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An expanding e-book collection of carefully selected research companions to various key aspects of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Peer reviewed and written by experts, these handbooks offer balanced accounts at an advanced level, along with an overview of the state of scholarship and a synthesis of debate, pointing the way for future research. All volumes are in English.

This series reprints the best of the titles in Islamic Studies that were published by Brill. Titles that have been out of print for a long time, but are still important for libraries and scholars will become easily available to a wider audience. The best of two centuries of scholarship, newly typeset and with new introductions by some of the foremost scholars in Islamic Studies make the Brill Classics in Islam an indispensable part of any islamic studies collection.
Dialect, Culture, and Society in Eastern Arabia is a three-volume study of the Arabic dialects spoken in Bahrain by its older generation in the mid-1970s, and the socio-cultural factors that produced them.
Volume 1: Glossary, published in 2001, lists all the dialectal vocabulary, with extensive contextual exemplification, and cross-referenced to other lexica, which occurred in the complete set of texts recorded during fieldwork.
Volume 2: Ethnographic Texts presents a selection of these texts, transcribed, annotated and translated, and with detailed background essays, covering major aspects of the pre-oil culture of the Gulf and the initial stages of the transition to the modern era: pearl diving, agriculture, communal relations, marriage, childhood, domestic life, work. Excerpts from local dialect poems concerned with these subjects are also included.
Volume 3: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Style is based on an extensive archive of recorded material, gathered for its ethnographic as well as its purely linguistic interest.
The Third Edition of Brill's Encyclopaedia of Islam (EI3), the preeminent reference work in the field, began publication in the spring of 2007. EI3 is an entirely new work, which rigorously maintains the comprehensiveness and reliability of the great multivolume set, with new articles reflecting the great diversity of current scholarship. The EI3 appears in substantial parts each year, both online and in print. The new scope includes comprehensive coverage of Islam in the twentieth century and of Muslim minorities all over the world. Entries from the Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE (EI3) are bundled annually in a yearbook.

For the Encyclopaedia of Islam Online, please go to the website Brill Online.
The Qur'ān is the primary religious text for one-sixth of the world’s population. Understood by Muslims to contain God's own words, it has been an object of reverence and of intense study for centuries. The thousands of volumes that Muslim scholars have devoted to qur'ānic interpretation and to the linguistic, rhetorical and narrative analysis of the text are sufficient to create entire libraries of qur'ānic studies.

Drawing upon a rich scholarly heritage, Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān (EQ) combines alphabetically-arranged articles about the contents of the Qur'ān. It is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur'ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur'ānic studies. With nearly 1000 entries in 5 volumes, the EQ is the first comprehensive, multi-volume reference work on the Qur'ān to appear in a Western language.

Cross-referencing and indices
Frequent cross-references will draw readers to related entries and each article will conclude with a citation of relevant bibliography. The final volume of the EQ will contain indices of transliterated terms, of qur'ānic references and of the authors and exegetes cited in the entries and essays.

Fully international work
The EQ is a fully international work supported by an international board of advisors. Scholars from many nations have written articles for the encyclopaedia.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān is also available online, click here for more information. There are yearly updates for the online version with new articles.
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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.
Since its publication, Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures is the 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.
This encyclopedia consists of six volumes (including an Index volume), published from 2003 to 2007.

The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures is also available online. For more information see Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online. There are yearly updates with new articles for the online version.

As of 2020, EWIC is supplemented by the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 2010-2020. The EWIC 2010-2020 consist of all new entries on ground-breaking contemporary research topics, such as social media, security regimes, cinema, diaspora studies, Hip-Hop & Rap, Queer movements, Islamophobia and masculinity. EWIC 2010-2020 collects all the articles from ten years of Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Online, into a nine-volume set – eight volumes of articles and one volume for the collective index. EWIC 2010-2020 offers 289 articles, written by 292 authors, covering 126 topics. Cumulatively, this is nearly two million words.
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A unique collaboration of nearly 300 scholars worldwide, the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 2010-2020 is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project. The 9 volumes represent cutting-edge research on gender studies and the Islamic world. The EWIC 2010-2020 consist of all new entries on ground-breaking contemporary research topics, such as social media, security regimes, cinema, diaspora studies, Hip-Hop & Rap, Queer movements, Islamophobia and masculinity. The Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 2010-2020 is an essential reference work for gender studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, as well as religion, history, politics, anthropology, geography and related disciplines.

EWIC 2010-2020 supplements the previously published Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. All articles published in the EWIC 2010-2020 have been published previously as part of EWIC Online (brill.com/ewio).

EWIC 2010-2020 collects all the articles from ten years of EWIC Online, into a nine-volume set – eight volumes of articles and one volume for the collective index. EWIC 2010-2020 offers 289 articles, written by 292 authors, covering 126 topics. Cumulatively, this is nearly two million words.

Volume 1: Family, Law, Religion, Theory - published 2020
Volume 2: Body, Sexuality, Health - published 2020
Volume 3: Economics, Migration, Refugees - published 2020
Volume 4: Colonialism, Education, Governance - published 2020
Volume 5: Political and Social Movements - published 2021
Volume 6: Arts and Artists - published 2021
Volume 7: Knowledge Production and Representation - published 2021
Volume 8: Literary Studies, Media, Communications - planned publication year 2021
Volume 9: Index - planned publication year 2021
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This new monograph series presents outstanding research results from Japan’s Islamic Area Studies network. By addressing distinctive topics, cities, Sufism, saint veneration, tomb visitation, and Islamic finance, the volumes seek out unexplored dynamics in and around the Islamic world. The series aims to enhance transregional scholarship by investigating the Islamic areas from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Its scope encompasses the Middle East to Central, South, Southeast Asia and China, and transcends past and present by analyzing contemporary issues from historical perspectives.
Japan’s Islamic Area Studies network is an interdisciplinary research program functioning since 2006 under the auspices of Japan’s National Institutes for the Humanities. It maintains research centers at five leading institutes: Waseda University, the University of Tokyo, Sophia University, Kyoto University, and the Toyo Bunko (the Oriental Library).


Books in preparation (provisional titles):

Sufism in Xinjiang and Inner China in 19th and 20th Century: Ahmad Sirhindī’s Maktūbāt and the Naqhshbandiyya.
By Eloisa Concetti and Thierry Zarcone, CNRS

The Cult of Islamic Saints in Medieval Maghreb Society: Formation of the Image of Islamic under the Leadership of the Saints.
By Masatoshi Kisaich, Sophia University

From ‘Neighbour’ to ‘Neighbourhood’: Social Organisation in the Early Modern Middle Eastern City: the Case of Aleppo.
By Stefan Knost, Halle University

Ziyāra and the City of the Dead in Medieval Egypt: Veneration of the Saints Governmental Control and Economic Milieus.
By Tetsuya Ohtoshi, Waseda University

Islamic Finance in Action: Inventing a New Economic Paradigm
By Shinsuke Nagaoka, Kyoto University

Shiʿi Pilgrimage to the Iraqi ‘Atabāt
By Tomoko Morikawa, Hokkaido University