Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936) Other editions

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Subject: Middle East and Islamic Studies

Edited by: M. Th.Houtsma, T.W.Arnold, R.Basset and R.Hartmann
The Encyclopaedia of Islam First Edition Online (EI1) was originally published in print between 1913 and 1936. The demand for an encyclopaedic work on Islam was created by the increasing (colonial) interest in Muslims and Islamic cultures during the nineteenth century. The scope of the  Encyclopedia of Islam First Edition Online is philology, history, theology and law until early 20th century. Such famous scholars as Houtsma, Wensinck, Gibb, Snouck Hurgronje, and Lévi-Provençal were involved in this scholarly endeavor. The Encyclopedia of Islam First Edition Online offers access to 9,000 articles.
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The increasing interest in Islam and Islamic culture during the last century and the early part of this century created a demand for an encyclopedic work on Islam. For the first time in history a truly international team of scholars began work on a single project. This resulted in the Encyclopaedia of Islam: A Dictionary of the Geography, Ethnography and Biography of the Muhammadan Peoples, which was published between 1913 and 1936 in three editions in English, German and French. The Encyclopaedia of Islam remains to this day the only complete encyclopedic work on Islam.

Due to their tremendous success these editions soon went out of print and became valuable collectors' items. Some years later we decided to start a New Edition*. Volume 1 appeared in 1960, and we are now halfway to completion. In view of the broad scope of the New Edition and the many years still needed to complete it, we have decided to make the First Edition available again through the present facsimile edition in order to meet the immediate needs of scholars, students of Islam, librarians, and even governments, in fact of anyone interested in Islam and its rich culture. This reprint is designed to fill a gap. It is a true mine of information, much of which is not yet available in the New Edition. The value of the First Edition (as well as of the New Edition) is recognized world-wide and remains undisputed. In more than 9,000 alphabetically arranged articles, varying in length from 50 to 50,000 words, the whole range of Islamic culture, from religion and literature to the lives of famous Muslims, is treated by some of the world's most famous scholars of the twentieth century.

Leiden E. J. Brill

Print version: Originally published as The Encyclopaedia of Islam. A Dictionary of the Geography, Ethnography and Biography of the Muhammadan Peoples by E. 1. Brill and Luzac & Co., 1913-1938

Online version: Winter 2011