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Middle East and Islamic Studies Guide: The Modern Middle East

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Confidential Print: Middle East

The Confidential Print series has been issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since c. 1820. The content consists of reports, dispatches, correspondence, political summaries, economical analysis, and description of leading personalities The collection covers a broad sweep of history from c. 1839 to 1969, taking in the countries of the Arabian peninsula, the Levant, Iraq, Turkey and many of the former Ottoman lands in Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan.


Cambridge Archive Editions

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Archive Editions publications provide thousands of original documents, as well as numerous maps, on the national heritage and political development of many countries. AE material is particularly rich for the study of boundary formation, claims and disputes amd modern political development of the Arabian peninsula and Arab/Persian Gulf.

U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009

Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half-dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

World War I

Drawn from archives across the globe, this wonderful collection of primary source documents offers a remarkable window on the lives and experiences of men and women during the First World War.

On Microfilm

Middle East Microform Sets
Please consult BobCat for more detailed information on specific titles and holdings.
Film and fiche are located on Lower Level 2 of Bobst Library unless otherwise indicated.

E-Resources on the History of Afghanistan and Pakistan

Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia

Primary Sources in Translation


Images, Maps and Photographs from the Middle East

Access to Middle East and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

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