Resources

The Center connects scholars, journalists, and the general public to a rich array of resources on the Middle East and North Africa.

The UCLA Newsroom maintains a Media Guide to UCLA Experts. Click here for Middle East experts and their specialties. 

The Newsroom also offers fast facts about UCLA and further information for journalists.

The Center supports acquisitions for the UCLA Library’s Middle East and Islamic studies research collection, which is available to both scholars and the public. With over 500,000 volumes, it is the largest Middle East collection in the western United States.

Middle East Bibliographer David Hirsch maintains a web portal with online guides to assist researchers. The Department of Special Collections houses over 10,000 manuscripts in Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Ottoman Turkish and Persian. Other specialized collections are housed in the Art, Biomedical, Music and Law Libraries.

Area-studies research guides

The guides are portals to online research resources on the Middles Eastern Studies, Ancient Near East and Egypt, Jewish studies, and Jewish Los Angeles. They offer links to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bibliographies; databases and indexes; e-book and journal collections, and online archives, image repositories and maps.

Instructional Media Library

Over a thousand Middle East-related film titles are available from UCLA’s Instructional Media Library and Film and Television Archive, including features, documentaries and newsreels from the region, Middle East-themed Hollywood films (from The Sheikh of 1921 to Three Kings of 1999), and works on the Middle Eastern diaspora such as the CNES-produced documentary Arabs in America. These resources are widely used in undergraduate courses, language instruction, film studies, and for individual viewing.

Center for Primary Research and Training

The UCLA Library created the Center for Primary Research and Training to integrate special collections materials more fully into the teaching and research mission of the university. The Center trains graduate students in archival methods through creation of resource guides for other library users.

The Minasian Collection of Persian and Arabic Manuscripts

The Minasian Collection of Persian and Arabic manuscripts consists of works related to the studies of theologians and scholars in centers of learning in Iran from the 16th through the 19th centuries. The manuscripts, which include both bound collections and single works, chiefly date from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and shed light on the social, religious, and political history of Iran and Shi’ism.

Fellowships and scholarships are available for the study of Middle East and North African topics across a wide range of disciplines.

American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Deadline: January

American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Deadline: January

American Institute of Iranian Studies
Deadline: January

American Research Center in Egypt
Deadline: mid-January

American Research Institute in Turkey
Deadline:  Various

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline:  late January

Center for Arabic Study Abroad
Deadline: early January

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Critical Language Scholarship Program
Deadline: mid-November

Fulbright Programs
Deadline: mid-October

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Deadline: May

Institute for Turkish Studies
Deadline: March

Library of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: Funding Sources for Judaic Studies
Deadlines: various

Middle East Studies Association
Deadlines: various

Multi-Country Research Fellowship
Deadline: January

Palestinian American Research Center
Deadline: December

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Research Fellowship Program
Deadlines: January and September

Wenner-Gren Foundation (Anthropology)
Deadline: May 1st and November 1st

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Deadline: October 1st
 


Funding opportunities list from the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Language and Cultures

Funding opportunities list from the UCLA Language Alliance

Centers within UCLA’s International Institute have been producing innovative language teaching and reference materials for several decades. Here we offer a sample of Middle Eastern language-learning resources from UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for World Languages, and other language resource centers across the nation.

Multi-language resources

Listen to Learn
An interactive multimedia resource for introducing Arabic (Lebanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, Moroccan,and Modern Standard), Persian, Turkish and Urdu languages to middle and high school students. The lessons are built on video clips of high school heritage speakers introducing themselves and talking about activities, food, and proverbs. Produced by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the UCLA International Institute.

UCLA Language Materials Project
A comprehensive bibliographic database of teaching resources for 150 less commonly taught languages, along with a K-12 portal that provides tools and lesson plans for developing an entire year’s course. Produced by UCLA's Center for World Languages.

Teaching Heritage Languages
A free online workshop for language teachers seeking differentiated instruction for students who grew up speaking the language at home. Produced by UCLA's National Heritage Language Resource Center.

National Middle East Language Resource Center

Tools for professional development, program evaluation, and student assessment in teaching Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. From Brigham Young University.

LangMedia

Downloadable video clips of authentic conversations with people of different ages and walks of life who speak less commonly taught languages, including colloquial Arabic (Egyptian, Levantine, North African, Western Saharan, and Yemeni), Persian, and Turkish. Topics include family, food, school, work, sports, and customs. From the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.

Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

Free language learning materials for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. From the University of Texas, Austin.

Global Language Online Support System

Online lessons developed by the Defense Language Institute, for independent learners to maintain their language skills in less commonly taught languages, including Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and several varieties of Arabic.

Today's Front Pages

Produced by the Newseum in Washington, DC, this resource displays current front pages of over 800 newspapers from around the world in many languages. Each listing includes the newspaper’s web address for further reading. Use the “Sort by Region” box to select a world region. Newspapers within each region are displayed in alphabetical order of the country names.

Digital Dialects

Online vocabulary building activities for learning alphabets and beginner vocabulary such as numbers, colors, days and months. Includes Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and many other languages.

Additional Resources for Arabic Languages

Arabic Accent Library
A collection of audio narratives on a range of topics, each recorded in Modern Standard Arabic and 10 regional dialects. Produced by the Defense Language Institute.

Arabic phone conversations

Recordings over 300 casual phone conversations in non-standard dialect, and lesson plans with support materials for classroom use. From the Defense Language Institute.

Additional Resources for Hebrew

Hebrew@Stanford

A database of listening materials in Hebrew, including videos from television shows. Also provides online exercises and reading assignments. From Stanford University.

Additional Resources for Persian

Persian Online
An online reference grammar of Persian for use as a supplemental resource for teachers and students. Additional features include a history of the language, instructions for writing and typing Persian, cultural videos, audio vocabulary lists, and multiple choice quizzes.

Additional Resources for Turkish and Turkic Languages

Turkish Tutor

An innovative self-paced online program that enables students to learn colloquial Turkish through lessons based on culturally nuanced vignettes from the popular Turkish television program Bizimkiler, produced by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and the UCLA International Institute.

UCLA CNES Turkic Language Learning and Teaching Resources

A comprehensive list of materials for learning and teaching Turkic languages including Modern Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Turkmen, Uygur, and Uzbek, as well as a list of newspapers and dictionaries for Modern Turkish

Deep Approach to Turkish Teaching and Learning

Twenty-nine intermediate and advances Turkish language learning modules focusing on culture, supported by videos, for intermediate and advanced levels. Produced at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with collaboration from other universities in the US and Turkey.

Türkçe Merhaba

Voice recordings of short Turkish dialogues and words which can be used by elementary learners for vocabulary building and dictation exercises. From Princeton University.

Turkish class

136 Turkish lessons via podcasts that are 10-15 minutes long.

Cultural Interviews with Turkish executives

A compilation of 180 one-minute video clips in which executives from Turkey discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. From the University of Texas, Austin.

The bibliographies below are the product of a joint project by our Center's Teaching Lab and the UCLA recipients of GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellowships. The bibliographies represent a wide range of disciplines and topics and are prepared by GAANN graduate fellows in their areas of study as a part of their year-long Middle East pedagogy training workshops. The bibliographies provide an introductory list of must-read books mostly in English for anyone who would like to learn more about the Middle East.

History of the Modern Middle East

  • Cleveland, William L. A History of the Modern Middle East. 6th edition. Boulder: Westview Press, 2016.
  • Gelvin, James L. The Modern Middle East: A History. 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Hanioğlu, M. Şükrü. A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2010.
  • Hourani, Albert et al. (eds.). The Modern Middle East. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2004.
  • Quataert, Donald. The Ottoman Empire: 1700-1922. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Modern Middle East Anthropology

  • Abu El Haj, Nadia. Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • Abu-Lughod, Lila. Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • Deeb, Lara. An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. 
  • Hamdy, Sherine. Our bodies belong to God: organ transplants, Islam, and the struggle for human dignity in Egypt. Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 2012.
  • Massad, Joseph. Desiring Arabs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Critical Education and the Middle East

  • Arnove, Robert F. et al. (eds.). Comparative education: The dialectic of the global and the local. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.
  • Bevis, Teresa B. Higher Education Exchange Between America and the Middle East Through the Twentieth Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Fleming, Mike et al. (eds.). Education for intercultural citizenship: concepts and comparisons (Vol. 13). Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2006.
  • Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 2000. Kellner, Douglas. Media culture: Cultural studies, identity and politics between the modern and the post-modern. New York: Routledge, 2003.
  • Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

Introduction to Islam

  • Algar, Hamid. Sufism: Principles & Practice. New York: Oneonta, 1999.
  • Brown, Jonathan. Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World. Oxford: Oneworld, 2009.
  • Ernst, Carl. Following Muhammad. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
  • Esack, Farid. The Qur’an: A User’s Guide: a guide to its key themes, history, and interpretation. Oxford: Oneworld, 2005.
  • Miskawayh, Ahmad b. Muhammad. Refinement of Character: An English translation of Tahdhib al-Akhlaq. Beirut: University of Beirut, 1968.
  • Hallaq, Wael. Shari‘a: Theory, Practice, Transformation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Shavit, Uriya. Sharī‘a and Muslim Minorities. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Winter, Tim (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Introduction to Eastern Christianities

  • Albert, Micheline et al. (eds.). Christianismes Orientaux: introduction à l’étude des langues et des littératures. Paris: Éd. du Cerf., 1993.
  • Angold, Michael (ed.). The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 5: Eastern Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Brock, Sebastian. An Introduction to Syriac Studies, rev. 2nd ed. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2006.
  • Dadoyan, Seta, The Armenians in the Medieval Islamic World, 3 vols. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2011-2014.
  • Griffith, Sidney. The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.

Gender and Islam

  • Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.
  • Badran, Margot. Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences. London: Oneworld Publications, 2009.
  • Esposito, John and Natana DeLong Bass. Women in Muslim Family Law. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2001.
  • Moghadam, Valentine. Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East. Boulder: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2013.
  • Wadud, Amina. Qur'an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman's Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Hittite History

  • Bryce, Trevor. Kingdom of the Hittites. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Bryce, Trevor. Life and Society in the Hittite World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Haas, Volkert. Geschichte der hethitischen Religion. Leiden: Brill, 1994.
  • Genz, Hermann and Dirk Paul Mielke (eds.). Insights into Hittite History and Archaeology. Leuven: Peeters, 2011.
  • Hoffner, Harry A. Jr. and H. Craig Melchert. A Grammar of the Hittite Language. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2008.
  • Sagona, Antonio and Paul Zimansky. Ancient Turkey. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009.

Mamluk History

  • Berkey, Jonathan. The Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Cairo: A Social History of Islamic Education. Albany: SUNY, 1994.
  • Chamberlain, Michael. Knowledge and Social Practice in Medieval Damascus, 1190-1350. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Irwin, Robert. The Middle East in the Middle Ages: the Early Mamluk Sultanate, 1250-1382. London: Croom Helm, 1986.
  • Lapidus, Ira. Muslim Cities in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967.
  • Sabra, Adam. Poverty and Charity in Medieval Islam: Mamluk Egypt (1250-1517). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Palestinian Art History

  • Ali, Wijdan. Modern Islamic Art: Development and Continuity. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1997.
    Ankori, Gannit. Palestinian Art. London: Reaktion, 2006.
  • Boullata, Kamal, and John Berger. Palestinian Art 1850-2005. London; Berkeley, Calif.: Saqi, 2009.
  • Halaby, Samia. Liberation Art of Palestine: Palestinian Painting and Sculpture in the Second Half of the 20th Century. New York: H.T.T.B. Pub., S.A. Halaby, 2001.
  • Makhoul, Bashir, and Gordon Hon. The Origins of Palestinian Art. 2013.
  • Shabout, Nada M. Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.
  • Shammout, Ismail. Palestinian National Art. Beirut: Dept. of Information and Culture, Palestine Liberation Organization, 1980.

Empire, Insurgency, and Nationalism in Modern Iraq

  • Brubaker, Rogers. Ethnicity Without Groups. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.
  • Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.
  • Faust, Aaron. The Ba’thification of Iraq: Saddam Hussein’s Totalitarianism. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.
  • Sassoon, Joseph. Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Tripp, Charles. A History of Iraq. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Jewish Childhood in Ottoman and Independent Iraq
Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago) is the featured speaker in the first Averroës Lecture on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands, a new series sponsored by CNES.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Beyond Honor and Shame: Rabbinic Control of Jewish Women in Medieval Egypt
A lecture by Eve Krakowski, Princeton University


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