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Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) Research Guide

A research resource guide for students minoring in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

Databases for Islamic History


Historical Abstracts is an index of scholarly literature covering world history from the 15th century to the present. It covers all countries and regions, excluding the United States and Canada (for those countries, see America: History and Life). Subjects covered include world history, military history, women’s history, history of education, and more. Resource types indexed include journal articles, magazines, books, and dissertations. The database includes indexing for over 2,300 journals in 40 languages.

Cambridge Histories is a series of reference works published by Cambridge University Press. Subject matter ranges widely across the humanities and social sciences, with concentrations in political and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, music, and the arts. Each volume includes authoritative narrative accounts by specialists and extensive bibliographies. Some histories are individual volumes, while others are part of multi-volume series. Rutgers owns many, but not all, Cambridge Histories titles on this platform.

The Bloomsbury Cultural History collection contains Bloomsbury’s Cultural Histories series; ebooks; images from the Wellcome Collection, Rijksmuseum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; an interactive timeline; and lesson plans. The collection may be searched, browsed by resource type, or explored by period, place, or topic. The Cultural Histories survey common subjects throughout human history. Each Cultural History is divided into volumes by time period: Antiquity, The Middle Ages, Early Modern Age, The Age of Enlightenment, The Age of Empire, and The Modern Age.

Other LibGuides on Middle Eastern and Islamic History

The Islamic World: History of U.S.-Muslim Relations by Natalie Borisovets, Dana Library.

Islamic Civilizations

Medieval History of the Middle East
Extensive guide to web resources from the Cornell University Library.

Muslim Scientists and Islamic Civilization
Muslim history and contributions during the period of the European Middle Ages.

Books in the John Cotton Dana Library (Newark)

Books in Other Rutgers Libraries


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