Phase I: Encyclopaedias about Muslim Civilisations (2007-2009)
The first phase of the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts (MCA) project is a substantial and comprehensive annotated bibliography of modern encyclopaedias about the Muslim World. These have been produced by scholars worldwide, with different approaches to the organisation of knowledge and understanding of Muslim societies and civilisations. It seems important that there should be an appreciation of the extensive and systematic work that has been done in many countries in order to construct organised reference works and databases encompassing cumulated research.
Phase II: Interpretations of Law and Ethics in Muslim Contexts (2009-2011)
Law within Muslim societies as perceived in the volume Interpretations of Law and Ethics in Muslim Contexts is far from uniform. This is partly because Muslim societies are stretched over three continents, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. However, even within Muslim majority regions, law can be interpreted differently according to different denominations and legal traditions. Therefore, volume two of the MCA project brings together the many unheard voices of scholars studying law and ethics in eight languages: Arabic, English, French, Malay/Indonesian, Persian, Russian, Turkish and Urdu. The volume features 200 abstracts with bibliographical details in three languages (English, Arabic and Turkish), giving access to information about scholarly publications from Muslim contexts in the fields of law and ethics.
Phase III: Cities: Two Centuries of Scholarship from Muslim Contexts (2011-2013)
The MCA project solicits scholarship that examines socio-cultural and cosmopolitan processes in both historic and contemporary urban Muslim contexts. It will feature abstracts of works looking at cities as built environments (architecture and urban infrastructure) as well as lived environments (urban social life and culture) presented in English, Arabic and Turkish. As such, the third volume of the MCA project will offer new insights into the diversity and dynamism of urban Muslim contexts. It is expected to be released in 2013 comprising most of the relevant studies in Arabic, Malay/Indonesian, Persian, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
Phase IV: Governance in Muslim Context (2012-2014)
Considering all political changes which are taking place globally, the MCA project is exploring the theme of Governance in Muslim Context. The initial understanding of this phase would cover areas including:
- Governmental policies
- National or local constitutions
- Policy making organisations
- State bureaucracy and administration
However, with full awareness of the shortcomings of such interpretation, the MCA projects invites interested scholars to contribute in expanding this theme to other arenas by taking part in the Project. Such contributions will help achieve a more accurate understanding of governance throughout history and in modern time within the Muslim world.
Books written on the above subjects can be in any language, but must have been published in the Muslim world, which includes Bosnia, Kosovo and Albania. Books published in Russia China and India are welcome, but the topic must focus on Muslim civilisations.
In tandem with the new theme, abstracts on Encyclopaedias, Law and Ethics, and Cities will be accepted; however contributors will only be remunerated for abstracts on Governance in Muslim Contexts.