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James Hastings
Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics

Gibb, Kramer, et. al. eds.
Encyclopaedia Dictionary of Islam and the Muslim World

Isidore Singer's The Jewish Encyclopedia is a classic:
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Although published early in the 20th century Hasting's Encyclopaedia contains many articles that remain valuable today.
Gibb's dictionary is regarded by many as the standard work on Islam.
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