Al Manhal EBA E-Book Collection

Logo Al ManhalThis collection was created through evidence-based acquisition – an acquisition tactic that uses usage statistics to select titles from a large pool of titles that were most desired by the subject community.

The provider Al Manhal opened up parts of its collection for a year and made over 12,0000 books from the Arab world available as e-books. Based on the usage statistics, the accessed works were then permanently acquired. This collection of 500 mostly Arabic-language titles is now permanently available to you.

Here you can see a list of the different subject areas represented in this collection:


  • Art and Architecture
  • Arts
  • Heritage
  • History, Geography & Biography
  • Islamic Studies
  • Law
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Social Sciences

  • Access

    The circle of users includes selected universities, libraries and research institutions focusing on the topics of the Middle East. As a member of one of these institutions, you get direct access without a special login. If you are accessing from outside of your campus, you should inquire for further options (eg via virtual private network).

    To the e-book collection.

    Individuals who are not a member of one of the selected institutions can contact the FID team. Because scientists with residence in Germany and relevant research interests are also entitled to access.

    Help with the use of the platform:

    The platform of Al Manhal offers numerous tools for research. Some are only available after registration but not essential.

  • “Browse” → “By Subject” offers you a multi-level thematic subdivision of the collection.
  • All titles are available as full text.
  • Full-text search in Arabic is possible via a virtual keyboard.
  • The download or printing of a title is limited to 40% per session.
  • You can also find information on use in the manual of the platform.