Starting in January 2013, Muslims in Britain stands among the top-priority projects in IRIC. Primarily, this translation project aimed to target post-2000 academic literature concerning issues shaping UK’s religious atmosphere. In other words, its main target was to map the literature on religious diversities in the area, and translate them into Persian. Due to some time and resource limitation(s), in later steps, the advisors of the project decided to restrict the project’s focus to the lives and conditions of Muslims only. The result was to begin a comprehensive survey on Islam/Muslims in the United Kingdom. To this goal several stages were agreed upon; bibliographic surveying, targeting and selecting of materials, translating the selected resources, and finally, revising and editing the whole Persian output.
The desired amount of output for this project would be 1000 Persian pages, approximately in three separate, theme-based volumes. However, this amount is predictably extendable to 2000 pages should there be a need to cover minor aspects relevant to this group. The time-frame required for the first phase of this project – i.e. the first three volumes – is twenty one months, excluding publication process.
So far in the project, the bibliographic stage has been completed. More than 3000 records on the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL) have been compared and contrasted to the available bibliographic data on various scholarly databases/aggregators like OCLC WorldCat, EbscoHost, Ebrary, etc. The result includes 1240 meta-data records all stored in EndNote X7 – the database of the project. The records have been categorized in separate groups; books, papers, reports, and theses, mainly Ph.D. Moreover, all accessible data, retrieved via more than 100 academic portals, have been downloaded and attached to the database. The result is a unique database on Islam and Muslims in UK that includes almost all academic studies published in the field, 2000-2013.
Currently, out of the mentioned database, some records have been chosen and are under study in order to come up with a precise selection. The first volume covers all general topics on Muslims in Britain. The translated volume would, undoubtedly, be a must for all persons working on issues concerning lives of Muslims in the United Kingdom.