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Primary Sources

Databases

Lexis Middle East
Provides access in English and Arabic to the laws, and cases of the United Arab Emirates plus the legal news and commentaries of the wider Middle East.

Early Western Qurʾāns [On-campus] [Off-campus]
62 early printed Western Korans are available online via Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān (EQ). This collection includes Korans and Koran translations in eight languages.

Free Websites

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) 
This SOAS Centre provides access to various primary sources and constitutions relating to Islamic and Middle Eastern law.

Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf 
Provides access to the laws of six Gulf states - in Arabic only.

al-Waraq 
Compilation of Hadith collections in Arabic.

aI-Mawsu’ah al-Shamilah 
Compilation of Hadith collections in Arabic.

FLAG 
A gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities and national libraries.

Holy Qur’an Resources on the Internet 
Provides links to essays, articles, bibliographies and commentaries dealing with the Qur’an. Provides searchable translations of texts.

Islam and Islamic Studies Resources 
Provides links to and commentaries on the Qur’an and Hadith. Provides searchable translations of texts. Created by the University of Georgia.

Al-Islam.org 
Developed by the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project, provides full-text resources for the Qur’an and Hadith. provides sound clips of recitations as well as translations and commentaries.

Al-Islam.com 
Provides access to Qur’an and Hadith texts, as well as sound clips of recitations, commentaries and encyclopaedias. Best searched in Arabic.