Islam/Mideast Subject Specialists

This guide presents a selection of the most useful reference tools for the study of the art and architecture of the Islamic world. Entries include Harvard library call numbers and links to online resources; many are annotated. For specialized reference and research assistance, please contact the subject specialists in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in the Harvard libraries.

Research Assistance in Middle Eastern/Islamic Subjects

Aga Khan Program – Documentation Center  (Fine Arts Library)

tel. 617-496-9570

Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg (Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture)

Nicolas Roth (Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture)


Aga Khan Program – Documentation Center (MIT)

tel. 617-253-2955

Matthew Saba (Interim Director)


Harvard Art Museums – Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

tel. 617-496-9268

Aysin Yoltar-Yildirim (Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art)


Middle Eastern Division (Widener Library)

tel. 617-495-2437, 495-4310

Michael Hopper (Head, Middle Eastern Division)

Matthew C. Smith (Middle Eastern Librarian - Persian)


Islamic Legal Studies Program (Harvard Law School Library)

tel. 617-384-8495

Gayle Fischer (Librarian for Islamic Law)


Judaica Division (Widener Library)

tel. 617-495-2985, 495-3335

Charles Berlin (Bibliographer in Judaica)


Archive of World Music (Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library)

tel. 617-998-5308

Kerry Masteller (Reference and Digital Program Librarian)


Andover-Harvard Theological Library (Harvard Divinity School)

tel. 617-496-2485

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