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


Arabic-English Lexicon

An online Arabic to English dictionary. 

Online English-Persian Dictionary

The modest English-Persian dictionary is a transliteration-based, platform-independent, easy-to-use program. As the transliteration scheme, it uses the "mikhi" alphabet, first designed by Mash Cheragh-Ali in his famous Gerdsooz program. Images are used to display Persian words, so that there is no need to download any fonts, although there is also the option of using standardized or dynamic fonts. The display flexibility makes the program platform-independent, so that you can also use it on Macintoshes and Unix-based machines.

World languages and Cultures (Arabic) LibGuide - Mercyhurst University 

A libguide from Mercyhurst University on language resources for learning Arabic.

United National Multilingual Terminology Database

This database was compiled over the years in response to diverse and wide-ranging demands of United Nations language staff for terminology and nomenclature. It is being put on the Internet to facilitate the efforts of people around the world who participate in the work of the United Nations but do not have access to the Secretariat's intranet.


Interior ceiling of the Dome of the Rock sacred site in Jerusalem.