This resource offers free and open access to the rich cultural legacy of the Middle East and North Africa by bringing together digitized collections from many libraries and museums across the globe. It includes collections of periodicals, manuscripts, art, photography, and more.
A collection of British policy papers, documents and marginalia from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers. Begins with early 20th century British interests in the Middle East, continues through the establishment of Israel and on to British diplomatic relations with Israel and the Arab States in the early 1970s. Part of Archives Unbound.
The collection covers Middle Eastern history from 1839-1969; countries included are: Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Persia, Suez Canal, Turkey, Jordan, Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Syria. The series originated out of a need for the British Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. Part of Archives Direct.
Digitized documents from several members of this important commission. During the summer of 1919, a delegation under the leadership of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King and Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane travelled to areas of the former Ottoman territories. Their mission was to determine the wishes of the people of the region as their future was being determined by the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference. The King-Crane Commission, as it became known, met delegations and invited written petitions from various religious and political groups. This digital collection unifies the archival records of Commission members for the first time. It also includes resources on conducting research in the collection.
It's highly recommended to read the Tips... at the FULL INTRODUCTION TO THE K-C DIGITAL COLLECTION, to maximize your experience and find all relevant materials in this amazing collection of printed & hand-written documents, as well as photographs of their voyage to the region.
Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content. It provides access to more than 15,000 volumes, with particular strengths in late 19th and early 20th century texts.
The Afghanistan Digital Library aims to retrieve and restore the first sixty years of Afghanistan’s published cultural heritage. The project collects, catalog, digitizes, and provides access to as many of Afghan publications as possible from 1871–1930.
Image database of Persian historical documents from Iran and Central Asia up to the 20th century. Includes "public" and "private" documents: royal decrees and orders, official correspondence, and shari'a court documents, such as contracts of sale and lease, vaqf deeds, marriage contracts, and court orders.
The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is a vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and its wider regions. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualized explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic. The QDL results from a partnership between the British Library and the Qatar National Library to digitize a wide range of content from the British Library's collections relating to the history of Qatar and the Gulf region, Arabic culture, and the Islamic world.
Cambridge Archive Editions Online is the first-ever digital presentation of the exceptionally well-known and respected series of British archival reprints, known as Archive Editions (UK). Britain's rich history with Middle Eastern countries via its East India Company trade routes up through the Persian Gulf & beyond is revealed in the 100+ individual titles on countries in the Middle Eastern collection. The Slavic & Balkan collection delivers a good introduction to the Balkan region, particularly concerning political & ethnic boundary issues. Titles in the East/Southeast Asian collection deliver insight with historic political & economic reports. All volumes are entirely composed of primary source material, from the British Foreign Record Office & other official British archival repositories.
The collection includes telegrams and periodic diplomatic reports by Ottoman diplomatic agents (dispatches, dépêches) in Brussels and replies and instructions by their superiors in Istanbul, as well as some letters by Ottoman consuls in Belgium and by Ottoman ambassadors or ministers in other European capitals.
Resources from the University Archives, Rare and Special Books, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, Oral History Interviews, Regional Architecture Collections, and Photography Collections are included. Among the many fascinating collections are the Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings, images from the 1882 bombardment of Alexandria, etc.
Archive Alsharekh is an online repository of literary and cultural magazines from around the Arab world and its diasporas. It holds digitized versions of important journals such as Al-Adab, Sh'ir, and Al-Karmel.
The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive sheds light on a timeline of over two centuries of Palestinian narratives told from a history-from-below perspective. It focuses on the average Palestinian who might be overlooked or distanced by history. The project also aims to promote a culture of safekeeping and digital archiving, as well as raise awareness about the importance or archives and their limitless possibilities.
The Arabian Gulf Digital Archives (“AGDA”) is an online archive that has been created to showcase historical and cultural material that tells the story of the rich, intriguing and complex history of the Arabian Gulf. The National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates (“NLA”) collects documents of special historical value to the UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council states and the Arabian Peninsula, both from within the UAE and from abroad. It works to preserve the UAE’s unique culture, heritage and traditions and is part of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the UAE.
Complete, full-text archive of the New York Times, from its first issue on September 18, 1851, through 2009. NOTE: The newspaper was titled the New York Daily Times from 1851 to 1857. In 1857, its name was changed to the New York Times.
The Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection includes 84 fully-digitized publications from the region from 1870 to present. Most of the publications included are in Arabic, though there are also titles in English and French.
This website, from the Zentrum Moderner Orient, provides a chronology of nineteenth-century periodicals in Arabic.
Although it is meant to include all periodicals published in Arabic or in Arabic and in another language (like the usual pair of Arabic and Ottoman Turkish) or in Arabic written in a different script (like Judeo-Arabic) in the period from 1800 to 1900, this chronology is certainly incomplete. Furthermore, there remain numerous problems with dating and locating individual publications as well as identifying their owners, editors, or publishers. A common problem is that journals with different editors used the same title or the same editors published periodicals under different titles.