Session 919: Encyclopaedias of Medieval Europe and the Islamic World: A Round Table Discussion
Tuesday 13 July 2004, 19.30-20.30
|Sponsor:||IMC Programming Committee / Middle East Medievalists|
|Organiser:||Josef W. Meri, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London|
|Moderator/Chair:||Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews|
The past several years have witnessed a proliferation in encyclopaedias and other reference works in the fields of medieval European and Islamic studies. Some works, like the one-volume Dictionary of the Middle Ages Supplement, are significant updates to existing reference works, while others, like the one-volume Medieval Iberia (Routledge), Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, forthcoming) and the four-volume The Crusades: An Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, forthcoming) are new reference works. Among the issues to be explored are the need to commission further reference works, academic needs versus publisher priorities, electronic publishing, and future trends.