This Guide * عن هذا الدليل

The purpose of this guide is to help students and researchers at all levels to learn and explore topics related to Arabic literature of various periods.  The guide serves as a starting point and an introduction to resources available through Cornell University Library system and beyond. Some of the content is only accessible to students, faculty, and staff of Cornell University. The guide aims to provide links to selected sources, which offer diverse, objective, balanced and rational perspectives of the topics. Your first point of contact with these resources should be the library discovery tool (online catalog). This is where you will find information on all types of materials and how to get them. You will also find information on your loans, opening hours, and subject specialists who can answer your questions.

Disclaimer of Endorsement: The University does not necessarily agree with assertions and opinions expressed in the resources listed in this guide. These are provided for the researcher to discover, contrast and compare.

الغرض من هذا الدليل هو مساعدة الطلاب والباحثين على جميع المستويات على تعلم واستكشاف الموضوعات المتعلقة بالأدب العربي لجميع الفترات. يخدم الدليل كمقدمة للموارد المتاحة من خلال نظام مكتبة جامعة كورنيل. بعض المحتوى متاح فقط للطلاب وأعضاء هيئة التدريس وموظفي جامعة كورنيل. يهدف هذا الدليل إلى توفير روابط لمصادر مختارة، والتي تقدم وجهات نظر متنوعة وموضوعية ومتوازنة وعقلانية للمواضيع. يجب أن تكون نقطة الاتصال الأولى مع هذه الموارد هي أداة اكتشاف المكتبة (كتالوج عبر الإنترنت). هذا هو المكان الذي ستجد فيه معلومات عن جميع أنواع المواد وكيفية الحصول عليها. سوف تجد أيضا معلومات عن القروض الخاصة بك ، وساعات العمل ، والمتخصصين الذين يمكنهم الإجابة عن أسئلتك.

تنويه: إخلاء مسؤولية عن الإقرار: لا توافق الجامعة بالضرورة على التأكيدات والآراء الواردة في الموارد المذكورة في هذا الدليل. يتم توفير هذه للباحث للاكتشاف والمقارنة.

Terminology (Arab, Arabic, and Arabian)

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al-ʻarabiyyah[alʕaraˈbijːa] (listen)

or (Arabic: عَرَبِيّ‎) ʻarabī[ˈʕarabiː] (listen)

ARAB/ARABIC/ARABIAN(Common Errors in English Usage: The Book (3rd Edition, November, 2013).

Arabs in the narrow sense are the indigenous Arabians (who trace their roots back to the tribes of Arabia) and their immediate descendant groups in the Levant and North Africa. Within the people of the Arabian Peninsula, distinction is made between:

  • Pure Arabs or Qahtanian Arabs (العرب العاربة) from Yemen, taken to be descended from Ya‘rub bin Yashjub bin Qahtan.
  • Arabized Arabs or ‘Adnani Arabs (العرب المستعربة), taken to be the descendants of Ishmael son of Abraham. [

العربArabs (ærəbz/; Arabic: عرب‎, ʿarab) [New World Encyclopedia]

For the purposes of this guide, the term Arabic will be used to refer only to the Arabic language. The sections that follow will be concerned only with literature that has been composed in Arabic; it thus excludes works written by Arabs in other languages.

Arabic: Literature and Civilization

A lecture by Wesley Cecil, PhD., exploring the origins, development and influence of Arabic. Delivered at Peninsula College.

Quick Browse * The Online Catalog


Quick Links: Online Catalog & Databases

The following list uses subject 'tags' from bibliographic records in Cornell's Online Catalog to pull up lists of titles on specific subjects in the collections. Click on one of the subject headings to see a list of relevant titles:

Try these call number ranges for specific searches in the Online Catalog  or the stacks [Call numbers in the 'Library of Congress Classification']: 


  • PJ6001-8517  Arabic Language
  • PJ6690-6697 Ancient Arabic
  • PJ6701-6901 Modern Arabic dialects
  • PJ6950-7144 South Arabian
  • PJ6950-6981 Ancient South Arabian
  • PJ7051-7144 Modern South Arabian
  • PJ7501-8517 Arabic literature
  • PJ7695.8-7796 Individual authors or work


Background * Introduction * تقديم: أدب

Arabic literature

Arabic literature is the body of works produced in the Arabic language, both prose and poetry. The Arabic word used for literature is "Adab = أدب," which is derived from a meaning of etiquette, and which implies politeness, culture and enrichment. The tradition of Arabic literature stretches back to unrecorded beginnings in the Arabian Peninsula, but with only fragments of the written language appearing before the 5th century. It does not usually include works written using the Arabic alphabet but not in the Arabic language such as Persian literature and Urdu literature. The Qur'an, widely regarded as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language, would have the greatest lasting effect on Arabic culture and its literature.

الأدب العربي

الأدب العربي يشمل الأعمال المكتوبة باللغة العربية، من نثر و شعر وكذلك يشمل الأدب القصصي والرواية والمسرح والنقد. تمتد أصول الأدب العربي إلى بدايات غير مسجلة في شبه الجزيرة العربية، ولكن مع أجزاء من اللغة المكتوبة فقط تظهر قبل القرن الخامس الميلادي.  يعتبر القرآن على نطاق واسع أرقى جزء من الأدب في اللغة العربية، وهو الأثر الدائم الأكبر على الثقافة العربية وأدبها

Varieties of Arabic

An overview of the different Arabic dialects * Varieties of Arabic

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Quick Links * Spotlights

 ديوان العرب /  منبر حر للفكر والثقافة والأدب

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