
- TEACHING ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY iii
Corinne Blake examines approaches towards Islamic Studies applying I.T. There are some helpful links here.
- THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY iii
Official government site, introducing aspects of Turkey and Turkish culture.
- LIBYA iii
Homepage providing extensive links to resources on Libya – including satellite images.
- WASHINGTON KURDISH INSTITUTE ii
Background information and links to a wide-range of Kurdish related issues.
- AL-MASHRIQ iii
Well-resourced, with plenty of photographs, and a wide range of media links. The paths to environmental and legal issues are useful. Information on music includes RealPlayer samples of Om Kalthoum, and details on the career of Fairouz.
- MIFTAH SHAMALI iiii
Basic, entertaining encyclopedia – giving details of North African destinations and beyond.
- ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ORIENT iiii
Mifta Shamali’s learned cousin could be the solution to those nagging questions on Islam and Muslim history – or when you can’t quite remember the tune of the Egyptian national anthem …
- Muslim Heritage iiii
This is a very useful overview of elements of Muslim history, produced in a user-friendly format, ideal for students and those seeking to locate information on key Muslim personalities and developers in areas of the sciences and the arts. The production of this site fills an important ‘gap’ in cyberspace.
Arabic/English site, containing fatwas and downloadable books (in PDF format) representing the perspective of Sheikh Salman bin Fahd al-Oadah. The design is effective, and generally functional. Particularly interesting is an article by Layla Bayyoumi, on “American Aggression on Iraq – Its Effects on the Mental Health of Our Children in the Muslim World.”
- Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée iiii
There are three key areas to this French language site: Jean-François Legrain’s Guide de Palestine-sur-Web has a good overview of Palestinian materials available online, categorised and easy to navigate; specific details on the online ‘intifada’ feature in Legrain’s Guide de l’Intifada-sur-Web, and this certainly offers an interesting and detailed introduction to the phenomena (also discussed in Virtually Islamic and my forthcoming book); finally, Laurence Louër has produced a Guide des Arabes d’Israël-sur-Web, highlighting significant sites.
- Cheikh Ahmed Yassin iiiInteresting variation of the ‘martyr’ site phenomenon, containing Flash images and biographical data. In French.
- The Electronic Intifada: Live from Palestine iii
The Electronic Intifada is a significant news resource, presenting (from a Palestinian perspective) a broad range of materials, including news feeds, interviews, and information packs. ‘Live from Palestine’ is a diaries project contained in the site; its writers are drawn from diverse backgrounds, and many are not professional journalists. They present ‘grass roots’ perspectives of contemporary issues, and eyewitness accounts from within different locations across the region. This site is fully archived, searchable, and worthy of frequent visits.
- JERUSALEMITES – AL QUDS iiii
Presented by the Jerusalem Forum, this contains some excellent archive material, discussing religious, historical and cultural dimensions of Al-Quds.
- HAMAS iii
Part of Palestine-Info.com, this HAMAS Website’ contains Arabic, French, Farsi, Malay, Russian, Urdu and English content. This represents the latest URL for English content. A number of other pro-Hamas sites can be found online. See my books for details.
- FATEH ii
Editorially-focused, Arabic site, promoting current Fateh policy.
- SUDAN LINKS iii
UK based page, providing background information on Sudan, and extensive links to other resources.
- THE ‘NATION OF ISLAM’ ONLINE iii
Official website for the ‘Nation of Islam’, including history, biographies, and a link to ‘The Final Call’ newspaper.
- ARAB DECISIONiii
This is a database providing contact information and other materials relating to key figures in the ‘Arab World’, from presidents downwards. The site is organised by the Mafhoum portal. There is also data on research institutions and universities. This is a good opportunity to test whether administrations read their e-mail.
- Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Materials on the Net
Part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library, this contains a significant range of legalistic resources for study, categorised into Ancient (pre-Islamic) Middle East, Primary Sources, Commentary and Legal Rulings, Constitutional Law, International Law, Texts from Commercial and Personal Sites, and Texts from Government Sites. The site is probably best suited to specialist readers.
- PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT iii
Pakistan Government link-page to national, English-language papers: Dawn, The News, The Nation, and The Frontier Post. The site also provides jumps to other media sources, official press releases, and data on Pakistan.
- JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI PAKISTAN iiii
Jamaat-e-Islami is one of several Muslim parties in Pakistan. This highly-detailed website provides news, speeches, Qur’an commentaries, and background data on the party.
- TANZEEM-E-ISLAMI iii
Israr Ahmed is a well-known figure in Pakistan for his pronouncements on Islam. This newly updated site contains extensive audio files – including a “Tafseer-e-Quran” commentary.
- JAMIA ASHRAFIA iii
I undertook fieldwork with Jamia Ashrafia (in Pakistan) some years back. This site gives a good indication of their work, especially their IT focus.
- Political Resources on the Net: Malaysia iii
Jump page, including links to Parti Islam Semalaysia (PAS) and United Malay National Organisation (UMNO).
- Virtual Bangladesh : News from Bangladesh iii
Virtual Bangladesh site, offers a good selection of media resources, including The Daily Star and The Independent.
- BBC ARABIC SERVICE iiii
Source of live news and comment from Bush House, London. Requires RealPlayer (download available below).
- CNN Arabic iiii
A recent addition to Arabic news websites, linked to other CNN content.
- RADIO SAWA iii
An Arabic language station, pumping out a blend of Middle Eastern and western popular music, blended in with news, Radio Sawa is a U.S. government initiative which broadcasts throughout the region – on satellite, online, and old-fashioned shortwave, FM and AM. Doubts have been raised as to how many people listen to the news …
- AL JAZEERA iiiii
Closely linked to the satellite channel output, but a useful resource in its own right. The English service also available, being the site of Al-Jazeera International and its related programming.
- AL-BAWABA iiii
Daily updates, plus special features. The regional news section is effective. The archives are searchable.
- Dar al hayat iii
Well-organised Lebanon-based paper.
- Asharq AlawsatEffective and easy-to-navigate English language version of the famous newspaper (also in Arabic, of course)
- Middle East TransparentCollection of news feeds and headlines.
- Islamic Circle of North America iii
New York based dawah site, which – as well as serving local communities with news and information – provides access to publications, the Muslim Alert Network (for media-monitoring), a quiz, and Islam-related product pages.
- Pars Times
Portal for a multiplicty of resources on Iran. This link takes you directly to the country-specific section, although the site holds many other listings, including resources on law, oil and gas, and news and media. Some of the pages open with music …
- Netiran News iiii
Jump-page to various news-sources, including IRNA Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran News, and Tehran Times.
- THE SUN’S HOUSE iiii
Archive of material on Ayatollah Khomeini, including sayings, a biography, and useful English language video-clips from a variety of sources (requires RealPlayer, download available below). This site is linked to the IRNA News Agency.
- WORLD FEDERATION OF KHOJA SHIA ITHNA ASHERIS iii
Ambitious framework linking Ithna Asheris globally: including links and background information.
- Mumineen.org – Dawoodi Bohra Net
This is an interesting example of how the Internet can be applied as a networking tool by Muslim communities. The site contains salaat timings, information on society and culture, and a matrimonial database. There are also local and international news and announcements relevant to this aspect of the Shia Islam.
- A SHI’ITE ENCYCLOPEDIA iii
Comprehensive selection of files available for download, including discussions on Islamic concepts and thinkers.
- Peter Saunders’ Gallery iiii
Commercial site of excellent (copyright) Islam-related photographs.
- Sufism.org: Asma al-Husna: The Most Beautiful Names of Allah iii
Listed, with calligraphy and quotations.
- FUTURE TELEVISION (LEBANON)iii
Multimedia daily news.
- Islamic Architectiii
This site is a real pleasure to read (in French, Arabic and English versions). There are sections of particular interest on Components of Religious Buildings and Islamic Religious Styles, together with illustrations (uncredited). There’s a small mosque index, and a Discussion Group. The site is easy to navigate, and makes a useful general introduction to the subject.
- BBC RELIGION AND ETHICS ONLINE: ISLAM UK iii
Introductory material on Islam, from a UK perspective, and linked to information on related BBC broadcasts.
- European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, Diversity and Equality For Europe,
Range of resources and reports from the EU.
- MUSLIM DIRECTORY iii
Based on the popular printed version of the Directory, this is a commercial site providing information about mosques, businesses, and organisations in the U.K. Prayer times are provided, and the pages are updated regularly. You can also send an electronic postcard, or visit their chat room.
- Zaytuna Institute iiii
- SAL@AM iii
Wide-ranging UK based server, with images of mosques, articles, and helpful links.
- UK ISLAMIC EDUCATION WAQF (UKIEW) ii
Information on Muslim schools in the UK.
- ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE AND LONDON CENTRAL MOSQUE iii
The site contains a brief history of the mosque, which officially opened in 1944. There’s historical information on Britain’s Muslim communities, together with advice on marriage and ’embracing Islam’.
- AL-KHILAFAH MOVEMENT ii
This UK based website provides access to the Al Khilafah Magazine and ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’ documentation.
- THE SOCIETY FOR ADHERENCE TO THE SUNNAH
Washington based Ahl ul Sunnah wal-Jama’ah page, including ‘rulings’ on dancing, organ transplantation and Muslim Women’s dress.
- ISLAM AND PSYCHOLOGY AND SEXUAL ISSUES iii
There are some very interesting articles here, including Yusuf Qaradawi on ‘Islam and Depression’ and ‘Sex and Viagra’ (both in Arabic). Also links to other issues, including Islamic responses to HIV/AIDS. Part of the wider Islamic Medicine site.
- ICARP Interactive Central Asia Resource Project iii
Well-managed, comprehensive site on Central Asia – with plenty of links to other sites of related interest.
- INCORE GUIDE: AFGHANISTAN iiii
A guide to Internet resources on Afghanistan produced by INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity), including NGO responses and documentation
- Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)iiii
An innovative site, containing information on this “a political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan.”
- ISLAMIC STUDIES, ARABIC & RELIGION iiii
Extensive index of sites relating to academic Islamic Studies, produced by Alan Godlas – including jump-pages for mysticism, Shi’ism, and Islam and the West.
- ARAB GATEWAY iiiii
Arab Gateway is an accessible site run by Guardian journalist Brian Whitaker. It is simple to navigate, and content is regularly updated. There is particularly fascinating detail about Yemen – including pages on politics, religion, news, coffee and qat. There are useful sections on Media, News and Books in Arabic-speaking contexts, making this a site worthy of regular visits.
- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL iii
Global alphabetical index of Amnesty International data.
- ETHNOLOGUE iiii
Comprehensive linguistic encyclopedia database, with information on 6,500 languages – and pointers to country-specific information (including sensitive maps).
- CHISHTI HABIBI SOOFIE ISLAMIC ORDER INTERNATIONAL iii
‘Sufism’ on-line from South Africa, associated with the Order of Hazrat Shah Goolam Mahomed Soofie Siddiqi Chishti Nizami Habibi. Explains aspects of belief, and provides extracts from sermons.
- NAQSHABANDI SUFI ORDER iii
Full details of the Naqshabandi Order, including extensive information on aspects and interpretations of prayer.
- ‘MUSLIM MYSTICISM’ iii
Diverse sources on Mysticism, including Jaluddin Rumi and Titus Burkhardt.
- ISLAMIC AND ARABIC ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE iii
Selections of photos and articles relating to Islamic and Arabic artifacts.
- The Burda of Al-Busiri iiii
Introduces the book (in translation) and a recent recording by the Fez singers, in the Andulucian style. The Burda (“Poem of the Cloak”) is a 13th century poem, marking the Prophet Muhammad’s attributes. Site requires Flash.
- ISLAMIC WORLD: ASK ISLAMIC SCHOLARS iiii
Cyberspace now has a number of Fatwa sites, an interesting phenomenon discussed in detail in Virtually Islamic and Islam in the Digital Age. I liked the interface of this page (which forms part of the wider Islamic World site), and the concept of selecting via a search engine an opinion from a ‘choice’ of sites. There are only three listed here. Ultimately, it may be helpful to have a search engine listing all the fatwa sites available online (representing all ‘Islamic’ opinion). The site’s Islamic Search Engines may be a step in this direction.
- 3-D KABAH iiii
This is a ‘virtual’ reconstruction of the Kabah, offering a unique aerial perspective of the precincts. Be prepared for a long download time, and a great trip!
- MUSLIM WAKEUP CALL iii
Introduced in 2003, this is a Muslim magazine describing itself as “provocative, opinionated, and sometimes funny”. It certainly contains some highly original articles, and is worthy of regular visits.
- ALT MUSLIM iiii
Alt Muslim describes itself as “an interactive web community dedicated to topical discussion and intellectual exploration for issues regarding the Muslim community.” It’s certainly an entertaining and informative selection of materials, in a weblog format, covering areas such as Art and Culture, Business and Technology, Gender, Family and Community, and News. Related Links is a useful jump-page to other sites, including the lively blog Think Halal.
- SERVING THE GUEST: A SUFI COOKBOOK AND ART GALLERY iiii
This site makes good use of graphics, and has fascinating content. A proportion of the content is translated and edited from Arabic, Persian, Turkish and other sources. There are many recipes, together with detailed guidance on food, manners and Sufism. The Art Gallery is also worth a visit. There are frames and no-frames versions of the site.
- INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM IN THE MODERN WORLD (ISIM) iii
Home of the ISIM Newsletter, from Leiden University, Netherlands. Site upgraded in 2003, along with the Newsletter itself.
- CENTRE FOR ISLAM IN EUROPE iiii
Produced by the Centre for Islam in Europe, based at Ghent University in Belgium. Includes pages in Arabic, Dutch/Flemish, English, French, German and Turkish. Discussion papers include studies on Islam in Flanders, the place of Islam in Europe, the education of Muslim children, and Imams in the Netherlands. Also contains regularly updated academic announcements relating to Islamic Studies in Europe.
- THE MIDDLE EAST REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS iiii
Produced by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies in Israel, this is a quarterly online-refereed academic journal, linked into a monthly e-mail newsletter. The site provides specialised link pages and resources, together with an archive of articles.
- MIDDLE EAST VIRTUAL LIBRARY iii
Hosted at the State and University Library Saxony-Anhalt in Halle (Germany), MENALIB is a significant information portal for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. It can be occasionally frustrating to navigate, but the resource is extremely useful for researchers, and contains online and printed materials. The hyperlink above goes to the AlMisbah database of Internet resources on Islam and the Middle East.
- LE MONDE ARABE
Le Monde Arabe is part of a wider French language resource organised by the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. This portion of the site contains a clickable map of the ‘Arab world’, and a separate listing of 22 countries, with basic research overview information and photos.
- ISLAMIC HISTORY SOURCEBOOK iii
Some useful material here in this annotated listing, ranging from the time of Muhammad through to the present day. .
- PADIA: Public Affairs Digital Image Archive iiiii
Click on Newsroom>Photo Archive, for 30,000+ photos, “one of the world’s largest royalty-free photographic archives specializing in contemporary cultural and geographical images of the Middle East and the Islamic world.” Available for use in projects and publications, subject to registation, this is an excellent resource.
- Saudi Aramco World iiiiiIn relation to the above resource, the magazine went on-line in January 2004. It is an information-rich publication, full of beautiful images. Highly recommended.
- Islamica News iiii
Well, if you got this far in the listing, you may need a break. Try this US-based satirical site, describing itself as follows: “Islamica has grown and established itself as the premiere outlet for style and comedy amongst Muslims.” It featured recently on MSNBC too. Underneath the humour, some serious issues are addressed – this is certainly an interesting way of getting audiences engaged with their communities and religious issues.
- Muslim Heritage iii
This is a very useful overview of elements of Muslim history, produced in a user-friendly format, ideal for students and those seeking to locate information on key Muslim personalities and developers in areas of the sciences and the arts. The production of this site fills an important ‘gap’ in cyberspace.
- National Geographic Magazine’s Sights & Sounds: Shiites of Iraq iii
Flash presentation, linking to article in current issue. A number of excellent photos by Matt Moyer. The feature page includes a Najaf ‘wallpaper’ to download.
- Archnet.org iiiii
Superb series of architectural materials, notable especially for the digital library of Islamic buildings (from mud mosques to high-tech buildings) and the various photo collections. Membership required for some sections.
- BBC Asian Network – Devotional Shows: Islam iii
This links to a regular show of devotional music, presented by Zeb Qureshi, which can be listed to using the BBC’s player.
- ACADEMIC INFO: ISLAM iii
If you haven’t found what you are seeking on this site, try this listing produced at the University of Washington by Mike Madin.
- ANYA SEARCH ENGINE (Arabic/English)
- GOOGLE ARABIC SEARCH ENGINE
This offers a comprehensive range of tools and downloads, much of it free and multi-format (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, mobile phone). There is also a searchable Qur’an and Hadith database. I have not tested all the products from this site, so would welcome authentic consumer reports. Similar products are available elsewhere, etc.