A History of the Encyclopaedia of Islam

By Peri Bearman


Peri Bearman, who retired as associate director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, is widely known as an editor of major works of scholarship on the Islamic Near East. She was senior acquisitions editor for Islamic Studies at Brill Academic Publishers from 1990 to 1997; an editor of the second edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam from 1999 to its completion in 2006; and is currently associate editor for the Islamic Near East for both the journal (JAOS) and the monograph series of the American Oriental Society. She is co-editor of The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law (Ashgate, 2014), of The Law Applied: Contextualizing the Islamic Shari'a (Tauris, 2008), and of The Islamic School of Law: Evolution, Devolution, and Progress (Harvard Law School, 2005).

A History of the Encyclopaedia of Islam

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    RAIS vol. 9

    316 pages

    7 x 10 inches

    ISBN 978-1-948488-04-4 (paperback)

    March 2018

  • Table of Contents

    List of Figures

    Series Editors’ Preface




    Chapter One. The First Edition

    1. The Planning Stage, 1892–1899
    2. The International Association of Academies
    3. The Preparatory Stage, 1901–1908
    4. The Third Stage, Snouck and Houtsma, 1909–1924
    5. Wensinck Succeeds, 1924–1939


    Chapter Two. The Second Edition

    1. Constancy, 1948–1956
    2. Under New Management, 1957–1997
    3. Ascendancy of the Corporate Dollar, 1997–2006


    Chapter Three. The Publisher and the Process

    1. A Brief History of E. J. Brill
    2. Production Process


    Chapter Four. European Trials: Politics and Scholarship



    Appendix One. Entries in the Spécimen d’une encyclopédie musulmane, 1898

    Appendix Two. Translation of Max Seligsohn’s Critique of the First Edition, 1909

    Appendix Three. Supplementary Publications

    Bibliography Index