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  • Databases

    SOAS Library provides access to many databases which support research into the Middle East and Central Asia. The list below includes resources which are restricted access to SOAS students and staff only and also publicly available web-sites. Most databases can be accessed by all Library users on-campus.

    SOAS students and staff can cross-search a range of databases relevant to the study of the Middle East and Central Asia via Primo Central

    Below is a list of our major databases available for the Middle East and Central Asia. For a full list of our databases please see A-Z databases

    SOAS students and staff – may cross-search some of these databases here

    Search a wide range of resources (not just the Middle East and Central Asia) via Primo Central  

  • Reference sources
    • Brill Online Reference
      For all the reference works published by Brill
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second and Third Editions (EI2 and EI3)
      The staple reference works for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies
       [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Index Islamicus
      Bibliographic database of books and journal articles about the Islamic World, published since 1906
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Oxford Islamic Studies
      Access to a wide range of Oxford University Press publications on Islam and the Islamic World
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Historical Atlas of Islam
      Edited by Hugh Kennedy
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Brockelmann Online  
      Brockelmann Online consists of both original volumes Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur
      (GAL) by Carl Brockelmann (1868-1956), as well as the three supplement volumes, including the indexes. Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period.             
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
      See also
    • Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān
      TheEncyclopaedia of the QurʾānThe Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies. It  includes direct access to 62 Early Printed Western Qur’āns Online. This collection includes Korans and Koran translations in eight languages
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Qurʾān Concordance
      The Qurʾān Concordance is a unique finding aid which allows users to identify and localize text fragments, or even snippets, of the Qurʾān.
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Dictionary of Qur’anic usage
      First comprehensive, fully-researched and contextualised Arabic-English dictionary of Qur'anic usage, compiled in accordance with modern lexicographical methods. 
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online (EALL Online)        
      All relevant fields in Arabic linguistics, both general and language specific are covered and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online includes topics from interdisciplinary fields, such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and computer science.          
      [On-campus] / [Off-campus]
    • Encyclopaedia Iranica  
      Encyclopaedia Iranica is appearing in parts, and has so far got only as far as A-Harem, but is already an important source for topics covering the entire Iranian world, both ancient and modern. The online version includes articles not yet published in the printed version.
  • Bibliographic databases
    • General ones

    ISI Web of Knowledge

    IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social sciences)

    OCLC Firstsearch

    • Specific ones

    Index Islamicus. A bibliography of books, articles and reviews on Islam and the Muslim world published in Western languages since the beginning of the 20th century.

    Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies. MECAS is a bibliographic database, which provides access to a wide range of material relating to the study of the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. 
    On-campus / Off-campus

    Le Maghreb dans les sciences sociales. A website developed by the King Abdul-Aziz al-Saud Foundation for Islamic and Social Sciences Studies in Casablanca. This website is devoted to Maghreb studies and offers free access to five databases in Arabic and in Western languages (mainly French), and links to journals, universities and research centres, libraries, North African publishers. It also gives a good overview of the researches and debates about various social and cultural topics in the Arab world. One of the bibliographic databases, called Ibn Rushd, is dedicated to Islamic Western world (Maghreb and al-Andalus) and has both Arabic and French interfaces. It allows search on names, titles and the type of publication http://www.fondation.org.ma/

    Abstracta Iranica. Is a selective and critical bibliographical journal of Iranian studies, covering Iran, Afghanistan, and all the areas relevant to Iranian culture at any point of time. Essays are selected among publications of the previous year and analysed by scholars. http://abstractairanica.revues.org/document1522.html

    BABO : Bibliography of Arabic Books Online. A bibliography and catalogue of books printed in Arabic script from c. 1730 until 1960. 
    / Off-Campus

    RAMBI Web (Index of articles on Jewish studies)

    Bibliography of Asian Studies

  • Journal Articles database

    On-campus / Off-campus

    On-campus / Off-campus

    On-campus / Off-campus

    Project MUSE
    On-campus / Off-campus