About the Islamic Law Online Database

Content of Database

Islamic Law Online is a collection of English language materials on Islam available  throughout the world.  It includes books, chapters in books, journal  articles and theses, but does not include newspapers, magazines or  unpublished articles.

The Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society takes a broad view of the interconnectedness of law and society. The database therefore also includes some selected materials dealing with the  historical, cultural, social and economic backgrounds of Islam. It is, however, not exhaustive.

This database does not claim to be complete. Any assistance that you, the user, can provide in identifying materials or providing bibliographic  material is very much appreciated. The database includes a function allowing users to suggest materials for inclusion (see below) and we encourage its use.

Searching the Database

The database is organised according to countries, but also includes a selection of basic subject areas that are not confined just to law. 

The database can be searched for any word or a more specific advanced search can be conducted.

The database is also linked to a list of useful websites, which are classified by country and topic.

Locating Material

This database does not provide users with the full-text or abstract of articles. However, links to some online full-text resources or library holdings of the University of Melbourne are provided and full-text articles are often available online through organisation websites.

If articles do not have a location listed, they are usually not available  at the University of Melbourne libraries. If this is the case, they might be available via interlibrary loan


ALC: Asian Law Centre Library
ERC: Eastern Resource Centre
Lexis: Lexis - online full-text database (password required if not on campus)
MBS: McLennan Library, Melbourne Business School
UniM Baill: Baillieu Library
UniM ECO: Giblin Eunson Library
UniM Law: Law Library, Melbourne Law School
Westlaw: Westlaw - online full-text database (password required if not on campus)

Document Delivery Service

If you would like to request a document for delivery, please click here


Have we missed something?

Of course, it is impossible for us to have captured all relevant material. If you think we have missed something, please click here to suggest a new entry.


Management of Islamic Law Online

Director: Professor Tim Lindsey
Project Manager: Ms Kathryn Taylor
Research Assistant:
Ms Patricia Prentice


This database has been generously supported by:

Professor Tim Lindsey's ARC Federation Fellowship - "Islam and Modernity: Syari'ah, Terrorism and Governance in South-East Asia" (2005-2012)


Asian Law Online

Asian Law Online is a similar database provided by the Asian Law Centre.  It is the first and only online bibliographic database of Asian law materials in the world.

Offered to the public as a free service to assist students, scholars and practitioners of Asian legal systems, Asian Law Online is a collection of English language materials on Asian laws available throughout the world and includes books, chapters in books, journal  articles and theses.