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  • Directory of resources with brief annotations. Included are sections for Indexes & Directories a Digital Library News & Media sources the status of Women in Afghanistan Organizations and the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, and Al-Quida.
  • Extensive links about Afghanisan, the United States, and their relations.
  • "This short guide aims to provide an introduction to resources for the study of Afghanistan's rich heritage from prehistoric to modern, representing many cultures, religions, and dynasties."
  • News, opinion pieces, and information on 22 Arab nations in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • AMEEL is an electronic library about the Middle East. It is a digital collection ofinformation.
  • Provides links to relevant websites.
  • Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government of the Middle East.
  • Sections include an overview, facts, leaders, and links to media resources.
  • The full text of this recently published title, in which "David B. Edwards traces the lives of threerecent Afghan leaders in Afghanistan's history--Nur Muhammad Taraki, Samiullah Safi, and Qazi Amin Waqad--to explain how the promise of progress and prosperity that animated Afghanistan in the 1960s crumbled and became the present tragedy of discord,destruction, and despair." Includes a glossary and bibliography.
  • "The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) is the only academic center in the United States focusing essentially on the Arab world--the region from Morocco to the Gulf."
  • Resource for ancient Egyptian history, with images, text, and bibliographies.
  • Links to notable documents in Middle Eastern History.
  • Background information about people, countries, and political or religious issues of North Africa and the Middle East. Covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
  • Provides background information for events in the Middle East. Includes a timeline of key event from 1900 a thematic section viewing "events through the lens of politics, science, economics, and more: and a section for "big picture questions" featuring essays and lesson plans.
  • Links arranged in the following categories: Pre-Islamic Arab World Muhammad and Foundations - to 632 CE Islamic Faith and Theology Islamic Expansion and Empire Caliphate Persians Turks Ottomans Expansion Eastwards Interaction wwith the West Western Intrusion Islamic Nationalism Islamic World since 1945 Islamic History Maps further resources on Islamic History.
  • This site provides "links by topical categories to resources primarily in English providing nformation on Iraq concerning conflict, weapons inspections,and post-war reconstruction." From the United States Institute of Peace.
  • Directory of links from Columbia University.
  • "Columbia University's collection of Middle East Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa (in the broadest sense) available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the Middle East Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from the Middle East are organized by region, country and subject."
  • Guide to Middle East Websites.
  • A site meant for interested readersand beginning students of the Palestine/Israel conflict. Provides texts of reports, policy statements, and other documents from 1915 to the present. Some introductory text has been appended to each document in order toput it into context.
  • Directory of links and other resources from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Directory of major information sources, divided into subject areas and by country or region, about and from the Middle East.
  • "The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies. It provides access to online information and to digital records of printed and other offline media and thus supports the concept of a hybrid library for Middle East and Islamic Studies."
  • A union list of serials from or about the Middle East. The mission of OACIS is to improve access to Middle Eastern serials in libraries in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Provides an overview of the history and issues of the establishment of Palestine. Includes maps and a database of United Nations documents.
  • Information on geography, history, and current issues. Includes an annotated list of links to othter Kurdistan Web resources.

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