Muslim Civilisations Abstracts (MCA) Project

Series Editor: Aptin Khanbaghi

This series presents an innovative reference catalogue of abstracts of books published during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in Muslim contexts on particular themes. Volumes in the series seek not only to represent the diversity of Muslim societies, but also through translation of the abstracts in up to three languages, to create access to and reinforce communication between scholars and institutions across Muslim contexts, where the sharing of knowledge and information has often been hindered due to language barriers.

The first three volumes were published in association with Edinburgh University Press. The project is now online​ and the abstracts will be available shortly through a free, open-access database.

​Volume 3: Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875 to 2011


Edited by Aptin Khanbaghi

ISBN: 9780748696185​ (HB)

Publication date: 2014

Co-publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Reviews: “The large-scale efforts of the editor, the scholars who completed the abstracts, and the translators who handled the transition between multiple languages, are to be praised. The work will be most useful for two main purposes: first, it provides scholars with abstracts of books that might be rare or difficult to find outside major research libraries, or outside the country of publication. Second, the volume can provide an overview of references in languages outside a scholar’s specialization, in order to gain first insights into the existing literature.”

Patricia Blessing, Journal of the School of Oriental and African Studies 79(1): 2016

The rich diversity of the Muslim world is strikingly expressed through its myriad of cities.

Volume 3 of the MCA series presents abstracts of scholarship examining socio-cultural and cosmopolitan processes with aspects of material culture in contemporary and historic urban contexts. The abstracts, in English, Arabic and Turkish, examine cities as built (architecture and urban infrastructure) and lived (urban social life and culture) environments.

Crucial topics such as urban growth are included in abstracts about infrastructural and environmental issues, as well as migration from rural areas to cities.

The topics related to cities and urban life which are discussed in these abstracts demonstrate that concerns vary among Muslim majority countries, and from one decade to another.

Volume 2: Interpretations of Law and Ethics in Muslim Contexts


Edited by Aptin Khanbaghi

ISBN: 9780748645008 (HB)

Publication date: 2012

Co-publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Law within Muslim societies is not uniform; even within Muslim majority regions it can be interpreted differently according to different denominations and legal traditions. As law forms an integral part of normative social practice, reflecting the moral and ethical principles of a society, it is important to highlight the diversity of interpretations to better enable the study of law along with the ethical principles of a community.

Volume 2 of the MCA series brings together some of the many unheard voices of scholars studying law and ethics in languages other than English. It 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 sharia.

Volume 1: Encyclopedias about Muslim Civilisations


Edited by Aptin Khanbaghi

ISBN: 9780748639700​ (HB)

Publication date: 2009

Co-publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Over the past 150 years, numerous encyclopedias have been produced on Muslim civilisations, both by Muslims and non-Muslims, with different approaches to the organisation of knowledge and understanding of Muslim beliefs, cultures and societies. Access to and knowledge of these reference works and databases have until now been hindered by language barriers. The first volume in the MCA series seeks to overcome this obstacle by presenting material in three languages: English, Arabic and Turkish.

This is a unique reference catalogue containing 200 annotated bibliographies and abstracts of encyclopedias published during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.