Middle East Studies

Turkish Dictionaries

New Redhouse Turkish-English Dictionary - Sir James Redhouse was a 19th Century British Orientalist who served under the Ottoman government and the British Foreign office.  He published the first Turkish (Ottoman) -English Dictionary.  His original 1834 Dictionary has been the basis for many subsequent English - Ottoman and English - Turkish Dictionaries.  OSUL also has a copy of  the 1857 edition in print, which is also available through HathiTrust.

The Oxford Turkish Dictionary: English-Turkish coverage includes new English words and senses; a basic scientific vocabulary; geographical and historical items; political, financial, and military vocabulary; the more common Americanisms and American spellings, and some Australian vocabulary; a guide to prefixes and suffixes; and the meanings of abbreviations. The presentation ensures maximum convenience for Turkish speakers, and the notation for English pronunciation is based on the Turkish alphabet.

Dictionary of the Turkic Languages: English, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Turkish, Uighur, Uzbek.  This multi-language dictionary covers the eight major Turkic languages: Turkish, Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Uzbek, Uighur, Kazakh, Kirgiz and Tatar. 2,000 headwords in English are translated into each of the Turkic languages.

Çağdaş Öztürkçe sözlüğü: Turkish Language Dictionary.

More Resources

Qatar Digital Library Archives

The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is making a vast archive featuring the cultural and

historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely available online for the first time.

It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much

more, complete with contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English

and Arabic.


Hakki Tarik Us Collection

This is a Digital archive of Ottoman periodicals, included in the Hakkı Tarık Us

Collection, which is currently kept at the Beyazıt State Library in Istanbul. 

Middle East Studies Search Tips

When searching for materials in Middle Eastern languages, you can either search using vernacular (Persian, Arabic, Turkish, etc.) or by using romanized characters. Keep in mind that you may not get all possible results by using vernacular and that you must use the Library of Congress transliteration system: 

ALA-LA Romanization Tables 

This is the system used in US and UK Libraries.

IJMES Translation and Transliteration Guide

Encyclopedia of Islam/Brill Transliteration Guide

Since the Encyclopedia of islam was designed as an Anglo-French Project, its transliteration was designed to serve both languages and has retained many unique features

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