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


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Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches in order to be as objective and versatile as possible.

Encyclopedia Iranica Unlocked lock - Item does not require UIUC net id and password

The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Encyclopaedia of Islam

The Encyclopaedia of Islam has long been the definitive publication covering the whole scope of Islamic religion, life, and culture.

Encyclopedia Islamica

Encyclopaedia Islamica Online is based on the 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

Encyclopedia of the Qur'an

The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online is an encyclopedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies.

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures

The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations.

New Encyclopedia of Judaism

The New Encyclopedia of Judaism Includes hundreds of special articles covering subjects in analytical depth, as well as short biographies of the major figures in the story of Judaism. 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

This six-volume Encyclopedia cover Islamic societies in the modern world from the eighteenth century to the present.


An Iznik made pitcher with flower decoration from the Ottoman Empire circa 1560-1570.