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History of the Arab World HIS 1301: Home

Prepared by: Asmaa El Hatibi

History of the Arab World HIS 1301

This Course Guide is designed to help you identify some of the resources on the History of the Arab World available at Mohammed VI Library. It lists reference materials, books, periodicals, online resources & government documents available in the library’s print collection, electronic databases, and on the free web.

1- Vocabulary List (for searching our catalog at or databases)

  •       Arab world, Middle East, North Africa, MENA, Arab countries, Islamic countries, Maghreb/Maghrib
  •       Arabic history, Arabic culture, Arab civilization, Arab society
  •       Arab nationalism, pan-Arabism, east and west
  •       Islam, Muslims, Islam and politics, Islamic history, Islamic culture, Islamic society, Islam and state, Islamic education

2- Library of Congress Classes and Subclasses

These classes and subclasses contain books and other materials related to the History of the Arab World. Each shelf in the library lists the classes and subclasses that are contained on that shelf.

  •       BP: Islam
  •       D: History (general)
  •       DS: History of the Middle East
  •       DT: History of Africa

3- Selected Books in General Collection and their Call Numbers (Main Reading Room, Room 4 and 2nd floor)

This is a general list of books related to different topics covered in your class. Use the vocabulary list above or browse the shelves that hold these books to find many more. **Note: Atlases are found on the reference shelves and in 3 atlas stands in the Main Reading Room.

  •       Democracy in the Arab world : Explaining the Deficit     JQ1850.A58 D46 2011
  •       The Arabs : a history                                                       DS37.7 .R64 2009
  •       Arab society and culture : an essential reader               HN656 .A73 2009
  •       The Middle East : a cultural psychology                          GN502 .G76 2005
  •       The Arab world                                                               HC498.F56 1994
  •       A history of the Arab peoples                                         DS37.7.H67 1992 c.1
  •       A survey of Arab history                                                DS37.7.W45 1987
  •       The Emergence of the Modern Middle East                     DS62.4.H6 1981
  •       Arab civilization to A.D. 1500                                          DS36.855.D85 1971
4- Reference Collection (Main reading room)
  •       Historic Cities of the Islamic World                          Ref HT147.5 .H57 2007
  •       Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World          Ref BP40 .E525 2004 v.1 and v.2
  •       Encyclopedia of the history of Arabic science      Ref Q127.A5E53 2000 v.1 to v.3
  •       Dictionary of modern Arab history:                        Ref DS38.9 .B53 1998
  •       موسوعة تاريخ العلوم العربية                                              Ref Q127.A5 E5312 1997 v.1 to v.3
  •       Dictionary of the Middle East                                  Ref DS43 .H57 1996 c.1
  •       A Dictionary of ancient history                               Ref DE5 .D53 1994
  •       The Middle East political dictionary                         Ref DS61 .Z58 1984
5- Print Periodicals / Serials Collection / World Bank (Academic Journals Room, ground floor)


  •       Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
  •       Arabica
  •       Journal of Arabic Literature
  •       Journal of Early Modern History
  •       Die Welt Des Islams
  •       Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion
  •       Arab World Geographer
  •       Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
  •       Index Islamicus

6- Databases and E-journals:

The following are important research databases and E-journals that frequently publish research on the History of the Arab World. Search our databases)

Selected Databases

  •       EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  •       JSTOR
  •       Sage Journals Online
  •       Aluka
  •       EIU Country Reports and Profiles

Selected E-journals in full text

  •       Islamic Law and Society                              JSTOR
  •       Ars Orientalis                                               JSTOR
  •       Journal of Near Eastern Studies                  JSTOR
  •       Middle East Journal                                      JSTOR
  •       Middle Eastern Studies                                 JSTOR
  •       Islam & Science                                            Academic Search Complete
  •       Journal of Asian and African Studies          Sage Journals Online
  •       Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy            EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  •       Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies           EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  •       Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures          EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  •       Arab Studies Quarterly                                 EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  •       Middle Eastern Studies                                  EBSCO Academic Search Complete      
  •       Ars Islamica                                                   JSTOR

7- Selected E-Books:

Google Books (