This page is meant to be a very basic reference site for those interested in contacting scholars and experts and accessing online resources from universities. It is by no means comprehensive.
Scholars and Experts Lists
WE HAVE A NEW SCHOLARS & EXPERTS DATABASE ON ISLAM AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES The primary purpose of this database is to provide a way to locate university- based scholars and researchers. We do, however, recognize that not all experts have university affiliations, and therefore we will consider applications from experts outside the academy. We are in the beginning stages of building our roster. CLICK HERE TO BROWSE THE LISTINGS AND/OR ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST
Between 2005 and 2009, the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Carnegie Scholars Program provided funding to more than 100 scholars and whose research focused on one specific area of vital importance: Islam. The goal was to expand the range of scholarship in order to promote knowledge and understanding about Islam as a religion and about the cultures and communities of Muslim societies both in the United States and abroad.
Our Transcultural Islam Project is an extension in the Carnegie Corporation’s commitment to the dissemination of knowledge about Islam and Muslims. You can find list of those scholars, their biographies, and titles of their associated projects at the bottom of this page.
This is a partial list of academic resources for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies. We will continue to update, so check back regularly. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for additions.
US Department of Education National Resource Centers for the Study of the Middle East (2014-2018)
Columbia University – Middle East Institute
Duke University / University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – Consortium for Middle East Studies
Indiana University-Bloomington – Center for the Study of the Middle East
New York University – Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University – Program in Near Eastern Studies
University of Arizona – Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California-Berkeley – Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of Michigan – Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
University of Pennsylvania – Middle East Center
University of Texas-Austin – Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of Washington – Middle East Center
Yale University – Council on Middle East Studies
Islamic Studies Centers, Programs, and Departments
Brigham Young University Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship Middle Eastern Texts Initiative
Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies
University of Chicago Divinity School Islamic Studies Program
University of Texas at Austin Middle Eastern Studies
Yale University Islamic Studies Program (Religious Studies)
Middle East Studies Centers and Programs
Brandeis University – Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Harvard University – Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Northwestern University – Middle East & North Africa Studies
Ohio State University – Middle East Studies Center
Portland State University – Middle East Studies Center
University of California-Los Angeles – G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies
Islamic Studies Texts and Manuscripts
- More info The CMJE is a partnership between Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, and USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. The CMJE Issues Database contains searchable Jewish and Islamic religious texts, articles, video, and varied opinions in reference to specific issues concerning Jewish and Muslim relations with a focus on religious and cultural discussion.
Islamic Canonical Texts at Columbia University Libraries
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The private manuscript libraries of Yemen, estimated at 50,000 codices, constitutes the largest and most important set of unexamined Arabic manuscripts in the world today.
- More info The Arabic manuscripts collection of the Wellcome Library (London) comprises around 1000 manuscript books and fragments relating to the history of medicine. For the first time this website enables a substantial proportion of this collection to be consulted online via high-quality digital images of entire manuscripts and associated rich metadata.
More Middle East and Islamic Studies Resources
Afternoon Map – A cartography blog concerned with Ottoman, Turkish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern history.
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT
Aga Khan Programs at Harvard University (History of Art & Architecture and Graduate School of Design)
Archnet – developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries, is a globally-accessible, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues in Muslim societies. By providing ready access to unique texts and media, Archnet facilitates high quality teaching, scholarship, and practice in these and related fields.
Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook – The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
- » More info A general online history of relations between the faiths from the seventh century to the present.
Electronic Middle East Sourcebook (EMES) – EMES is a peer-reviewed electronic publication of primary historical texts that seeks to bridge the gap between research and pedagogy in Middle East studies.
» More info The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
- » More info Online version of the five volume print edition.
Gulf/2000 Project – Maps and Statistics Collections – All maps and their accompanying texts that are hosted by Columbia University’s Gulf/2000 Project website are original, authored and produced by Dr. Michael Izady. There are many excellent map images in this collection, both historical and contemporary, including ethnographic maps of Syria and the greater Levant.
Harvard University, Fine Arts Library, Guide to Research in Islamic Art and Architecture
Islam and Islamic Studies Resources – This website was created by Dr. Alan Godlas, professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia.
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Experts List
Languages of the Middle East (via Columbia University)
Literatures of the Middle East (via Columbia University)
Middle East History (University of Chicago Library)
Middle Eastern Texts Initiative ( Brigham Young University)
The Middle East North Africa Internet Resource Guide (University of Utah)
Tahrir Documents – Initiated in March 2011, Tahrir Documents is an ongoing effort to archive and translate activist papers from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Materials are collected from demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and published in complete English translation alongside scans of the original documents. The project is not affiliated with any political organization, Egyptian or otherwise.
United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) – Current and historical English-language United Nations documents concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East.
Freer and Sackler Galleries: Arts of the Islamic World – Use this website to explore the Smithsonian Institution’s impressive collection of ceramics, metalwork, Qur’an volumes and folios, and illustrated and illuminated manuscripts. Be sure to download a pdf version of the accompanying Teacher’s Guide.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art of the Islamic World, A Resource for Educators – Learn about the art and culture of the Islamic world and glean ideas for supporting studies of English language arts, math, science, social studies, world history, and visual arts. Each of the units presented on this can be downloaded as a pdf.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Islamic Art and Geometric Design, Activities for Learning – Examine the principles of geometric design that are the basis for the beautiful and intricate patterns in the art of the Islamic world. Includes a brief overview of Islamic art, an introduction to related works in the Museum, and a series of pattern-making activities (including reproducible grids) for use in the classroom. Teachers can readily adapt these materials to create exciting lessons in art, culture, math, and geometry. The unit presented on this site can be downloaded as a pdf.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia
Center for Arabic Language and Culture – An independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization partnered with the Chicago Public Schools and the Qatar Foundation International (QFI). The Center serves Chicago’s K-12 Arabic teachers and students, as well as the greater Chicagoland community. The Center is a unique and revolutionary language and cultural center that supports existing (and future) Arabic programs.
Choices Program – The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program is a national education initiative developed at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The Choices Program provides teaching resources on historical and current international issues, offers professional development for classroom teachers, and sponsors programs that engage students beyond the classroom.
GEEO – Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad.
Islamic World to 1600 – A tutorial created by the Applied History Research Group at the University of Calgary.
Listen to Learn – An interactive language instruction website for teaching the fundamentals of Arabic (MSA and dialects), Persian, and Turkish. This resource was developed at UCLA through a grant from the US Department of Education.
TeachMideast – Educational resources for K-12 teahers developed by the Middle East Policy Council.
Media & Blogs
Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), the umbrella organization that produces Arab Studies Journal, Tadween Publishing, FAMA, and Quilting Point. Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond. The site currently publishes posts both in Arabic, French, English, and Turkish. In late 2011, ASI received funding funding from the Social Science Research Council, the Open Society Institute.
openDemocracy – A digital commons with essays and articles on issues of global importance. Contributors include leading scholars from around the world.
Reset-Dialogues on Civilization – An Italian non-profit association based in Rome that promotes dialogue and intercultural understanding.
Here’s the list of Carnegie Scholars of Islam (2005-2009) , links to their biographies, and titles of their associated projects (last updated in 2012).
“Reconstituting Jihad: From Making War to Constructing Peace”
“Do Muslim Women Have Rights? The Ethics and Politics of Muslim Women’s Rights in an International Field”
“Striving in the Path of God: Discursive Traditions on Jihad and the Cult of Martyrdom”
“Power and Islamic Authority: A Comparative Ethnography of the Fatwa”
“Identity, Inclusion and Muslim Youth”
“Defying Islamic Conformity: Skeptics, Heretics and Rebelling Dervishes”
An-na’im, Abdullahi Ahmed
“Enhancing Citizenship: American Muslims and American Secularism”
“Islam and Constitutional Reconstruction in the Middle East: A Historical and Comparative Perspective”
“The Contemporary Islamic Wassatteyya (Mainstream): Understanding the Resilience and Appeal of Islam in a Global Age”
“In Their Own Image: Americans and Middle Eastern Muslim Women”
“Arbitrating Identity: High Courts and the Politics of Islamic-Liberal Reconciliation in the Muslim World”
“Islam and the Emergence of Modern China”
“Ground: Strategies of Sharing Islamic Sacred Space”
“Shaping French Islam”
“Islam v. Nationalism in Arab Post-Independence Narratives”
“Islamist Movements in Arab Politics”
“Islam and Military Rule”
“Islam and Democracy: The Effect of Institutions”
“The Migration of Islamist Militancy to Urban Poverty Belts in the Middle East”
“Muslims without Borders: Empires, States and Transborder Communities from the Caucasus to the Hindu Kush”
“The Transnational History of African American Islam”
“Islam, Science and the Challenge of History”
“Islam and the Formation of Political Identities in Post-Ba’thist Iraq: Implications for a Democratic Transition”
“Historical and Critical Perspectives on Islam in Central Asia”
“After the American Century: Globalization and the Circulation of ‘American Civilization’ in North Africa and the Middle East”
“Mainstreaming Islam: Taking Charge of the Faith”
“Petition and Protest in Authoritarian Egypt”
“Science and Secularism in the Arab World after Darwin”
“Medieval Violence and Modern Tolerance”
“The Experience of War: Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia, 1914-1920”
“Constitutional Change in the Islamic World”
“Emergent Forms of Life, Deep Play, and Ethical Plateaus in the Social and Technoscientific Infrastrctures Shaping Muslim Democratic Futures”
Flood, Finbarr Barry
“The Trouble with Images: “Cartoon Wars” in Context”
“Re-Thinking Secularism and Sectarianism in the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990)”
“The Intra-Jihadist War”
“A History of Islam in America since the Colonial Period”
Ghazvinian, John (* independent scholar, web site unknown)
“Children of the Revolution: Iran and America from the Mayflower to the Mullahs”
“Sovereignty, Community and Citizenship in Contemporary Arab Political Thought”
“The Continuation of the Arabic Philosophical Tradition Within Muslim Theology”
“Sayyid Qutb: From Village Boy to Islamist Martyr”
“Islamic International Law and Public International Law: Convergence or Dissonance?”
“Saudi Arabia and the Global Salafi Movement”
“Islamic Education and Democratization in Indonesia”
“Monotheistic Triangle: Judaism and Islam in the Modern Christian World”
“The “Moorish Problem” and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Spain”
“Empires through Diasporic Eyes: The U.S., Militant Islamism, Indian Ocean Precedents”
“Islamic Sectarianism Reconsidered: Ibadi Islam in the Modern Age”
“Counter-Terrorism, Speech Regulation and Muslim Minorities in the West”
“Partisans of Allah: Meanings of Jihad in South Asia”
“Citizenship, Political Agency and Democracy in the Arab World: The Mediating Effects of Islam”
“Contesting the Mosque: Debates over Muslim Women’s Ritual Access”
“Understanding Soviet Islam: The Roots of Contemporary Central Asia”
Khwaja, Asim Ijaz, Additional page
“The Hajj: Islam’s Global Gathering”
“European Muslims and the Secularization of Islam”
“Islamic Law and Politics in Nigeria, 1804-2007”
Lawrence, Bruce B
“Christian and Muslim Minorities as Secular Citizens in Africa and Asia”
“Muslim Judges as a New Voice in Islamic Discourse”
“Islam and Oil: The Economy of Meaning”
“Defining the Secular in the Modern Middle East”
“A Mutual Concern: A History of U.S. – Arab Relations”
“Islamist Parties and Elections in the Middle East”
“Joining Jihad: A Comparative Political Economy of Islamist Militancy and Recruitment”
“Re-Mapping the Cultural Geography of Iran: Islam, Woman and Mobility”
“Western Influence on Political Islam”
“Islam: How Media Cover Muslims & Terrorism – and Why That Matters”
Moosa, Ebrahim E.I.
“Inside Madrasas: The ‘Ulama Search for Authenticity”
“Islamic Law and Legal Contention in Egypt, Pakistan and Malaysia”
Nakash, Yitzhak (biographical link and institutional affiliation unknown)
“Governance and Leadership in Modern Islam”
Nasr, Vali R.
“Gauging the Prospects for the Rise of “Muslim Democratic” Political Parties and Platforms in Muslim Democracies”
“Wifely (Dis)obedience in Muslim Societies”
“Lost in Non-translation: What’s Missing When We Say Shari’a”
“Arabic Oratory: The Politics and Rhetoric of Public Address in the Islamic World”
“Islamic Law and Legal Change: The Internal Critique”
“Understanding How the U.S. Government Understands Islam”
“Multiple Identities and Muslim American Political Incorporation”
“Punishment and Appropriate Justice in Islamic Societies”
“Due Process in Islamic Criminal Law”
“Ideology and Architecture: Transnational Mosques in the Middle East”
“Everyday Muslim Thought and Its Encounters”
“Islam and Human Rights: A Clash of Universalisms”
“Reforming Islam in the “Axis of Evil”: Contesting Islam in Post-Revolutionary Iran”
“The Encounter between Modern European Science and Islamic Societies”
Shalakany, Amr A.
“The Redefinition of Shari’a in Modern Egyptian Legal Thought: 1798-Present”
“Christian Evangelism and Western Imperialism in the Modern Middle East: The Long-Term Consequences of American Missionary Encounters with Muslims”
“Women at the Muslim Center: Islamist Ideals and Democratic Exigencies”
“Islamist Electoral and Parliamentary Participation: Egypt, Morocco and Kuwait”
Silverstein, Paul A.
“The Ethnic Politics of Muslim Secularism: North Africa at the Crossroads”
“Muslims in Western Parliaments”
“Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders”
“Islam is the Religion of My State”: A Study of the Competing Interpretations of a Widespread Constitutional Provision in the Muslim World”
“The New Enlightenment: How Muslim Women are Bringing Religion and Culture Out of the Dark Ages”
Tahir-Kheli, Shirin (latest bio available)
“Foreign Policy in an Age of Madness: America and the Muslim World after 9/11”
“Popular Conceptions and Preferences Relating to the Place of Islam in Political Life: Insights from Cross-National and Longitudinal Survey Research in the Arab World”
Thompson, Elizabeth F.
“Seeking Justice in the Modern Middle East”
Toft, Monica Duffy
“Religion, Islam and Civil Wars”
Umar, Muhammad Sani
“Pragmatism and Pluralism in the Traditional Islamic Thought of al-Shaykh Ibrahim Saleh of Nigeria”
“Ethnocommunal Conflict, Civil Society and the State”
Villalón, Leonardo A.
“Negotiating Democracy in Muslim Contexts: Political Liberalization and Religious Mobilization in the West African Sahel”
“Financial Practices and Networks in Islamic Countries: Implications for the Financial War on Terror”
Zaman, Muhammad Qasim
“Internal Criticism and Religious Authority in Modern Islam”
“Sacred Politics: The Contemporary Arab State, Secularity and Islam”