Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


The University and city hold a wealth of resources and facilities for the study of Islam and the Middle East.

Library resources

Main Library

The Islamic Library at IMES

The Library is staffed by student volunteers and during term time is generally open between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Borrowing is not permitted, however there are study areas within the library.

The catalogue is searchable online here.

School-based computing facilities

The Language and Humanities Centre provides staff and students with a variety of editing and recording equipment and manages the School's extensive film collection.

World-class research centres

Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World

Alwaleed Centre

The Centre is part of a unique network at prestigious universities - four in the UK and the USA (Edinburgh, Cambridge, Harvard, Georgetown) and two in the Middle East (Cairo and Beirut).

Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

The English Language Teaching Centre

Free to matriculated students, these courses are especially useful for new postgraduates who would like more experience of English in the context of academic-style writing projects.


The Institute for Academic Development

Close to the University

The National Library of Scotland

As one of the six copyright libraries it receives a copy of every book published in the UK, along with extensive overseas imprints, important manuscript and archival collections and many online resources.

Edinburgh City Libraries