297.09 History, geographic treatment, biography
297.125 Hadith (Traditions) [formerly 297.124]
We have been working with the Arabic DDC translation team based at Bibliotheca Alexandrina on expansions and revisions to 297 for Islam. Most of the changes will not be ready in time to affect DDC 23 (scheduled to be published in mid-2011); instead, most will be exposed in connection with the separate publication of the 200 Religion Class and in WebDewey.
One area in which we have been working with the translation team (especially with Ossama Mahmoud and Iman Khairy) is an expansion for Hadith (Traditions), now at 297.124. Since there is no way to expand for Hadith in 297.124 without immediate reuse of numbers, we propose to relocate Hadith to 297.125 Hadith (Traditions). Because of the relocation, we believe that the expansion should be included in DDC 23 if possible.
We have also been working with the Arabic translation team on revising the historical periods for Islam as a religion under 297.09 History, geographic treatment, biography, making them more specific to the history of Islam in much the same way as we did in DDC 22 for the history of Judaism under 296.09 Historical, geographic, persons treatment. The focus is on historical periods important in religious history; caliphates primarily important for political history are not used to structure the proposed development. We would like to introduce the revised development under 297.09 in DDC 23 so that the new history periods can be used with the new development for Hadith. (Note: The new caption for T1—09 History, geographic treatment, biography in DDC 23 is shown in the draft schedule: “History, geographic treatment, biography” instead of “Historical, geographic, persons treatment.” See this 2008 Dewey blog entry for explanation. Additional changes have been made elsewhere in the referenced draft schedules since 2008.)
The draft for historical periods of Islam at 297.09 and Hadith at 297.125 is available for review on the discussion page of the Dewey web site. We seek comments:
• Does the proposed draft provide a general framework for the historical periods of Islam as a religion and for Hadith that can be used for organization of and access to diverse collections throughout the world?
• Can you help us improve the English descriptions for Arabic terms?
• If the proposed schedule is included in DDC 23, would your library use the full numbers
• Do the Relative Index entries provide appropriate access to the development?
Please comment directly to this blog entry or by one of the alternative methods given with the draft by August 1, 2010.