Middle Eastern Studies
Overview of databases, reference works and websites for research in Middle Eastern Studies
- Languages and Literature of the Middle East and North Africa. Arabic (MSA), Persian, Turkish, local dialects like Egyptian Arabic, Maroccan, Berber Languages, Dari and Pashtu. Additionally, all aspects of Islam
- Because of the internationally renowned Oriental Manuscript collection there has always been a strong focus in the regular collection on topics that are related to those special collections, particularly classical literature and Islamic Studies.
In addition, the library of the Netherlands Intitute for the Near East (NINO) has an extensive collection on Oriental languages and literature, but mostly focusing on the Ancient Near East. The titles of the NINO library are included in the Leiden Catalogue.
Reference collection in the reading room
In the reading room floor you will find a reference collection for Middle Eastern Studies. This material is for library use only and can’t be borrowed. In the reference collection one can find bibliographies sorted by subject, primary and secondary literature for a selection of texts and essential reference grammars and dictionaries. Reference works for Middle Eastern Studies are mainly placed in one of the following categories: B (Philosophy and Religion) in reading room 2, D (History) in reading room 4, and P (Language and Culture) in reading room 7:
DS History of Asia
PJ Oriental languages
PK Indo-European Languages
All relevant databases and electronic sources can be found through the catalogue, but it might prove difficult to know where to start. Here's our small selection of the most important databases on each subject, a starting point for your reseach. Please note these lists are only on digital sources, in many cases one will have to consult printed reference works, which can be found on the first floor in the reading rooms.
Brill E-books: Middle East and Islamic Studies: e-book portal
Encyclopaedia of Arabic language and Linguistics: lemma's on all aspects of the study of the Arabic.
Oxford Bibliographies – Islamic Studies: guidance to key literature on topics in Islamic Studies
Memo 1: Pioneering Orientalists: digitalised manuscripts of Scaliger, Raphelengius en Golius from the Leiden University Library.
Memo 2: The Ottoman Legacy of Levinus Warner: digitalised Ottoman Turkish texts, acquired by scholar Levinus Warner during his stay in Istanbul from 1645 until 1665.
Language and Linguistics
MLA International Bibliography: bibliography for literature, language and linguistics, mostly for Western languages, but with a good selection on non-Western languages as well.
Arts and Humanities Citation index: broad bibliography for the humanities.
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics: important reference work for language and linguistics.
Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts: Bibliography for Linguistics.
Lexis NexisAcademic NL Nieuws for Dutch newspapers.
Factiva for international newspapers.