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Islamic Studies

Library of Congress subject headings

What are subject headings?

  • The controlled vocabulary librarians use to describe and organize items in the collection
  • Subject headings may be different from the natural language used to describe topics:
Natural language Library of Congress subject headings (controlled vocabulary)
Muslims in Europe > Europe. Muslims
A history of Israel and Palestine relations > Jewish-Arab relations
Muslims and politics in Indonesia > Indonesia. Islam and politics


To find relevant subject headings for your topic

  • Select subject from the drop-down menu
  • Type in your topic (e.g., Islam)
  • Work your way down the list of the results
    • Tip: Are you looking for information on Islam in a specific region or country?  Begin your subject search with the country name, followed by Islam or Muslim.

Selected Islamic studies subject headings

Note that Islamic studies is interdisciplinary; thus, you might want to combine these terms with subject headings specific to your research area.

Transliteration tables

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Why transliterate?

  • You can search the catalogue for sources in languages that don't use roman scripts (such as Hebrew, Inuktitut, etc.)

How do I transliterate?

Did you know?

Robarts Library also has a machine translation computer, located in the Reference Department on the 4th floor.