Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM248: Texts and Traditions in Islamic Intellectual History

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Jane Dammen McAuliffe, general editor, Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an:

The Encyclopaedia of Islam New Edition (EI2):

The Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (EI3):

Encyclopaedia Iranica


Databases for scholarly studies:

Index Islamicus



Databases for texts:




The Arabic text of Qur'an and various translations:

Michael Cook, The Koran : a very short introduction, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000, available online at  






Illustrations in manuscripts:



Books on world history, by scholars on the field of Islamic history:

Richard W. Bulliet et al., The Earth and its peoples: A global history (several editions since 1997).

Michael A. Cook, A brief history of the human race (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003).

Patricia Crone, Pre-industrial societies (Oxford, GB and Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1989, republished Oxford: Oneworld, 2003 and 2015),

Marshall G. S. Hodgson, Rethinking world history: Essays on Europe, Islam and world history (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), available online at