Middle East and Islamic Studies

[Palmyra (Arabic: تدمر Tadmur‎), Syria. Photo by Travel in Istanbul, via Flickr (CC license)]


Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

Tip: Remember to search journal title and not article title in QCAT

Key Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1906 - present (updated annually)
Print holdings: 1665 - 1905
Indexes articles on Islamic subjects in periodicals and other collective publications.
Publication coverage: 1949-
Index to scholarly publications on theology and religious studies.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Covers time period from 1450 to the present. Comprehensive index to the world's historical literature (except Canada and the United States).
Publication coverage: 1915 - present
Covers politics, public policy, public administration, international relations and current affairs.
Publication coverage: 1951-   (updated quarterly)
Publication coverage: 1975-
Up-to-date information and research in political science, international relations, law, and public administration/policy.

Other Useful Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1991 -
Print holdings: 1969 - 2009 Access restricted to the Queen's community (5 user limit)
Indexes a broad spectrum of subjects global studies, history, journalism, literary and critical studies, political science, government and public policy, and more...
Journal in Middle Eastern Studies.
Publication coverage: 1991 - present
Includes working papers from university research institutes, ... NGOs, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
Helen De Renzy Trust
Publication coverage: 1940-
Major international index to scholarly research in all fields of philosophy.

Books / E-Books

To find books on a topic, search QCAT Library Catalogue by author, title, subject heading, or keyword.

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
Mahfuz, Najib
Oz, Amos
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
Mahfuz, Najib, 1912-
Oz, Amos
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
(economy or economics) and Yemen
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Israel--Social conditions--20th century
Mass media and women--Middle East

Click on the subject heading to do a new search or use words from the subject heading to modify your keyword search.

Examples of subject headings relating to Middle Eastern Studies:

Arab-Israeli conflict
Iran--Economic conditions
Israel and the diaspora
Jerusalem--Politics and government
Jewish-Arab relations
Middle East--Geography
Middle East--Students--United States
Persian Gulf War, 1991


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Publication coverage: 1961-

Historical reference compendium allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Search or browse by topic. Relevant for undergraduates, graduates, lecturers and researchers.

Selected titles include:
Cambridge History of Arabic Literature (1 vol)
Cambridge History of Egypt (2 vols)
Cambridge History of Iran (8 vols)
Cambridge History of Islam (4 vols)
Cambridge History of Turkey (3 vols)

Selected Journals

[Images of some Middle East journal covers]

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Language Dictionaries





Oxford Bibliographies Online

Lists books, journals, primary documents, web resources, and multimedia in various discipline-based subject modules including Islamic Studies.

News Sources

Al Jazeera


Source of global news, major daily newspapers, newswires, media programs. Same day and archival coverage varies, but some titles go back to early 1980. Includes Al Jazeera (2007-one day ago), Turkish Daily News (1997-Feb 16, 2009), Daily Star Lebanon (1998-current) and BBC Monitoring Middle East (1998-current).


Coverage varies for each publication but many titles go back to the 80's. A news, law, and business information service, it includes up-to-date articles from international newspapers including some newspapers from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It is organized by subject, and can be browsed by geographical area.

Online Newspapers

Thousands of world newspapers.


World newspapers sorted by country and region.

Middle East Media & Sites

Mega-site gathering together a plethora of Middle East-related web resources in the areas of news, society and culture, business and the economy, education, embassies and missions, human rights, history, language, literature, web broadcasts, flags and maps, and more. A good place to start to locate Middle Eastern news coverage in the vernacular.

World News Connection from 1995-

An online news service that offers translated and English-language news and information about the following areas: Central Eurasia, East Asia, Near East and South Asia, China, East Europe, West Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Facts on File
REF D410.F14 from 1964 - 2010 (February 11) (Index Shelves)

A Weekly World News Digest which reports from more than 70 major newspapers and news magazines from around the world. Provides concise news summaries highlighting factual content. Loose-leaf publication updated twice monthly and quarterly. Cumulative index is a key to locating all subjects, people, companies, organizations, and countries in News Digest. Also contains a World Atlas section.

Newspapers & Current Events (Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies guide, University of Ottawa Library)

For more news resources visit Stauffer Library's Newspapers Subject Guide.


[Map. Age of the Caliphs, Boston Public Library]

Culture and Society

Arab Media and Society

A journal about the media and society of the Arab world.


The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Middle East Media & Sites

Mega-site gathering together a plethora of Middle East-related web resources in the areas of news, society and culture, business and the economy, education, embassies and missions, human rights, history, language, literature, web broadcasts, flags and maps, and more.


Al Islam

A large collection of online resources on every aspect of Islam.


Produced by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan. Provides online access to over 100 Islamic texts in the original Arabic, focussing on works of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) from all the major schools of Islamic jurisprudence as well as other theological and mystical streams. Also includes three English language tafsir collections, full text translations of the Qur'an in eighteen languages (including English) plus Arabic, and audio files of Qur'anic recitations.


Published in Iran, a quarterly journal of Islamic thought and culture.

Islam and Islamic History in Arabia and The Middle East

Original historical texts with illustrations.

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources

Includes information on all aspects of Islam. Nominated for the 6th annual Webby Award.

Islamic Philosophy Online

Full length books and articles on Islamic philosophy, ranging from the classical texts on Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy.

Islamic Studies Pathways - an Academic Guide to Islamic Studies Resources on the Internet

A gateway to over 100 sites on every aspect of Islam; maintained by Dr. Gary R. Bunt.

Muslim Heritage

A website on Muslim contributions to civilization.



One of the best sites for Arabic literature. It includes thousands of pages of original works.

Arabic Literature

A gateway to some of the best sites of all genres of Arabic literature.

Politics and History


This site promotes a critical analysis of issues regarding the muslim world.

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School

Database of primary documents, most of which are texts of United States Government documents and releases. These include documents on US foreign policy in the Middle East.

Center for Research Libraries Middle East Political Website

A sample of Middle East political websites.

CIA World Factbook

Provides country reports, maps and an introduction to the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and international relations of each country. It includes statistics.

CIAO, Columbia International Affairs Online

A source for theory and research in international affairs. Publishes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. Includes maps, country data, case studies, and course packs of background readings.

The Crisis over Iraq: Websites

A variety of links to websites dealing with the ongoing crisis in Iraq, the war, the history of Iraq and its cultural heritage..

Human Rights Watch: The Middle East and North Africa

Provides information about human rights issues and abuses by region, subject or country.

International Crisis Group

Analytical and well researched reports on conflicts in the Middle East containing practical recommendations targeted at international decision makers.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook (text collections)

Ancient history sourcebook, Medieval sourcebook,, Modern history sourcebook, African, East Asian, Indian, Jewish, Women's, Global, Science..

The Keele Guide to Middle East Government and Politics on the Internet

Provides links to the most important sites for information on government and politics in the Middle East..

MERIA: Middle East Review of International Affairs

Online journal in Middle Eastern Studies which also indexes the current contents of over 65 journals publishing articles related to the Middle East.

Oil and the Middle East



From Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB), it is a fully searchable database of selected websites relating to Islam and the Middle East. For best results, browse the subject catalogue instead of using the search function.

Middle East Studies Internet Resources (Columbia University)

A subject directory of links to web resources about the Middle East, provided by Columbia University.

McGill University - Selected Websites



A theses or dissertation is an extended body of research produced by students for a higher degree such as a Masters of PhD or an extended essay undertaken as part of an undergraduate program of study.

This guide includes information about how to locate print and electronic theses or dissertations produced by students at Queen’s as well as those produced by students at other institutions, both in Canada and overseas. 


To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:


Open Access Repositories

Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States


TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.


Center for Research Libraries