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Islamic legal tradition: Books


The majority of books held by the Bodleian Libraries, in both physical and electronic formats, can be searched via SOLO. On this page you will find recommended books, guidance on how to search for and access print and ebooks, and libraries in the University that might be relevant for your studies and research.

Finding ebooks and books in the Bodleian Law Library

Use the tabs above to understand how the Law Bod's collection is arranged. There is an Enquiry Desk on Level 2, just as you enter the main Reading Room: please do come and have a word if you are having any difficulty in using the library..

Help with finding books

The Law Library's collection is fully catalogued on SOLO, Oxford  University's online resource discovery tool.

For those wishing to learn more about using searches, we recommend the following:

Books with shelf marks beginning Islamic are shelved on Level 3 of the Law Library, one floor above the entrance level to the library. 
The books within the Islamic collection are arranged according to the first named author or editor without any further subject classification.

Overviews and general introductions which may be useful starting points include the following:

Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)

The scholarly and juristic techniques and responses to the primary sources of Islam include Ijma, qiyas, ijtihad, taqlid, talfiq, takhayyur ...

Books on Level 3 of the Law Library

Books with shelf marks beginning Islamic

Public international law books with shelf marks beginning Internat. Books on International Human Rights are gathered together at Internat 570, then shelved alphabetically by author/editor.

Private international or conflict of law books with shelf marks beginning Private Int

Note if the shelf mark ends (sec coll) this indicates an older edition. You will be able to read it, but superseded editions are shelved on the Ground Floor.

Finding further commentary

There may be another page to help with particular areas of research:

For guidance on literature on all aspects of Islam, please consult