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Arab Spring Workshop: Home

This guide aims to direct those who are studying the Arab Spring to relevant Arabic resources within the University of Illinois and in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya.

Summer Research Lab for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

The International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies are pleased to announce a Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, to offer scholars an opportunity to utilize the Library’s extensive collection on the Middle East and Islam.

The Library has a strong collection of classical Islamic books and modern Arabic books from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries and reference works written in Arabic, Persian, English, French and German, including bibliographies, dictionaries and encyclopedias. The collection has Arabic novels from every Arab country, especially Egypt and Lebanon, and carries novels written in minority languages such as Berber or Kurdish. In addition the Library has newspapers from 1890, such as Al-Mu'ayyad and Al-Ahram. The Library also houses Arabic manuscripts from Mauritania and a collection of Albert H. Lybyer Papers, 1876-1949.

The library has electronic databases, including:

Encyclopedia of Islam (Brill)

Oxford Islamic Studies

Encyclopedia Islamica

Encyclopedia Iranica

Brockelmann Online

Researchers are invited to conduct research at the University of Illinois any time from May 19 to August 8, 2014. The Summer Research Lab will include two full-day workshops:

“Ibadi Islam: History and Bibliography” (July 14) will be taught by University of Illinois professor Valerie Hoffman and Florida State University professor Adam Gaiser. This workshop will introduce scholars to the doctrines, terminology, history and major sources on Ibadi Islam, utilizing sources in the Sultan Qaboos Collection.

“The Arab Spring (al-Rabīʻ al-‘Arabī)” (July 16) will be taught by Laila Hussein Moustafa, University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa. This workshop will introduce scholars to Arabic sources on the Arab uprisings and will help them learn how to search and find books, articles and films on this topic.

Scholars at both workshops will be provided with lists of relevant sources. The University of Illinois Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa and the staff of the International and Area Studies Library will be available to assist scholars to find materials appropriate to their research.

Additional Resources

Open-access resources

   This libguide page was compiled by University of Michigan's Near Eastern Studies Library and includes open-access resources, language learning sites, religious texts, historical documents, and more.

Arab World News Sources

   This page includes a comprehensive list of news sources from different countries in the Middle East.