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Arabic Studies

This is a guide to important print and electronic sources in the field of Arabic Studies. The focus is on material available in the UM Libraries' collections; however, there are additional internet sources included.


This is a guide to important print and electronic reference sources in the field of Arabic Studies. The focus is on material available in the University of Maryland Libraries' collections; however, there are additional internet sources included.

Arabic Department

Arabic Studies at the University of Maryland consists of courses and programs that help students explore and become skilled in the extraordinary language, literature, and culture of Arabic speaking peoples. Students in the program pursue either a B.A. or minor in Arabic.

Through participation in the Arabic Flagship at UM, students from any major are also offered the opportunity to earn an advanced certificate in Arabic demonstrating both a superior and professional level of proficiency in the Arabic language. This training prepares them for employment domestically or abroad.

For more information on the Flagship Program at UMD, please click the linked title of this section!

Helpful Tools

Transliteration is the practice of converting a text from one writing system into another in a systematic way. In the library word is it used to describe non-Roman characters into Roman alphabet. You will find how to transcribe Arabic letters into English in . This link can be accessed via the Arabic Transliteration Table known as the "ALA-LC Romanization Tables: Transliteration Schemes for Non-Roman Scripts," approved by the Library of Congress and the American Library Association. These tables were developed for use when the consistent transliteration of non-Roman script (e.g. Arabic) into the Roman alphabet is needed, for example, in order to catalog non-Roman materials.

Arabic Keyboard: You may find you need an easy way to access an Arabic keyboard for your studies -- you can find a free one that will add diacritization/tashkil to your vowels automatically at