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Literature Guide: Middle East

WCIU Journal: Area Studies Topic

August 26, 2019

by Timothy Skinner, MLS

Library of Congress Classification:

DS 41 – DS 66  Middle East. Southwestern Asia. Ancient Orient. Arab East. Near East.

PJ  Middle Eastern philology             

Dewey Decimal classification:

956  Middle East (Near East) 

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Arab countries                        

Arabic literature 

Aramaic literature                   

Architecture—Middle Eastern influences                   

Art, Medieval—Middle Eastern influences    

Art, Middle Eastern                                        

Civilization, Western—Middle Eastern influences     

Cookery, Middle Eastern                               

Dance music—Middle Eastern influences                  

Eastern question                                             

Europe—Civilization—Middle Eastern influences     

Halaf culture                                       

Iranian literature                     

Islamic Empire           

Kurdish literature                               

Latin Orient                            

Middle East    

Middle Eastern literature                    

Middle Eastern poetry            

Middle Eastern philology       



Pita bread                   

Posters, Middle Eastern                     

Semitic literature                     

Syriac literature                      


Arab Perspectives                  

Arab Studies Quarterly                      

Aramco World Magazine

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin    

Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research          

Cairo Papers in Social Science                                  

International Journal of Middle East Studies

Iranian Studies: Journal of the Society for Iranian Studies               

Journal of Arab Affairs

Journal of Near Eastern Studies                                                        

Journal of Palestine Studies   

Journal of South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies           

Journal of the American Oriental Society

JUSUR: UCLA Journal of Middle Eastern Studies               

KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt

Link: Americans for Middle East Understanding                                          

Middle East    

Middle East International                                                                              

Middle East Journal

Middle East Policy (formerly American Arab Affairs)                                   

Middle East Report

Middle East Review                            

Middle East Studies Association Bulletin

Middle Eastern Affairs                       

Middle Eastern Studies                                  

New Cyprus

New Perspectives on Turkey              

News Circle: Arab-American Monthly           

Saudi Arabia

Reference Works:

Birds of the Middle East (2010)

A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East (2013)

Dictionary of the Ancient Near East (2000)

The Edinburgh Companion to the Postcolonial Middle East (2018)

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, 4 vol. (1995)

Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia (2011)

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol 6: The Middle East (2001)

Lonely Planet Middle East Phrasebook and Dictionary (2013)

National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East (2008)

The Penguin State of the Middle East Atlas (3rd ed., 2016)


            General and Miscellaneous

De Chatel, Francesca. 2015. Water Sheikhs and Dam Builders: Stories of People and Water in the Middle East. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Determann, Jorg Matthias. 2019. Space Science and the Arab World: Astronauts, Observatories, and Nationalism in the Middle East. New York: I. B. Tauris.

Eickelman, Dale F. 2001. The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach. 4th ed. Aurora, CO: Pearson.

Gelvin, James L. 2017. The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hegazy, Ahmad, and Jon Lovett-Doust. 2016. Plant Ecology in the Middle East. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reiche, Danyel, and Tamir Sorek, eds. 2019. Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schwedler, Jillian, ed. 2013. Understanding the Contemporary Middle East. 4th ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Sorenson, David S. 2013. An Introduction to the Modern Middle East: History, Religion, Political Economy, Politics. 2d ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Volk, Lucia, ed. 2015. The Middle East in the World: An Introduction. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge. 

            History, Politics, and International Relations

Angrist, Michele Penner. 2013. Politics and Society in the Contemporary Middle East. 2nd ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Fawcett, Louise, ed. 2019. International Relations of the Middle East. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gettleman, Marvin E., and Stuart Schaar, eds. 2012. The Middle East and Islamic World Reader: An Historical Reader for the 21st Century. 3rd ed. New York: Grove Press.

MacQueen, Benjamin. 2018. An Introduction to Middle East Politics. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

            Literature, Music, and Art  

Barnstone, Tony, and Willis Barnstone. 2002. Literatures of the Middle East. Aurora, CO: Pearson.

Farrin, Raymond. 2011. Abundance from the Desert: Classical Arabic Poetry. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Lenssen, Anneka. 2018. Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents. Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books.

Ostle, Robin C. 1975. Studies in Modern Arabic Literature. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press.

Racy, A. J. 2004. Making Music in the Arab World: The Art and Culture of Tarab. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Shabout, Nada M. 2015. Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

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