Bibliometric (or Quantitative) Studies in the field of Islam / Muslim World,

A Literature Survey

by Dr. Mohamed Taher


General Surveys        Science and Technology:        Social Science:


General Surveys:

Shiri, Ali Asghar. "Cybermetrics: A New Horizon in Information Research". A. Shiri. Proceedings of FID 49th Conference and Congress, 11-17 October 1998, New Delhi, India.

Sattar, A., Sajjad-ur-Rahman, "Coverage of Islamic literature in selected indexing services", International Library Review, 17 (1985), 357-370.

Anonymous. Bibliometric Indicators of the Scholarly Productivity of Researchers and Scientists in Kuwait as Documented by Citation to Their Published Works, Domes July 31, 1998 Articles @ HighBeam Research  [Abstract: The study uses the bibliometric method of research to examine the productivity of academic scientists and re searchers in Kuwait. The Institute for Scientific Information's Arts and Humanities Index, Social Science Index, and Science Citation Index are surveyed to gather the data by department and year from 1986 through 1995. Analysis of Kuwaiti cited papers show the majority of journals (35%) which cited Kuwaiti ...]

Mohamed Taher. Literature of Islamic studies and bibliometrics : a study applying Bradford's formula,  in Handbook of Libraries, Archives & Information Centres in India : Vol. 13: Bibliometrics, Scientometrics and Informetrics/edited by B.M. Gupta. 1996.

Anonymous. Science and technology knowledge productivity in Malaysia : bibliometric study 2003 [Putrajaya, MASTIC, 2004. [Read to know FRIM's share towards contributions of S&T knowledge outputs in international journals, 1995-2002. Also find out who is the most productive scientist in Malaysia with 602 papers!]]

Péter's Digital Reference Shelf
August 2004. [Title: Web of Science Citation Indexes, Publisher: Thomson ISI,
URL: Cost: Depends on database combinations and time span
Tested: July 12-20, 2004 ...

Take Islam, for example. It can be found in the title, abstract or author keyword fields of 1,800 records for the timeframe of 1975-2004. Its first occurrence is from 1979 with a modest seven records. After a surge in 1980, it averaged 38 records per year, then began to rise, with occasional dips in 1995 and 1997. It then rose again until 2001 and shows a surge from 2002 and 2003 with 157 and 174 records respectively — for obvious reasons. Finding the most productive scholarly authors on the topic is just two to three clicks away, changing the rank criterion, the order of display and, optionally, the minimum threshold. Re-ranking the set by source journal is just a click away, as is ranking by author affiliation.

It is a significant bonus that clicking on the value in the shared references cell in the result lists will bring up only those cited references. This feature is a mighty time saver for making educated choices when selecting related items, especially when the number of related items is more than a dozen. In the test search about Islam, one of the articles in the result list had 4,009 related items. Not even the most devout bibliometrician would engage in identifying the shared references manually, but the ISI software rendered this service in a second. The most related two papers had five items in common with the parent record, and those are displayed with the click of a button.]

Mohamed Taher. Quantitative study of Islamic literature. New Delhi, M D Publications, 1993. [About the book: First exhaustive study using BRADFORD'S LAW OF SCATTERING in the field of Islam. IT identifies core journals in Islam and Muslim studies. Quantity or quality of a literature is but one way of understanding any field. If quality of literature, per se, is essential to make  value judgements, quantifying that data is just prerequisite. This work, is a result of in-depth research, enlarges our knowledge in the field of Islamic studies. The study of Islam, as a religion, its theory and its living examples, and such other components are dealt here with, in the the time and language framework  -- covering the literature in English, published in the 1970s, and as covered by Index Islamicus. (more Bradford studies in general are here Speculations on Browsing, Directed Searching, and Linking in Relation to the Bradford Distribution) More Isalm related resources, here]

Bavakutty, M., and Taher, Mohamed, "Flow of Islamic information through journal articles: A bibliometric analysis", Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists, 1986, pp. 1-8.

Farias, T., "Measuring religious commitments: A factor analytical view of Muslim students, " in Islam in India: Studies and commentaries. Ed. C W Troll, New Delhi, Vikas, 1982. pp. 116-132.

Abdurrahman H. Al-Ekrish. Citations and Sources in al-Fihrist: A Bibliometric and Content Analysis Study (English Abstract). . King Saud. Univ., Vol. 14, Arts (2), 39-53 Eng. , 165-411 Ar., Riyadh (A.H. 1422/2002), p. 349.

Osareh, Farideh. "A comparison of Iranian scientific publications in the Science Citation Index: 1985-1989 and 1990-1994". F. Osareh, C.S. Wilson. Scientometrics; 48 (3) Jul-Aug 2000, p.427-42. [Abstract:  Compares Iranian scientific publications in the Science Citation Index for two five year periods, 1985-1989 and 1990-1994. Distributions of various attributes of the publication output for the two periods were obtained primarily through the Rank command of the Dialog Online System. Results include: productivity by publication year and by ranked order of the most productive Iranian authors; influence or impact of the most productive Iranian authors by ranking them as cited authors; collaboration of Iranian scientists with scientists from other countries; and the journals Iranian scientists published in and the journals they cite in their papers. The subject areas of Iran's scientific    publications were examined vis a vis the world's publication output and that of the Third World Countries. (Original abstract)

Osareh, Farideh. "Collaboration in Iranian scientific publications". F. Osareh, C.S. Wilson. Libri; 52 (2) Jun 2002, p.88-98. [Abstract:   This study looks at international collaboration in Iranian scientific publications through the ISI Science Citation Index (SCI) for the years 1995-1999, inclusively. These results are compared to and contrasted with the earlier findings for the periods covering 1985-1994 (Scientometrics, 48 (3) 2000, 427-442). The results of Iran's increasing productivity over a 15-year period are presented. Iran doubled its output in the first two five-year periods and increased 2.8-fold from the second to the    third five-year period. The rise in Iran's scientific publication output is due mainly to factors such as the ending of the war, better economic conditions, recent changes in the Iranian government's policy, basic changes in the political environment brought about by the Reformers, expansion of the Iranian presses for national publications and the recent return of a large number of students trained overseas through government scholarships. External changes also account for the increased productivity, as    did increased access to international databases through the Internet and better electronic communication facilities for international collaboration. One of the most important and significant factors that caused this dramatic rise seems to be the government's research policies in recent years. Since 1999, the Iran Science, Research and Technology Ministry, has encouraged researchers to publish their non-Farsi language articles in highly ranked international scientific journals, for example, by giving  prizes to researchers who publish their articles in ISI-ranked periodicals. (The authors may be contacted by electronic mail at[] and []). (Original abstract)] 

Dr. M. Nasiruddin Munshi. Library and information science literature in Bangladesh-a bibliometric study. Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science, 1998, Vol. 3, No. 2: p. 11-34 (Malaysia)


Science and Technology:

Ahmad Bakeri Abu Bakar, Trends in Research Publications by Muslim Scientists in Malaysia : A Bibliometric Analysis, presented at the Symposium on Islamic World Information Sources held at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 31st. October – 3rd. November 1999

Shaheen Majid. Bibliographic Control of Agricultural Information Resources in Muslim Countries: A Bibliometric Analysis, paper presented in Symposium on Islamic World Information Sources, 31 October-3 November, 1999, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sattar, A. "Relationship between political alignment and scientific communication: A bibliometric study of Egyptian science publications", Dissertation Abstracts, 46 (1986), p. 1767 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).


Social Science:

Sajjad ur Rahman & Roslina Othman. Islamic Economics Literature: A Bibliometric Analysis, Intellectual Discourse, Vol. 2: No. 2, 1994. pp. 131-144.


Roslina Othman, A Bibliometrics Study Of Islamic Economics Literature, 1994. MLIS dissertation.


Ahmad Bakeri Abu Bakar, "Professional Communication Patterns in the Social Sciences with Special Reference to Librarianship: A Bibliometric Study, proceeding of the 10th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL X), Kuala Lumpur, CONSAL X, 1996.


Pakistani librarians as authors: a bibliometric study of citations in LISA-PLUS, Mumtaz Ali Anwar, Hamid Saeed, Asian Libraries, Volume 8 Number 2 1999 pp. 39-46 [Abstract: This study presents quantitative analysis of 251 items contributed by 64 Pakistani LIS professionals culled from LISA-PLUS. Volume of contribution, sources where published, periodic distribution, type of publications and topical coverage are dealt with in the analysis. Journal literature which represents 90.4 per cent of the citations is published in 43 periodicals, most of which are from the United States. However, more than half of the journal literature comes from one national journal. A wide range of topics is covered, but critical areas such as information needs, user education and collection evaluation receive very little attention]


Sajjad-ur-Rahman, "Use of journal literature by Muslim social scholars in United States," Amer J Islamic Social Sciences, 2(985), 63-77.

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