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Welcome to the Divinity subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations

Books relating to Islam & Muslim Christian Relations will be found at a variety of locations in New College Library and the Main Library – check this on DiscoverEd. Here are some useful places to start browsing:

  • Find books on Islam at shelfmark BP
  • Find copies of the Qur’an at BP100
  • Find books on Islamic law/Shari’a law at shelfmark K
  • Find books on Christianity at shelfmark BR
  • Find Bibles and commentaries at shelfmark BS
  • Find books on interreligious dialogue at BL410

Heritage Collections


View of pages from the Mukhtasar Kitab al-Hisnul-Hasin

View of pages from the Mukhtasar Kitab al-Hisnul-Hasin, Or.Ms 172

The Heritage Collections teams preserve, provide access to and interpret the heritage collections looked after by the University.

They are based at  Centre for Research Collections (CRC), which  holds the Oriental Manuscripts Collection, including Arabic manuscripts such as commentaries on the Koran; traditions of the Prophet and Imam and prayers. The CRC also holds extensive collections of Bibles, sermons and Christian literature.

All of these collections can be accessed at the CRC on the 6th floor, Main Library.

Databases for Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations

Journals for Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations

Search DiscoverEd to find print and electronic journals in this area. These include:

Highlights of the Library's Heritage Collections

Jami' al-Tawarikh (World History) by Rashid al-Din (d.1318)

Possibly the greatest treasure in the Library. It was written in the Naskh script by the scholar and courtier Rashid al-Din (d.1318) and contains 70 illustrated folios. Special Collections, Or.Ms.20. View the digital version here.

Al-Biruni's Chronology of Ancient Nations, Tabriz, Iran, 706 AH (AD 1307)

A chronicle of a vast number of calendars and chronological systems from a variety of different cultural and religious groups from throughout the late antique and medieval periods in the Hellenic world, Central Asia and the Near East. Special Collections,  Or.Ms.161.

Sharh al-qism al-thalith min al-Miftah (AD 1423)

View of pages from Sharh al-qism al-thalith min al-Miftah showing text with notes in margins and between lines. Completed in c.1385-1386, Sharh al-Miftah is a commentary on the third book of Al-Sakkaki's popular rhetorical work, the Miftah al-ulum, and was written by the Persian polymath al-Taftazani.

Reference books for Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations

Search DiscoverEd to find print and electronic reference books, or browse the shelves in the New College Library Hall. These include:

Data sources