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Islam - RS 317: Home

A guide to library and other resources on Islam

Guide Purpose

This guide will provide an overview of resources on Islam available through the Mount Aloysius College Library.  The online book catalog, eBooks and databases can be accessed from the Library website at <>.  In addition, this guide provides links for high quality websites on various aspects of Islam.

Note on the availability of books in the course bibliography

All books listed in the RS 317 course syllabus are available except the following three titles

  • Afsaruddin, Asma. The First Muslims: History and Memory.
  • Ali, 'Abdullah Yusuf.  The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an.
  • Williams, John Alden, ed. The Tradition and Contemporary Orientation of Islam.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. (Surah 1:1)

This phrase is taken from the first chapter of the Quran and reads: In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. (Yusuf Ali translation).  It is recited by Muslims in prayers as well as being the opening to every chapter of the Quran except for the ninth.

(Calligraphy Bismillah in Thuluth script from Wikimedia Commons)

Hadith of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh)

What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” (Bukhari)

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is available to request books that are unavailable in MountLink.  (Please check Mountlink first before submitting your request.)

Copies of periodical articles that are not available in the Mount Aloysius College databases can  also be ordered through ILL. Be sure to check Journal Finder on the Library Databases page before submitting your request.  This is a search by journal title tool that will allow to determine if the article you need is already available in one of our databases.  Don't forget to compare the date of the article with the date of coverage for the journal as it's listed in Journal Finder.

Interlibrary loans can be requested electronically by clicking on this interlibrary loan link.