The museum is forming a collection of books to be used by visitors. The catalogue of titles available is written below. For new arrivals see the menu bar New books.


The Unity of Islamic Art. A 1405 (1985) publication by the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies. Designed by Walter Ferro and printed by Westerham Press in England. A catalogue of an exhibition to inaugurate the Islamic Art Gallery of the centre in Riyadh. The catalogue text is by Oliver Hoare and introduction and preface by Dr. Esin Atil and H.R.H. Prince Khalid al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz. 207 pages with high quality colour illustrations, starting with a double Quran page from 9th century Syria and ending with a late 17th century armour from India.

The Art of Arabia. A 30 pages Khaleej Times newspaper annexe at the occasion of a Royal Academy of Arts exhibition in the United Arab Emirates. Without date, 1980s probably.

Every Man An Artist. Selected readings in the Traditional Philosophy of Art, edited by Brian Keeble and with foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Bloomington, Indiana 2005.

Arabesques. With subtitle: Graphic design from the Arab world and Persia. Edited by Benn Wittner, Sascha Thoma, and Nicolas Bourquin, Berlin, 2008.

Saudi Arabia. Lonely Planet guide by Anthony Ham, Martha Brekhus Shams and Andrew Madden, 2004 (first edition).

The Arts of the Muslim Knight. The Furusiyya Art Foundation Collection. Concept and direction by Bashir Mohamed. Several authors with first article Arms Speak of More than War by Marthe Bernus-Taylor, Milan 2008.

Mahdi Al Jeraibi. By Jean-Claude Le Gouic for the Fondation Al Mansouria, Paris 2001.

Saudi Arabia, an artist's view of the past. Safeya Binzagr, Lausanne 1979.

Impressions of Arabia. Architecture and Frescoes of the Asir Region. Thierry Mauger, Paris - New York 1996

The world's best horse. By lady Wentworth, Woking and London 1958. Capter XVII: the old arabian racing foundation breed (pages 236-249).

Makkah a hundred years ago. Or C. Snouck Hurgonje's remarkable albums. Edited with a new introduction, by Angelo Pesce, London 1986.

A season in Mecca, narrative of a pelgrimage. By Abdellah Hammoudiy, New York 2006. A translation from the French by Pascale Ghazaleh.

Voyager. October 2008 BMI inflight magazine with an article New Riches in Saudi about arabian art by Virginia Blackburn, apparently sponsered by two galleries in Saudi Arabia.

Living in Makkah. By Shadiya Sugich in a City Life series of picture books, New Jersey 1988.

Mark Rothko, Kaaba in New York. An exhibtion catalogue published by the Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art about murals that painter Mark Rothko made for the Seagram Building in New York in a commission from which he resigned, Basel 1989.

Interpretation of the Meanings of The Noble Qur'an in the English Language. Translators (sic): Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan, Riyadh, Houston, New York, London, Lahore, fifteenth revised edition, 2000.

Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935). Exhibition catalogue of works by this Russian painter in Russia and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, edited by dr W.A.L. Beeren and others, 1988.

From America to Mecca on Airborne Pilgrimage. In The National Geographic Magazine (July, 1953) with colour photographs and text by Abdul Ghafur Sheikh, the son of a Pakistan businessman in Kenia and a student at Harvard Business School.

Makkah. Picture book in series Alpha religion with text by Rosie Hankin (2003).

Islam kunst en architectuur. By Markus Hattstein and Peter Delius, Könemann (2006). 640 pages in Dutch about Islamic art and architecture.

The architecture of the Holy Mosque, Makkah. Written by members of a committee headed by Dr. Mohammad Kamal Ismail, London (1998).

Edge of Arabia, contemporary art from Saudi Arabia. Exhibition curated by Stephen A. Stapleton, Lulwah Al-Homoud and Ahmed Mater Al-Ziad Aseeri, text by Henry Hemming with Venetia Porter, London (2008).

Orientalism. By Edward W. Said, London 1978 (2003).

De laatste bedoeïen. Marcel Kurpershoek, Amsterdam 1995.

Mondriaan, The Art of Destruction. By Carel Blotkamp, London 1994 (2001).

The Umayyads. The Rise of Islamic Art. Museum with no Frontiers Program (2000) publication under direction of Fawwaz Al-Khraysheh, Rabiha Dabbas, Ghazi Bisheh a.o. Text by Jamila Binous, Mahmoud Hawari, Manuela Marin and Gönül Öney.

A History of the Arab Peoples. By Albert Hourani, Chatham 2002 (1991).

Taraq Rajab Museum.  A Kuwait private museum catalogue by the Rajab family, Kuwait 1994 (1997 reprint).

Oasis Magazine's. Spring 2009. Munira Munir Al-Ajlani, Editor-in-Chief. With interview of Aarnout Helb, owner and curator of the first museum dedicated solely to Saudi Art!

Oriental Carpets. By Ulrich Schürmann and with 124 colour plates, London, 1979 (revised and expanded edition).

Islamic Art and Architecture. By Robert Hilenbrand in Thames & Hudson 'world of art' series, London, 2004 (1999).

The Crusades through Arab Eyes. By Amin Maalouf, New York 1985 (1984).

Saudi Aramco World. January/February 2009 with A Global Guide to Islamic Art, by Jonathan M. Bloom and Sheila S. Blair.

Turkish Islamic Architecture. Behcet Unsal, London 1973 (1970).

Arab thought in the liberal age 1798-1939. Albert Hourani, Cambridge 1988 (1962).

Ahmed Mater. Aarnout Helb, catalogue of Artspace exhibition, Dubai, 2009.

Art of Survival. Henry Hemming, art of Abdulnasser Gharem, 2009.

Arabic and Islamic Themes. Historical, Educational and Literary Studies. By A.L. Tibawi, London, 1974.

Islamic art and Spirituality. By Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Albany 1987.

The History of Saudi Arabia. By former Pravda correspondent in the country Alexei Vassiliev, London, 1998 and 2000.

Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia. By Johan Topham a.o., London, 1982.

The Art of Arabic Calligraphy. By Dr. Yousif Mahmud Ghulam, Vol. I, Riyadh 1402 AH/1982 AD (Published under the supervision of the Department of Antiquities and Museums of the Ministry of Education). It includes a facsimile of a letter sent in the 10th year AH/632-633 AD by the prophet Muhammad and bears his seal. The handwriting must have been of a scribe. It was sent to the governor of Bahrain.

The Arts and Armour of Arabia. By Robert Elgood, Aldershot and Brookfield, 1994.

Bedouin Jewellery in Saudi Arabia.By Heather Colyer Ross, London, 1978.

aSEER < tHE sKY. Photography by aHMED mATER and designed by mOHAMMED .y. al-oBAID, aBHA 2005. (Book does not belong to the library but to the collection of Greenbox Museum).

Al Bisht. Produced and published by Al-Waraqoon W.L.L. in Bahrain (2008). A book about Arabian mantels sponsered by Banque Saudi Fransi.

Dromen van het Paradijs. (Dreams of Paradise). A Dutch publication and exhibition catalogue by several authors about the Islamic art collection of the Rotterdam Museum of Ethnology.

Medieval Muslim Horsemanship. By G. Rex Smith. Publication about a fourteenth-century Arabic cavalry manual preserved in the British Library. London, 1979.

De wereld van de islam. (Dutch). By Carel J. du Ry van Beest Holle, illustrated book about the arts in the world of islam, Amsterdam and Brussels 1970.

A Degree of Influence. By Robin Simcox for 'The Centre for Social Cohesion,' London 2009.