Reference texts, like encyclopedias, directories, and dictionaries, can be starting points for research on a person or topic. Below are a few reference titles for Middle Eastern Studies that can be found on the first floor of Beeghly Library
Middle Eastern Studies Reference
Medieval Islamic Civilization by Josef W. Meri (Editor)
Call Number: refDS36.85 .M434 2006
Medieval Islamic Civilizationexamines the socio-cultural history of the regions where Islam took hold between the seventh and sixteenth century. This important two-volume work contains over 700 alphabetically arranged entries, contributed and signed by international scholars and experts in fields such as Arabic languages, Arabic literature, architecture, art history, history, history of science, Islamic arts, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, politics, religion, Semitic studies, theology, and more.
The New Encyclopedia of Islam by Cyril Glassé; Huston Smith (Foreword by)
Call Number: refBP40 .G42 2008
The acclaimed New Encyclopedia of Islam comprehensively encompasses the beliefs, practices, history, and culture of the Islamic world in a single, accessible volume. Now extensively revised and updated with over 300 new entries, The New Encyclopedia of Islam describes all aspects of the religion, from its rituals, sects, and prayers to its political movements, social institutions, and spiritual and political leaders; from the art and architecture of Islam, to its history and ethnography; from its nations and states to its languages, science, and major centers of learning.
Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Call Number: refDS43 .E53 2004
Updating the 1996 edition in light of many new developments (e.g., the failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2000, September 11th, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), this new edition presents some 3,000 entries covering topics in fields such as politics, history, economics, religion, sociol