Encyclopaedia Islamica

The Encyclopedia Islamica is an encyclopedia on Islamic and Iranian studies published by Brill, comprising a projected 16-volume translation of selected articles from the new Persian Dā'erat-ol-Ma'āref-e Bozorg-e Eslāmi (Persian: دائرةالمعارف بزرگ اسلامی‎, "The Great Islamic Encyclopaedia"), supplemented by additional articles written in English by scholars affiliated with the Institute of Ismaili Studies.[1][2]

Encyclopaedia Islamica
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The Persian-language project has been led by Kazem Mousavi-Bojnourdi since 1983, when the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia was established in Teheran for the purpose of constituting a scientific committee to oversee its creation.[3] The project, which provides comprehensive coverage of Shia Islam has sparked considerable interest in the Islamic world and is being consulted by many Persian-speaking scholars of Islamic studies.[1][2][3] As of 2016, the encyclopedia is at the ninth letter of the Persian alphabet and its 22nd completed volume.[4]

Brill's Encyclopedia Islamica, which is edited by Farhad Daftary and Wilferd Madelung, is currently at its fifth volume.[1][5] It was begun in 2008 and is expected to be completed in 2023.[6] It is intended for advanced graduate students and scholars who require meticulous documentation.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Mousa al-Reza Wahdati. Review of Encyclopaedia Islamica Volume 3 (Adab – al-Bāb al-Ḥādī ͑ashar) ed. by Farhad Daftary, Wilferd Madelung. Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies. Volume 8, Number 1, Winter 2015. pp. 107–109.
  2. ^ a b c Suzanne M. Estelle-Holmer. Review of Wilferd Madelung and Farhad Daftary, eds. Encyclopaedia Islamica, Vol. 1: ‘Aba’- Abu Hanifa. Theological Librarianship. An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association. Volume 2, Number 2 • December 2009. pp. 103–104.
  3. ^ a b Bauden, Frédéric. Review of Encyclopaedia Islamica, volume 1 (A-Abū Ḥanīfa), éd. Farhad Daftary et Wilferd Madelung. Moyen Age (Le). CXIX(2), pp. 465–466 (In French).
  4. ^ Dā'erat-ol-Ma'āref-e Bozorg-e Eslāmi
  5. ^ "Encyclopaedia Islamica vol.5 is published". Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia. 17 April 2016.
  6. ^ Encyclopaedia Islamica Online

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