University Library of Bern UB

Subject information

Islamic studies

Menalib The portal provides standard access to research and information on the Middle East, North Africa and Islam

Brockelmann Online Brockelmann's «Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL)» provides bio-bibliographical information on works written in Arabic and their authors, with emphasis on the classical period

Index Islamicus By far the most important bibliography on Islam and the Middle East, documents literature from 1906 in European languages

Historical Abstracts Supplement to the Index Islamicus for topics focusing on history, with particular reference to the Muslim/non-Muslim world

Atla Religion Database Supplement to the Index Islamicus for topics focusing on religion, with particular reference to Islam/other religions

Discover e-journals in your subject area with BrowZine. The best starting point is here: Islamic studies journals

Islamic studies and modern oriental philology

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for Islamic studies and modern oriental philology would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made via a Teams or Zoom.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the Portal Humanities and Theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).


Our collection in Islamic studies can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Lerchenweg Library

  • Basic literature and handbooks
  • Specialized academic literature on Islamic studies
  • Texts in original languages (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, etc.)

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Basic study literature
  • Non-Books: CDs, films, etc.
  • Sprachkurse

Bibliothek Münstergasse

  • Reference works in the reading room