Sources for the Study of the Middle East

Part of the difficulty that students encounter when researching the Middle East is the inaccessibility of many of these sources, but also the dearth of sources available in general. Here are a couple helpful guides to accessing and searching for sources both online and offline:

  • Access to Middle East and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

    Napoleon’s Proclamation to Egyptians after his expeditionary force landed and began to occupy Cairo and Alexandria.
  • Arabian Gulf Digital Archive
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina Digital Repository
  • Hazine
  • British Foreign Office Confidential Print concerning Egypt & Sudan 1838-1956
  • Arabic Collections Online
  • Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers Digitized by the Center for Research Libraries
  • League of Nations Archives
  • Digital Library of the Middle East compiled by the Center for Research Library and Stanford Libraries
  • Ottoman periodicals before 1928 compiled by  Michael Erdman at Hazine.
  • Periodicals of Egypt’s National Library: Dar al-Kutub
  • The Digital Repository of the American University in Cairo’s Rare Books collection
  • The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
  • Stanford University and the Center for Research Library’s Digital Library of the Middle East archive
  • The Egyptian Gazette digitized by Florida State University
  • The Endangered Archives project digitized by the British Library
  • The Bibliothèque nationale de France‘s online digital repository: Gallica
  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek digitized manuscripts
  • The American University in Beirut’s online digital repository and its Arabic posters archive
  • The Center for Research Libraries’ online digital collections
  • The Qatar digital library
  • Leiden University’s Turkish Studies guide to doing online research
  • Istanbul University’s online newspaper history project