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Research Guides

Arabic Resources: Topics

This guide emphasizes materials in Arabic or materials relevant to the Arab world that require explanations.

Arabic Biography

Finding biographies of Arabic individuals can be a very complex process.  The process differs greatly for modern vs pre-modern individuals.  Please see the links below for detailed help.


The following bibliography is a helpful introduction to Arabic biographical dictionaries in that it lists many of the major dictionaries, at least up to 1987, and states their coverage.


Auchterlonie, Paul

Arabic biographical dictionaries : a summary guide and bibliography / by Paul Auchterlonie

Durham : Middle East Libraries Committee, 1987

iv, 60 p. ; 24 cm

(Research guides / Middle East Libraries Committee, 0269-0233 ; 2)

Modern Arabic Biography

Medieval Arabic Biography


Arabic Music

Arabic Papyrology

Arabic Poetry

Arabic Video Clips and Films




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