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Middle Eastern Studies Research Guide

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Table of Contents:
Databases
Catalogs
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Media Resources
News & Blogs


Search databases and indexes to find citations and/or full text for online articles, books, images, or statistics.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Large multidisciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including art, literature, education, history, sociology, science, and engineering. Because of its broad subject and full text coverage, Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for research on virtually any topic. Click here for a search tutorial.


CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Find articles, conference proceedings, working papers, and policy briefs covering all aspects of global affairs and international relations. Also provides country data and teaching materials such as case studies and course packs of background readings.


Country Studies (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Descriptions and analyses of the social, economic, political, and military systems of countries throughout the world.


CQ Researcher Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text reports written by seasoned journalists about current social, political, and economic issues. Includes topics in health, education, international affairs, public policy, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report includes a concise overview of an issue, historical background, opposing arguments, statistics and polls, and suggestions for further reading. Great place to begin research on current affairs issues.


eHRAF World Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text database offering information on different cultures and ethnic groups from around the world. Covers all aspects of cultural and social life such as beliefs, cultural practices, political structure, and settlement patterns. Each cultural profile consists of a "cultural summary" and a list of relevant full text sources. Users can search by keyword or browse by subject, region, or culture. Very useful for comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture. User Guide.


Ethnic Newswatch Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Covers a wide spectrum of ethnic viewpoints, including Arab-American publications and those focusing on US policies regarding the Middle East.


Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts of scholarly literature in the humanities published since 1984. Full text is available for select content published after 1994. Subjects covered include archaeology, history, philosophy, religion, art, music, literature, and film. Contains several journals on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to complete back runs of scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage for most journals does not include the last 3-5 years. Users can search across the entire database or limit their search to journals in specific subject disciplines, including Middle East Studies. Click here for a search tutorial.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences primarily covering the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, political science, religion, and the arts. Searches can be customized by discipline, including "Middle East Studies."


Search online catalogs to find books, journals, videos, and other materials in library collections.

CATNYP Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Library catalog for New York Public Research Libraries.


CUNY+ Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Search CUNY+, the university's online catalog, to find books and other resources located in the CSI library and other CUNY libraries. Search tutorial.


WorldCat Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Union catalog containing records of library holdings all over the world. Use WorldCat to locate books, journals, audio and video recordings, and archival materials held by other libraries. If an item you want is not available at CUNY simply click "Find It" to request an interlibrary loan.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

A History of the Modern Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This comprehensive work provides an analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the Iranian Revolution and the Gulf War.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks DS62.4 .C53 2009


An Atlas of Middle Eastern Affairs Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This atlas provides accessible, concisely written entries on the most important current issues in the Middle East, combining maps with their geopolitical background. Included are overview topics, the position of the Middle East in the world and profiles of the constituent countries.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DS63.1 .A535 2010


Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This book is a valuable reference source and critical review of Arab women writers from the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. It also includes a comprehensive bibliography of writing by Arab women.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PJ7525.2 .D4313 2008


Atlas of the Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
National Geographic Society work covering the economic conditions and natural resources of the Middle East in maps. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Location: 1st Fl Reference G 2205 .N34 2008


Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographies 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. Includes profiles of contemporary leaders who belong to various political, ethnic, and religious groups, as well as notable individuals associated with business, law, science, social issues, sports, entertainment, literature, and the fine and performing arts.
Electronic Book 2008


Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The first anthology of its kind in the West, Contemporary Iraqi Fiction gathers work from sixteen Iraqi writers, all translated from Arabic into English. Shedding a bright light on the rich diversity of Iraqi experience, this volume includes selections by Iraqi women, Iraqi Jews now living in Israel, and Christians and Muslims living both in Iraq and abroad.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PJ8046.5 .E5 C66 2008


Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers researchers an invaluable look into the key events that have shaped this dynamic region since World War I. Organized into thematic chapters, this volume is designed to be an accessible support for courses in Middle Eastern history, international affairs, and comparative politics.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DS42 .F44 2008


Culture and Customs of the Arab Gulf States Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This exhaustive volume covers topics such as religion, festivals, cuisine, fashion, family life, literature, the media, and music, among many others.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks GN640 .T67 2009


Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Focuses on women and the civilizations and societies in which Islam has played a historic role. Surveys all facets of life (society, economy, politics, religion, the arts, popular culture, sports, health, science, medicine, environment, etc.) of women in these societies.
Electronic Book 2003


Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offering a window into the complex social processes in an often misunderstood part of the world, this unique book provides a much-needed Middle Eastern perspective on global debates over the meaning of social movements and the dynamics of social change.
Electronic Book 2010


Literatures of the Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Gathers together a broad selection of representative, authoritative writings spanning from antiquity to the present. Combines extensive introductions, headnotes, and bibliographies with literary translations of contemporary and classical writers.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PJ409 .L59 2003


Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
In addition to covering Islamic societies in the modern world from the eighteenth century to the present, this text adds a depth of historical background going back to the pre- Islamic era. Covers the full geographical extent of Islam by focusing not only on the countries in which Islam is dominant, but also on regions in which Muslims live as minorities, such as Europe and the Americas.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DS35.53 .O96 2009 v.1


Pop Culture Arab World!: Media, Arts and Lifestyle Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This authoritative volume depicts contemporary popular culture and its interaction with the political scene in the Arabic-speaking world. Chapters provide fascinating and unbiased coverage of the following topics: TV and radio, the press, the movie industry, music and Arabpop, theater, religion, belly dancing, consumerism, sports, and language.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DS36.88 .H357 2005


The Greenwood Library of World Folktales Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers tales that are the foundations of the world's traditions, literature, and popular culture and are fundamental to daily life. The section on the Middle East offers stories pulled from the folklore of Armenia, the Bedouins, Israel, the Kurds, Palestine (Islamic), Palestine (Jewish), Syria, and Turkey.
Electronic Book 2008


Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This text answers basic questions about Israel and Israelis, Palestine and Palestinians, the US and the Middle East, Zionism and anti-Semitism; about complex issues ranging from the Oslo peace process to the election of Hamas. Sections include: The Crisis; The Other Players: The Role of the US, the UN, the Arab States, and Europe; Recent History: Rising Violence; Looking Backward (1900-1991); The Future.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks DS119.7 .B38386 2009


Resources freely available on the Internet.

African and Middle Eastern Reading Room Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) of the Library of Congress is recognized as a major world resource center for Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. This web component contains online illustrated guides and exhibits, webcasts and links to other resources on the internet.


Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Congressional Research Services (CRS) reports on Middle East countries assembled by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).


Global Connections: The Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Visitors to the site can explore the past 100 years of history in the Middle East as well as the relationship between the region and the West. Produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation.


History in the News: The Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This site provides links to resources on the Middle East, covering areas such as History, Culture, Society, Religion, Economics and Politics. Developed by the Department of History, State University of New York at Albany.


Maps of the Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An extensive map collection compiled by the Perry-Castaneda Library of the University of Texas at Austen.


MEMRI: Middle East Media & Research Institute Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East through the region's media (both print and television), websites, religious sermons and school books.


Middle East Institute at Columbia University Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Renowned for developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. The web site contains reference guides and links to resources on the internet.


World Factbook Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
U.S. government profiles of countries and territories around the world. Information on geography, people, government, transportation, economy, communications, and military. Print edition available at the Reference Desk [Call Number: G122.U56a 2001].


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Arab Studies Quarterly Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Publishes articles on the Arabs, their history and social and political institutions.


Arabica Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Studies, documents and notes on the language, literature, history and civilization of the Arab world, with emphasis on multidisciplinary studies of ancient and contemporary problems concerning Arab societies.


Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers analyses of the histories, cultural productions, social and gender relations, politics, and economies of Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.


International Journal of Middle East Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Features research on the Middle East from the seventh century to the present day: history, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature and folklore, comparative religion and law.


Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Aims to promote the study of Arabic language and literature and Islamic civilization.


Journal of Arabic Literature Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Forum for discussion of Arabic literature (verse and prose), both classical and modern, by Arabs and non-Arabs. Publishes critical essays on individual authors and single works, as well as assessments of trends and movements, and complete short stories.


Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Aims to enhance the fields of Middle East Women's studies, gender studies, and Middle East studies through contributions from multiple disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.


Middle East Journal Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides original and objective analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia.


Middle East Policy Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides viewpoints on recent developments that affect U.S. - Middle East policy.


Muslim World Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Covers research articles, book reviews, notices and surveys of periodicals.


Images, audio, video, software, and other media resources.

Control Room Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A chronicle providing a rare window into international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab World's most popular news outlet.
1 videodisc (86 min.)
Location: 1L-201 1577 P


Dishing Democracy Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Across the Arab world, the impact of satellite TV has been profound. More than a decade after what is often described as the Arab satellite revolution, satellite channels have created a virtual Arab metropolis exploring new ideas, pushing boundaries and encouraging debate -- from the ground up.
1 videodisc (57 min.)
Location: 1L-201 1914 P


Exclusive to al-Jazeera Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Documentary that goes behind the scenes at al-Jazeera's broadcast headquarters in Qatar during its nonstop coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Highlights the Arab-language network's differences from its Western counterparts, but also illustrates similarities between al-Jazeera's media sensibilities and those familiar to most Americans. Features a discussion of Middle East democracy between host Jamie Rubin and Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
1 videodisc (60 min.)
Location: 1L-201 1916 HE


Four Women of Egypt Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Four Egyptian women have the same goals--human diginity and social justice--but each adopts an approach radically different from the others. Muslim, Christian, Jewish or non-religious, their visions of society range from wanting a secular or socialist state to an Islamic one. These friends, deeply committed, argue openly, without ever breaking the bond that unites them.
1 videocassette (90 min.)
Location: 1L-201 1018 HQ


Inside Islam Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Presents an overview of Islam, tracing its history back to its roots in the Hebrew Bible. Attempts to explicate the religion vis-a-vis escalating acts of fundamentalist violence with which it has grown synonymous in the eyes of many Western observers.
1 videodisc (93 min.)
Location: 1L-201 1646 BP


Jihad TV Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Illustrates how Islamic extremists use the power of the Internet and the network sound bite. Examines the effect their messages are having on young people in the Muslim world.
1 videodisc (46 min.)
Location: 1L-201 1915 P


Middle East: Birth of Nations Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
No sooner had Europe declared an end to its Great War than the seeds of new conflict were sewn -- in the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. With typical global awareness, photography patron and archivist Albert Khan chose to document the historic changes occurring in the colonial Middle East. This program traces his team's expeditions into Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine as Western powers redrew the map of the region.
1 videodisc (ca. 52 min.)
Location: 1L-201 2263 TR


Our Own Private Bin Laden Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A film about understanding the creation of Osama bin Laden as a phenomenon of the interplay between history, politics, global economics and the media.
2 videodiscs (165 min.)
1L-201 2055 HV


Promises Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Follows the journey of a filmmaker who travels in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, where he meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children who exist in separate worlds, divided by physical, historical, and emotional boundaries although they live only 20 minutes apart. Explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of these children and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.
1 videodisc (102 min.)
1L-201 1592 DS


The Battle of Algiers: La Bataille d'Alger Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafes. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed.
3 videodiscs (121 min.)
1L-201 2218 PN


Weblogs and news sites that can provide timely background information on the subject.

AJE Al Jazeera English Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
English-language site of the Arabic-language broadcast network Al Jazeera.


Arab News Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper, founded in 1975.


BBC News: Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
BBC News: Middle East


Mideast Wire Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An Internet-based news service that employs a team of translators around the region to gather important stories from and about the Middle East. Headlines and a few sample articles only; subscription required for access to full text.


New York Times: Middle East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Current news only. For complete full text options, see New York Times Historical (1851-2005) or Lexis-Nexis (1980-present). Additional holdings.


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