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Middle East Studies and Research @ Pitt: Getting Started

This guide is designed to provide selected high-quality resources for those interested in the Middle East and North Africa.

About This Guide . . .

This LibGuide is designed to provide you with scholarly, high-quality print-based and web-based resources about the Middle East.

It also identifies major national and international resources. The information included here is not all inclusive and  should be treated as starting points for your research.  The tabs at the top of the page will connect you to categories of resources and information.

What is the Middle East?

The Middle East refers to a set of countries located in North Africa, the Persian Gulf region, and Southwest Asia. These countries differ immensely geographically, politically, socially, economically, and culturally. However, they are collectively referred to as the "Middle East" because of their proximity to each other. 

Broadly, the Middle East encompasses the following areas:

  • Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey (the Fertile Crescent)
  • Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia (part of Northern Africa)
  • Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait,  Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (part of Southwest Asia)

This guide includes both general Middle East resources and by country resources of external web resources.  Individual country pages include links to general history and culture related websites, as well as news resources and official government websites. 

Map of the Middle East

Liaison Librarian and Reference / Instruction

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Christopher Lemery
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