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Welcome to the Middle East Research Guide! Here you can find a multitude of primary and secondary resources relating to the Middle East, ranging from manuscript collections to rug catalogs. Listed resources have been categorized by field of study and medium, however a list of all resources also exists for those who simply wish to peruse what is available. A description has been provided for most resources, however there are many which display no information due to a multitude of issues. Additionally, various tags and extra information like language or ISSN have been provided when possible.
The "Field of Study" tab at the top of the page will allow you navigate through fifteen categories which constitute various academic disciplines. Inside each of the fifteen sub-tabs are resources which have been deemed as relevant to that specific discipline. As there are often similarities between disciplines, resources can and often will be listed in multiple categories. Similarly, since the boundaries of disciplines aren't always well defined, there will be resources which don't perfectly fit into categorizations, or resources which should be included which aren't. When using this guide and the included categorizations, it may also be useful to browse through tabs of similar genres or the "All Resources" tab.
The "Resource Medium" tab at the top of the page will allow you navigate through fifteen categories which constitute the style, medium, and method through which information and content have been stored. Included are more traditional mediums such as newspapers or manuscripts, as well as more diverse forms like political posters or interviews. Inside each of the fifteen sub-tabs are resources which have been published in that specific medium.
This tab houses all resources added to the Middle East Research Guide, including those which did not fall under the 30 categorizations house by the field of study and resource medium tabs. While LibGuides lacks an in-site search function, your in-browser or computer search function might be helpful if you're looking for a specific piece or type of content.
If you have come across a link for a resource which is dead or leads to the wrong resource, please email the guide editor at LinkR@oxy.edu with a brief description of the issue. If you need to access the resource in the meantime, here are some steps to find where the resource has gone:
If the 'more...' option under the resource lists an ISSN or a similar identification number, see if searches for that identifier reveal anything
If you lack any identifiers, simply try searching for the name of the resource, and possibly even its description. You might stumble upon the AMIR blog, a WorldCat entry, or some other listing for the resource and where it might be housed now
If a resource's description does not match the resource or is partially incorrect, if the resource is now hosted elsewhere on the website, or if you believe the resource has been categorized incorrectly (either put in the wrong category or should be included somewhere it wasn't), please e-mail the guide editor at LinkR@oxy.edu with a brief description of the issue or change request.
An international collaborative effort under development for four years, the DLME currently brings together 127,443 digital records of materials held in museums, libraries, and archives worldwide. It also provides an array of applications, tools, and descriptions that enrich the content and facilitate browsing, search, and interpretation. The DLME is intended to serve as a resource for teachers, students, and researchers, as well as for the general public.
The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is making a vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely available online for the first time. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.
Our catalog of 6,500 numismatic pieces – coins, glass weights, dies, medals, etc. - is the third major catalog of Islamic numismatic material held in the Egyptian National Library, formerly the Khedivial Library, Egypt’s most important library. Our catalog differs from its predecessors in a number of ways. First, it is a new catalog in that we had to read the inscriptions from the digital images which were taken under difficult and rushed conditions and not from the actual objects for reasons which are explained in the section entitled Introduction. Second, we included in this electronic catalog inscriptions in Arabic as Dr. Sherif Anwar read them, which was never possible in the previous studies because of costs. Inscriptions in European languages and references are the work of Dr. Norman D. Nicol from the 1982 catalog of the collection.
The Palestinian Oral History Archive is an archival collection that contains more than 1,000 hours of testimonies with first generation Palestinians and other Palestinian communities in Lebanon The project will digitize, index, catalog, preserve, and provide access to the material through the creation of a state-of the art digital platform. It aims to expand and include additional oral history collections documenting varied aspects of the Palestinian experience in Lebanon and the region. The project is being completed in partnership with the AUB Libraries, the Nakba Archive and the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (AL-JANA).
The Islamic State (ISIS) regularly puts out a glossy propaganda magazine aimed at recruiting jihadists from the West. It is sophisticated, slick, beautifully produced and printed in several languages including English... 'Dabiq' as it is called, bills itself as "a periodical magazine focusing on the issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war) and jama'ah (community). It will also contain photo reports, current events, and informative articles on matters relating to the Islamic State." It portrays the Islamic State as they see themselves: boasting of their victories and painting a romantic image of the restoration of an Islamic golden age and the heralding of a glorious new Caliphate based on holy war.
The Golhā ('Flowers of Persian Song and Music') comprise 1400 radio programs consisting of approximately 886 hours of programs broadcast over a period of 23 years - from 1956 through 1979.1 These programs are made up of literary commentary with the declamation of poetry, which is sung with musical accompaniment, interspersed with solo musical pieces. For the 23 years that these programs were broadcast, all the most eminent literary critics, famous radio announcers, singers, composers and musicians in Iran were invited to participate in them. The programs were not only exemplars of excellence in the sphere of music but highly ornate and refined examples of literary expression, making use of a repertoire of over two hundred classical and modern Persian poets, thus setting literary and musical standards that are still looked up to with admiration in Iran today and referred to as an encyclopedia of Persian music and poetry.
Alif is an annual bilingual (occasionally trilingual) peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the American University in Cairo. Its first issue appeared in 1981, and it has been appearing continuously since. Each issue revolves around a particular theme and all articles go through a rigorous refereeing process in any of the journal’s three languages: Arabic, English, or French. Alif’s articles have included scholarship by established and emerging academics alike. So while it has published scholarship by such star academics as Edward Said, Michael Wood, Judith Butler, to name a few, Alif equally perceives itself as a knowledge-production hub and several young scholars have received academic training, writing their first scholarly article for Alif.
Anatolian Studies is the flagship journal of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). It publishes peer-reviewed research articles focused on Turkey and the Black Sea littoral region in the fields of history, archaeology and related social sciences.
The leading English-language legal publication in its field, Arab Law Quarterly covers all aspects of Arab laws, both Shari'a and secular. It provides authoritative articles on the laws and legal developments throughout the twenty countries of the Arab world, notes on recent legislation and case law, guidelines on future changes, and reviews of the latest literature in the field.
Arab Studies Journal is a peer-reviewed, independent, multi-disciplinary forum in the field of Arab and Middle Eastern studies. It maintains no editorial position on issues. Submissions will be evaluated on their scholarly probity and not on their theses. For more issues than what is provided by JSTOR, visit http://www.arabstudiesjournal.org/issues.html
Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ) was established in 1979 by the late Professors Edward Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod. They envisioned the journal to be a platform for academic research to counter anti-Arab propaganda veiled by academic jargon. Since its inception, ASQ has been a refereed academic journal that publishes articles on the Arabs, their history and social and political institutions. The journal continues in the tradition of its founders and is committed to promoting a humanism grounded in research as a counter to the dominant Orientalist discourses in the field of Arab (and Middle East) Studies.
Arabica is a multidisciplinary academic journal with an international editorial board representing various fields of research, specializing in language, literature, history, thought, and civilizations of the Arab speaking world in both a classical and contemporary context. For more issues than provided by JSTOR, visit http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15700585
The editors aim to maintain a balance in the journal’s coverage between the modern social sciences and the more traditional disciplines associated with Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. They welcome scholarly contributions on all aspects of the Middle East from the end of classical antiquity and the rise of Islam to the present day. Articles on the language, literature, history, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, geography, philosophy and the religions and cultures of the region are encouraged. For more issues than provided by JSTOR, visit https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cbjm20
Le Bulletin d’études orientales (BEO) est une revue scientifique créée en 1931 à l’initiative des chercheurs français travaillant au Proche-Orient dans le cadre de l’institut de recherche fondé initialement à Damas en 1922 pour étudier l’archéologie islamique et l’art proche-oriental ; la création du BEO a correspondu à un élargissement des champs d’intérêt et des disciplines à bien d’autres sciences humaines. Actuellement, le Bulletin d’études orientales publie des articles écrits par des universitaires, chercheurs ou doctorants spécialisés dans les domaines suivants Archéologie et histoire de l’art du Proche-Orient à l’époque islamique (à partir du VIIe siècle) ; Histoire du Proche-Orient depuis la conquête arabe (VIIe siècle) jusqu’à la fin de l’empire ottoman (1918) ; Littérature de langue arabe, classique et contemporaine ; Linguistique arabe ; Histoire de la pensée religieuse musulmane (« islamologie »), mais aussi chrétienne ou juive de langue arabe ; philosophie médiévale de langue arabe ; Histoire des sciences et des techniques dans le Proche-Orient d’époque islamique.
The aim of our journal is to present original research on the languages and peoples of Kurdish from its beginning down to the present. In addition to Kurdish itself any aspects of Kurdish relations with an influence on the areas of the Middle East, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Europe and Kurdish who are all around the world, falls within the journal’s scope
Published under the auspices of the Middle East Studies Association
The International Journal of Middle East Studies publishes original research on politics, society, and culture in the Middle East from the seventh century to the present day. The journal also covers Spain, southeast Europe, parts of Africa, South Asia, and the former Soviet Union, as well as other regions, for subjects of relevance to the Middle East. Contributions are welcome from across disciplines, including anthropology, comparative religion, cultural studies, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology, and theology.
More issues available at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-middle-east-studies
International Journal of Persian Literature is a peer-reviewed journal with a novel focus on Persian poetics, poetry, classical Persian philology, prose, and the literature of Iran and the broader geographical areas. The journal aims to examine how Persian has functioned as literary and cultural language, traversing the geographies of South, West, and Central Asia, including present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Caucasus, and Southeast Asia. Published annually, this journal aims to create an international dialogue and forum for Persian literary culture in Iran and these wider geographical areas, while encouraging interdisciplinary interventions.
The Islamic Law and Society provides a forum for comparative research in the field of Islamic law in Muslim and non-Muslim countries, covering both theory and practice, from its emergence up to the present. The journal discusses historical, juridical and social-scientific perspectives on Islamic law, including current legal issues and legislation. Visit http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685195 for more issues.
ISR explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world, and encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel. More issues can be found at http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/israel-studies-review.
The Journal of Arabic Literature (JAL) is the leading journal specializing in the study of Arabic literature, ranging from the pre-Islamic period to the present. Founded in 1970, JAL seeks critically and theoretically engaged work at the forefront of the field, written for a global audience comprised of the specialist, the comparatist, and the student alike. JAL publishes literary, critical and historical studies as well as book reviews on Arabic literature broadly understood– classical and modern, written and oral, poetry and prose, literary and colloquial, as well as work situated in comparative and interdisciplinary studies. For more issues visit https://brill.com/view/journals/jal/jal-overview.xml
The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies (JAIS) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, academic journal. It is also the world's most widely read journal in the field of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
The main aim of the journal is to promote the study of history, language, literature and culture through the publication of research articles. It was founded in 1995 by Joseph N. Bell (University of Bergen, Norway) and Petr Zemánek (Charles University, Prague). Between 2007 and 2012 the general editor was Alex Metcalfe (Lancaster University, UK). The current editors are Lutz E. Edzard and Stephan Guth (University of Oslo, Norway)
Volumes from 1995-2002 were published on paper by Edinburgh University Press. The Journal is now published electronically: it is hosted by Lancaster University (mirror site) and IKOS, University of Oslo (main site).
The Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies (JIMS) is a multidisciplinary academic journal sponsored by the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS). The journal’s purpose is to forward the field of Islamic and Muslim studies more broadly, and to make contributions to its represented disciplines in advancing theories, epistemologies, pedagogies, and methods. Published semiannually each May and November, the Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies is peer-reviewed, with four to six articles per issue, and includes discussions, forums, and reviews on books, conferences, and films. More information at http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/pages.php?pID=102&CDpath=4
JLS aims to reclaim the Levant as a historical and political concept and as a category of identity and classification. The notion of the Levant has undergone a dynamic process of historical evolution in usage, meaning, and understanding. While the term “Levantine” originally referred to the European residents of the eastern Mediterranean region, it later came to refer to regional “native” and “minority” groups. As it developed alongside colonial practices and Eurocentric attitudes, the notion gradually acquired derogatory connotations in its everyday and academic usage. Intellectuals and social thinkers from the region renounced the term while simultaneously embracing and rejecting Western prejudices and attempting to avoid identification with larger regional units, which directly contradicted twentieth-century attempts to build nation-states. Meanwhile, in academia, the term has been largely relegated and confined to the fields of archaeology and literature.
This interdisciplinary journal advances the fields of Middle East gender, sexuality, and women's studies through the contributions of academics, artists, and activists from around the globe working in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. JMEWS publishes area-specific research informed by transnational feminist, sexuality, masculinity, and cultural theories and scholarship. It is particularly interested in work that employs historical, ethnographic, literary, textual, and visual analyses and methodologies. The journal also publishes book and film reviews, review essays, and dissertation abstracts that highlight theoretical innovation in gender and sexuality studies focused on the Middle East.
The Journal of Near Eastern Studies (JNES) is an academic journal published by the University of Chicago Press, covering research on the ancient and medieval civilisations of the Near East, including their archaeology, art, history, literature, linguistics, religion, law, and science.
The Journal of Palestine Studies is the oldest and most respected English language journal devoted exclusively to Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It brings you timely and comprehensive information on the region's political, religious, and cultural concerns.
With an emphasis on peaceful resolution of conflict, the journal unites sound research and analysis with a variety of well-informed perspectives by academics, policy makers, and diplomats. Published quarterly, the Journal of Palestine Studies is a vital resource for anyone interested in the Palestine Question. For more issues, visit https://www.palestine-studies.org/jps/back-issues
The Journal of Qur'anic Studies is a triannual, bilingual, peer-reviewed journal that aims to encourage and promote the study of the Qur’an from a wide range of scholarly perspectives. If some articles are unavailable, try visiting https://www.jstor.org/journal/jqurastud
The Journal of the American Oriental Society (ISSN 0003-0279) is published quarterly by the American Oriental Society. The first volume (1843-49) set the tone for all time in the broad scope of subject matter and the solidity of its scholarship. It included studies of Arab music, of Persian cuneiform, and of Buddhism in India, and brought to a wide audience the then novel theories of Pierre E. Du Ponceau, assailing the doctrine of the “ideographic” character of the Chinese script.
From that year to the present day, the Journal has brought to the world of scholarship the results of the advanced researches of the most distinguished specialists in the literatures and civilizations of North Africa, the Near East, South and Southeast Asia, Inner Asia, and the Far East. The pages of the Journal are always open to original and interesting contributions from scholars. AOS membership dues include an annual subscription to the Journal. For more issues, visit https://www.americanorientalsociety.org/publications/journal-of-the-american-oriental-society-jaos/
The Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) publishes original research articles in Asian, Near, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies across history. The journal promotes world history from Asian and Middle Eastern perspectives and it challenges scholars to integrate cultural and intellectual history with economic, social and political analysis. The editors of the journal invite both early-career and established scholars to present their explorations into new fields of research. JESHO encourages debate across disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. Published since 1958, JESHO is the oldest and most respected journal in its field. For more issues, visit https://brill.com/view/journals/jesh/jesh-overview.xml
Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (formerly, Turkish Studies Association Journal) is a refereed journal published semi-annually by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. If you run into issues trying to access the journal, try visiting https://www.jstor.org/journal/jottturstuass
Middle East Critique promotes an academic and critical examination of the history and contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural aspects of Middle Eastern countries. The journal actively engages theoretical and empirical studies and by so doing promotes a critical understanding of the complex nature of ideas, values, social configurations, and material realities of Middle Eastern societies. Middle East Critique provides a forum for the interdisciplinary examination of diverse issues based on solid research and critical readings of developments in the Middle East.
The Middle East Journal is the oldest peer-reviewed publication dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. First printed in 1947, the Journal continues to present readers with original and objective research and analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia.
Each issue of The Middle East Journal includes articles written by renowned scholars, foreign policy analysts and area experts; a chronology maintained continuously since 1947, organized by subject and country; and book reviews that are among the most respected, comprehensive, and up-to-date in the field of Middle Eastern studies. For more information, visit https://www.mei.edu/education/middle-east-journal
The Middle East Policy Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to contribute to American understanding of the political, economic and cultural issues that affect U.S. interests in the Middle East. This is accomplished through three programs: the quarterly journal Middle East Policy (the most influential policy publication on the region); the Capitol Hill Conference Series for policymakers and their staffs offering multiple points of view on complex issues; and our acclaimed national outreach for students, educators and other civic leaders.
Journal subscriptions are available through Wiley-Blackwell Publishing; the other two programs are free of charge. We believe that knowledge, insight and perspective are the paths to understanding, and strive to provide these through our nonpartisan programming and this website. A separate site, Teachmideast.org, serves the specific needs of educators. For non-accessible issues, try visiting https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14754967
Policymakers, opinion-makers, academics, and journalists turn first to the Quarterly, for in-depth analysis of the rapidly-changing landscape of the world's most volatile region. It publishes groundbreaking studies, exclusive interviews, insightful commentary, and hard-hitting reviews that tackle the entire range of contemporary concerns — from politics to economics to culture, across a region that stretches from Morocco to Afghanistan.
The Middle East Research and Information Project is a non-profit independent research group established in 1971, that has released reports and position papers on various Middle East conflicts. Its most prominent publication is Middle East Report, which is published both online and as a print magazine. If you have trouble accessing issues, try visiting both https://www.jstor.org/journal/meripreports and https://www.jstor.org/journal/merimiddeastrepo
Middle Eastern Studies is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal of Middle-Eastern studies. It was established in 1964 by Elie Kedourie, who served as editor-in-chief from 1964–1992, and is published by Taylor & Francis. From 1992–2016, the journal was edited by Sylvia Kedourie.
The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is the Middle East Studies Association’s online journal of review. Published twice a year, each issue includes a selection of roundtables or research articles, essays, brief reports on emerging topics and issues, a pedagogy corner and discussion of online resources, and approximately forty reviews of books, films, music, software, and exhibitions relevant to Middle East studies. The focus of RoMES is the state of the craft in all fields of Middle East studies, including Islamic and cultural studies, art and architecture, performance and political studies with an emphasis on new and evolving topics and issues in scholarship, including research methods, ethical concerns, and pedagogical practice. RoMES addresses evolving contemporary dynamics, but also publishes scholarship on premodern topics of interest to a wider audience of Middle East scholars. It seeks to bridge scholarship on the region with lives, experiences and events in the region. For more information and issues, visit https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/review-of-middle-east-studies