As noted in earlier discussion papers (2010, 2010rev, 2011) and in earlier blog entries (2010 and 2011), we have been working with Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), home of the Arabic DDC translation team, on expansions and revisions for Islam. Iman Khairy (formerly at BA) and Ossama Mahmoud have been especially helpful.
In the discussion paper that has just been posted on the Dewey discussion page, we focus on expansions for Islamic law in 340 Law—and on a few topics that came to our attention because of our work on Islamic law, especially religious activities and religious groups in 341 Law of nations and 342 Constitutional law. Outside of 340 Law, the affected numbers are 211.4 Rationalism (Free thought) and 239 [Christian] Apologetics and polemics.
We seek comments:
• 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 September 15, 2012.