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Islamic Law Research

Articles, books, dissertations, and primary law sources useful for research on Islamic law


  1. Identifying relevant books
    This step may involve searching library catalog, consulting a bibliography, and/or following citations in footnotes.
  2. Locating and obtaining the books

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Identifying Books

Begin by using UW Libraries Search.

TIP: use Advanced Search and limit to UW Libraries and Summit.

Use the important words and phrases you associate with the topic you are researching.

The table below provides examples of potentially relevant subjects. The reference to [country] means insert the name of a specific country after the subject.

Subject Subject Subject
Adat law--[country] Domestic relations (Islamic law) Islamic banking
Administration of (Islamic law)
Fatwas Islamic law--[country]
Constitutional law (Islamic law) Fiqh Islamic law--Interpretation and construction
Contracts (Islamic law) Hadith--Commentaries Muslim women--Legal status laws etc.--[country]
Courts--[country] Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc. Muslims--Legal status, laws, etc.
Criminal law (Islamic law) Human rights--[country] Property (Islamic law)
Divorce (Islamic law) Inheritance and succession (Islamic law) Sharia (Islamic religious practice)

You can also expand your search to catalogs of thousands of libraries in the United States and around the world by searching WorldCat

Obtaining Books

If you have used UW Libraries Search to identify books, you can also directly request books that you want to see from any UW library or Summit. This catalog includes all of the UW Libraries and more than 30 college and university libraries in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. You may use the catalog to request specific book from any of these libraries be checked out and delivered to you at the Gallagher Law Library circulation desk.

See the UW Libraries FAQ on "How do I request a book/article we don't have." You will be asked to login with your UW Net ID. You can choose to have the item delivered to the Gallagher Law Library, even if the book is on campus.

For more help and information on requesting books, see a reference librarian or member of the Circulation staff.

What if the book you want is not available in the Gallagher Law Library or one of the other UW Libraries or Summit libraries? You can request it through interlibrary loan.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most of the time using the Gallagher Law Library is just like using any other UW library. But the Law Library has a separate interlibrary loan service. If you are enrolled in UW Law, use the Law Library's Interlibrary Loan. If you are enrolled in History or International Studies or anywhere else, use the University Libraries Interlibrary Loan.