Author Archives: Ilka Datig

About Ilka Datig

Reference & Research Librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi. Subject liaison to Arab Crossroads, Social Research & Public Policy, and Political Science.

New book on female entrepreneurs in MENA


We have a new book that will be of interest to a lot of people at NYUAD:  Women, Work and Welfare in the Middle East and North Africa:  The Role of Socio-demographics, Entrepreneurship and Public Policies by Nadereh Chamlou (World Bank) and Massoud Karshenas (University of London).

From the publisher:

“In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and in light of socio-economic and geopolitical challenges facing governments old and new, women’s rights and empowerment have gained new urgency and relevance. Groups in power, or groups contesting for power, are more conservative than expected, and there are serious threats to roll back some of the gains women had achieved over the past 20–30 years on economic and social fronts.

The global gender debate has neglected the economic dimension of women’s empowerment and a great deal of debate and interest among researchers is needed to push the topics further. This timely book brings together leading regional researchers to offer original research linking gender equality with economic policy, reinforcing the agenda from a broad-based perspective.”

The book is located in the new books section, and in a month it will move to HQ1381.W657.

Guide to Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies resources in NYU Libraries


Students interested in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, particularly in historical topics, will find a lot of great resources on this NYU Libraries Research Guide by Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Guy Barak:

The guide includes links to reference sources, journals and databases, news, statistics and more!  It is a great source of information for students across all of NYU’s global campuses.




New books in March!

The Library has a bunch of new books this month, ranging from history to gender studies to economics and more!  Check them out at the display near the library entrance.


The NYUAD Arts Center Events: Find out more!



This year the NYUAD Library has been creating research guides to accompany every performance at the NYUAD Arts Center.  These guides are designed to point students towards more resources, both scholarly and popular, about the performances, the performers, and their cultural and intellectual context.  Here are some examples that might be interesting to students studying the Middle East:

The Nile Project

Hekayah the Story-Spoken Word

You can find even more on our Research Guides page.  Let us know what you think!

Core databases: Index Islamicus

2016-01-10_0938The Index Islamicus database indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is produced by an editorial team working at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, established to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies, which have traditionally been part of the curriculum of SOAS. Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam.

Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.

NYUAD students, faculty and staff can access the database here.

Migration to New Worlds

Given the historical importance of the Gulf Region as a port-of-call for many different migrants, and the continuing interest of many researchers on migration studies, this new database might be of use to NYUAD scholars:

Migration to New Worlds showcases unique primary source material recounting the many and varied personal experiences of 350 years of migration. Explore Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories supplemented by carefully selected secondary research aids.

There are some interesting and unique primary sources in this collection.  Please let us know what you think, or if you have any questions about using the database.

Arab Studies Academic Journals

Pyramids and man on camelNYU has access to a number of prominent academic journals that study the Middle East from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints.  Here are just a few!

Middle Eastern Studies:  “Provides the most up-to-date academic research on the history and politics of the Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa as well as on Turkey, Iran and Israel, particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

Arab Studies Quarterly:  “Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ) was established in 1979 by the late Professors Edward Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod. They envisioned the journal to be a platform for academic research to counter anti-Arab propaganda veiled by academic jargon. Since its inception, ASQ has been a refereed academic journal that publishes articles on the Arabs, their history and social and political institutions. The journal continues in the tradition of its founders and is committed to promoting a humanism grounded in research as a counter to the dominant Orientalist discourses in the field of Arab (and Middle East) Studies.”

Arabica: Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies:  “A multidisciplinary academic journal, with an international editorial board representing various fields of research. It is dedicated to the study of the Arab world’s classical and contemporary literatures, languages, history, thought and civilization. From a wider perspective, Arabica is open to the general fields of Islamicate studies and intercultural relations between Arab societies and the other cultural areas throughout history. It actively endeavors to participate in the development of new scholarly approaches and problematics.”

British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies:  “The editors aim to maintain a balance in the journal’s coverage between the modern social sciences and the more traditional disciplines associated with Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. They welcome scholarly contributions on all aspects of the Middle East from the end of classical antiquity and the rise of Islam to the present day. Articles on the language, literature, history, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, geography, philosophy and the religions and cultures of the region are encouraged.”

International Journal of Middle East Studies:  “Publishes original research on politics, society and culture in the Middle East from the seventh century to the present day. Particular attention to the history, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature, and cultural studies of the area and to comparative religion, theology, law, and philosophy.”

Middle East Quarterly:   “Publishing studies, interviews, commentary, and reviews that tackle wide range of contemporary concerns of the Middle Eastern affairs — from politics to economics to culture, across a region that stretches from Morocco to Afghanistan. Articles should mostly focus on the Middle East itself then (in almost all cases) end with policy recommendations for governments or other institutions”

New Resource: Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia Online

The Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia is one of the most important European primary sources for the study of the modern Gulf region from the 17th to the early 20th century. The Gazetteer offers the fullest account of the state of knowledge of the region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



Arabic Collections Online


“Collections Online Arabic (ACO) Is A Publicly Available Digital Library Of Public Domain Arabic Language Content.  Funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, this mass digitization project aims to expose up to 15,000 volumes from NYU and partner institutions over a period of five years. NYU and the partner institutions are contributing all types of material-literature, business, science, and more-from their Arabic language collections. ACO will provide digital access to printed books drawn from rich Arabic collections of prominent libraries.”

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Library Director Ginny Danielson discusses the collection here.

Coverage in The National.