Islamic Civilization

Islamic Civilization

During this research assignment, you will learn about the contributions of Islamic Civilization to the arts and sciences.  The print and online resources listed below will help you in your investigation.

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Search Tips

Useful search terms:  Islam*; Muslim*; Arab*

Useful search strategies:  Combine one of the above terms with a discipline (e.g., Islam* AND architecture; Muslim* AND medicine; Arab* AND astronomy)

Alternate spellings:  Ibn Sina = Avicenna; al-Razi = Rhazes; Qur’an = Koran


OPAC (Use the above search terms and strategies.)

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Print Encyclopedias:

World Book; International Encyclopedia of Art; Middle Ages R940.1; Medieval World R/940.1

Subscription Databases:

Britannica School: Use the “High” level and search the word “Islam” or terms like “Islamic Literature” or “Islamic Art.”  Check related “Related Information” for other encyclopedia articles on related topics.

ABC-CLIO: Look at the “Explore by Time Periods,” select “The Islamic World,” and select “Islamic Science and Medicine” or use ” Search this database.”

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Gale In Context



Discover Islamic Art (The introductions and definitions are easier to read and helpful.)

Hot-Worked Glass From Islamic Lands

The Nature of Islamic Art

Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts (Scroll to Table of Contents.)

Updated 10/11/21