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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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 Point. Jadaliyya 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
- 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.
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.
- 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
Afternoon Map – A cartography blog concerned with Ottoman, Turkish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern history.
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.
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.
- » More info A general online history of relations between the faiths from the seventh century to the present.
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.
» 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.
- » More info Online version of the five volume print edition.
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.
Islam and Islamic Studies Resources – This website was created by Dr. Alan Godlas, professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia.
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.
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.
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.