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Religion: Islamic Studies Sources

Islamic Studies in the Muslim World

This page provides links to freely available, scholarly resources on the history and theology of Islam.  These resources have been curated by University of Otago Islamic scholar Majid Daneshgar and the Subject Librarian for Theology & Religion, Shiobhan Smith

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Manuscripts & National Libraries

The following tabs provide links to Libraries, Archives and other organizations currently preserving and sharing important manuscripts.  Many of these manuscripts have been digitalised and are immediately accessible. 

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Theology and Religion Schools and Centres (Islamic Studies)

The following tabs provide links to Universities and Research Centres currently conducting research and/or offering study programmes in Islamic Studies and other related subjects.







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Sri Lanka


United States of America

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Journal Databases

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Lecturers at Otago (past & current)


Majid Daneshgar

Majid's main research interests are (a) Islam in the nineteenth Century (e.g., Islam and Science among Egyptian scholars); and (b) Islam in the Malay World (e.g., Qur'anic manuscripts and Persian-Shi'ism in Nusantara). He completed his PhD in Religion focusing on Modern Approaches to Science in the Qur'ān. On this subject, he worked extensively on modern Arabic exegeses of the Qur'ān such as al-Manār, al-Jawāhir fī Tafsīr al-Qur’ān, al-Tafsīr al-‘Asrī and so forth.

He is currently the Islam section editor of the Open Theology Journal of De Gruyter, Poland/Germany, and an editorial member of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. From from 2012-2014, he was the editor and review editor of al-Bayān Journal of Qur’ān and Hadīth Studies, published by Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden.

Majid's Homepage



Taneli Kukkonen

Taneli Kukkonen specializes in classical Arabic philosophy, Aristotle, and the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions from antiquity to the Renaissance. He also has interests in philosophy and pop culture, religious studies, Islamic culture in the classical period, and the early history of science. He is the author of Ibn Tufayl (Oxford, 2014) and over thirty research articles on Arabic philosophy and the Aristotelian tradition.  Currently a Professor of Philosophy at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Taneli's Homepage

Islamic Studies at Otago University

The University of Otago's Department of Theology and Religion currently offers a minor in Islamic Studies for Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). 

For more information refer to: 

Current Papers:

RELS207 & RELS324 The Religion of Islam

RELS221 & RELS321 Islamic Law

RELS222 & RELS322 Qur'an and Hadith

RELS234 & RELS334 Special Topic in Islamic Studies

RELS323 Islamic Theology and Philosophy

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Colonnade

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