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Encyclopaedia Islamica

A projected 16-volume publication, consisting of an abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. One unique feature of this work of reference lies in the attention it gives to Shiʿi Islam and its rich and diverse heritage, which makes it […]

Western books: the Middle East from the rise of Islam

“Western books: the Middle East from the rise of Islam” is a collection of 10,000 microfiche containing over 2,500 pre-1921 Western-language titles, selected from the collections of the Harvard University library.  Scope of the Collection:  Western books on the Middle East and North Africa since the emergence of Islam in the seventh century constitute a […]

Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (EI3)

Comparing articles in successive editions of the Encyclopaedia of Islam shows evolution of Western scholarship on the Islamic world

Usamah bin Laden documents from FBIS

A U.S. government compilation of interviews and other public statements issued by Usama bin Laden between 1994 and 2004 is now publicly available (pdf). The texts were translated by the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (which has since been succeeded by the Open Source Center).  

Mideastwire  Even if you don’t speak Arabic or other Mideastern languages, you can follow the news and key opinion pieces from more than 500 media outlets in. All members of the Cornell community can read daily updates from It offers daily translated briefs covering some of the key political, cultural, economic and opinion pieces […]

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