New Reference Book: Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 10th, 2012

Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East: A Dictionary by Roy Armes, Indiana U. Press, 2010.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 791.43 Ar5R

A helpful introduction on filmmaking in the Middle East is then followed by an alphabetical list of filmmakers in and from the Middle East.  Each name is followed by a brief biography and filmography.


  • Al-Rais, Maria Mohammad
  • Badr, Liana
  • Khill, Ibrahim
  • Tabari, Ula
  • Zureikat, Sima

Helpful for: Film Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Humanities, History, Global Studies, Gender Studies

New Reference Book: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

By - Research & Instruction Librarian December 7th, 2010

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World edited by John L. Esposito, Oxford, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 956 Ox2I

This comprehensive six volume set covers religious, historical and contemporary Islamic world topics.

Also: Consider using the library database Oxford Islamic Studies for reference articles gathered from a variety of Islamic studies material, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World.

Articles are arranged alphabetically, and include the following major categories:

  • History & Geography
  • Religious belief
  • Religious practice, Devotionalism and Ritual
  • Mysticism
  • Islamic Law
  • Theology, Philosophy, Ideology
  • Schools of Thought
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Culture and Society
  • Institutions, Organizations and Movements
  • Biographies
  • Islamic Studies

Examples: Afsharid Dynasty, Criminal Law, Games and Sports, Kashmir, Persian Literature

Helpful for: Islamic Studies, Global Studies, Humanities, Humanities V Research Paper, Middle Eastern Voices

New Reference Book: Society and Culture in the Ancient World

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 19th, 2010

Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World edited by Peter Bogucki, Facts on File, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 930 B63S

This four-volume set contains sixty-nine entries, fourteen of which cover more in-depth topics,  discussing society and culture of the Ancient World through the fall of Rome, 476 C.E.  Topics include western and non-western societies and cultures.  Each entry discusses the article topic from the viewpoint of the following geographic areas:

  • Africa
  • Egypt
  • The Middle East
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • The Americas

Illustrations, maps and a collection of primary sources are dotted throughout.

Examples include: Adornment, Family, Money and Coinage, Natural Disasters, Textiles and Needlework

Helpful for: Humanities III, European History, Global Studies, Middle Eastern Voices, Classics, African Studies, Asian Studies

New Reference Book: Children’s Issues Worldwide

By - Research & Instruction Librarian September 21st, 2010

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide edited by Irving Epstein, Greenwood Press, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 305.2303 Ep8

Each volume in this six-volume set presents children’s issues from a different area of the globe.  Included is a discussion of the United Nations codification of children’s rights as well as an introduction specific to each region.

The six volumes are divided into these regions:

  • Volume 1 – Asia and Oceania
  • Volume 2 – Central and South America
  • Volume 3 – Europe
  • Volume 4 – North America and the Caribbean
  • Volume 5 – Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Volume 6 – North Africa and the Middle East

Each volume is then divided alphabetically into countries and then by the following topics:

  • National Profile
  • Education
  • Play & Recreation
  • Child Labor
  • Family
  • Health
  • Laws & Legal Status
  • Religious Life
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Growing Up in the 21st Century

These topics are then followed by a resource guide of additional materials as well as one or more maps of the featured area/country.
Helpful for: Humanities IV, Humanities V, Children’s History, Social and Gender Studies, Global Issues, Middle Eastern Voices

New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 24th, 2010

Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts edited by Joseph R. Rudolph, Jr., Greenwood, 2003.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 305.8 R83

A one-volume guide concerning the study of global ethnic conflict during the 20th Century.  Each of the thirty-eight individual entries discusses the historical background of a particular ethnic conflict, how the conflict was managed, and the impact of the conflict.

Examples include:

  • Canada: The Nationalist Movement in Quebec
  • China: Ethnic Conflict and the International System
  • France: The “Foreigner” Issue
  • Middle East: The Arab-Jewish Struggle for Palestine to 1948
  • Rwanda: Hutu-Tutsi Conflict and Genocide in Central Africa
  • United States: The United States – Puerto Rico Relationship

Helpful for:  Literature of Witness, Middle Eastern Voices, Gender Studies, International Studies, Social History, World Politics, Humanities

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