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Columbia University Middle East and Islamic Studies Library Guide

Harvard Library Guide for CMES and NELC Students

The University of Texas at Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies Publications and Electronic Resources 

The American University in Cairo Middle East Studies Library Research Guide

Arabic Language Resources

Aswaat Arabiyya

A University of Texas at Austin website designed for students and teachers of Arabic. This site provides listening materials and accompanying activities for various levels of proficiency.

Arabic Verb Conjugation Chart

Quick PDF reference guide to Arabic verb conjugation. 

Arabic Verb Forms Chart
Quick PDF reference guide to first ten verb forms as classified by Hans Wehr.

Arabic Language and Linguistics (E-Book)
Includes recent research in Arabic linguistics from a theoretical point of view, including computational linguistics, syntax, semantics and historical linguistics. 

Global Language Online Support System
Lessons developed by the Defense Language Institute for independent learners. 

Database of authentic Arabic TV broadcasts

Electronic Journals

International Journal of Middle East Studies

Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies

Arab Studies Journal

Middle East Quarterly


Resources on the Quran and Islam

Encyclopedia of the Quran

Encyclopedic dictionary of Quranic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on important themes and subjects within quranic studies.

Quran Explorer

Listen to Quran recitation and translation in Arabic, English and Urdu.

The Quran: Translation

English translation of the Quran by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.

The Quran: A Brief History

Spans Islamic history from the life of Muhammad and the birth of Islamic ideals, through Islam’s geographical expansion and cultural development, to the creation of modern states and its role in today’s global society. 



An independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute (ASI). Jadaliyya combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Arab world, and beyond. Posts are published in both Arabic and in English.

The Middle East Magazine

Provides expert commentary on wide-ranging issues in the Arab world. Combines business coverage and regional analysis with current affairs, cultural and lifestyle features.

The Middle East Channel

A non-partisan news site produced by It is edited by Marc Lynch of George Washington University and the Project on Middle East Political Science, Daniel Levy, and Leila Hilal.


Archive-It: North Africa and the Middle East 2011-2012

Documents the events in Northern Africa and the Middle East starting in January 2011. Content includes blogs, social media and news sites.

Travelers in the Middle East

A digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East. Includes images, texts, maps, geographical information systems, and research and teaching guides. 

Jara’id- Zentrum Moderner Orient

A chronology of 19th-century periodicals in Arabic.


Al-Ahram Weekly



BBC Middle East



Think Tanks

Carnegie Middle East Center

Brookings Middle East and North Africa

Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Program

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

Blogs *

The Arabist

Launched by Issandr El Amrani, is a blog that focuses primarily on Egyptian politics and culture but also discusses broader issues in the Arab world; US policy in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and other regional cultural developments and issues.

Mark Lynch: Abu Aardvark’s Middle East Blog

A blog is written by Mark Lynch, an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. The blog focuses on politics of the middle east with emphasis on Arab media and information technology, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Islamist Movements.

Karl reMarks

A Lebanese political and cultural blog with forays into Arab and World affairs. Written by Karl Sharro, an architect, writer and commentator on the Middle East, who has taught previously for five years at the American University of Beirut.

The Wael Abbas Daily

Written by Wael Abbas, a blogger who became well known after the Egyptian uprising in January 2011, this blog offers his daily take on the most engaging and illuminating stories from across the region; an eclectic and diverse snapshot of Middle East news.


A tri-lingual blog written by Moroccan activists and dissidents that focuses on rarely covered movements seeking greater freedom and democracy in the North African State.

Syria Comment

A blog is written by Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His blog offers a thoughtful analysis of Syrian politics, history, and religion.

Electronic Intifada

A bridge between activism and journalism, Electronic Intifada is run by a team of young contributors and provides commentary on critical issues in the Palestinian occupied territories. 

Mona Kareem: A Voice From the 4th World

Mona Kareem, a Kuwaiti poet, and author dedicates this blog to covering pro-democracy movements in Gulf nations.

Uskowi on Iran

A comprehensive blog on Iranian security and political affairs administered by Iran experts Nader Uskowi and Mark Pyruz.

Twitter *

American University in Cairo Middle East Studies Center

Official twitter page of the Middle East Studies Center at AUC. Provides updates on important news and events.

Sultan Al Qassemi

An Emirati columnist and commentator who closely tracks diverse regional developments in the MENA.

Rami Jarrah

A Syrian activist who assists in running the Activist News Association (ANA) which verifies videos and information coming out of Syria.

Mahmoud Salem

An Egyptian revolutionary activist who ran for parliament in the 2011 elections, comments on dangers that Islamists and the military may pose to Egypt’s future.

Eman Al Nafijan

A Saudi Arabian blogger and avid campaigner for women’s rights.

Shadi Hamid

Director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. 

Tunisia Live

English language news and updates on Tunisia.


Egyptian blogger, reporter, and photographer who live tweets major developments in Egypt.

Matthew Cassel

American photojournalist at Al Jazeera English who has lived in Palestine and Lebanon, but tweets on broad regional developments.

Ali Abunimah

Activist and co-founder of, who focuses on news and commentary about Israeli and Palestinian issues.

Wael Ghonim

Well known Egyptian activist and Google executive and creator of the “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook page.

* The views and opinions expressed in the aforementioned blogs and Twitter pages are exclusive to the authors of the pages, and do not in any way reflect those of the University or the Middle East studies department.