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:
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
Europe—Civilization—Middle Eastern influences
Middle Eastern literature
Middle Eastern poetry
Middle Eastern philology
Posters, Middle Eastern
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 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 Perspectives on Turkey
News Circle: Arab-American Monthly
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.