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Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies  

General Information
Available Formats: BiblioLine, CD-ROM Number of Records: 501,252
Dates of Coverage: 1900 & earlier - Present Number of CD-ROMS: 1
Subject Category: Regional Studies
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Update Frequency: BiblioLine - Monthly, CD-ROM - Quarterly
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Product Overview

MECAS is a systematic, and non-evaluative bibliographic index of research, policy, and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Over 12,000 records of recently published & "grey" literature are added annually. Coverage includes the following fields:
  • political affairs & law
  • international relations
  • economic affairs: business & industry
  • cultural heritage, arts & humanities
  • society & social welfare
  • ethnic diversity & anthropology
  • significant religious events & movements
  • recent history (1900 - present) & archaeology

Hundreds of links to freely available and indexed full-text articles and documents on the web are now available. Several hundred links provide access to important websites, carefully selected and reviewed by our editorial staff. Thousands more internet documents will be processed over the next couple of years and added to the database on an ongoing basis. URLs are regularly checked to discard dead links.

Database Content

Middle East Bibliography (1946-2001)

The Middle East Institute's Middle East Bibliography (1946-2001) from The Middle East Journal consists of over 103,000 citations to carefully selected literature covering a chronology continuously maintained for over 55 years. During 2003, NISC will prepare and include citations dating back to 1946 on the geographical area from Morocco to Pakistan, including Central Asia.

Middle East Book Bibliographies

These bibliographies, compiled by Dr. Bernard Reich and Dr. Sanford Silverburg, contribute over 4,400 entries most of which have been published after 1980. The materials are, for the most part, English-language but include many entries in other Western European languages, such as French and German, and fewer in the Middle East languages of Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish. A special effort was made to be as inclusive as possible on popular topics such as the Salman Rushdie affair and women in the Arab world. This bibliography was compiled with the aim of providing diverse topics of interest dealing with the region of the Middle East, its people, and its cultures to a wide range of interested people, from scholars to laypeople.

Theses & Dissertations
Also included is the first comprehensive listing of the published (and some unpublished) theses and dissertations on the relationship between Asian states (from Pakistan in the West to Japan in the East) and the Middle East and North Africa. In this regard, bilateral and multilateral relationships in numerous spheres of activity have been examined.

MECAS Citations Database
This file contains over 95,000 records to mostly English-language publications (journal articles & books) and various other documents on the peoples, cultures, beliefs, theology, education, languages, literatures and current affairs of the regions covered. Muslim life and culture is given particular emphasis with additional coverage of Arabic Studies, Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies included.

School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Library Catalogue: (1900-present)
Over 107,095 records from one of the largest and most important library collections of Middle Eastern & Central Asian materials in the world provides coverage to European and African literature. Materials indexed include books, monographs, journals, maps, atlases, and other materials. Records are classified by subject, region and country. The coverage of material ranges from social and political issues, to economics and law, to art and architecture.

Subject Coverage

Countries Covered Include:
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Cyprus
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen

Political borders do not necessarily define the peoples who live there. MECAS covers many ethnic groups including:

  • Abkhaz
  • Afar
  • Aimaq
  • Amhara
  • Arab
  • Armenian
  • Ashraf
  • Assyrian
  • Atuot
  • Avukaya
  • Azande
  • Azeri
  • Baka
  • Balochi (Baluchi)
  • Bantu
  • Baqqara
  • Bari
  • Bedouin
  • Beja
  • Berber
  • Bongo
  • Brahui
  • Bviri
  • Chechen
  • Circassian
  • Copt
  • Cyrenaican Arab
  • Dagestani
  • Didinga
  • Dinka
  • Fallahin
  • Fezzan Bedouin
  • Georgian
  • Gilaki
  • Guaragigna
  • Gurage
  • Halebi Gypsy (Nawari)
  • Hazara
  • Hunza
  • Ingessana
  • Jaali
  • Jalo Berber
  • Jofra Berber
  • Juhayna
  • Kakwa Kalash
  • Karakalpak
  • Kawahla
  • Kazakh
  • Kirghiz
  • Kreish
  • Kufra Bedouin
  • Kuku
  • Kunama
  • Kurd (Yezidi)
  • Kyrguz
  • Lur
  • Madi
  • Mahdi
  • Makrani
  • Mandari
  • Mazandarani
  • Moru
  • Muhajir
  • Murle
  • Ndogo
  • Nefusa Berber (Jemmari)
  • Nilote
  • Nuba
  • Nubian
  • Nuer
  • Nuristani
  • Oromo
  • Palestinian
  • Pamiri
  • Parsi
  • Pashtun
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Riyah Bedouin
  • Russian (Molokan)
  • Saho
  • Sanusi Bedouin
  • Shankela
  • Silluk
  • Sidamo
  • Sindhi
  • Sirtican Bedouin
  • Somali
  • Sudanese Arab
  • Tajik
  • Tatar
  • Teda
  • Tigre
  • Tigrinya
  • Tuareg
  • Turk
  • Turkmen
  • Turkoman
  • Uduk
  • Ukrainian
  • Uygur
  • Uzbek
  • Zuara (Zwara, Zuraa)
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