Islamic Studies Resources

  • American Oriental Society (AOS)

    Academic Organization

    The American Oriental Society, founded in 1842, is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to a particular field of scholarship. All scholars with an academic interest in Near Eastern and Asian Studies are welcome to become members.

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  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)

    Academic Organization

    The American Academy of Religion’s mission is to promote such reflection through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion. It has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad.

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  • UCLA Library Manuscript Research Guide for Middle Eastern Studies

    Research Guide

    An overview of how to navigate the finding aids for UCLA Library’s Middle Eastern studies-related manuscripts and collections.

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  • Al-Maktaba al-Shamila

    Al-Maktaba al-Shamila is an easily searchable library containing thousands of Arabic-language books on the various Islamic sciences.

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  • Program on Central Asia

    Academic Program

    The UCLA Program on Central Asia is led by the Asia Pacific Center and directed by Professor Domenico Ingenito (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures). The program promotes the interdisciplinary and interregional study of Central Asia, serving as an ‘intellectual crossroads’ at which scholars working on India, China, the Middle East and Europe can exchange ideas with visiting specialists on Central Asia itself to advance scholarship and understanding of the region.

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  • Center for Near Eastern Studies

    Research Center Phone: 310-825-1181

    The UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies is one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 they have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

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  • AL-KHAZINA: Interactive Database for the Study of Islamic Culture

    Resource Page

    Al-Khazina is an interactive database for the study of Islamic Culture, with a concentration in the formative period.

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  • Arabic and Islamic Studies Library Guides


    This guide serves as a portal for resources for Middle Eastern, Armenian and Central Asian Studies. It contains links to a wide variety of e-resources, including reference sources like online encyclopedias and bibliographies; databases and indexes; e-book and journal collections; and news, cultural, and governmental sites.

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  • Center for the Study of Religion

    Research Center Phone: 310-206-8799

    The UCLA Center for the Study of Religion coordinates and promotes the academic study of religion at the University for members of the campus community as well as for a wider public. In addition to housing an undergraduate major, the Center sponsors seminars, lectures, and conferences as well as films and artistic performances that explore the role of religious ideas, practices and institutions within human societies, both historical and contemporary and throughout the regions of the world.

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  • Center for Medieval And Renaissance Studies

    Research Center Phone: 310-825-1880

    The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) supports interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the middle of the seventeenth century through a program of lectures, seminars, conferences, and fellowships for visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and researchers.  Additionally, we publish the academic journals Viator and Comitatus as well as a book series called Cursor Mundi.

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