The MCA project provides a platform for researchers to access perspectives published in less accessible languages and stresses the diversity of societies with a significant Muslim presence by disseminating a variety of perspectives within and outside Muslim contexts.
The project prioritises current debates in Muslim contexts that are of global concern and academic perspectives on public and political discourses from societies with significant Muslim presence.
At present, three MCA volumes have been published by Edinburgh University Press in English, Turkish and Arabic. These cover the topic of encyclopaedias, law and ethics and cities:
- Encyclopedias about Muslim Civilisations. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
- Interpretations of Law & Ethics in Muslim Contexts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
- Cities as Built and Lived Environments: Scholarship from Muslim Contexts, 1875 to 2011. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
The future medium for this exchange of knowledge will be the Internet. Muslim Civilisations Abstracts will be made available as a free, open-access online database. For regions where access to internet might be an issue, the Aga Khan University might be able to make special arrangements.