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Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies: Home

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying aspects of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful. 

Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for these areas, including printed collections, ebooks, ejournals and bibliographic databases.


Defining Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

For the purposes of this guide, we are referring to Islamic Studies in relation mainly to the Middle East, and we define the Middle East as comprising the current nations of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

For some topics, or periods our Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies collections may also cover regions which are now part of other states (for example, Islamic Spain), but which nevertheless have historical and cultural ties to the states listed above. For Islamic Studies material relating to other regions of the world please consult the relevant area libguide or the Theology and Religion libguide. We have a separate guide for collections relating to the Caucasus and Central Asia.


Finding books for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks and printed books for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and related subjects. For more detailed info about our book collections visit our books page of this guide.

Key journals

A lot of journals, as well as being available in print, are available online and can be searched via SOLO or eJournals A-Z. Below are a few of the top journals for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies but you can find a longer list on the journals page of this guide.

Key databases

Oxford subscribes to many bibliographic databases. They can be used to locate journal articles, conference proceedings, books, patents, images, data and more. You can find some of the key databases for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies below, but take a look at the databases page of this guide for more titles.

Useful online resources

listing of free online resources encompassing digitized books and manuscripts, statistics, oral history and more.

Nizami Ganjavi Subject Librarian (Middle Eastern and Islamic Collections)

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Lydia Wright
Bodleian Nizami Ganjavi Library, Oxford
+44 (0)1865 278204

Key libraries

Oriental Institute