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History Research Guide: Middle East

Middle East History Research Links

Here are links for sources on Middle East history topics.

To find articles and books on this topic, also see the pages for

[Studio portrait of models wearing traditional clothing from the
provinces of Hedjaz (Hejaz), Yemen and Tripoli, Ottoman Empire] [1873] from Library of Congress [ LC-USZC4-11842].

Country Background Information

Use these links to find background information about a country, including historical information. Or start research using both of the interactive maps below.

CIA World FactbookCIAO Atlas

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Books to get started


Use the search box to find history books in the library. 

  • You can also search WorldCat and request books from other libraries.

Here are some encyclopedias or other general books on history of the Middle East available online or at the library.