Encyclopaedia of Islam Online (English)

The Encyclopaedia of Islam Online (EI Online) is a unique and invaluable reference tool, an essential key to understanding the world of Islam. Brill was the first academic publisher to publish an encyclopedia on Islam, and the Encyclopaedia remains a cornerstone of its publishing program. The Encyclopaedia is a large-scale collective reference work compiled by the most prominent scholars in the field, touching on all aspects of Islam from the time of the Prophet to the present day.

Two 'editions' are included in the EI Online:
The Encyclopaedia of Islam Second Edition (EI2, published from 1955-2005)
A continuation of the highly acclaimed Encyclopaedia of Islam First Edition (1913-1936)*. The EI2's geographical scope encompasses the old Arabic-Islamic empire, the Islamic countries of Iran, the Ottoman Empire, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Indonesia and many other Islamic countries. Entries are on religion, geography, ethnology, history, topography, culture and Muslims who have distinguished themselves in any particular aspect. Finished in 2005, the EI2 is a massive resource spanning five decades of scholarship.

The Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE (EI3, Third Edition, 2007- present day)
The Third Edition of Brill's Encyclopaedia of Islam is an entirely new work, with new articles reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship and developments in methodology. EI3 is a 'work in progress', appearing in regular installments every year. Many of its entries have been completely rewritten from previous editions. Alongside 1400 years of history, the new scope includes comprehensive coverage of Islam in the 20th and 21st Centuries, an even larger geographical scope (worldwide), a stronger focus on history, art, society, and culture, as well as Muslim minorities all over the world.

Combined as the EI Online, these two resources provide the most comprehensive and insightful coverage of the world of Islam available today. It is indispensable to scholars working in Islamic Studies, geographers, sociologists, journalists, policy makers and NGO's with an interest in Muslim culture and Islam. A must-have addition for any library collection.

Features and Benefits
  • The most complete, well-balanced and insightful reference work in the world of Islam available today
  • Includes all material from EI2 and EI3: decades of scholarship from two highly acclaimed sources
  • Over 17,000 entries from hundreds of scholars
  • Many full color illustrations
  • 6 updates per year including images and approximately 800,000 words of content
  • Includes all maps from the Historical Atlas of Islam

    "Continues the heritage of the previous editions in striving to achieve excellence, and it remains an essential acquisition for libraries supporting academic study of Islam, Middle Eastern studies, or the Arabic language. Summing Up: Essential." - C.A. Sproles, University of Louisville, in: CHOICE connect, December 2016

    *Encyclopaedia of Islam First Edition and the EI-2 French Edition are not included in the EI Online, but available as separate products.
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    Executive Editors
    Kate Fleet, Cambridge University
    Gudrun Krämer, Freie Universität Berlin
    Denis Matringe, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris
    John Nawas, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    Devin J. Stewart, Emory University

    Section Editors
    Roger Allen
    Edith Ambros
    Thomas Bauer
    Johann Büssow
    Ruth Davis
    Ahmed El Shamsy
    Maribel Fierro
    Najam Haider
    Konrad Hirschler
    Nico Kaptein
    Alexander Knysh
    Corinne Lefèvre
    Scott Levi
    Roman Loimeier
    Daniela Meneghini
    M'hamed Oualdi
    D. Fairchild Ruggles
    Ignacio Sánchez
    Ayman Shihadeh