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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT): Al-Alwani & Al Faruqi Libraries

Introductory Information

International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT): Al-Alwani & Al Faruqi Libraries External

Address: 500 Grove St., Suite 200, Herndon, VA 20170

Telephone number: 703-230-2850

Contact information: Saber Kilany, Library Director [email protected]

Online catalog External

Digital Collections link External

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Access Policies

Hours of service: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Open to the public: Yes

Interlibrary loan: Yes

Reference policy: Reference requests are accepted by: telephone, email.

Background note:
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is the premier international organization focusing on providing a platform for the unique perspective of Muslim thinkers, scholars and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences. For 40 years, IIIT has been a voice for moderation, diversity and modernity in Islamic thought, with an emphasis on concepts such as co-existence and building the capacity of communities to address their common global and local challenges. Today, IIIT is the voice of the Muslim intellectual tradition in the west, and a champion for scholarship, knowledge and learning in Muslim societies across the world.

IIIT was established in 1981 as a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) non-denominational organization.


Books and monographs
The Taha Jabir Al-Alwani and the Ismail al Faruqi Libraries of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) provide students, faculty, and researchers with a rich resource of over 100,000 volumes focused primarily around Islamic Studies, Comparative Religion, Islamic History, Arabic Language, and Social Studies. The reference collection includes electronically-stored collections of Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Hadith, Islamic History, Education, Advancing Education in the Muslim Societies (AEMS), Quran, Tafsir, and the Encyclopedia of Islam, as well as biographies.

Periodicals and newspapers
We receive 50 journals (Arabic and English) under Islamic Studies and Middle East Studies. They are already cataloged and each entry mentions whether it is a journal or a book and which language it is in. Examples of English journals we carry are: Religious Studies Review, Middle East Policy, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Critical Muslim, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, The Middle East Journal, The Muslim World Book Review, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Education Week. Examples of Arabic journals include Al-Tajdid, Al-Masar, and Al-Kalimah. IIIT also publishes three journals: American Journal of Islam and Society, Journal of Education in Muslim Societies, and al-Fikr al-Islāmī al-mu'āṣir.

Databases and/or electronic resources
JSTOR, EBSCO, and Almandumah (Arabic).

Digital collections External
IIIT has digitized its own books which are available as open access e-books. There are available through our Digital Collections page.

Other holdings not listed above
We have approximately 800 dissertations and theses in English and Arabic. They are already cataloged and each entry mentions whether it is a dissertation or a book and which language it is in. They are on Islamic Studies in general and the date range is 1970s till present. They are from universities in the US and Canada as well as Al Azhar University.

Subject Headings

Arabic language; Hadith; Inter-religious studies; Islam--Biography; Islam--History; Islam--Doctrines; Islam--Study and teaching; Islam--United States; Islamic civilization; Islamic civilization--Study and teaching; Islamic countries--History; Islamic countries--Study and teaching; Islamic education; Islamic ethics; Islamic law--Interpretation and construction; Islamic philosophy; Middle East--Study and teaching; Muslims--Biography; Mysticism (Sufism); Religious minorities--Legal status, laws, etc.--Islamic countries; Qurʼan; Qurʼan;Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Thought and thinking--Religious aspects--Islam.