Middle East & North African Collection


Laila Hussein, Middle East & North African Studies Librarian / Assistant Professor of Library Administration

University of Illinois
Main Library, Room 321

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1-5pm


The University of Illinois offers many courses that provide students with the opportunity to study the Middle East and North African regions. Click on the course titles below to download a course syllabi.

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Course List

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES), which offers MA programs and Interdisciplinary minors, lists Current Courses on the Center's website in languages including Arabic, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, and Turkish as well as non-language courses. The Center's website also provides a Course Archive that lists classes from the 2002-2003 Academic Year to the present term. 

Fall 2016

HIST 335 – Middle East 1566-1914 – Kenneth Cuno

HIST 439 – The Ottoman Empire – Maria Torodova

HIST 498 - The Family in History - Kenneth Cuno

LAW 656 – International Law – Francis Boyle

RLST 214 – Introduction to Islam – Valerie Hoffman

RLST 220 – Jewish Storytelling – Rachel Harris

RLST 442 – History of Early Judaism – Dov Weiss

RLST 481 – Muslim Ethics in the Global Age – Valerie Hoffman

Spring 2017

ANTH 393 - The World of Jewish Sepharad -Mahir Saul

CWL 454 - Topics in Israeli Literature and Culture - Rachel Harris

HIST 135 - History of Islamic Middle East - Kenneth Cuno

HIST 334 - Modern Palestinian History - Kenneth Cuno

RLST 120 - A History of Judaism - Bruce Rosenstock

RLST 223 - The Qur'an - Michael Dann

RLST 403 - Women in Muslim Societies - Valerie Hoffman

RLST 480 - Islamic Law - Michael Dann

PS 152 - The New Middle East - Avital Livny

PS 347 - Government and Politics of the Middle East - Avital Livny


Research guides at the library

This series of research guides provided by the Undergraduate Library helps answer your questions about using and creating information tools such as annotated bibliographies and refining necessary skills to make the research process easier including: evaluating internet sources for credibility and currency, selecting good scholarly sources, and finding relevant primary and secondary sources. 


Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Illinois)

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) promotes research and scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES works with more than a dozen departments and affiliated faculty of over 70 faculty members, who bring to the Center their expertise and diverse areas of interest. These members actively participate in lectures and events, including the annual Turkish Studies Symposium and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series.

Oriental Institute Research (University of Chicago)

The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Institute, a part of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations.

Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (Bringham Young University)

The Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts is devoted to the recovery, study, preservation, and publication of ancient religious texts. Its primary focus is upon textual research and the development of print and electronic editions and research tools which advance the study of the Bible and its context, early Christianity, and the Christian East.

Munich Digitization Center (MDZ - Munchener Digitaliserungs Zentrum)

Munich Digitization Center (MDZ) handles the digitization and online publication of the cultural heritage preserved by the Bavarian State Library and by other institutions. It provides one of the largest and fastest growing digital collections in Germany, now comprising 904,927 titles available online.


A city scene in Old Sana'a the capital city in Yemen

By Step (Flickr: Sana'a Yemen) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons