Middle East Resources
[Dewey numbers: 915.6; 956]
 Issues  Maps & Geography  People


Al-Bawaba: The Middle East Gateway - http://www.albawaba.com/
With a title taken from the Arabic word for "gateway," this site, based in Jordan is a portal to all things Middle Eastern. Includes links to such topics as: News & Media; Computer & Internet; Education & Academia; Health & Family; Autos & Vehicles; Religion & Philosophy; Sports & Recreation; Business & Economy; Culture & Society; Governments & Organizations; Lifestyle & Entertainment; References & Resources; Science & Technology; and Travel & Tourism. Tabs across the top of the page are linked to information on all of the countries of the Middle East (except for Israel.)
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (Crisis in America) - http://www.adc.org/
"The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-sectarian, non-partisan is the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk and has chapters nationwide."
ArabNet - http://www.arab.net/welcome.html
Over 1,800 links to information resources about the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
The Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com/
The Jerusalem Post is the major newspaper in Israel.
SCORE Middle East - http://www.rims.k12.ca.us/SCORE/grade10/
Collection of links to information about the countries and people of the Middle East, including their issues, conflicts and culture.
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook - http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/islam/islamsbook.html
This "Sourcebook" has links to all aspects on the history of the religion of the Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. The table of contents has links to sections on the following topics: The Pre-Islamic Arab World; Muhammad and Foundations - to 632 CE; Islamic Faith and Theology; Islamic Expansion and Empire; The Caliphate; The Persians; The Turks; The Ottomans; The Expansion Eastwards; Interaction with the West (including the Crusades); The Western Intrusion (up to World War I); Islamic Nationalism; The Islamic World since 1945; (including the Palestine/Israel Conflict); Islamic History Maps; and Further Resources on Islamic History.
Welcome To Palestine - http://www.palestine-net.com/
A Web site dedicated to providing information about Palestine and related matters.
AET Book Club - http://www.middleeastbooks.com
"Welcome to the AET Book Club. The American Educational Trust is a non-profit, non-partisan organization incorporated in 1982 in Washington, DC, by retired U.S. Foreign Service Officers. For the past eighteen years, the American Educational Trust has been promoting U.S.-Middle East understanding with an emphasis on informed debate on the Arab-Israeli peace process. Early in AETís development, its founders recognized the need for quality books about the region and U.S. policies there."
Arab American Institute (AAI) - http://www.arab-aai.org
"The Arab American Institute was organized in 1985 to represent Arab American interests in government and politics. AAI provides leadership training and strategies in electoral politics and policy issues that concern Arab Americans. The institute serves as a clearinghouse for Arab American participation in national, state and local politics and government;   research on the Arab American constituency; and a forum for consensus positions on pressing domestic and foreign policy matters. Through its board and staff, AAI acts as a resource to U.S. opinion and policy makers on a range of Arab American policy concerns, including U.S. Middle East policy and political trends in the Arab world."
Arab World and Islamic Resources and School Services (AWAIR) - http://www.awaironline.org/
AWAIR "represents the long-term efforts by Audrey Shabbas and colleagues who share commitment to quality materials and services for educators teaching about the Arab World and about Islam at the pre-college level." This site sells resources for teaching Arab/Islamic studies and has information about workshops offered by the editor of the site.
International Institute of Islamic Thought - http://www.iiit.org
 The Institute is an intellectual forum working from an Islamic perspective to promote and support research projects, organize intellectual and cultural meetings and publish scholarly works. It has established a distinct intellectual trend in Islamic thought which relates to the vivid legacy of the Ummah (Muslim nation), and its continuous efforts of intellectual and methodological reform. This involves a large number of researchers and scholars from various parts of the world.
IslamiCity - http://www.islamicity.com/
"Explore, Discover and Learn at the Global Muslim eCommunity." Has links to such topics as: Bazar & Shopping; Communications; Community & Social; Education Center; Business & Finance; News & Media Center; Mosque & Religious; Multimedia Center; Travel Center and World ePort Center. One page which particularly helpful about Islam is: Understanding Islam - http://islamicity.com/Mosque/uiatm/un_islam.htm.
Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) - http://reenic.utexas.edu/menic/meoc
 MEOC is a "non-profit organization working to increase public knowledge about the peoples, places, and cultures of the Middle East, including Israel, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan. MEOC resources are apolitical and non-partisan. They are directed primarily the k-12, college and community levels. Click on "Members Web Sites" for a list of resources from the various participating organizations and universities. (University of Texas)
Middle East Policy Council - http://www.mepc.org
Nahr el-Hayat - http://www.alif.com/film
The Arab-American Mirror - http://www.alif.com/mirror
Kalimat.net & Yomna.com - http://www.Arabic-words.com
Arabic News - http://www.Arabicnews.com
Lebnet.com Lebanese Community Site - http://www.lebnet.com
Maktoob; Arabic Online Community - http://www.maktoob.com

Maps & Geography

Maps of the West Bank and Gaza - http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/GazaStrip.html
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection provides 18 images of West Bank and Gaza Strip maps. Show relationships between different parties, issues, and events over a period of many years, including Israeli settlements and Palestinian refugee camps. The maps were mostly produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Maps of the Middle East - http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/middle_east.html
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection provides images of Middle East maps for individual countries, showing political and geographical features. The maps were mostly produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Historical Maps of the Middle East - http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/historical/history_middle_east.html
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection provides images of Middle East maps going back more than 100 years.
Israel and Middle East - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/atlas/asia/israel.html
Basic information about Israel, plus map of the country and surrounding Middle East area (which you can click on to enlarge.) Shows West Bank and Golan Heights.
Lebanon and the Middle East - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/atlas/asia/lebano.html
Basic information about Lebanon, plus map of the country and surrounding Middle East area (which you can click on to enlarge.)
The Kingdom of Jordan - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/atlas/asia/jordan.html
Basic information about Jordan, plus map of the country and surrounding Middle East area (which you can click on to enlarge.) Shows West Bank and Golan Heights.
Outline Map: Africa, The Middle East, and Mediterranean - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/ssmaps/afripol.html
Use this outline map to demonstrate relationships between countries and regions of this part of the world.
Outline Map: Mediterranean and Eastern Hemisphere - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/ssmaps/easthemi.html
Use this outline map to demonstrate relationships between countries and regions of this part of the world.

Middle East Issues

Fact Sheet on the Middle East Peace Process - http://www1.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/peace_background.html
U.S. Department of State has prepared a "Fact Sheet" which outlines the latest peace process in the Middle East, which began in 1991.
The Mideast's Many Facets - http://www.abcnews.com/sections/world/mideast_index/index.html
From ABC News Online: "The breadth and complexity of issues tugging at the Israelis and Palestinians provide both barriers to and, perhaps, opportunities for achieving peace. The history, land and culture embroils the people of the region in its grasp. Read the latest news from today or glance over recent headlines about the region."
The Middle East Situation - http://www1.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/middle_east.html
The Online Newshour has provided extensive, in-depth coverage of the Middle East situation on their nightly news program. Here they make the transcripts of their programs available in full text since October 24, 1995. Includes regular interviews with the key players in the negotiations and events.
The Middle East Section: Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/mideast.htm
This section of the Washington Post has links to articles about recent events in the Middle East, and also links to special pages on each of the countries in the Middle East.


Time Magazine Men of the Year 1994: Rabin and Arafat - http://www.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/domestic/1994/940103/940103.cover.middleeast.html
This Time magazine article gives a glimpse into two key people in the Middle East, Yitzak Rabin and Yasser Arafat. Article also explores the problems of the region, and how these two men have played their part to resolve the issues.

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