297.14 Religious and ceremonial laws and decisions
As noted in earlier blog entries (here and here), we have been working with the Arabic DDC translation team based at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, especially with Ossama Mahmoud and Iman Khairy, on expansions and revisions to 297 for Islam. Changes in 297.09 History, geographic treatment, biography and 297.125 Hadith (Traditions) [formerly 297.124] were published in DDC 23. A new draft of selected topics in 297.1-.8 Islam is available for review on the discussion page of the Dewey web site. The changes proposed in this draft, once approved, will be exposed in connection with the separate publication of the 200 Religion Class and in WebDewey.
In this draft the largest area of expansion and revision is for 297.122 Koran. At 297.14 Religious and ceremonial laws and decisions is an expansion for schools of Islamic law. The expansion is important in 297 for fiqh al-ʻibādāt (rituals law); it will also be helpful for future plans to make 340 Law more hospitable for Islamic law. There is a small expansion at 297.352 Mecca; the other numbers under 297.35 Sacred places and pilgrimages are given for context. The main change to 297.81 Sunnites is relocation of four groups that the Arabic translation team recommended be treated as schools of law rather than as Islamic sects; the other subdivisions of 297.8 Islamic sects and reform movements are given for context.
We seek comments on the draft:
• Does the proposed draft provide a general framework 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?
• 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 12, 2011.