The purpose of this paper is to develop understanding of the problems of classification, to discover the classification practices of libraries with rich collections on Islam cited in the literature, to find the gaps, and to determine the point from which to start work on further development.
Published and unpublished literature, both print and electronic, that is relevant to the problem was reviewed objectively in the compilation of this paper.
Standard classification systems lack proper space for materials on Islam for two reasons: less awareness on the part of devisers of the depth and variety of Islamic topics; and their bias and lack of interest in Islam. Different indigenous classification systems and expansions have been developed, using either the original notation or alternative notations. Some systems have been developed without following any standards or logic. This study has revealed a need for empirical study of libraries with rich collections on Islam in order to gain a better understanding of the problem and find an optimal solution.
No empirical field data are included in this study. This is a review of the literature.
The author indicates the current situation of the problem and a potential framework for its solution.
Idrees, H. (2011), "Classification of library materials on Islam: a literature survey", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 124-145. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751111135427Download as .RIS
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