• Literature and Music

    An Introduction to the literary and musical cultures and traditions of the Middle East and wider Islamic world

Photo: Early 17th century manuscript of the Masnavi from Isfahan, Iran. The Masnavi is a poetic masterpiece of approximately 25,000 couplets, composed in Persian by Jalal al-Din Rumi.

Literature

  • The Middle East Book Award - The Middle East Outreach Council established the Middle East Book Award in 1999 to recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East. 
  • The Four Literatures of the Middle East - In this issue of Middle East Resources, students and teachers are introduced to the principal literary languages of the Middle East (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) and the forms, themes, and genres that inform these literatures. Originally published by the Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies in October 1995.

Music

  • Music of the Arab and Islamic World - In this issue of Middle East Resources, students and teachers are introduced to the music of Islam and the Arab world. Originally published by the Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies in December 1994, this resource remains a useful introduction to an rich and often overlooked dimension of Islamic cultures.