A digital cultural heritage collection of the Middle East and North Africa, incorporating content from institutions around the world. Includes a wide variety of materials including oral histories, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, maps, letters, serials, books, and more.
Links to secondary sources, primary sources, and educational websites. Includes sources about the Pre-Islamic Arab world; Muhammed and foundations; Islamic faith and theology; Islamic expansion and empire; the Caliphate; The Persians, Turks, and Ottomans; the expansion eastward; Islamic Africa; interactions with the West; the Western intrusion; Islamic nationalism; Islamic world since 1945; Islamic history maps; and more. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project in the History department at Fordham University.
This list of guides provides access to many useful resources at the Library of Congress and elsewhere. Please keep in mind that the listed resources include those that are digital as well as resources that are only available in person at the Library of Congress. Digital resources include maps, some freely accessible databases, images, manuscripts, etc. Some sources are in English; some are in the language of the country.
An archive of (primary source) declassified national security documents. Search by country or region. Of special interest: Go to Postings > Briefing Books > Under Browse, select region: Middle East.
See also the Digital National Security Archive under "Primary Source Databases."
Digital Visual Primary Sources: Maps, Photography, and Posters
Thousands of images from the holdings of the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library focusing on the countries of Asia and the Middle East. From the digital collections of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Libraries.
The collection consists of the personal accounts of 134 individuals who played major roles in or were eyewitnesses to important political events in Iran from the 1920s to the 1980s. Of these, 118 narratives have been digitized and are available to researchers through this database.