Arabic Literature and Language

Guide to Arabic Language Materials

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Communication Source Restricted Resource Some full text available
Communication Source offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to communication, linguistics, rhetoric and discourse, speech-language pathology, media studies and related fields and includes many unique sources previously not available. Content is derived from academic journals, conference papers, conference proceedings, trade publications, magazines and periodicals. 
Project Muse Restricted Resource openURL Some full text available
Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 600+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.
JSTOR Restricted Resource openURL Resource contains images Some full text available
JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
ERIC (Ebsco interface) Restricted Resource openURL Some full text available
Bibliographic citations, abstracts, and some full-text for journal articles, research and technical reports, conference papers and proceedings, program descriptions, teaching guides, and lesson plans covering  all areas and levels of education.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource openURL Resource contains images Resource contains audio Some full text available
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.

Web Sites

BBC Arabic Interactive Website
Learn Arabic online using audio and video from the BBC

European Library
From the website: "Designed to meet the needs of the research community worldwide, our online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
Users can cross-search and reuse over 9,550,610 digital items and 103,420,869 bibliographic records. To facilitate further research, links are also provided to other websites in the Europeana group."
To select a language, use this link:

Almanacs & Yearbooks

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature
Print Location: REF PN669 .E53 2000
Concise entries for medieval authors, works, genres, and national literatures.


Arabic English Lexicon
This 19th century compilation by Edward William Lane "contains all classical words, their derivatives and their usages."  A second work by Lane which covered rarer terms and phrases was never published. If you have trouble deciphering which links refer to which parts on the Prelinger site, use the links below. Once inside a volume, use the binoculars icon, then use the "hits" slide at the bottom to navigate between occurrances of the words.
Book I, Part 1: Alif-Tha
Book I, Part 2: Jim-Kah
Book I, Part 3: Dal-Zay
Book I, Part 4: Sin-Sad
Book I, Part 5: Dad-Ayn
Book I, Part 6: Gain-Fa
Book I, Part 7: Qaf-Mim
Book I, Part 8: Nun-Ya

Olive Tree Dictionary: A Transliterated Dictionary of Conversational Eastern Arabic
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A dictionary of standard urban speech of Palestinian Arabic,  understood throughout the Middle East.


Gutenberg-e Resource contains images Some full text available
Collection of digital books from Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association. Subjects include Africa, colonial Latin America, South Asia, Europe before 1800, military history, history of foreign relations, history of North America before 1900, women's history, history of gender and more.

International Children's Digital Library

A collection of online children's books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Books can be searched by age group, genre, award, country, and language. Here are just a few of the languages available:

Internet Archive: Arabic Texts
Digitized books in Arabic (older, public domain texts).

IRCICA Farabi Digital Library
Contains digitized books, periodicals, maps and ephemera from Islamic countries


ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images Some full text available
Database of more than 1,000,000 digital images representing visual and material culture across cultures and time periods. Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. ARTstor tools enable the ability to save groups of images online for personal and classroom use. IC's Visual Resources Collection (VRC) of over 20,000 images is now available. Look for the Ithaca College-Visual Resouces Collection link in the lower middle section of the page.

Radio Stations

RadioTime (Radio Time)
Listen live to radio broadcasts from around the world.  Browse by continent, then by country to find a desired language and format (talk radio, music genre). Or search by country (Israel or Saudi Arabia for example), Create an account to select your favorite stations, and sync with your personal devices.

TV Stations

Al Jazeera: Creative Commons Repository
Footage released by Al Jazeera network under a Creative Commons license. As of October 2009 the repository contains Arabic and English video footage from the war on Gaza.

Finding Material in Other Languages

To find books, articles, and dvds in languages other than English, see our how-to guide: Languages: Databases, Books & DVDs

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Helpful Search Terms

Here are a few subject headings which will help you locate materials in our collection:
Arabic Drama
Arabic Language
Arabic Literature
Folk Songs, Arabic