Arab and Islamic Studies – in the Library and on the Web


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopaedia of Islam, three (Online)
  • Encyclopaedia of the Orient
  • CIA World Factbook
  • Salaam Biographical Dictionary
  • Encylcopedia of Arabic Literature. Meisami, Juile Scott and Paul Starkey, eds. Ref. PJ7510 E53 1998 2 vols.
  • Encyclopaedia Iranica. 12 vols. from the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation
  • Muslim Peoples: a World Ethnographic Survey. Weekes, Richard V.  Ref. DS35.625 A1 M87 2 vols.
  • The Concise Oxford English-Arabic dictionary of current usage. Doniach, N.S. with the assistance of Safa Khulusi, N. Shamaa, W.K. Davin. Ref. PJ4460. O94 1982 Pardee,  Sci/Eng; African Studies Library
  • Oxford-Duden pictorial English dictionary with English-Arabic index. Clark, Michael and Bernadette Mohan, eds.; English-Arabic Index prepared by Moustafa Gabr. Ref. PE1629. O88. 2003
  • A dictionary of modern written Arabic : (Arab.-Engl.) / Wehr, Hans;  Cowan, J. Milton ed; Ref. PJ6640 W43 1979 4 vols.
  • Arabic-English lexicon. Book I. Lane, Edward William. Ref. 6640 L4 Theology Library 8 vols.
  • Redhouse Turkish-English Dictionary. Ref. PL191 R547 1999
  • Persian-English Dictionary/ Hayhim, Sulayman  Ref. PK6379 H34 1993

Catalogue Searching


Keyword searching is often easier, as authors’  names may be spelled in a form unfamiliar to the searcher. Thus, a search in our catalog for Mahfouz will direct the searcher to the correct Arabic spelling of Mahfuz, Najib.

When searching titles that being with al, skip the first “al-” of the first word, but include “al-” when it is attached to other words in the title.

Compound names should be searched under the first element of the compound form of the family name. i.e. Husayn Ibn Ghannan to Ibn Ghannamm, Husayn.

For a list of Boston University journals/serials relating to Arab Studies, go to this link in the catalog.

For access to EBooks, including A Literary History of Persia by Edward G. Browne, go to this link in the BU catalog.



For a complete listing of titles browse the Electronic Journals page. Among many journals on Arab Studies, you will find Arab Studies Quarterly, Arabica, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies and

Cultures of the Arab World

Gateways to General Sources