Much valuable and original work published in societies with significant Muslim presence remains largely unknown in Europe and America. Even within the Muslim world there is a lack of scholarly exchange. Thus, scholarship about Muslim societies has proceede​d without taking much account of research produced in countries outside Europe and North America. The Muslim Civilisations Abstracts (MCA) was conceived to allow equal access to these materials, and highlights the universal relevance of issues facing Muslim societies. It aims to bridge this gulf by providing a database of short book reviews (abstracts) about works concerning Muslim civilisations.​