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
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second and Third Editions (EI2 and EI3). The staple reference works for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies
Available on campus to all library users
Available off campus to SOAS staff and students only using their SOAS id and password:
Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Access to a range of journals, with bibliographic information and abstracts. Also provides full-text access, free-of-charge, where SOAS subscribes to the journal.
On campus access: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/
Brockelmann Online. Available on campus to all library users
Available off-campus to SOAS staff and students only by using their SOAS id and password:
see also: A Guide to using Brockelmann's Geschicte der arabischen Litteratur.
Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān. The 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.
Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān - 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.
Historical Atlas of Islam. Edited by Hugh Kennedy
The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online (EALL Online).The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online (EALL Online) comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics and deals with all levels of the language (pre-Classical Arabic, Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic vernaculars, mixed varieties of Arabic).
Also available off-campus to SOAS staff and students using their SOAS id and password.
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.
- General ones
ISI Web of Knowledge
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social sciences)
- Specific ones
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
Journal Articles database