Middle East Studies

Spring 2004 | Volume 23, Number 3 | Download PDF

Middle East Studies

President’s Message

The Center has collected and preserved important Middle Eastern research materials for more than 50 years. Although counter to short-term market economics, the Center's pursuit of this mission is essential to the long-term health of humanities and social science scholarship.

The Middle East - New Acquisitions for 2004

A summary of new Middle Eastern resource materials slated for Center acquisition in 2004, including a group of early 20th century Middle Eastern and Arab-American newspapers; British political and secret files on the creation of modern Iraq; links to the Center's Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Dissertations collections; and more.

The Middle East Microform Project: Past, Present, and Future

A 50th anniversary reflection on the Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) features a retrospective on MEMP's origins, contributing partners, and programs, plus an extensive review of new strategies and directions ranging from new preservation activities and infrastructural needs, to membership expansion and Middle East outreach and capacity building projects.

The Arab-American Press

A profile of Kansas State University professor Michael W. Suleiman, who has compiled a social and political history of Arab-Americans from newspapers and serials published by and for immigrant communities in North American cities with large Arab populations.

Mining the Middle East Political Web for Research

The World Wide Web has become a primary vehicle of political communication. As part of the Center's recent examination of scholars' analysis and harvesting of the Political Web, staff interviewed a number of humanities and social science researchers. This article focuses on the work of a researcher who studied how insurgent groups and activists in the Middle East use the Web to build constituencies.

The Ottoman Turkish Collection

The Center holds the personal library of books, serials and magazines of a missionary and scholar who lived in Turkey and conducted research on the Bektashi dervish order. The collection includes school instruction materials, cultural and religious tracts, mainstream newspapers, alternative press publications, satirical magazines, science journals, yearbooks, maps, and other materials dating from 1860-1928.

MERJ: The Middle East Research Journals Project

This project will provide bibliographic access, preservation microfilming, article-level indexing, and digital document delivery for more than 2,100 Middle Eastern journal titles.

Improving Access to Middle East Serials: OACIS for the Middle East

Yale University and a partnership of national and international institutions have combined resources and expertise on a project to collect and circulate important Middle Eastern periodicals through a freely accessible database called OACIS.

This ad from an April 10, 1948 edition of Sawt al-Ahrar, an Arab-American newspaper published in New York City, promotes a special edition of the Lebanese lottery to benefit the Arabs of Palestine.