University of Hartford Libraries

Middle East Subject Guide


General Resources

Africa Development Indicators
Current Africa Development Indicators for download with access to statistics from 1965 to present. Have print (2002) Mortensen Library Reference HC800 .A475

Hate Crimes
Mortensen Library Reference HV6773.52 .S768 2003

Iran's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook
Documents the origins, evolution, and current status of all major ethnic groups in Iran.

Quran (Koran, English Translation)
The Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, is the record of Muhammad's oral teaching delivered between the years immediately preceding the Hegira in AD 622 and the Prophet's death in AD 632. This is a searchable English translation.

Pop Culture Arab World! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle
Explores how Arab pop culture has succeeded in helping forge a pan-Arab identity, where Arab nationalism has failed.

Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies
Provides an essential compendium of information regarding the politically charged issue of succession in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity
Introduces the current generation of moderate reformist thinkers and activists within Islam, the intellectual traditions they carry on, and the reasons why reformist movements have been overshadowed by fundamentalist, revolutionary, and jihadist movements in the Islamic world today.


Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt
Notable figures in modern Egyptian society.

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Illuminates the lives of the most influential and controversial figures in the Middle East and North Africa who came to prominence during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


A Dictionary of Diplomacy
Includes entries on legal terms, political events, international organizations and major figures who have occupied the diplomatic scene.

Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Covers the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century. Covers five Arab-Israeli wars, and provides biographies of political personnel in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and the occupied territories.


Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
Looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries.

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa
Search the complete text of this 4 volume encyclopedia on the nations, cultures and peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. UofH only.

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy and government.

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict
Provides crucial and contemporary information about antagonism and reconciliation within both the public and private realms from violence and nonviolence toward the aged population to youth violence.

The New Encyclopedia of Judaism
Encyclopedia of all things Judaica.


Academic Search Premier
Indexing and abstracts for over 8,000 journals in all subject areas, with full text of articles from nearly 4,600. Includes some popular magazines as well as scholarly journals.

FindArticles (Look Smart)
Searches for articles in approximately 900 magazines and journals. Emphasis on trade publications. Text only - no graphic content available. Some articles available to subscribers or for a fee only.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search the tables of contents or full text of selected reference books in business, education, the environment, medicine biology, and the social sciences.

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature across disciplines and sources. Includes peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, etc. Particularly strong in sciences and social sciences. Selected full text. Many links are to publisher's sites which sell access. ON Campus - links to U of H holdings are available. OFF Campus - U of H users should check our holdings and use Interlibrary Services as needed.

Humanities Abstracts
Strong resource index for all aspects of the Humanities including: Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Religion and Theology

ProQuest Social Science Journals
ProQuest Social Science Journals is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of social science journals. The database includes over 530 titles, with more than 300 available in full text.


Academic Info: Afghanistan Studies
Extensive links to detailed resources on Afghan history and politics with frequent news updates.

English language reporting of Arab and world news, including both objective news reporting and opinion. Companion to Arabic satellite news channel.

Provides comprehensive business, political, and cultural information on Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Impressive Quick Search capability by concept or keywords in each country link.

Bank Information Center
Information on the projects, policies and practices of the World Bank and other development banks. Includes publications and "toolkits" for those working with the banks. Multilingual.

Foreign Government Resources on the Web (University of Michigan Library)
Extensive list of links to foreign government information on the web, organized by geographical area.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook (Fordham University)
Wide-ranging resource on Islamic history and culture with a wealth of primary documents and extensive supporting links.

Internet Jewish History Sourcebook (Fordham University)
Superb and comprehensive resource that features extensive full-text primary source documents for Jewish history and culture. Fine supporting links are also a plus in this impressive website.

Islamic Heritage Project (Harvard University)
Harvard University has cataloged, conserved, and digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvardís renowned library and museum collections.

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