Middle East and Central Asia

See also The Middle East & Central Asia Subject Guide

SOAS Databases:

Bibliography of Arabic Books Online [ On-campus use ] [ Off-campus ]
A bibliography and catalogue of books printed in Arabic script from c. 1730 until 1960.

Brill Online  [ On-campus ] [ Off-campus ]
Access to reference works: Brill's New Pauly, Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia of Judaism, Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān; as well as Index Islamicus.

Index Islamicus [ on-campus ] [ off-campus ]
Bibliographic database of books and journal articles published about Islam or the Muslim world since 1906.

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (MECAS) [ On-campus ] [ Off-campus ]
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.

Oxford Islamic Studies [ On-campus ] [ Off-campus ]
Access to a wide range of materials relating to Islam, including: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Islamic World: Past and Present, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, The Oxford History of Islam.

General Resources:

Middle East Studies Internet Resources
This site is managed by the Middle East and Jewish Studies department of Columbia University (US) and is a real mine of information and various useful links on the Middle East. It is strongly backed by academics and seems to be one of the most reliable and effective sites for resources on NME.

This site provides a collection of articles and outside links on a wide range of topics related to Middle East studies. The site's sections include: country briefings for the 22 members of the Arab League; news; reference; and collections of links and articles on specific topics. Along with coverage of political and economic issues.


Al-Jazeera (English) : an international, multi-award winning news channel with over sixty bureaus around the world that span six different continents. Also available in Arabic.

Islamic Finance Information Service : news, research and online data service on the Shariah-compliant finance industry. A subscription is required to access some information.

CA.news (Business) : Business information from the Central ASIAN News Service.

Jerusalem Post Business : Business section of the Jerusalem Post. English language.

Nikkei Asian Review : Japanese news agency providing pan-Asian business news online.