Suggested Internet Resources on the Middle East and North Africa

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Suggested Internet Resources on the Middle East

and North Africa


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

An organization that fights against discrimination against Arab-Americans and lobbies for Arab-American issues; their “Education” link provides resources for schools.

Arab American Institute

A non-profit organization committed to civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.

Arab American National Museum

The website of the Arab American National Museum, located in Dearborn, Michigan. It is the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture, with a commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of the U.S.

Arab Music

Al-Andalus music history

An interactive website which allows the visitor to hear excerpts of music, learn about various instruments, and study the impact of Al-andalus on European and other musical traditions. Through an interactive map, listeners follow trends from the Al-andalus region and its areas of influence during medieval history.

Al-Mashriq - Music, Song, and Dance

General information on Arabic music as well as useful links.

Arabic music streamed on the internet.

Arab Classical Music Society
ACMS is devoted to increasing awareness of Arab classical music. The site contains a calender of upcoming events and concerts, descriptions of Arab instruments, articles about the history of Arab music, a gallery of pictures and links to various resources.

Arabic Song Lyrics and Translation

Houses an extensive collection of both classic and contemporary Arab music with original Arabic lyrics and English translation along with Youtube videos for most songs.

Web site dedicated to the noted Lebanese singer Fairouz, and the Rahbani brothers, with downloadable songs. Also contains brief biographies of other well-known Lebanese musicians.

Maqam World
Information on the maqam (modal system used in classical Arabic music) as well as an extensive links page.

Middle Eastern Music: Translated Song Lyrics

Transliterated and translated works of Um Kolthoum (Egyptian singer).

Simon Shaheen

Website of the composer and master oud and violin player Simon Shaheen.

Turbo Tabla

Website of Karim Nagi, Egyptian drummer, DJ, and folk dancer. Includes information about his workshop and lectures, in addition to his CDs, DVDs, and songs.

Turath: A Resource for World Arts

Articles, interviews, and resources on Arabic music.

Arab-Israeli Conflict

A Personal Diary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A photo diary by Nigel Parry of the West Bank from 1994 to 1998.

A site discussing the events and impacts of 1948 in Palestine.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee
American Pro-Israel Lobby.

American Task Force on Palestine

ATFP is a not-for-profit corporation that aims to articulate the national security interests of the United States in establishing a Palestinian state. The site includes news articles, list of UN resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict, a reading list, a PowerPoint presentation titled "Palestine-Israel 101: The Two State Solution," and a map of Palestine.

Americans for Middle East Understanding

An archive of articles discussing the Middle East, Arabs, Muslims, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

BADIL Resource Center

Addresses issues of Palestinian residency and refugee rights.

The Bereaved Families' Forum

The Bereaved Families' Forum was founded by Israeli businessman Yitzhak Frankenthal, whose son was killed by Palestinians while serving in the Israeli army. Members are Palestinians and Israelis who have lost loved ones in the conflict.

Bitter Lemons

A website that presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent issues of concern. Includes a large archive of articles reflecting many different views.

Council on Foreign Relations: Crisis Guide

An online multimedia feature that uses a comprehensive array of audio, video, imagery, and text. Narrated by veteran journalist Michael Goldfarb, the guide offers an in-depth look at the history of the conflict and its geopolitical repercussions.

Encounter Point

Site of the film Encounter Point, directed & produced by Ronit Avni, co-directed by Julia Bacha, 2007.

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Contains analyses, opinion pieces, documents, and photographs relating to Arab-Israeli conflict.

Gush Shalom

Gush Shalom translated from Hebrew means "The Peace Bloc," and defines itself as the core of the Israeli peace movement; the site includes articles, documents, links, and calls for action.

Institute for Palestine Studies: 1948: sixty years on

To commemorate sixty years since Al Nakba (the catastrophe), as Palestinians refer to the period when Israel was created, the Institute for Palestine Studies has compiled articles from past issues of its flagship Journal of Palestine Studies, and pulled out the carefully constructed maps and chronologies of events from its best-selling books.

Israel Policy Forum

Founded in 1993, Israel Policy Forum (IPF) has grown to become the most important independent, mainstream organization dedicated to mobilizing American Jews in support of sustained U.S. diplomatic efforts in the Middle East.

The Jerusalem Fund

Site dedicated to the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict and US-Arab relations from a Palestinian perspective.

J Street
An American lobby promoting a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which provides both Palestinian and Jewish communities a sovereign and secure homeland.

Just Vision
A nonprofit organization that informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli joint civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Website engages personal narratives in “portraits” and an interactive timeline of historical and personal events.

MERIP Primer on Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Concise summaries of events in the timeline of the conflict including the Mandate period, the 1967 war, Camp David, and the Oslo Accords. 

Middle East: The Fault Line

A very detailed timeline of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1947 to the present day; also provides links to important documents and explanations of the players.

Palestine Center

Dedicated to the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict and US-Arab relations from a Palestinian perspective.

Palestine Facts & Info

Facts, figures, and maps on the history, geography, population, personalities, religion, nationalism, refugees, settlements, economy, education, and human rights issues of Palestine.

Search for Common Ground

Mobilizes non-governmental, governmental and media support for the peace process, and educates soldiers about conflict resolution with culturally diverse groups through initiatives in countries across the globe.

Seeds of Peace

Non-profit, non-political organization that brings together teenagers from regions of conflict to build relationships and pursue peaceful resolution; site includes information about their summer camp in Maine and an "Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution CD-ROM".

Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Unit for High School Students by Ronald Stockton, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn. Revised second edition, November 1993.

United Nations: The Question of Palestine

The site provides UN documents, statements, and resolutions with regards to Palestine. Includes a chronological overview of events, a glossary of the issues, and a collection of maps.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Promotes pro-Israel agendas and perspectives.

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Founded to promote settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of UN resolutions, this site also has regularly updated links to regional newspapers, country information, activist, and policy organizations.

Arabic Language

American Association of Teachers of Arabic's About the Arab Language

Introduction to the history and study of Arabic.

American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Organization facilitating communication and collaboration among teachers of Arabic to promote the study and instruction of the language.

Arab Academy

Offers professional online courses for learning Arabic at any level.

Arabic Calligraphy

Al-Bab offers an introduction to the Arabic alphabet, styles of different calligraphy, examples of calligraphy, and relevant articles.

Arabic LangSource

Database of print, electronic, and Audio/Visual Arabic resources accompanied by user reviews.

The Arabic Language: The Glue That Binds the Arab World

Introductory article on the characteristics and function of the Arabic language in the Middle East and North Africa.

Arabic Phone Conversations

Recordings along with supporting lessons and worksheets of phone conversations in Egyptian, Levantine, and Iraqi dialects.

Al-Ghazali's Arabic Works

Downloadable files of Arabic dictionaries, grammar books, and literature.

Website of the Standards-based Arabic Teaching project offering online instructional materials for Arabic teachers in standards-based instruction, thematic unit building, and classroom facilitation.

Lane's Dictionary (1863)
Online Arabic-English dictionary with letter-by-letter navigation.

The Odyssey of the Arabic Language and Its Script

Article tracing the history of the Arabic alphabet and language from pre-modern times to the present.

Write Your Name in Arabic Calligraphy

Interactive website that allows one to enter their name for an Arabic transcription in four different styles of calligraphy.

Writing in Arabic Tutorial

Includes a short video demonstrating how to write each letter of the Arabic alphabet.

General Middle East

African and Middle Eastern Reading Room

The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress.

Calling itself "an open doorway to the Islamic world," al-Bab aims to introduce non-Arabs to Arabs and their culture. Includes country guides, news pages, and special topics such as literature, history, maps, language, women, and music.

A comprehensive site that provides content on Middle Eastern news, economics, business, politics, tourism, culture, legal issues, health care, entertainment, and sports.


A comprehensive site that provides links to articles, photos, and other web sites pertaining to the culture, history, and economics of the Levant area of the Middle East.

American Association of Teachers of Arabic

The site includes information on the history of the language, differences in dialect, and greetings.

American Research Center in Egypt

A professional society whose members are specialists on various aspects of Egypt.

Arab Film Distribution

A range of high quality videos and films about and by Arabs on political, social, historical, and contemporary issues.

Arab Studies Journal

An independent journal published by students associated with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Arab Women's Home Page

Provides links to organizations dealing with a number of issues faced by women in the Arab world.

Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)

AMIN's focus is on putting Arabic language reports and news stories on the World Wide Web and training journalists in accessing Arabic media and other resources on the Internet.

Association for Middle East Women's Studies

An extensive list of autobiographies, memoirs, and novels from the Middle East and North Africa; the site also offers sample syllabi from AMEWS members and a list of women's organizations in the MENA region.

Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee

Website of the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee. Activities of the committee include cross-city exchanges of visitors and students, art exhibits, folk dances and singing events, and conferences. 

BBC News Middle East Protests Country by Country                               

Provides an interactive map of the Middle East and North Africa that shows the degree to which Middle Eastern countries are experiencing political turmoil. Site also provides background information and current news articles regarding each country, and provides a link to the “shoe-thrower’s index”, which weights various factors to predict which countries will experience the most unrest.

CIA world Factbook

A resource for facts and statistics on individual countries.

Crisis In Egypt

Northwestern University’s Library Guide on the Crisis in Egypt.

Council on American-Islamic Relations

A non-profit, grassroots membership organization that was established to promote an accurate image of Islam and Muslims in America.

Electronic Middle East

Run by Georgetown University's Lauinger Library and the National Resource Center on the Middle East, this site provides a platform for finding Internet and library sources on the Middle East.

Gamal Abdel Nasser

Excellent source (in Arabic) of speeches, photographs, and historical documents related to Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Global Voices                                                                                          

Collects political blogs by citizen journalists from around the world and compiles them by region, delivering unfiltered, first-hand accounts of global political events.

Gulf 2000

An information assimilation project about the Persian Gulf created by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

La Catedral de Córdoba: Virtual Tour

Website of the Cathedral of Córdoba, which was built by the Islamic community of Andalusia, Spain, beginning in the 8th century. After the capture of Córdoba during the Reconquista of Spain by the Catholic King Ferdinand III of Castile, the Grand Mosque of Córdoba was converted into a Catholic Church. This website allows one to virtually tour La Catedral de Córdoba, through which one can examine fine Islamic architecture.

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre

A site focusing on the arts and culture of Palestine.

Maps of the Middle East

Maps of the Middle East produced by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Maps Related to Medieval Historic Development

A variety of maps related to the medieval era.

Middle East Institute

A non-partisan, non-profit think tank and public education organization, oriented to the policy community in Washington, DC; offers classes in Middle Eastern languages.

Middle East Maps

Maps of Middle East during different time periods.

Middle East Policy Council

An organization devoted to promoting public understanding of US policy in the Middle East.

Middle East Report/Middle East Research and Information Project

Provides news, perspectives, and independent analyses of events and developments in the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources.

Middle East Report: article on Hizballah in Lebanon

An article by Lara Deeb entitled "Hizballah: A Primer" from July 31, 2006 (during the Hizballah-Israel war).

Middle East Review of International Affairs

Electronic journal from the Global Research in International Affairs center in Herzliya, Israel.

Middle East Studies Association

A non-profit, non-partisan association of scholars and researchers working on the Middle East; also publishes a bulletin. Bulletin 

Middle East Studies Internet Resources

An on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the Middle East Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries.

Middle East Video Collection

An outreach center that offers access to films, videotapes, DVDs, and other teaching materials at a nominal charge to cover shipping and processing costs.

Middle East Youth Initiative: Facts About Middle Eastern Youth

Demographic information about the youth of the Middle East and the demographic challenges and opportunities presented by the youth bulge. Includes policy suggestions, publications, and links of organizations that deal with the Middle East youth.

Middle East/North Africa Internet Resource Guide

This guide was created to serve the needs of scholars, students, and interested individuals in finding and using Internet resources dealing with the Middle East.

Oriental Institute

This site from the University of Chicago provides electronic resources for the ancient Near East, photos, and a virtual museum.

Project Look Sharp

The "Media Construction of the Middle East: A Digital Media Literacy Curriculum" includes four units: Introducing the Middle East; Israel/Palestine--Histories in Conflict; War in Iraq--Whose Voice, Whose Story?; and Militant Muslims and the U.S. Also available is a 255-page downloadable teacher guide.

Project on Defense Alternatives-Special Topic Page: War Report

Compilations of analyses, key documents, and articles from various sources on the war in Iraq and its aftermath and the aftermath of the Afghanistan war; also includes links to other sites on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rethinking Schools

This outline map is a great way to start a unit on the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. Students can quiz themselves by dragging the name of each country to its location. The interactive map will indicate whether their choices are correct or incorrect.

Tales of Nasreddin Hodja

Nasreddin Hodja is a character in many Turkish folktales. The site contains his story, illustrations, a bibliography, teacher resources, and links.

The Iranian

The electronic news magazine from Iranians in California; offers political news from Iran as well as articles about Iranian culture.

Timeline: Mubarak’s Presidency

Interactive timeline, includes milestones in Mubarak’s presidency.

Transnational Broadcasting Studies

An electronic journal focused on the impact of media in the developing world, in particular the Middle East; published by the Adham School for Television Journalism at the American University in Cairo.

Turkish Hyperlinks

Yahoo's collection, ranging from the Assyrians to contemporary politics.

U.S.-Qatar Business Council

The U.S. - Qatar Business Council, a non-profit, private sector organization, was established in 1996 with the goal of promoting commercial relations between the United States and the State of Qatar.

US Energy Information Administration

Energy overviews and country analysis briefs for the Middle Eastern countries by the US government.  Brief by Country

World News Connection

An online news service offering an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information; affiliated with the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), the service is by subscription but has a free trial period.

World Press Review

The site contains articles about international news and politics, links to different opinion articles on various international conflicts, and a list of primary sources on current international affairs.

Yahoo's country pages

A jumping off point for non-specialist information, intended to pull together country-specific sites indexed by Yahoo.

Iraq Crisis

Project on Defense Alternative's Special Topic Page: War Report

The Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA) is a program of the Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit public policy research organization. The site contains a compilation of analyses, key documents, and articles from various sources on the war in Iraq and its aftermath and the aftermath of the Afghanistan war. Also includes links to other sites on Iraq and Afghanistan.

BBC Crisis in the Gulf Interactive Map

Click on the listed countries to get their opinion on the war in Iraq and related new stories.

Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq

Provides an archive of information about the humanitarian situation in Iraq up to May 2003; the "Iraq Reader" and "Guide to Sanctions" are especially informative; also contains a summary of UN Security Council Resolutions relating to Iraq as well as useful links to other Web resources regarding the latest issues.

Conflict in Iraq: Searching for Solutions

Lesson plan from The Choices Education Program, sponsored by Brown University, on the history of Iraq and the invasion, and the nature of the conflict today.

Energy Information Administration Iraq Analysis

Provides country analysis briefs for most nations; the Iraq brief presents a general background with a special focus on energy, oil, and water issues; also offers relevant links to other sources on the EIA web site.

Frontline: The War Behind Closed Doors

Site provides a link to Frontline's 52-minute long documentary, "The War Behind Closed Doors"; the "Readings and Links" page contains background readings, Bush administration documents, a chronology, analyses and a side bar that links to other Frontline documentaries related to Iraq.

Historiae: Basra and Southern Iraq Analysis

The site of noted Iraq scholar Reidar Visser, this project focuses on the situation in southern Iraq. Includes many interesting images of archived, professional images of Iraq in history.

Institute for War and Peace Report, News: Iraq

Because of violence on the ground, this project sometimes lags in uploading reports, but is very interesting because content has been written by young Iraqi reporters on the ground.

International Atomic Energy Association

The IAEA's site on its investigations in Iraq includes a photo gallery and links to relevant documents, resources, and video clips. Especially informative is the "Q&A Iraq" link under the resources right hand sidebar.

International Crisis Group: Middle East/North Africa Project Page

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, multinational organization that uses field-based analysis and advocacy to attempt to prevent and resolve conflict. On their Iraq/Iran/Gulf Project Page, they offer reports analyzing different aspects of the war in Iraq.

Iraq Analysis

This website contains an extensive list of translated documents, opinion polls, UN Security resolutions relevant to Iraq, financial estimates of the cost of the war, sites that document the cultural scene in Iraq, including websites for many Iraqi museums and archeological projects and findings. One section provides different sources of published mortality counts in Iraq.

PBS: News Hour Extra: Teaching the Iraq War

News Hour Extra's site on Teaching the Iraq War compiles related lesson plans with background information on all aspects of U.S.-Iraq relations and the war. Lessons include activity instructions, questions, correlations to national standards and links to handouts and related articles.

State Department Country Information: Iraq

The State Department's site on Iraq contains links to recent reports and speeches. Provides updated information and transcripts of important government releases and interviews. "Country Information" and "Highlights" sidebars are full of interesting links, especially the fact sheets.

UN Monitoring, Verification, & Inspection Commission

UNMOVIC is the organization running the much-discussed inspections in Iraq; the site tends to the technical-bureaucratic side, but the "Chronology of Main Events" link in the left side bar is succinct and up-to-date.

UN Office of the Iraq Program

This page contains a brief introduction to the UN's oil-for-food program. The sidebar on the left contains links to basic information in easy-to-read formats.

USIP Special Report: Establishing the Rule of Law in Iraq

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts; this Special Report focuses on what should be done after the war to establish the rule of law in Iraq.

What War Looks Like

"Rethinking Schools" is a publication for and by teachers whose aim is to exchange information on current events, education methods, and important policy issues; this article, written by Howard Zinn before the US invasion of Iraq, describes what war would mean to ordinary citizens in the US and Iraq.

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