Brill in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies
This volume of Encyclopaedia Islamica is the fifth of a projected 16-volume publication, consisting of an abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. One unique feature of this work of reference lies in the attention it gives to Shiʿi Islam and its rich and diverse heritage, which makes it complementary to other encyclopaedias. In addition to providing entries on important themes, subjects and personages in Islam generally, it offers the western reader an opportunity to appreciate the various dimensions of Shiʿi Islam, the Persian contribution to Islamic civilisation, and the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic tradition.
This volume contains articles on the great Iranian polymath, Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī, Sayyid Ḥasan Bujnūrdī, the prominent Shiʿi scholar of the Najaf seminary, the Khurāsānī ascetic and Sufi Bishr al-Ḥāfī, and the Muʿtazilī theologian Bishr b. al-Muʿtamir. It also contains a host of other articles on topics as diverse as the history of cities of Bukhārā and Cairo, the famous poem known as the Burda written in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the institution of the Caliphate, the life and work of the great 20th-century French Islamologist Henry Corbin.
The Encyclopaedia Islamica is available in print and at Brill Online.
Bishr b. al-Muʿtamir
Bishr b. al-Sarī
Bīzhan wa Manīzhah
Blue Mosque of Tabrīz
Budayl b. Warqāʾ
Bukayr b. Māhān
Bukhārī, Sayyid Jalāl al-Dīn
Bundar Ābād, Complex
Bundār b. al-Ḥusayn Shīrāzī
Burayda b. al-Ḥuṣayb
Burhān al-Dīn Gharīb
Burhān al-Dīn Jānam
Burhān al-Dīn Muḥaqqiq Tirmidhī
Burūjird, Congregational Mosque
Bustī, Abū al-Ḥasan
al-Bustī, Abū al-Qāsim
al-Būzjānī, Abū al-Wafāʾ
Būzjānī, Darwīsh ʿAlī
Buzurg b. Shahriyār
Carpets and Carpet-Making
Chaghatay, Language and Literature
Chahār Maḥāl wa Bakhtiyārī
Chihil Sutūn (Iṣfahān)
Chihil Sutūn (Qazwīn)
Cosmology and Cosmogony
Creation (in Islamic Philosophy)
Cyrus the Great
Dādā, Taqī al-Dīn Muḥammad
Dahr (in the Qurʾān)
‘Clearly the editors of ISLA have selected articles they consider will augment the existing reference sources – and they have completed this selection task with acumen and skill. The work as a whole remains, however, a “specialist encyclopaedia” [...] - or perhaps more accurately, it is an encyclopaedia for specialists [...]. In that sense, it is a valuable addition [...] to the reference work available at present. Perhaps its greatest merit is that it brings to an international audience a key example of and an excellent advertisement for high-quality Iranian scholarship which has hitherto been available but known only to a few.’
– Robert Gleave, Journal of the American Oriental Society
‘[The] publication of Encyclopaedia Islamica is a notable step forward in including the Shi‘a viewpoint in scholarship on Islam.’
– Mousa al-Reza Wahdati, Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies
‘Printed on coated paper, the five volumes so far published are an impressive achievement both in production as well as in scholarship related to Persian themes.’
– Yashab Tur, Islamic Sciences
Farhad Daftary is Associate Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies. He is an authority on Mediaeval Islam and Ismaili studies, consulting Editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Encyclopaedia of Islam (3rd edition).
Wilferd Madelung has made significant contributions to scholarship on mediaeval Islamic movements, including Twelver Shi‘ism, Zaydism and Ismailism. He is a former Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow with The Institute of Ismaili Studies.