BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
H Humanities
HR Religion and beliefs
HRA Religion: general
HRC Christianity
HRE Buddhism
HRG Hinduism
HRH Islam
See also: JFSR2 “Islamic studies” for social and cultural aspects
HRJ Judaism
See also: JFSR1 “Jewish studies” for social and cultural aspects
HRK Other non-Christian religions
HRL Aspects of religion (non-Christian)
Note: use HRL* codes after other code HRE*–HRK* indicating religion concerned, or HRAC if comparative. Prefer religion-specific codes above where available, eg for Islamic theology, use HRHT, not HRH with HRLB
HRQ Alternative belief systems

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