(20 April 2016, Alexandria, VA) Alexander Street today announced the launch of Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam, an extensive research database of the most influential thinkers of modern Islamic theology and tradition. The collection details Islam’s evolution from the late 19th century by examining printed works and rare documents by Muslim writers, both non-Western and Western voices.
At completion, the database will include 100,000 pages of foundational texts and contextual monographs. Seventy-five percent of the materials are in-copyright, and eighty-percent of titles are in English, making the collection accessible to students and scholars across curricula. The materials have been rekeyed to more than 99.99% accuracy and are presented using software that allows scholars to conduct in-depth word pattern analysis and data mining, as well as the ability to search using Arabic script.
“We are delighted to introduce rare or in-copyright essential and canonical works that we hope will help foster, within western and non-western audiences, a better understanding of the range of schools of thought and traditions of Islam from the late 19th century to today,” said Nathalie Duval, Director of New Product Development at Alexander Street.
Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Volume II, Islam is available for purchase or annual subscription. Librarians and faculty may request a free 30-day trial at alexanderstreet.com/islam.