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Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Islam: religion, culture, and history.


College of the Redwoods does not currently offer a course in Islam, but it does offer several classes in Philosophy, including one course in World Religions (Philosophy 15). While CR does not offer Associate Degrees for either Philosophy or Religion or Islam, these classes can help fulfill the requirements for other degree programs, including Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. In addition, many philosophy courses are transferrable to the UC and/or CSU systems (check catalog for more details).  

Religion (Related) Classes

The only class taught at the College of the Redwoods that deals directly with Islam is Philosophy 15.  However other classes may touch on the ideas behind or the history of Islam and the Muslim people. These include:

  • Philosophy 1 – Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy 10 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy 12 – Introduction to Logic
  • Philosophy 15 – Religions of the World
  • Philosophy 20 – Introduction to Ethics
  • History 20 - World History: Prehistory to 1500CE
  • History 21 - World History: 1500CE - Present
  • History 7 - History of Modern Asia

Search Terms

These are some of the words that students may need for a research project on Islam. Other words may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas.


Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues (relevant to the topic).

  • Abraham
  • Allah
  • Angel
  • Ashura
  • Ayatollah
  • Babism
  • Baha’i
  • Bismillah
  • Black Muslims
  • Caliphate
  • Dhimmi
  • Djinn
  • Eid-ul-Adha
  • Fatwa
  • Fiqh
  • Fitnah
  • God
  • Hadith
  • Hajj
  • Halal
  • Haram
  • Iblis
  • Imam
  • Islam
  • Islamic New Year
  • Ismal
  • Jerusalem
  • Jihad
  • Kalam
  • Madrasah
  • Mawlid an-Nabi
  • Mecca
  • Medina
  • Minaret
  • Moses
  • Mosque
  • Mu’tazilah
  • Predestination
  • Prophet
  • Quran (alternate spellings, Qur’an, Koran)
  • Ramadan
  • Resurrection
  • Salat
  • Sawm
  • Shahadah
  • Sharia
  • Shi’ite (Shia)
  • Suffi
  • Sunnah
  • Sunni
  • Surah
  • The Five Pillars
  • The Nation of Islam
  • Ulama
  • Ummah
  • Zakat

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.