Summer Research Lab for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 18 – August 6, 2015


The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce a Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, to offer scholars an opportunity to utilize the Library’s extensive collection on the Middle East and Islam.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest public university library and the second-largest university library in North America, with 13.3 million volumes, 135,389 serial titles, 645,398 e-books, more than 400 electronic databases, and 26 service locations. As of December, the Library had 56,395 books in Arabic and 3,599 Arabic serials. The Library has 30,341 books and 2,776 serials on Islamic studies. The Library also features the Sultan Qaboos Collection on Oman and Ibadi Islam, thanks to a grant from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

The Library has a strong collection of classical Islamic books and modern Arabic books from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries and reference works written in Arabic, Persian, English, French and German, including bibliographies, dictionaries and encyclopedias. The collection has Arabic novels from every Arab country, especially Egypt and Lebanon, and carries novels written in minority languages such as Berber or Kurdish. In addition the Library has newspapers from 1890, such as Al-Mu'ayyad and Al-Ahram. The Library also houses Arabic manuscripts from Mauritania and a collection of Albert H. Lybyer Papers, 1876-1949.

The library has electronic databases, including:

Encyclopedia of Islam (Brill)

Oxford Islamic Studies

Encyclopedia Islamica

Encyclopedia Iranica

Brockelmann Online

Researchers are invited to conduct research at the University of Illinois any time from May 18 to August 6, 2015.

The cost of registration for the Summer Research Lab is $50.  Housing can also be arranged at the cost of $46 per night at Presby Hall, on the campus of the University of Illinois.

For more information, contact Angela Williams at Click here for online registration form.

 The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.