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World History by Region: Middle East

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In the boxes on this page, you will find links and citations to information resources on the history of the Middle East.

For advice on finding books on your topic, see the 'How to Find Books' tab of the World History (generally) research guide.

World History by Region: Middle East

Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa.  
[online resource; UCSB IP addresses only]
- Illuminates the lives of the most influential and controversial figures in the Middle East and North Africa who came to prominence during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Encyclopedia of the modern Middle East
New York: Macmillan Reference, 1996.
- Ref DS43 .E53 1996 v.1-4

The Oxford encyclopedia of the Islamic world.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Ref DS35.53 .O96 2009  v.1-6

The Oxford encyclopedia of the modern Islamic world.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
- Ref DS35.53 .O95 1995 v.1-4


Gelvin, James L. The modern Middle East: a history.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Main Library DS62.4 .G37 2016

A companion to the ancient Near East
Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
- Ref DS57 .C56 2005

A companion to the history of the Middle East
Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
- Main Library DS62 .C63 2005 

Crossroads of war: a historical atlas of the Middle East.
Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
- Ref G2206.S1 B3 2014

Historical atlas of the Middle East.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
- Ref G2206.S1 F7 1993


Additional Reference Sources for World History by Region (Middle East):

Additional encyclopedias are listed on the United States History research guide, under the "Reference Sources" → "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" tab.

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Primary sources provide immediate, firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an event or topic.

Examples of primary sources include letters and diaries; photographs, audio and motion picture recordings; transcribed speeches; books, newspapers and magazines published during the period under consideration; government documents and other publications; oral histories, autobiographies and memoirs; and even artifacts, like clothing, furniture, and other items of material culture from the period.

History: Middle East: Primary Sources
Links to primary source collections, from the University of Washington.


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