Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies


Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies

Some useful resources for Islamic & Middle Eastern studies are listed below.

Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970: The Middle East Online, Series 1

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The database offers a wide range of primary source materials (including letters, minutes, reports and maps) at the National Archives, London, from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers from the 1917 Balfour Declaration through to the Black September war of 1970-1, documenting the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as British diplomacy towards Israel and the Arab States.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index part of Web of Science Core Collection

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Description: Part of Web of Science Core Collection. A multidisciplinary index containing details of every substantive item in 1,200 arts and humanities journals, as well as references to books included in book reviews, and live performances, films, records, and television and radio broadcasts. Contains over 2 million references.
Coverage: 1975 onwards.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Covers all aspects of religion. ATLA Serials include full text access to over 80 journals. Citation information will indicate where full text is available.
Coverage: Religion Index I: Periodicals 1949 to date, Religion Index II, Multi-author works 1960 to date, Index to Book Reviews in Religion 1949 to date, Research in Ministry 1981 to date.

BLDS (British Library for Development Studies)

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from BLDS.
Description: Depository library at The Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, for publications from international organisations (including the UN system and World Bank) with a strong collection from developing countries.
Coverage: Contains over 116,000 records of documents on economic and social development including serial titles held and monographs acquired since 1987 Journal articles selectively indexed since 1990.

CIAO – Columbia International Affairs Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A source for theory and research in international affairs containing a wide range of scholarship on that includes working papers from university conferences. Each section of CIAO is regularly updated with new material.
Coverage: From 1991.

Encyclopaedia Judaica

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Second edition is a comprehensive reference work on the culture, history and religion of the Jewish people. The 22,000 articles include coverage of gender issues, the Bible, Jewish Law, community life, popular culture and the Holocaust.

Encyclopaedia of Islam & Encyclopaedia of Islam THREE

Access information: Access on and off-campus. Choose Brill Online Reference Works to access this database.
Description: Comprehensive reference work on the Islamic World. Widely recognised as hugely important in its field, it is a unique and invaluable reference tool not only on the religion, but also on the believers and the countries in which they live.
  Articles cover distinguished Muslims of every era and origin, tribes and dynasties, crafts and sciences, opolitical and religious institutions, the geography, ethnography, flora and fauna of the various countries and on the history, topography and monuments of the major towns and cities.
  In its geographical and historical scope it encompasses the old Arabo-Islamic empire, the Islamic countries of Iran, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia, as well as the Ottoman Empire and all other Islamic countries.

Encyclopaedia of the Qu’rān

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Description: Encyclopaedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies.
  With nearly 1000 entries in 5 volumes, the Encyclopaedia of the Qu’rān is the first comprehensive, multi-volume reference work on the Qu’rān to appear in a Western language.

FRANCIS

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Covers a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. FRANCIS is strong in religion, the history of art, and literature, with particular emphasis on current trends in European and world literature. Produced by the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Getty Information Institute; updated monthly.
Coverage: 1984 to date.

Index Islamicus

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: A comprehensive archive of the European literature on all aspects of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Coverage: From 1906 to current.

Kotobarabia Arabic e-Library – Modern Arab Renaissance Collection

Access information Access on and off campus.
Description This exclusive electronic archive consists of over 3,000 books published from 1820-1914 across the Islamic World, with special focus on Egypt and Syria. Subject coverage includes sciences and humanities: philosophy, theology, literature, arts, history and politics. Content is in Arabic. Search interface can be switched between English and Arabic, and both include a virtual Arabic keyboard for easy text input.

Kotobarabia Arabic e-Library – Modern Egyptian Collection

Access information Access on and off campus.
Description Over 4,500 titles of publications including banned literature, fiction, non-fiction, scholarly and popular, written by Arab authors and in particular leading authors from Egypt. Over 80% of the titles are unavailable or very hard to acquire even in print form. The e-library is arranged into 31 categories. Content is in Arabic. Search interface can be switched between English and Arabic, and both include a virtual Arabic keyboard for easy text input.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Access: On and off campus.
Description: Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in the field and covers areas such as global Islamic history, the faith and concepts of Islam, the people, tenets and practices, politics, culture, and more.
  It includes 3,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur’anic study materials (with two widely respected English interpretations of the Qur’an and the Concordance of the Qur’an), primary source documents with editorial introductions, timelines for milestone events affecting the Islamic world, links to Internet resources, as well as photographs and maps.

Web of Science Core Collection

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Description: Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.
Coverage: Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards).
  Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

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