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Muslims in a Global Context - Oakland Campus: Resources by Country

This guide provides selected high-quality resources for those interested in Muslims around the world and in Islam. It features both subject and religious databases and links as well as pages for related mini-courses.

Resources by Country

Here you can find a country-by-country list of external web resources.  The page for each country includes links to general history and culture related websites, as well as news resources and official government websites. 

The Gulf States countries:

Countries in Asia:

Countries in Central Asia (former Soviet Union)

What are the Gulf States?

      The Persian Gulf (In Farsi: Khaleej-é-Farrs)
is the mass of water located between the Iranian peninusla and the Arab states of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman. [Definition fromt the Urban Dictionary]
      The "Gulf States" are generally regarded as the six countries on the Arabian peninsula that border the Persian Gulf -- Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman. These six countries are all monarchies and member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also known as the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG).  Iraq, which has a very small southern exposure on the gulf (36 miles of coastline), is not usually regarded as a "Gulf State." 
      CSIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC defines the Gulf a bit more broadly as all of the countries that touch on the Persian Gulf.  They include 8 countries -- the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, and Iran.

Country Profiles & Information

Liaison Librarian and Reference / Instruction

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Lois Kepes
G20-X Hillman Library (Ground Floor)


Tuesday evening appointments often available.

Credit for Country Pages

These country pages were researched and created by Dawnlyn Diehl, MLIS Graduate Student Intern at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and 2013.

Disclaimer about external resources

The links provided under the "External Web Resources" heading have been culled from independent sources.  Some are personal web pages, business pages, newspapers, government websites, etc. and most are not scholarly.