There are lists upon lists of relevant links. Here is one small oasis for the weary surfer.








last update 2/2013




• Abu Aardvark's Middle East Blog
[Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. Lynch began writing his influential Middle East politics blog Abu Aardvark under a pseudonym in 2002, and began blogging under his own name in the spring of 2005.]

• Culture and International Affairs
[Bill Beeman is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. Based on hisextensive research experience in Iran and Central Asia, he frequently writes op-ed columns in the media.]

• Informed Comment
[Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. He has been a regular guest on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! and many others. He has also given many radio and press interviews. He has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the increasing conflict with Iran.]

• Islam, Muslims, and an Anthropologist
[Blog of Professor Gabriele Marranci, an anthropologist studying Muslim communities. This Blog starts from his professional, as well as personal interest, in understanding Muslim societies and, in more general terms, the challenges which we, as human beings, face in this new millennium.]

• Kamil Pasha: Turkey, and the thoughts and fiction of Jenny White
["I am an author and scholar, a professor of anthropology at Boston University, specializing in contemporary Turkish culture, politics and society. I have published two scholarly books on contemporary Turkey and two novels in the Kamil Pasha series: The Sultan’s Seal and The Abyssinian Proof (a third, The Winter Thief, will be published in March 2010). For more information about my books and some background history, check out my website:"]

• Muftah
[Muftah represents a new voice in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) policy making. In Arabic, the term “muftah” signifies an “opening” or “something which opens”, and is most frequently used to refer to a key. For the founders of Muftah, the “key” to crafting effective U.S. foreign policy towards MENA is understanding the region from within, and not exclusively in terms of U.S. interests. Accordingly, Muftah challenges policy makers to look at the region through a MENA-focused lens, which captures the varying interests and competing forces that continue to shape the region. Muftah supports this endeavor by illuminating the internal issues that face MENA and its countries, from developments in domestic politics and national economies, to the influence of religion and youth culture upon these societies. Muftah also explores both the relationship between the United States and the governments in MENA, as well as the relations between MENA countries and the impact of their changing alliances and animosities on the global stage.]

• The New Middle East
[Blog of Dr. Eric Davis, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.]

• Science and Religion News
[Tracking news relevant to the interplay of science & religion - including scientific debates taking place in the Islamic world.]

• Sociology of Islam and Muslims
["This newsletter is published from individual contributors, mailing list posts, web and other resources, and as such it represents a diverse set of views."]

• Tikun Olam
["I’ve been writing Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, since February, 2003. It focuses on Israeli-Palestinian peace but includes commentary on U.S. politics, a world music mp3 blog, and other writing on Jewish life, literature, and culture. I also created the Israel Palestine Forum, a discussion forum for progressives about the I-P conflict. Israel Palestine Blogs aggregates 50 peace blogs writing about the conflict. I wrote a chapter for the Independent Jewish Voices essay collection, A Time to Speak Out. I contributed to Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, and the Los Angeles Times and write regularly for the Guardian’s Comment Is Free and Alternet. Firedoglake’s The Seminal just invited me to become a featured diarist." Richard Silverstein]

• Uncommon Commentary
[Syndicated columnists for Agence Global, affiliated with The Nation. This site includes commentary by William O. Beeman, Richard Bulliet, Juan Cole, Mark Hertsgaard, Rami G. Khouri, Patrick Seale and Immanuel Wallerstein.]

• Virtually Islamic
["This blog is written by Dr Gary R. Bunt, a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales Lampeter, and Programme Director for the MA Islamic Studies. An early version of this blog started in 2000, but it assumed its present form in 2003; my first website in this research area – Islamic Studies Pathways - started in 1996 (a long time ago in ‘web years’). This blog is an attempt to draw together headlines and commentary associated with all aspects of Islam, Muslims and the Internet – to augment and update the content of my academic publications in that research area."]

• Your Middle East
["We’re doing what BBC, CNN and the rest of the mainstream media can’t. Disrupting the global newsflow with a unique digital media about the Middle East and North Africa. Launched at the end of 2011, Your Middle East is a new type of media that is network based, fast-moving, lean, and grassroots – closely connected to events on-the-ground. We're different, dynamic and closer to reality! By engaging citizen journalists, bloggers, tweeters and combining that with newswires, professional writers and high-profile commentators we provide a much more interesting soup than what a traditional media company can ever produce. We would like to invite you to join us on our journey towards bringing the Middle East closer to the rest of the world. It is our great hope that you will find Your Middle East useful, interesting and important. Your Middle East is privately owned and funded; an entirely independent company that receives no kind of support or financing from any special interests. ground. We're different, dynamic and closer to reality."]

• Waq al-Waq
["This blog was started for a few reasons. We both have been studying Yemen for years, and as the country has risen in importance, the quality of discussion has declined. We wanted to contradict some other individuals, blogs and commentators who have no experience in Yemen or with Arabic, and who turn the facts to fit their opinions. We feel that presenting a thoughtful and nuanced discussion of Yemeni affairs, based in knowledge of its history and culture is in the best interest of all. That said, this is not an academic blog, and provides a lighter tone than our other publications, and also allows us to indulge our unhealthy interests in medieval swords and mysterious islands that color Yemeni history."]



•Searchable Lisân al-‘Arab and four other Arabic lexicons

• Word Reference (Arabic-English and English-Arabic)

Tâj al-‘Arûs of al-Zabîdî (pdfs of Kuwait edition)


• Albawaba
[General "Yahoo"-like site, also called "The Middle East Gateway"]

• Islam and Islamic Studies Resources (Alan Godlas)
[Information for the study of Islam, Qur'an, hadith, the Sunnah, Shi'ism and Heterodox Movements Sufism and Sufi Poetry Islam in the modern world, militant Islam, jihad, Islamist or extremist Muslims, and terrorism, Islam in Iraq, Muslim women, Islamic art, architecture, music, as well as Islamic history, theology, philosophy, and Arabic and other Islamic languages such as Persian, and religion in general.]

• Islamic Studies Pathways [Gary R. Bunt's Academic Guide to Islamic Resources on the Internet]

• Middle East Studies Internet Resources
["Columbia University's collection of Middle East Studies Internet Resources is an on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa (in the broadest sense) available on the global Internet, created under the purview of the Middle East Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from the Middle East are organized by region, country and subject. All materials are arranged to encourage an awareness of authorship, type of information, and subject. The scope of the collection is research-oriented, but it also provides access to other gopher and web sites with different or broader missions."]

• Middle East Virtual Library
["The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies. It provides access to online information and to digital records of printed and other offline media and thus supports the concept of a hybrid library for Middle East and Islamic Studies. The technical basis for this Virtual Library is created by the State- and University Library Saxony-Anhalt in Halle (Germany). However, the Middle East Virtual Library integrates the efforts of many institutions and individuals in order to provide information as comprehensive as possible."]

• Online Qur'an Resources
[Provides links to a variety of internet resources about the Qur'an.]



• Arab Media and Society
[Arab Media & Society is the primary reference for understanding the role of media in shaping Arab societies and the broader Muslim world.
The impact of the pan-Arab satellite revolution is today felt at every level of Arab society – and in every form of media. Which is why Arab Media & Society is the next logical incarnation of its predecessor, TBS Journal, covering not just television, but all forms of media and their interaction with society-at-large, from politics and business to culture and religion, as well as the way in which Arab media change resonates in the broader Muslim world.]

• Contemporary Islam
[Co-edited by Gabriel Marranci and Daniel Martin Varisco; some articles are available free online.]

• CyberOrient
[Online Journal of the Middle East, sponsored by the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with Charles University in Prague. CyberOrient presents original, peer-reviewed articles, commentaries and website reviews on the online representation of any aspect of Middle Eastern cultures, Islam, the imagined "Orient" and the use and impact of the internet in the Middle East and Islamic countries. Individual scholars and students will be able to post research notes or queries through an online message board. Cyberspace transforms the traditional sense of "fieldsite" in anthropology and calls for an approach that transcends disciplinary boundaries. This interdisciplinary journal draws on scholars and students from within and without the field of anthropology.]

• ISIM (International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World
[Excellent resource on academic study of Islam, but no longer active;ISIM Review is archived.]

• Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)
["Middle East Report provides news and perspectives about the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources. The magazine has developed a reputation for independent analysis of events and developments in the Middle East."]

[The Arabic word "qantara" means "bridge". The Internet portal represents the concerted effort of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Center for Political Education), Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institut and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) to promote dialogue with the Islamic world. The project is funded by the German Foreign Office.]

• Religion Dispatches
["Religion Dispatches is a daily online magazine dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world today, highlighting a diversity of progressive voices and aimed at broadening and advancing the public conversation."]

• Viewpoints (Middle East Institute)
[Viewpoints are a moderated dialogue between experts expressing opposing or differing opinions on a topic of contemporary relevance. See the parent website for a variety of useful online resources about the Middle East.]

• Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
["The Washington Report is published by the American Educational Trust (AET), a non-profit foundation incorporated in Washington, DC by retired U.S. foreign service officers to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states."]



[Online community of photojournalists where you can participate in funding projects.]

• Fondation Arabe pour l'Image
[Lebanese archive of old photographic images in French, English and Arabic.]

• Jerusalem in 19th Century Art
["During the 19th century numerous artists and photographers traveled to Jerusalem and recorded the sites they visited. Two of the earliest and best known artists were Britishers William Bartlett, who made the first of his three visits in 1834, and David Roberts, who arrived in 1839. The illustrations of these, and other artists who followed them, were published both as individual prints and in travel books, such as Bartlett's Walks about Jerusalem or Henry Stebbing's The Christian in Palestine, that were sold in Europe, the British Isles and the United States.
This virtual gallery contains a selection of those 19th century illustrations of Jerusalem by Bartlett, Roberts and other artists. Some are from individual prints and others from books such as Charles Wilson's Picturesque Palestine, one of the travel books that gave armchair travellers a look at the far off holy city "

• Karem Ben Khelifa, Photographer
[Superb photographic site with galleries of photographic images.]

• Kerblog
[Website of Lebanese cartoonist Mazen Kerbaj.]

•• Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

•• Orientalist Art of the Nineteenth Century
[Major collection of European art on the Orient.]

• Voyage en Orient
[French exhibition on early photographs of the Near East.]


• Arabic Media Internet Network [Major listing of newspapers and media outlets in the Middle East by country, with the exception of Israel.]

• Data Base for the Arab World News and Media
[Extensive listing by country and type of media.]

• Gulf 2000 Project
[This site was developed by the Gulf/2000 Project at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in New York City. It is designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region--Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.]

• Al-Jazeera
[Website of major Arabic news satellite network.]


• Árabo - Islámica
[Comprehensive resource of information on Arab-Islamic culture contains full text articles ordered according to their subject, an encyclopedia of relevant terms in English, German, French and Spanish as well as a directory of other resources related to Arab-Islamic culture.]

•Digital Islam
[Digital Islam is a research project that focuses on the Middle East, Islam, and digital media. It aims to analyze the various ways in which Islam and Muslim identities are articulated through information and communication technologies and the Internet. Its research materials include websites, digital videoclips, and videogames. The webpage provides free access to full texts and bibliographical database of research resources.]

• The Filâha Texts Project
[The purpose of the Fil??a Texts Project is to publicise and elucidate the written works collectively known as the Kutub al-Fil??a or ‘Books of Husbandry’ compiled by Arab, especially Andalusi, agronomists mainly between the 10th and 14th centuries (see Authors & Works). These systematic and detailed manuals of agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry have been sadly neglected and remain largely unknown in the Anglophone world - apart from some of the Yemeni works they have never been translated into English. They not only provide primary source material for the understanding of what has been called the ‘Islamic Green Revolution’ but constitute a rich body of knowledge concerning a traditional system of husbandry which is as valid today as it was a thousand years ago and has much relevance to future sustainable agriculture.]

• Iraq Today
[Details on the daily death toll in Iraq and lists of Iraqi bloggers.]

• Islamic Finder Date Conversion

• Islamophobia
["Islamophobia Watch has been founded with a determination not to allow the racist ideology of Western Imperialism to gain common currency in its demonisation of Islam. Islamophobia, as a racist tool of Western Imperialism, is strongly advocated by the political right but has also found an echo in the left, particularly sections of the left in France and the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Islamophobia Watch will regularly report opinion columns and news items which match the editorial brief of the website, both articles that we believe advocate Islamophobia and those writers and organisations taking a stand against Islamophobia.]

•Princeton Online Arabic Poetry
[Arabic text and voice with translation of several important classical poems.]

• Saad Sowayan

• Yemeni Sidr Honey
[A Malaysian commercial honey exporting site with a wealth of information on honey in the Islamic world.]