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Guide to the Wilfred Cantwell Smith Papers, 1940-1999
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Wilfred Cantwell Smith Papers
    Dates: 1940-1999
    Identification: SC/WCS
    Creator: Smith, Wilfred Cantwell, 1916-2000
    Physical Description: 14.18 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: Professor Wilfred Cantwell Smith was the foremost Canadian scholar on Islam and comparative religion. He founded the Institute for Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal in 1951, helped establish the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and the Department of Comparative Religion at Dalhousie University.

    Biographical Information:

    Professor Wilfred Cantwell Smith was a Canadian scholar on Islam and comparative religion. He founded the Institute for Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal in 1951, helped establish the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and the Department of Comparative Religion at Dalhousie University. His The Meaning and End of Religion (1963) was a groundbreaking study of the historical changes in the meaning of such words as religion, faith, and belief.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Publications

    Personal Name:

    Abe, Masao
    Adams, James Luther, 1901-1994
    Ahmad, Àz¯iz
    Ansari, Z. I.
    Armstrong, A. H. (Arthur Hilary)
    Bellah, Robert Neelly, 1927-
    Carman, John Braisted
    Coward, Harold G.
    Dumont, Louis, 1911-1998
    Eck, Diana L.
    Eckel, Malcolm David, 1946-
    Graham, William A. (William Albert), 1943-
    Grant, George
    Gualtieri, Antonio R., 1931-
    Hodgson, Marshall G. S.
    Ingalls, Daniel M. M.
    Juergensmeyer, Mark
    Klimkeit, Hans-Joachim
    Levering, Miriam, 1945-
    Lewis, Bernard
    McKinnon, Alastair
    Mehta, Jarava Lal, 1912-
    Neusner, Jacob, 1932-
    Obenchain, Diane Burdette
    Oxtoby, Willard Gurdon
    Ran, Yunhua
    Rogers, Minor L.
    Sanneh, Lamin O.
    Sheppard, Gerald T., 1946-
    Smith, Huston
    Smith, Wilfred Cantwell, 1916-2000

    Topical Term:

    Islam
    Religions

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The colleciton is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Wilfred Cantwell Smith Papers , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Scope and Contents

    The Wilfred Cantwell Smith Papers consist of correspondence, off prints of journal articles, lecture notes, typescripts of papers presented at conferences, and pamphlets sent to him by former students and colleagues. Much of the material is on Islam, but also includes comparative religion, philosophy and one file on the Cantwell family. There is occasional correspondence with leading academic figures such as Marshall Hodgson. The original alphabetical arrangement followed by Professor Smith has been retained.