Nine Facts about Ramadan

Today marks the first full day of Ramadan, which is observed by followers of Islam with a month of fasting and spiritual reflection.

In honor of this, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the library is highlighting nine facts and resources about Ramadan. As always, you are welcome to consult a librarian if you’d like to delve deeper into this topic. (NOTE: All hyperlinked sources will require you to log in with your Clayton State network username and password)

Nine facts about Ramadan

1. Fasting takes place between dawn and dusk. The fast is broken each evening with a meal called iftar. Iftar practices vary among Muslim communities but it is typically a social affair featuring traditional food dishes. Source: “Ramadan.” Encyclopædia Britannica (2014): Research Starters. Web. 18 June 2015.



2. In addition to fasting and prayer, Ramadan is observed through the recitation of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, as seen in this image of Iranian men and women at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali. Source: UPI, EBSCO Image Collection. Web. 18 June 2015.

3. The notion of fasting for an entire month may seem daunting. But many Muslims report the absence of hunger after only a few days. Source: Ramadan: A Fast of Faith. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 1997. Web. 18 June 2015.

4. In a National Geographic article, Jeffrey Smith describes the large meals with “seemingly endless” portions enjoyed at the end of the day and points out that many Muslims may actually gain weight during Ramadan. Source: Smith, Jeffrey. “A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words: Enhancing A Sense Of Community During Ramadan.” American Geographical Society’s Focus On Geography 57.4 (2014): 174-175. Business Source Complete. Web. 18 June 2015.

5. The 2012 summer Olympics coincided with the month of Ramadan, and Muslim athletes had tough choices to make. Effects of fasting vary depending upon the type of event and the time of day, with dehydration being a top concern. Some athletes, though, feel that fasting makes them more focused on achieving their goals. Source: Geddes, Linda. “Will Ramadan Fast Slow Olympic Muslims Down?.” New Scientist 211.2825 (2011): 9. Advanced Placement Source. Web. 18 June 2015.

6. The observance of Ramadan in the United States has evolved over the years with greater numbers participating overall and in specific activities beyond fasting and prayer to create a uniquely American observance of the holy month. Source: Siddiqi, Iman. “The Evolution of the Observance of Ramadan in America.(Cover Story).” Islamic Horizons 43.4 (2014): 20-24. Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. 18 June 2015.

7. Gift giving is also a part of Ramadan. This children’s story describes one boy’s experience of his first time fasting for Ramadan. Source: Ellis, Kim. “Gifts Of Ramadan.” Cricket 42.8 (2015): 13-16. MasterFILE Elite. Web. 18 June 2015.

8. Although the observance of Ramadan is a religious and cultural practice, its effects can be seen in the stock markets of  countries with significant Muslim populations. Source: Barmak, Sarah. “The Ramadan Effect.” Canadian Business 85.14 (2012): 62-63. Business Source Complete. Web. 18 June 2015.

9. Persons with diabetes should be aware of potential complications as a result of fasting. These individuals should consult  a health care provider prior to fasting for a pre-Ramadan assessment. Those whose diabetes is managed through medication or insulin may need to adjust the timing and dosages of these therapies.  Source: Chamsi-Pasha, Hassan, and Khalid S. Aljabri. “The Diabetic Patient In Ramadan.” Avicenna Journal Of Medicine 4.2 (2014): 29-33. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 June 2015.


June Featured Resource: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture

The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture series offers collections of essays which are intended to serve as reference works for an inter-disciplinary audience. Addressing topics and figures ranging from Plato through Kant to Habermas, and philosophical movements such as the Scottish Enlightenment and German Idealism, this online eBook collection contains over 1300 downloadable essays. Each volume includes a substantial bibliography, glossary and timeline.


JSTOR New Collection: Arts & Sciences V

We are excited to announce our JSTOR coverage now includes Arts & Sciences Collection V. The focus of this collection is on core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art & art history, and language & literature.

JSTOR provides access to archival issues of scholarly journals across more than 50 academic disciplines. The most recently published issue of any current journal will not appear in JSTOR until 1-5 years after the publishing date.

Notable Arts & Sciences V Titles:
The Antioch Review
Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics
California History
The Chaucer Review
Classical Antiquity
Environmental History
Film History
Getty Research Journal
Hudson Review
Journal of American Ethnic History
Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion
Journal of Film and Video
Journal of Folklore Research
Journal of Modern Literature
Journal of Nietzsche Studies
Massachusetts Historical Review
Mystics Quarterly
North American Review
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
The Pluralist
Polish American Studies
Research in African Literatures
Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric
Science Fiction Studies
I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance
Victorian Studies
World Literature Today

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March Featured Resource: CQ Researcher plus Archive

CQ Researcher plus Archive contains reports on current issues. It is noted for its in-depth coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report covers a single topic drawn from a wide range of social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Reports provide overview and background information as well as a pro/con section on a particular aspect of the topic and a bibliography.


Recent Reports Published
Home Schooling – Do parents give their children a good education?
Polarization in America – Does partisan conflict threaten democracy?
Voting Controversies – Are U.S. elections being conducted fairly?
Media Violence – Do children have too much access to violent behavior?
Resurgent Russia – Is Moscow trying to recreate the Soviet bloc?
Whistleblowers – Is support growing for employees who expose misdeeds?
Minimum Wage – Would raising the rate be good for the economy?

January Featured Resource: AtoZ the World

AtoZ the World offers current information on the culture, customs, food, religion, language, maps and points of interest for 175 countries of the world.


Subject Categories for Each Country Profile
Snapshot & Facts
Business Culture
Climate & Weather
Culture & Society
Embassies & Consulate
Health & Medical
Human Rights
Money & Banking
National Symbols
News Feeds
Points of Interest
Travel Essentials

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September Featured Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia

bruce(historicga)Recently Bruce traveled to Savannah and when he got home, he wanted to know more about Yamacraw Bluff the most historic site in Georgia and the early years of the colony. The librarian recommended he try  the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Recently the New Georgia Encyclopedia launched a newly redesigned site. This collection includes over 2,000 articles and 6,000 images related to the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia. Users can search the collection directly or browse the following categories of interest: arts & culture, business & economy, counties, cities & neighborhoods, education, geography & environment, history & archaeology, science & medicine, sports & outdoor recreation and people. The destination feature includes art across Georgia, 10 major Civil War sites, 7 natural wonders of Georgia and north GA in the fall.


August Featured Resource: JSTOR

JSTOR is an excellent multidisciplinary database that contains the archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It provides full text access from the first journal issues to the most recent 3–7 years depending on the specific journal.

Users can browse by subject: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Finance, Health Sciences, History, Law, Literature, Marketing & Advertising, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Statistics, Technology and Women’s Studies.


March Featured Resource: Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Histories Online provides full text access to the Cambridge Histories series published since 1960, formally only available in print. Each volume included in the series contains narrative accounts by specialists covering a range of time periods, topics and regions and conclude with bibliographies for further reading. Search the entire collection by keyword or browse by subject or title.

Users may create a My Histories profile to retrieve saved searches, bookmarks and notes. Cambridge Histories Online citation tools use MLA citation style.


Cambridge Histories Online covers 15 subject areas:
American History
British History
Economic History
General History
History of Science
History of the Book
Language and Linguistics
Literary Studies
Political and Social Theory
Regional History
Religious Studies
Theatre Studies and Performing Arts

New Resource: Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference is a full-text collection of encyclopedias and dictionaries, as well as a critical selection of partner publishers scholarly works. These major reference titles cover the Arts, History & Culture, Literature & Language, Law, Media Studies, Medicine & Health, Philosophy & Religion, Science & Technology and Social Sciences.

The content of the collection is available in a variety of reference types:

Overview Pages: provide free navigational guides to a topic and contain a heading, a short definition and links to a selection of other entries on that topic and to related topics

Subject Reference: encyclopedia entries from the general reference content

Timelines: timelines of events, arranged according to world history, areas, and themes

Quotations: entries from dictionaries of quotations, which tell you who said what, about what, and when

English Dictionaries: entries from dictionaries which give English language definitions of terms

Bilingual Dictionaries: entries from bilingual dictionaries which offer translations of terms in various languages

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