New at Brill in Open Access: Encyclopædia Iranica Online

 

Encyclopaedia Iranica is the most renowned reference work in the field of Iran studies. Founded by the late Professor Ehsan Yarshater and edited at the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, this monumental international project brings together the scholarship about Iran of thousands of authors around the world.

 

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Encyclopædia Iranica Online Now Freely Accessible at Brill

The Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, New York, and Brill are delighted to announce that the Encyclopædia Iranica Online is now freely accessible at Brill’s Reference Works Platform. Encyclopædia Iranica is the comprehensive academic reference work dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Ancient Iran Series Added to Brill’s Publishing Portfolio

As part of their growing portfolio in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Brill has signed an agreement for the take-over of the book series Ancient Iran Series. With its coverage of ancient, pre-, and early-Islamic Iran, this book series complements other book series with a more modern focus on this geographical area, as well as the various other journals and encyclopaedias Brill publishes in this field.

Read an interview with Geert Jan van Gelder

The longstanding series Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East recently reached its 150th volume by publishing the special Prominent Murder Victims of the Pre- and Early Islamic Periods Including the Names of Murdered Poets. We caught up with Geert Jan van Gelder, editor and translator of the volume.

 

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Theology and Society Online is the full-text searchable version of the English translation of Professor Josef van Ess’s monumental study of Islamic intellectual and religious history, focusing on Muslim theology. With its emphasis on the eighth and ninth centuries CE, Theology and Society remains the most detailed study of scholarly networks and interrelations for the early phase of the formation of Islam. Originally published in German between 1991 and 1995, Theology and Society is a monument of scholarship and a unique scholarly enterprise which has stood the test of the time as an unparalleled reference work.
The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online is an essential resource for analyzing Europe's dynamic Muslim populations. Featuring up-to-date research from more than 40 European countries, this comprehensive reference work summarizes significant activities, trends and developments affecting Europe's Muslim populations. The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online is updated annually with the most current information available from surveyed countries. The updates consist of annual overviews of statistical and demographic data, topical issues of public debate, shifting transnational networks, changes in domestic and legal policies, and major activities in Muslim organizations and institutions.

In addition to offering a relevant framework for original research, the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online provides an invaluable source of reference for government and NGO officials, journalists, policy-makers, and related research institutions.

Features & Benefits of the online version:
- Full-text key word search across all years and countries
- Country overview: click on a country to find the analysis per year for that country
- Year overview: click on a year to find the analysis per country for that year
- Complete collection: covers Volumes 1-15. One new volume added every year

Customers should be aware that volumes 1-7 of the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online are also available as part of Brill's Middle East and Islamic Studies E-Book Collections. These E-Books do not feature the additional functionalities featured in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online. Volumes 8 and onwards are not available as e-books, but only appear in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe Online. For the print version, please visit Yearbook of Muslims in Europe.
Arabic Literature of Africa Online (ALA) is a bio-bibliography on the Arabic manuscript tradition in the African continent, which continued well into the 20th century CE. It offers authoritative information about African authors, the texts they wrote in Arabic, the manuscripts in which these texts are found, and the locations of these manuscripts, together with bibliographical references to the literature. Arabic Literature of Africa Online complements Brockelmann’s Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL) and is an indispensable reference work for students of Islamic cultures in Africa and of Islamic manuscripts in general.
The African Studies Companion Online is part of African Research Online.

This new edition of the African Studies Companion Online brings together a wide range of sources of information in the African studies field. It builds on four previous editions of the African Studies Companion, the award-winning publication initiated by Hans Zell. Published in print and online until 2006, this new edition is published electronically only.

The African Studies Companion Online is an invaluable tool for scholars in African Studies. It contains over 1800 entries covering guides and resources for African languages, Africa cartography and maps, African film, African studies journals, magazines and newsletters, media guides and news sources for Africa, the African press, African studies library collections worldwide, national archives in Africa, centers of African studies and African studies programs worldwide, awards and prizes in African studies, and a wealth of other subjects.

Many entries describe and evaluate resources, others are factual and provide practical information. With a few exceptions, all entries directly link to the internet.

Easy to search and navigate, African Studies Companion Online is the best starting point for students and professionals in African Studies.

Edited by Marie-José Wijntjes
The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics represents a unique collaboration of a few hundred scholars from around the world and covers all relevant aspects of the study of Arabic and deals with all levels of the language (pre-Classical Arabic, Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic vernaculars, mixed varieties of Arabic). No other reference work offers this scale of contributions or depth and breadth of coverage. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics (EALL Online) contains all content of the print edition and new content has been added on a regular basis. New articles were elaborations or updates of themes already discussed in the EALL, or are new entries that are relevant to the field.
The EALL Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches to be as objective and versatile as possible. The online edition is cross-searchable, cross-referenced and regularly updated. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics is an essential reference work for students and researchers in the fields of linguistics, Islamic studies, Arabic literature and other related fields. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics is also available in print, visit https://brill.com/view/serial/EALL for more information.

Features and Benefits
- Over 500 entries
- Over 300 contributors
- Over 2.1 million words
- Full-text searchable and advanced searchability
- Browsable index
- Fully Unicode compliant, to facilitate the display of foreign languages
- A high-quality linguistic reference work
- A unique and widely respected authoritative source in the field
- Covers all relevant fields in Arabic linguistics, both general and language specific
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The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures (EWIC) is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present. A unique collaboration of over 1000 scholars from around the world, the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures crosses history, geographic borders and disciplines to create a ground-breaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world. No other reference work offers this scale of contributions or depth and breadth of coverage.

The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online covers all volumes of the print edition, covering the following subjects:
- Methodologies, Paradigms and Sources (volume 1)
- Family, Law and Politics (volume 2)
- Family, Body, Sexuality and Health (volume 3)
- Economics, Education, Mobility and Space (volume 4)
- Practices, Interpretations and Representations (volume 5)
- plus the Supplement and Index Volume

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online is an essential reference work for students and researchers in the fields of gender studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, as well as scholars of religion, history, politics, anthropology, geography and related disciplines.

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online is also available in print, visit EWIC and EWI2 for more information.

Features and Benefits
- The only reference work of its kind
- Contributions from over 1,000 scholars in the field
- More than 1,600 thematic, regional and/or disciplinary entries
- Up-to-date research and bibliographies make it indispensable for all levels of users
- Updated once a year with new articles, images and video's
- Accessible style for a wider audience
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The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (EJIW) is the first cohesive and discreet reference work which covers the Jews of Muslim lands particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. The expanded online version, EJIW Online (started in 2010), is updated twice annually with newly commissioned articles, illustrations, multimedia, and primary source material.
EJIW Online now includes the analytical index, which was recently awarded the Wheatley Medal 2011; the list of Internet resources; the unique survey of Jewish journals in the Islamic world; and the maps. The encyclopedia has been awarded the 2011 Judaica Reference Award by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World is also available in print, visit https://brill.com/view/package/9789004176782 for more information.
Features and Benefits - Interdisciplinary articles cover a wide range of topics from history, law, music, visual arts, social sciences, philosophy, anthropology and demography - Alphabetical order and cross-references enable quick and easy searching - Over 150 color and black and white illustrations, graphs and maps - Over 2,200 entries and 1.5 million words - Updates will include new articles, illustrations and multimedia - The only reference work of its kind - Up-to-date research and bibliographies make it indispensable for all levels of users - Over 350 internationally-renowned scholars from all over the world
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Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History Online (CMR Online) is a general online history of relations between the faiths. It covers the period from 600 to 1500 CE, when encounters took place through the extended Mediterranean basin and are recorded in Syriac, Arabic, Greek, Latin and other languages. It comprises introductory essays on the treatment of Christians in the Qur’an, Qur’an commentaries, biographies of the Prophet, Hadith and Sunni law, and of Muslims in canon law, and the main body of more than two hundred detailed entries on all the works recorded, whether surviving or lost. The result of collaboration between leading scholars, CMR Online is intended as an invaluable tool for research in Christian-Muslim relations.

Christian Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History is also available in print, visit https://brill.com/view/serial/HCMR.

Features and Benefits
- International expert authorship
- Unrivalled comprehensive bibliographic reference work on Christian Muslim Relations
- Covers the period 600-1500
- Cross-searchable database
- Easy access to up-to-date information
Brockelmann Online consists of both original volumes Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL) by Carl Brockelmann (1868-1956), as well as the three supplement volumes, including the indexes. Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period.
This originally multivolume reference work is divided in chronologically organized sections, which are subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature. The full-text search makes the online version of Brockelmann much easier to use and consult this unique and valuable resource.

The “Brockelmann” is an indispensible research tool for anyone working on the Islamic world in general and the Middle East in particular.

For more information about the print version of this title, click here.

Features and Benefits
- Complete full-text searchable version of the original text edition
- Future updates will include annotations to the original text
- References to the printed edition make the content more accessible
- Bibliographical notes can be viewed using the mouse-over
Encyclopaedia Islamica is a projected 16-volume publication, consisting of an abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. One unique feature of this work of reference lies in the attention it gives to Shiʿi Islam and its rich and diverse heritage, which makes it complementary to other encyclopedias. In addition to providing entries on important themes, subjects and personages in Islam generally, it offers the Western reader an opportunity to appreciate the various dimensions of Shiʿi Islam, the Persian contribution to Islamic civilization, and the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic tradition.

Encyclopaedia Islamica Online is automatically updated whenever a new volume has been published. New content will be added every year in alphabetical order. The project started with the letter A in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2028.

Encyclopaedia Islamica Online is also available in print. Visit brill.com/ISLA for more information.

Features and Benefits
- Abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī
- Special and in-depth attention to Shiʿi Islam
- Written by Iranian scholars and translated by the well established Ismaili Institute
- Yearly updates with alphabetized entries, equivalent of approximately 300,000 words per year
- Complementary to other encyclopedias- Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam
- Open URL (Uniform Resource Locator) which enables users to easily find a copy of a resource that they would be allowed to access