297.14 Religious and ceremonial laws and decisions
Updates for selected topics in 297.1-.8 Islam have been published in 200 Religion Class and in WebDewey. The new provisions can be found by clicking "Updates" on the login page or other pages in WebDewey; the file is named 297_20120501_DDC23. Most of the provisions were made available for review in an earlier version announced in a previous blog. The exception is an expansion to provide for two groups of Shiites:
297.8251 'Alawīs (Alawites)
Most of the new numbers will be used primarily by libraries with large collections on Islam. That is probably true of the largest area of expansion and revision, for 297.122 Koran. That is probably also true of the expansion at 297.14 Religious and ceremonial laws and decisions for schools of Islamic law. The expansion, which can now be used for fiqh al-'ibādāt (rituals law), will also provide notation that can be used to facilitate work that is underway to make 340 Law more hospitable for Islamic law. 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; Hanafites, Shafiites, Malikites, and Hanbalites are now all classed in subdivisions of 297.14018 Schools of law.
The update includes a small expansion that may be more widely used, at 297.352 Mecca:
297.3525 Umrah (Lesser pilgrimage to Mecca)
Hajj Stories is an example of a work that can be classed in 297.3524 Hajj (or, since it is a juvenile work, it could be classed in the unchanged abridged number: 297.3 Islamic worship.) The Ultimate Guide to Umrah: Based on the Famous Book Getting the Best Out of Hajj: With Special Chapters on Umrah in Ramadaan and Visiting Madinah is an example of a work that can be classed in the new number 297.3525 Umrah (Lesser pilgrimage to Mecca).