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Middle East history

Welcome - Merhaba - أهلا وسهلا - Hoşgeldiniz - خوش آمدید ! This guide focuses on historical, archival and primary sources for the history of the Middle East. It is tailored to the courses offered by the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies.


The African Online Digital Library (AODL) is a portal to multimedia collections about Africa. MATRIX, working in cooperation with the African Studies Center at Michigan State University, is partnering with universities and cultural heritage organizations in Africa to build this resource. Plans are underway to add digital tools in order to enable scholars to work with and add to these materials.

Full texts from the Sykes-Picot agreement through Camp David, Mitchell and Tenet. Includes documents beyond 2001.

BHO is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the history of the British Isles, including administrative, legal, and parliamentary documents. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world and their learning and research.

CPS offers plethora of online resources on and about Palestine from the Sykes-Picot agreement to the Edward Said Archive.

  • EuroDocs. Richard Hacken, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.

Eurodocs gives acces to sources for the History of Europe, including legal and governmental documents, transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries. The France and the UK sections offer some documents related to their respective colonial history.

This sourcebook includes scholarly articles and primary source documents in a variety of subject areas.

The internet library sub-Saharan Africa (ilissAfrica) is a portal that offers an integrated access to relevant scientific conventional and digital information resources on the sub-Saharan Africa region. Information scattered on private or institutional websites, databases or library catalogues is brought together in order to facilitate research.

Jara'id is an open archives of Palestinian newspaper hosted on the National Library of Israel website. It includes 38 titles published between 1908 and 1948 in Arabic.

LLMC is a non-profit cooperative of libraries dedicated to the twin goals of, preserving legal titles and government documents, while making copies inexpensively available digitally through its on-line service LLMC-Digital.

This collection of maps covers much of Palestine’s modern history. While many of these maps represent PASSIA’s own work, others are drawn from secondary sources – as indicated beneath the individual maps.

The Palestinian Revolution is a platform making available hundreds of primary source materials (in Arabic and English translation) relating to the "Palestinian revolutionary practice and thought" between 1948 and 1982. The Cadres section which includes filmed interviews with Palestinian revolutionary cadres is continually updated.

Shared Heritage is a collaborative effort of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) and Middle Eastern heritage/research libraries to digitize textual documents, photographs, maps, etc. covering the Levant including Iraq and Arabia Petrea from 1798 to 1945.

The UN website includes digital copies of most work documents produced from1993, Security Council, General Assembly, and Economic and Social Council Resolutions from 1946, in addition to reports, agreements and legal instruments, statistics, etc.

This digital collection offers a wide selection of documents (maps of peoples and kingdoms, colonial history, physical map, antique maps, nautical maps, full text books, journal articles), primarily in French, covering the entire African continent in the 18th and 19th century. A whole section of the website is dedicated to the history of French colonial policy in Africa (1830-1945).


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