Writing a paper on the Middle East? The Library provides access to a number of online resources that will provide you with background information, including information on important dates, places, and key figures who have shaped the politics, culture and religion of the historical and modern Middle East. Sources include:
The Encyclopaedia of Islam. B. Lewis, Ch. Pellat, and E. Lévi-Provençal, Eds. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2006.
Includes articles on Muslims of every age and land, on tribes and dynasties, on the crafts and sciences, on political and religious institutions, on the geography, ethnography of the various countries and on the history, topography and monuments of the major towns and cities.
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Richard C. Martin, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.
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. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies.
Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Philip Mattar Ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.
Covers the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, with major sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United Nations involvement in the region.
Encyclopaedia Judaica. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, eds. 2nded. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.
Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to “Americana” and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.