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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

Foundations: Islamic Empires and Civilizations: Primary Sources

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Primary Sources

  • Examples of primary sources for Islamic empires include written documents, works of art and architecture, literature, and artifacts such as tools, household objects and furnishings, clothing, weapons, coins, etc.
  • A number of Databases (listed in the Databases tab) contain primary sources, including Ancient and Medieval History Online, Daily Life through History, and World History: Ancient and Medieval History
  • Search Rhinocat for library books and ebooks containing documents by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your empire for xxxxx: su,wrdl: personal narratives or su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries and kw,phr: xxxxx
  • Search Google combining the name of your empire with the phrase "primary sources" OR documents
  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project (a web project with an extensive collection of primary source documents by Paul Halsall, Fordham University)

See the course guide Finding Primary Sources for more ways to locate documents in our library and online.