Middle East Resources


Subject Search Terms Examples:

  • ‘Middle East’; ‘Middle East’  ‘+’ (i.e. Economic conditions; Foreign relations; History; Languages; Politics and government; Social conditions; Women).
  • ‘Arab Countries’; ‘Arabic +’.
  • ‘Africa, North’; ‘Africa, North +’.
  • ‘Islam’ and ‘Islamic +’.
  • Specific Country in the Middle East (i.e. Egypt; ‘Egypt’ and ‘+’).

Keyword Search Terms Examples:

  • Islam Women
  • Egypt Politics
  • Intifada

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

 The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Middle East and North Africa   DS 44 .C37 1988
 Encyclopedia Judaica 17 Vols  REF DS 102.8 E496 1982
 Encyclopedia of the Persian Gulf War  REF DS 79.72 .S39 1998
 Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East 4 Vols  REF DS 43 .E53 1996
Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalist Movements in the Arab World, Iran and Turkey  REF BP60 .M36 1999
 The Middle East and North Africa  REF DS 49 M5 2012 Previous years in Main Collection and Oversize
 The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East (5 Vols.)   REF DS 56 .O9 1997.
 The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World 4 Vols. REF DS 35 .53 O95 1995
Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: A Biographical Dictionary  DS 61.5 .P65 1990.

Databases & Indexes






  • Search a data base such as ProQuest to find online issues.
  • Titles followed by Print may be found in the library’s Periodical Section and may also be found online.
  • The library has current issues of some but not all periodicals in the collection.
  • Arab Studies Quarterly
  • Israel Studies
  • The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
  • The Journal of Near Eastern Studies Microfilm 1942-1967
  • The Middle East
  • The Middle East Journal (Microfilm 1947-64
  • Middle East Policy
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • The Muslim World

Web Resources


Islamic Art & Architecture
Longer articles with some images on architecture, calligraphy, coins and textiles (rugs).


MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies (MIT-EJMES)
Scholarly E-Journal on a broad range of issues pertaining to the modern Middle East. Stated focus is interdisciplinary, though the concentration is in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Economy & Business

Arab Business Network
Links to various businesses in the Middle East. Grouped by business type and country of origin.


Basics of Arabic
Learn the Arabic alphabet and some basic Arabic words and phrases.

Languages of Africa
Languages of Africa from Ethnologue. Organized by country to find the specific country in North Africa.

Languages of Asia
Languages of Asia from Ethnologue, the web site of the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Dallas. Organized by country to find the specific country in the Middle East.


Arab Net
A commercial web site from ArabNet Technology based in Saudi Arabia. Provides detailed information on specific countries in the region in numerous sub categories. Home page includes current news up-dates for the region. The site can be searched. 


Encyclopedia of the Orient
Covers the Middle East and North Africa. Alphabetical listing of selected entries with cross references.

Maps of Africa  and the Middle East 

Numerous maps of Africa and the Middle East from the Perry Castaneda Map Collection. Posted at the University of Texas (Austin). Maps are available for different regions and specific countries of North Africa and the Middle East. (Some of these maps are large files and may take some time to download).

Politics & Policy

Political Resources on the Net
Political information on individual countries of the Middle East and North Africa (click on region and select country). Links to country government sites as well as local political parties, political organizations and media sources.


Islamic Studies
Metasite for Islam and the Islamic diaspora from the Department of Religion, University of Georgia. To a lesser extent also on Judaism and Christianity.

Social Sciences & History

Dead Sea Scrolls
Web site on the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Library of Congress in the early 90’s. Provides further information and links on this topic.

Middle East Historical and Peace Process Documents
Documents on the Palestine/Israel conflict and peace process. From the ‘MidEast Web for Coexistence’, a registered non-government organization in Israel.