Dr. Miqdad Yelcin
School of Social Sciences, Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University-Riyadh
This type of work may look easy by title, and may pass as an achievement with minimum effort. But the fact remains that trying to identify books and published and unpublished papers, then listing them according to title or according to names of researchers in alphabetical order is a job that needs a lot of effort and that is also time censuring.
Among the difficulties is in fact that researches in this field have grown lately and are still increasing rapidly. By the time you finish cataloguing what is known to you, new papers and researches are written, and you have to start again.
Another difficulty is to obtain information from research centers and publishing houses abroad. There are many studies in the western world, in addition to those in the Muslim world.