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REL 262: The Formation of the Islamic Tradition: Home

Three Ways to Search:

  1. Search by key term in the catalog
  2. Using something you have from your syllabus or in a footnote, find related materials
  3. Browse databases and websites

1. Sources in the Catalog

One easy way to search for selected sources in translation is to search for them in books in our collection.

Try the following formula:

topic AND (documents OR sources OR "early works")


For example:
syria* AND islam* AND (documents OR sources OR "early works")

Will bring us this book in the catalog: 

When Christians first met Muslims a sourcebook of the earliest Syriac writings on Islam 

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2. Using Something You Have

Take a look at your syllabus, or maybe the footnotes of something else you've found. You can use that to find other materials by putting the title into SuperSearch or the Catalog and looking through the linked subject terms. Look below to see what I mean!


Q: I don't read Latin/Old High German/Medieval Arabic/etc.  How can I find sources in English?

A: You're in luck!  There are many resources in English right here in the library and online.  Click the links in the grey and white box for some of the larger ones.  To find even more, perhaps on a specific topic, try finding one by beginning at a more generalized topic. 

For example, I clicked on the link in SuperSearch for Medieval worlds: a sourcebook.  In SuperSearch, you can click on the record title (pictured below) and scroll to see the subjects listed, including subjects with "source" in them.  These typically have translated or transcribed primary sources.  

If any record in SuperSearch has "Sources" in a subject heading, click on the record title to find more sources like this.

After clicking on the title, click on any of the hyperlinked subject headings with "subject" at the end to link to a new search with more primary sources.

3. Primary Source Databases and Websites