This web site aims to bring a wide variety of resources on Arab culture
and civilization to your computer, but there is much more online. This
list includes a number of other sites that you may wish to visit. For
additional print resources, consult the supplemental bibliography.
Basic Introductions to Islam
These sites provide basic information on Islam, its beliefs and practices.
An Overview of Islam
An introduction to Islam from the BBC UK website.
A site that presents authentic texts from the Islamic tradition in English translation, including Islamic philosophy, sufism, modern issues, etc.
BBC-Guide to Islam
A general introduction to Islam that is part of the BBC "Guide to Religions of the World"
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
A basic introduction to Islam from the ADC web site.
Sites about the Qur'an, the foundational text of Islam, including recitations, translations, and explications.
The Holy Qur'an
The site is part of the Al-Islam site and contains the text of the Qur'an in Arabic, with accompanying translations and recitations. The site is very clearly presented and offers visitors a choice of two recitations, as well as translations into half a dozen languages. Also included in the site are the Hadith.
Readings of the Holy Qur'an
Passages read from the Holy Qur'an by Imam Misbahi with English translation.
The Holy Qur'an
This site contains numerous translations, recitations and explanations of the Qur'an as well as the Hadith.
Transliteration of the Qur'an
A transliteration of the entire Qur'an
Islam in the US and the World
This section provides links to sites about Islam and its role in the world, historically and in the modern era.
Muslim Wake Up!
This web site "seeks to bring together Muslims and non-Muslims in America and around the globe in efforts that celebrate cultural and spiritual diversity, tolerance, and understanding."
PBS-Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
Website for a new PBS series on the life of the prophet and its resonance in history. The site includes a "Virtual Hajj" and a timeline of the prophet's life.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: Islam
A TIME magazine Article on Islam by Karen Armstrong, reproduced in the web site for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
Council on American-Islamic Relations
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a non-profit, grassroots membership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and CAIR chapters across America. CAIR was established to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America.
Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse.
A wide variety of sites
Life of the Prophet
The Life of The Prophet Muhammad by Leila Azzam and Aisha Gouverneur.
MSA-USC Hadith Database
A searchable database of Hadith from the Muslim Student Association at USC.
A wide variety of Islamic texts in English and Arabic
A explanation of the development of Sunni Islam and its various branches, with each branch hyperlinked to an explanation of its tradition. From the department of philosophy and religion at St. Martin's College in Britain.
"The PBS Program FRONTLINE examines Islam's worldwide resurgence through the stories of diverse Muslims struggling to define the role of Islam in their lives and societies." Particularly relevant is the list of Readings and Links.
A explanation of the development of the various Sufi traditions, with each tradition hyperlinked to an explanation. From the department of philosophy and religion at St. Martin's College in Britain.
Suicide Attacks or "Martyrdom Operations" in Contemporary Jihad Literature
An article by David Cook of Rice University that places the September 11 hijackings within the historical context of radical Islamist philosophy on martyrdom.
A explanation of the development of Shi'a Islam and its various branches, with each branch hyperlinked to an explanation of its tradition. From the department of philosophy and religion at St. Martin's College in Britain.
Islamweb: Islamic Studies Internet Guide
Unaffiliated with any sectarian or political organization, this web site is a collaborative effort that unites a number of scholars from the Carolina-Duke-Emory Institute for the Study of Islam. The interdisciplinary site includes a variety of materials, including course syllabi, texts, visual images, and links to organizations and academic centers.
"Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic, Religion Resources for Studying Islam"
An extensive collection of resources compiled by Alan Godlas, professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia.
Page on Islam from Belief.net
Belief.net is a commercial web site on religion and spirituality. This is a page on Islam.
International Institute for the Study of Islam
The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) promotes interdisciplinary research on contemporary social and intellectual trends and movements in Muslim societies and communities. The ISIM was inaugurated in 1998 and is based in Leiden, The Netherlands. The site offers online versions of the ISIM newsletter and an excellent collection of links.
Glossary of Islamic Terms and Concepts
These terms are transliterated into the Latin alphabet.
Pre-Islamic Arabic Culture
An article about pre-Islamic culture in the Arabian Peninsula.
An article from the Columbia Encyclopedia about Shiite Islam
An article from the Columbia Encyclopedia about Sunni Islam
Online books on Islam from the University of California Press
Texts on Islam made available through a partnership between the University of California Press and the California Digital Library's eScholarship program. Many of the titles are available to the general public; the rest are for University of California faculty, staff, and students only.
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project
Described by its maintainers as follows: "Al-Islam.org is a work of the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project (DILP), which is a non-profit Internet-based group of people operating from throughout the world. Our objectives are to digitise and present on the Internet quality Islamic resources, related to the history, law, practice, and society of the Islamic religion and the Muslim peoples with particular emphasis on Twelver Shia Islamic school of thought."
Directory of sites about Islam from About.com
Each site listed on About.com is selected by an About.com "Guide".