Middle East and Islamic Studies Library Resources



Since 2000, Duke University Libraries have been building and expanding their Middle East and Islamic Studies collection. While collecting comprehensively in all subject areas in English, the collections in the three main regional languages, ArabicPersian, modern Turkish/Ottoman Turkish, as well as Urdu, (for Hebrew, see the collection description on the Jewish Studies guide) center on the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on materials on Islam (jurisprudence, law, exegesis, theology), Arabic language (grammar) and literature (both classical and modern), as well as history (history of Islam, contemporary history) and politics. Duke faculty’s interests, curricular and programmatic development, and the Libraries’ consortial responsibilities towards their partners within the framework of the Triangle Research Library Network (TRLN) form the basis for Duke’s strong holdings in Arabic and Turkish. The figures in the table below are from 2018.

Chart of ME Holdings

Resources for Middle East and Islamic Studies

Middle East & Islamic Studies: Getting Started

Sean Swanick, Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian

Digital Collections and Blogs at Duke

Greetings from Selanik/Salonica/Thessaloniki!

Welcome to the Abode of Happiness!

İzmir (Smyrna) postcards and photographs collection, approximately 1890-1950

Early Manuscripts at Duke

Arabic and Persian Manuscripts

Blogs and Independent Publications

Ajam Media Collective

Hazine: a gudie to researching the Middle East and beyond


The Maydan

Media/Oral History Resources

Ottoman History Podcast

Canary Records


The 1947 Partition Archive records

Recordings of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Palestine Cadres Project

Iranian Oral History Project

Palestine Cadres project

Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018

Graphic Arts and Visual Culture

The Palestinian Poster Project 

University of Chicago's 1979 Revolutionary Poster Collection 

Other Resources

Online Arabic Resources

What are the best Arabic series and dramas on Netflix?

Novel Coronavirus outbreak: help us collect websites

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Art and coronavirus: Middle Eastern galleries to view on lockdown

The Public Books Database

Beiruter Texte und Studien