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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators

World Guide

On the Web: Articles

Visiting the Powderkeg: A Chat with Ayad al-Quazzaz. Metta Spencer, Peace Magazine (7-9/02).

U.S. Mideast Power Plays, Raul Mahajan & Robert Jensen, Z Magazine (5/13/02). US support of Israel is about controlling Middle East’s oil resources, not achieving peace.

Fears, Again, of Oil Supplies at Risk. Neela Banerjee, NY Times (10/14/01). US dependency on foreign oil & its consequences for Middle East's ties to West.

Why U.S. anti-terrorist message won't fly in Islamic world. William O. Beeman, Pacific News Service (10/11/01). To Arabs, U.S. anti-terrorist actions look like latest version of colonialism.

Ten Things You Should Know about U.S. Policy in the Middle East. Stephen Zunes, Alternet (9/26/01). US involvement not conducive to peace in the region.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Al-Ahram Weekly. Cairo's venerable English-language paper; major source for Middle East news with moderate Arab perspective.

Al Bawaba: Middle East Gateway. Section for each country.

Arab American Republicans Against Bush.

Arab Film Distribution. Narrative, documentary & ethnographic films with English subtitles for educational use, & many videos for sale.

Arab World News

Council for the National Interest

News from Muslim perspective.

Middle East Media Research Institute. Monitors Middle East press from right-wing & Zionist point of view, providing translations into many languages of anti-American & anti-Semitic texts from Arabic language press. Useful as window onto extreme Islamicist political discourse, as well as on "crusader" mentality in contemporary US politics.

Middle East Realities. Informative newsletter.

Middle East Research & Information Project. Publishers of MERIP Report, an indispensable source.

University Arizona Middle Eastern Study Center

University of Durham (UK)

WWW Virtual Library

In the Library: Articles

Abu-Lughod, Janet. "The Islamic city: historic myth, Islamic essence, & contemporary relevance," International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 19 (1987):155-76.

Bayat, Asef. "The "street" and the politics of dissent in the Arab world,"
Middle East Report 226 (win 2003):10-17.

Beinin, Joel. "The working class & peasantry in the Middle East: from
economic nationalism to neoliberalism," Middle East Report 210 (spring

Chalala, Elie. "Kuwait invasion exposes contradictions & frustrations throughout Arab world," In These Times (10/24/90).

Doumato, Eleanor Abdella. "Economic restructuring in the Middle East: implications for women," Middle East Report 210 (spring 1999).

El Kodsy, Ahmad. Nationalism & Class Struggles in the Arab World (special issue of Monthly Review, 7-8/70).

Falk, Richard. "The cruelty of geopolitics: the fate of the nation & state in the Middle East," Millennium 20 (1991):383-93.

Gallagher, Charles F. "Language, culture & ideology: the Arab world," in Kalman Silvert (ed.) Expectant Peoples: Nationalism & Development (NY: Vintage, 1967), pp. 199-230. Concise introduction to Arab nationalism.

Gleick, Peter H. "War, water & peace in the Middle East," Environment 36,3 (1994):6-15, 35-42.

Hanieh, Adam. "The WWW in Palestine: an informational & organizing tool,"
Middle East Report 213 (win 1999).

Levine, Mark. "Chart of the national elections in the middle east & the
Arab world since 1980," Middle East Report 209 (win 1999)

Lewis, Bernard. "The map of the Middle East: a guide for the perplexed," American Scientist 58,1 (1989):19-38.

Manners, Ian R. & Barbara McKean Parmenter. "The Middle East: a geographical essay" (unpub. paper, 1996), in M. Klein & A. McIntyre (es.) September 11: Contexts & Consequences: An Anthology (xeroxed reader, Berkeley, 2001).

McMurray, David. "Recent trends in Middle East migration," Middle East
211 (summ 1999).

Reynolds, Dwight. "Language, translation, culture, conflict," Prism (mar 1991).

Seale, Patrick. “A costly friendship,” Nation (7/21-28/03):39-44. Review essay on Bass, Support Any Friend: Kennedy’s Middle East & the Making of the US-Israel Alliance.

Smith, Gordon C. "The emergence of the Middle East," Journal of Contemporary History 3,3 (1968):3-17.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Abou-Saif, Laila. Middle East Journal: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of the Arab World (NY, 1990).

Abu-Lugod, Ibrahim. The Arab Rediscovery of Europe (Princeton, 1963).

Bass, Warren. Support Any Friend: Kennedy’s Middle East & the Making of the US-Israel Alliance (NY: U. of Oxford, 2003).

Beinin, Joel. Workers & Peasants in the Modern Middle East (NY: Cambridge, 2001).

Blake, Gerald; John Dewdney & Jonathan Mitchell. The Cambridge Atlas of the Middle East & North Africa (Cambridge, 1987).

Bowen, Donna Lee & Evelyn A. Early. Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2003).

Bulloch, John. Water Wars: Coming Conflicts in the Middle East (London: Victor Gollancz, 1993).

Chomsky, Noam. Middle East Illusions: Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Cleveland, William L. A History of the Modern Middle East (2nd ed.; Boulder: Westview, 1999).

Dawisha, Adeed. Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair (Princeton NJ: Princeton U.,2003).

Eickelman, Dale F. & Jon W. Anderson (eds.) New Media in the Muslim World (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2000).

Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. The Arab World: Forty Years of Change (NY, 199?).

__________ (ed.) Remembering Childhood in the Middle East: Memoirs from a Century of Change (Austin: U. Texas, 2002).

Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace. The Fall of the Ottoman Empire & the Creation of the Modern Middle East (NY, 1989).

Gellner, Ernest (ed.) Islamic Dilemmas: Reformers, Nationalists, Industrialization (NY: Mouton, 1985).

Glass, Charles. Tribes With Flags:A Dangerous Passage Through the Chaos of the Middle East NY: Atlantic Monthly, 1990).

Goldberg, Ellis; Resat Kasaba & Joel Migdal (eds.) Rules & Rights in the Middle East: Democracy, Law, & Society (Seattle: U. of Washington, 1993).

Gopin, Marc. Holy War, Holy Peace. How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East (NY: Oxford, 2002).

Hardy, Roger. Arabia after the Storm: Internal Stability of the Gulf Arab
(London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1992).

Held, Colbert C. Middle East Patterns: Places, Peoples & Politics (3rd ed.; Boulder: Westview, 2000).

Henry, Clement M. & Robert Springborg. Globalization & the Politics of Development in the Middle East (Cambridge, 2001).

Hentsch, Thierry. Imagining the Middle East (Montreal: Black Rose, 199?).

Hiro, Dilip. Inside the Middle East (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982).

__________. Dictionary of the Middle East (NY: St. Martin's, 1996).

Hourani, Albert & Malise Ruthven. A History of the Arab Peoples (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2003).

Karsh, Efraim & Inari Karsh. Empires of Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923. (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2003).

Little, Douglas. American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945 (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 2002)

Ismael, Tareq Y. Middle East Politics Today. Government & Civil Society (Gainesville, 2001).

Issawi, Charles. The Economic History of the Middle East, 1800-1914 (Chicago, 1966).

Joseph, Suad (ed.) Gender & Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse NY: Syracuse U., 2000).

__________ & Susan Syomovics (eds.) Women & Power in the Middle East (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania, 2001).

Karim, Karim H. The Islamic Peril: Media & Global Violence (Montreal: Black Rose, 2001).

Keay, John. Sowing the Wind: The Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East (London: John Murray, 2003).

Kepel, Gilles. Bad Moon Rising: A Chronicle of the Middle East Today (London: Saqih, 2003). Middle East scholar's account (first published in Le Monde) of travels in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, the Emirates, Palestine, Israel & the US during months following 9/11/01.

Khoury, Philip S. & Joseph Kostiner (eds.) Tribes & State Formation in the Middle East (Berkeley: U. California, 1990).

Kostiner, Joseph. Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2000).

Lesch, David W. 1979: The Year that Shaped the Modern Middle East (Boulder: Westview, 2001).

Makiya, Kanan [Samir al-Khalil]. Cruelty & Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising & the Arab World (NY: Norton, 1993).

McDowell, David. Europe & the Arabs: Discord & Symbiosis (London: Royal
Institute of International Affairs, 1992).

Meriwether, Margaret Lee & Judith E. Tucker. A Social History of Women & Gender in the Modern Middle East (Boulder: Westview, 1999).

Miller, Judith. God Has Ninety-Nine Names (NY, 1996).

Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War: June 1967 & the Making of the Modern Middle East (NY: Oxford, 2002).

Pollack, Kenneth M. Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 (Lincoln: U. Nebraska, 2002).

Richards, Alan (ed.) Food, States & Peasants: Analyses of the Agrarian Question in the Middle East (Boulder: Westview, 1986).

__________ & John Waterbury. A Political Economy of the Middle East (2nd ed.; Boulder, Westview, 1996).

Roberts, Hugh. An Urban Profile of the Middle East (London: Croom Helm, 1979).

Sa'adawi, Nawal. The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World (London: Zed, 1980).

Sennott, Charles M. The Body & the Blood: The Middle East's Vanishing Christians & the Possibility for Peace (NT: Public Affairs, 2002).

Shaw, Stanford J. The Jews of the Ottoman Empire & the Turkish Republic (NY: NYU, 1991).

Shabbas, Audrey (ed.) Arab World Studies Notebook (Berkley: AWAIR, 1998).

Telhami, Shibley. The Stakes: America and the Middle East (Boulder: Westview, 2002).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Johnson-Davis, Denys. Arabic Short Stories (U. of California, 1994).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Arab World" (1991), 5 videocassettes, 30m each. From Mystic Fire Video.

"Al Jazeera: Voice of Arabia" [2003], dir. Tewfik Hakem, 52m. From First Run/Icarus. Behind-the-scenes look at the controversial independent satellite TV channel based in Qatar.

"The Perfumed Garden" [2000], dir. Yamina Benguigui, 52m. From First Run/Icarus. Explores sexual myths & realities in contemporary Arab society.

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