Islamic & Middle East Studies Resources

This is a partial list of academic resources for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies. We will continue to update, so check back regularly. E-mail with your suggestions for additions.

US Department of Education National Resource Centers for the Study of the Middle East (2014-2018)

Columbia University – Middle East Institute

Duke University / University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – Consortium for Middle East Studies

Georgetown University:

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Indiana University-Bloomington – Center for the Study of the Middle East

New York University – Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Princeton University – Program in Near Eastern Studies

University of Arizona – Center for Middle Eastern Studies

University of California-Berkeley – Center for Middle Eastern Studies

University of Michigan – Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

University of Pennsylvania – Middle East Center

University of Texas-Austin – Center for Middle Eastern Studies

University of Washington – Middle East Center

Yale University – Council on Middle East Studies


Islamic Studies Centers, Programs, and Departments

Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University

Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University

Brigham Young University Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship Middle Eastern Texts Initiative

Carolina Center for the Study of the  Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies(COMSt)

Cornell University Department of Near Eastern Studies

Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University

Duke Islamic Studies Center

Emory University Program in Islamic Civilizations Studies

McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies

New York University Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University  

University of Cambridge Centre for Islamic Studies

University of Chicago Divinity School Islamic Studies Program

University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centre for Islamic Studies

University of Michigan Islamic Studies Program

University of Texas at Austin Middle Eastern Studies

Villanova University Arab and Islamic Studies

Yale University Arabic and Islamic Studies Program (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

Yale University Islamic Studies Program (Religious Studies)


Middle East Studies Centers and Programs

Brandeis University – Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Harvard University – Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Northwestern University – Middle East & North Africa Studies

Ohio State University – Middle East Studies Center

Portland State University – Middle East Studies Center

University of California-Los Angeles – G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies


Media & Blogs 

Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal, Tadween Publishing, FAMA, and Quilting PointJadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond. The site currently publishes posts both in Arabic, French, English, and Turkish.  In late 2011, ASI received funding funding from the Social Science Research Council, the Open Society Institute.

openDemocracy – A digital commons with essays and articles on issues of global importance. Contributors include leading scholars from around the world.

Reset-Dialogues on Civilization – An Italian non-profit association based in Rome that promotes dialogue and intercultural understanding.


Islamic Studies Texts and Manuscripts

Afghanistan Digital Library (New York University)

Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada) Manuscripts

Arabic Manuscripts from West Africa ( Melville Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University)

Bosniak Institute (Sarajevo) Islamic Manuscript Collection

Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

  • More info The CMJE is a partnership between Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, and USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. The CMJE Issues Database contains searchable Jewish and Islamic religious texts, articles, video, and varied opinions in reference to specific issues concerning Jewish and Muslim relations with a focus on religious and cultural discussion.

Islamic Canonical Texts at Columbia University Libraries

Islamic Manuscripts at University of Michigan

Virtual archive of Yemeni manuscripts

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The private manuscript libraries of Yemen, estimated at 50,000 codices, constitutes the largest and most important set of unexamined Arabic manuscripts in the world today.

Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online

  • More info The Arabic manuscripts collection of the Wellcome Library (London) comprises around 1000 manuscript books and fragments relating to the history of medicine. For the first time this website enables a substantial proportion of this collection to be consulted online via high-quality digital images of entire manuscripts and associated rich metadata.


More Middle East and Islamic Studies Resources

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Afternoon Map – A cartography blog concerned with Ottoman, Turkish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern history.

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT

Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

Aga Khan Programs at Harvard University (History of Art & Architecture and Graduate School of Design)

Archnet – developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries, is a globally-accessible, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues in Muslim societies. By providing ready access to unique texts and media, Archnet facilitates high quality teaching, scholarship, and practice in these and related fields.

Asia Society: “Islam in Southeast Asia”

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook – The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Christian-Muslim Relations: a Bibliographical History

  • » More info A general online history of relations between the faiths from the seventh century to the present.

Duke University 2011 Arab Revolutions Reference Guide

Electronic Middle East Sourcebook (EMES) – EMES is a peer-reviewed electronic publication of primary historical texts that seeks to bridge the gap between research and pedagogy in Middle East studies.

Encyclopaedia Iranica

» More info The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an

  • » More info Online version of the five volume print edition.

Fordham University – Jewish History Sourcebook

Fordham University – Islamic History Sourcebook

Gulf/2000 Project – Maps and Statistics Collections – All maps and their accompanying texts that are hosted by Columbia University’s Gulf/2000 Project website are original, authored and produced by Dr. Michael Izady. There are many excellent map images in this collection, both historical and contemporary, including ethnographic maps of Syria and the greater Levant.

Harvard University, Fine Arts Library, Guide to Research in Islamic Art and Architecture

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources – This website was created by Dr. Alan Godlas, professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia.

The Jews in the Medieval Muslim World: An Introduction to the Study of Judaeo-Arabic Language, Literature, History, Thought, and Culture (University of Chicago) 

Languages of the Middle East (via Columbia University)

Literatures of the Middle East (via Columbia University)

Middle Eastern Film Posters Digitization Initiative (Princeton University)

Middle East History (University of Chicago Library)

Middle Eastern Texts Initiative ( Brigham Young University)

The Middle East North Africa Internet Resource Guide (University of Utah)

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Library 

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Princeton University Geniza Project

Sources on Islam (Internet Medieval Sourcebook)

Tahrir Documents – Initiated in March 2011, Tahrir Documents is an ongoing effort to archive and translate activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Materials are collected from demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and published in complete English translation alongside scans of the original documents. The project is not affiliated with any political organization, Egyptian or otherwise.

United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) – Current and historical English-language United Nations documents concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East.

Yale University Library Near Eastern Connection


Museum Collections 

Freer and Sackler Galleries: Arts of the Islamic World – Use this website to explore the Smithsonian Institution’s impressive collection of ceramics, metalwork, Qur’an volumes and folios, and illustrated and illuminated manuscripts. Be sure to download a pdf version of the accompanying Teacher’s Guide.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art of the Islamic World, A Resource for Educators – Learn about the art and culture of the Islamic world and glean ideas for supporting studies of English language arts, math, science, social studies, world history, and visual arts. Each of the units presented on this can be downloaded as a pdf.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Islamic Art and Geometric Design, Activities for Learning – Examine the principles of geometric design that are the basis for the beautiful and intricate patterns in the art of the Islamic world. Includes a brief overview of Islamic art, an introduction to related works in the Museum, and a series of pattern-making activities (including reproducible grids) for use in the classroom. Teachers can readily adapt these materials to create exciting lessons in art, culture, math, and geometry. The unit presented on this site can be downloaded as a pdf.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia

Victoria and Albert Museum: Math and Islamic Art and Design


Teaching Resources

Center for Arabic Language and Culture – An independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization partnered with the Chicago Public Schools and the Qatar Foundation International (QFI).  The Center serves Chicago’s K-12 Arabic teachers and students, as well as the greater Chicagoland community.  The Center is a unique and revolutionary language and cultural center that supports existing (and future) Arabic programs.

Choices Program – The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program is a national education initiative developed at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The Choices Program provides teaching resources on historical and current international issues, offers professional development for classroom teachers, and sponsors programs that engage students beyond the classroom.

GEEO – Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad.

Islamic World to 1600 – A tutorial created by the Applied History Research Group at the University of Calgary.

Listen to Learn – An interactive language instruction website for teaching the fundamentals of Arabic (MSA and dialects), Persian, and Turkish. This resource was developed at UCLA through a grant from the US Department of Education.

TeachMideast – Educational resources for K-12 teahers developed by the Middle East Policy Council.