2,548 numbered entries of books, chapters in books, periodical articles, poems, and reference sources, covering all genres of literature including ballads, comedy, drama, fiction, Israeli literature, Islamic literature, biographies, Mahjar literature, and poetry. Books are included from every Arabic country, and most of the titles are in English, though titles in French and Arabic are also represented.
Ragai N. Makar (M.L.I.S., Pratt Institute, M.A. Sociology, Adelphi University), who was raised in Egypt, is the Chief Librarian of the Aziz S. Atiya Library for Middle East Studies at the University of Utah. In his distinguished career, he has been a teacher, author, librarian, scholar, and professional translator. He has translated books for the UNFPA and the Franklin Book Program. He has written numerous articles, and has reviewed books for such publications as Library Journal and Digest of Middle East Studies. He has also published Egypt: A Bibliography (1988) and American Books Translated into Arabic (1989).