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Finding Books

The AUS Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System.

To find library resources search in the AUS library catalog.

To browse the shelves for resources in Arabic and Islamic Studies, try the following call numbers:

PJ Language, Linguistics and Literature

Arabic Poetry and Arabic Studies

BP Islam
ML Arabic Music

Arabic & Translation Studies Librarian

Arabic and Translation Studies Collections Map

WorldCat Discovery Search Tips

Use the following Keywords to find books and other related materials in WorldCat Discovery.

Arabic Literature =  الأدب العربي
Arabic poetry = الشعر العربي
Arabic Prose = النثر العربي
Arabic Language = اللغة العربية
Islamic Philosophy = الفلسفة الإسلامية
Islamic Civilization = الحضارة الإسلامية

Arabic Music =  الموسيقى العربية
Sufism = الصوفية

Pre-Islam era = الجاهلية / العصر الجاهلي
Umayyad  Dynasty / Umayyad = الدولة الأموية / الأموي
Ottoman Empire / Ottoman  = الدولة العثمانية / العثماني
Abbasid dynasty / Abbasid = الدولة العباسية / العباسي
Andalusia / Andalus = الأندلس
Mamleuks = المماليك
Muallaqat = المعلقات
Muwashshahat = الموشحات

Locating Arabic Resources

Arabic materials in AUS Library are cataloged using the Library of Congress Romanization System. Romanization / Transliteration of Arabic  is writing Arabic script in Latin characters. Searching WorldCat Discovery using transliterated keywords is necessary in order to retrieve relevant results.  Please check Arabic Romanization Table

WorldCat Search Tips

A subject search can also be performed by typing in the following suggested subjects in WorldCat Discovery search box below (then use filters to select Arabic as language of items retrieved)

Subjects for Arabic Language & Heritage:
    su:Arabic language History 
    su:Arabic language Grammar History. 
    su:Arabic literature

Subjects for Religion:

    su:Islamic Law

Subjects for Islamic Philosophy:
    su:Islamic philosophy.

Subjects for Arab/Islamic Sciences: 
    su:Science Islamic Empire History. 
    su:Science Arab countries History.

Subjects for Arab/Islamic Sciences: 
    su:Islamic architecture.
    su:Islamic art.

WorldCat Search

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Suggested Books

How to find resources about Muslim scientists, scholars, poets and philosophers

In order to find books and articles that inlclude biographical information about Muslims who had a great impact on Islamic civilization, please follow steps below:

You need to have full name of the person or at least his/her last name and year of birth and/or death. Use this link to find the name authority of the person (a unique heading under which catalogers collocate all different versions of personal name spellings in different languages). You can either enter the name in Arabic script or transliterated (writing Arabic names in Roman characters). After locating a name authority, copy it and paste it into WorldCat search box.

You can also do a subject search of the following:

Muslim/Arab Scholars su:Muslim scholars Islamic Empire.
Muslim/Arab Philosophers su:Muslim philosophers Islamic Empire.
Muslim/Arab Scientists su:Muslim scientists Islamic Empire.
  su:Muslim scientists Biography.
Muslim/Arab Astronomers su:Astronomy Arab.
Muslim/Arab Historians su:Historians Islamic Empire Biography.


Suggested Books for biographies of Muslim scientists, scholars and philosophers

Arabic Translation Studies Resources Workshop Spring 2018