Geography sites


Countries, Disputed Regions and Territories in the Mid East  http://link.lanic.utexas.edu/menic/Countries_and_Regions/ Contains all types of information on individual contries.


U.S. Depart. Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs http://www.state.gov/p/nea/   This site provides information on U.S. foreign policy, as well as maps and information about the countries.


World Fact Book  http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html  This is the Central Intelligence Agency’s book which has information about the geography, people, government, and economy of each country of the world.


Country Profiles from the BBC  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

Covers history, politics and economics for countries from the Middle East.  There are timelines and other features.


                                        Government and Politics


Teaching with the News: Crisis with Iraq  http://www.choices.edu/iraq/  This site provides divergent policy alternatives which are suppose to help students learn the different underlying values, pros and cons, and risks and tradeoffs. 


U.S. Department of State International Info. Agency   http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea

News and information on the Middle East and North Africa from the point of view of the U.S. Government.  There is also a section which has the Middle East Peace Chronology and the text of the Camp David Accords and various UN Security Council Resolutions.


The Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record  www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/mideast.htm  This site is maintained by the Yale Law School’s Avalon Project.  This site has a collection of important documents including such items as Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the Palestinian National Charter.


United Nations—Question of Palestine   http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/qpal/index.html

Provides an overview of the state of Palestine and what the UN’s role is. 


Egypt’s State Information Service  http://www.sis.gov.eg/  This site provides information about history, politics and culture. Also has this great interactive atlas of Egypt.  Gives Egypt’s view on what has and is happening in the Middle East.


Islamic Server http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/  Provides info about the fundamentals of Islam.


Islamic Republic News Agency  http://www.irna.com/en/head/  This is the official news agency of Iran, which of course presents news articles and pictures from an Iranian perspective.  There are many photographs of the country and architecture of Iran. 


Knesset Web Site  http://www.Knesset.gov.il/index.html  This is the official site of Israel’s parliament.  Has several multimedia biographies of gov. leaders, and an archive of documents that relate to the peace process.


Israeli Government’s Official Web Site   http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/home.asp  Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs official site.  Includes news items and information about the country and its government. 


King Abdullah of Jordan  http://www.kingabdullah.jo/  This is his official web site which provides information about Jordan—its history, government and geography. 


President of Lebanon  http://www.presidency.gov.lb/  Information about Lebanon’s government and the country.


Middle East Information Network  http://www.mideastinfo.com/  A non-partisan American organization  dedicated to providing accurate and comprehensive info about the Middle East.


Middle Eastern Studies:WWW Virtual Library  http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/area/MiddleEast/index.html  Site maintained by Columbia University.  It is an on going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle east.


Morrocan Ministry  of Information   http://www.mincom.gov.ma/english/e_page.html  Gives the history of Morocco and some bibliography information about its leaders.  Interactive maps and a photo gallery are included.


Palestinian Liberation Organization  http://www.nad-plo.org/  This is the site for the Negotiations Affairs Department of the PLO.  The site has maps, treaties and other information about the peace process from the Palestinian point of view. 


Palestine-Net  http://www.palestine-net.com/  This is a non-government site which presents information from the Palestinian perspective.  There are sections on the land, people, history, politics, economy, etc.


Quatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs  http://english.mofa.gov.qa/  This site provides information about the government, economy, people and history.


Saudi Arabian Information Resource  http://www.saudinf.com/  Official Saudi Ministry of Information Website.  This site contains 2,000+ pages of information on the government, history and culture of the country, the Islamic religion, and has a large photo gallery. 


Sudanese Ministry of Affairs   http://www.sudmer.com





Encyclopedia of the Orient  http://I-cias.com/e.o/index.htm  Covers all the countries and cultures between Mauritania in the West, Iran in the East, Turkey in the North and Sudan in the South.


Global Connections: The Middle East  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/

The site has information related to themes-religion, culture, economics, geography, or politics. There is a timeline, photographs,

and video clips plus much more.


Islamic and Arabic Arts and Architecture   http://www.islamicart.com


Gaza  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/gaza  Site presented by National Geographic. There are numerous photographs, texts, maps and videos. 


Israel in 3D  http://www.inisrael.com/3disrael/  Photographic site.


History and Culture of Cairo   http://link.lanic.utexas.edu/menic/cairo   Gives both the ancient and modern history and culture of Cairo.


Life on the Nile  http://nilevalleyherbs.com/my_village_home.htm  a virtual tour through photographs and descriptions of a village in Sudan.


Understanding Afghanistan: A Land in Crisis  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/landincrisis/

Provides maps, news reports and other information from National Geographic.





Exploring Religion  http://uwacadweb.uwyo.edu/religionet/er/  This site is maintained by the Religious Studies Program.  The following religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism are explored.


Your Guide to the Religions of the World  http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/features/world_religions/  This site is maintained by the BBC World Service.  Covers Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism.


Religious Resources Center  http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/relig.browse.html  Includes the Bible, the Koran, and the Concise Dictionary of Religion.


Religion in Israel  http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH000e0  Site maintained by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Includes photographs of famous holy sites.


Christian Sanctuaries of the Holy Land

Gives a detailed , illustrated description of many places in the Middle East.


Introduction to Islam  http://www.mideasti.org/library/islam/introislam.htm  Site maintained by the Middle East Institute.  Covers religion of Islam, Islamic Law, Schools of thought in Islam, Social system and morality of Islam, Economic aspects of Islam and much more.


Islam:Empire of Faith  http://www.pbs.org/empires/islam/ This is a PBS site.  It gives a cultural history of Islam. Site is interactive. 


Islamic Beliefs and Practices  http://www.iiie.net/Main/BeliefsPractices.html  Site maintained by  The Institute of Islamic Information and Education.  Gives the fundamental beliefs and practices.




BBC News Middle East    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/  This site has in depth coverage of the conflict with Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian problems.


CNN  Mideast: Land of Conflict  http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/mideast/


Frontline  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline


PBS Newshour’s Extra  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/students/world   This site is for young adults and offers access to news stories, opportunities to comment on world news or to chat with teens from other countries plus much more.


New York Times:  Middle East  http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/middleeast/  Registration is required to see articles, but it is free.  This site gives access to the paper’s reporting on events in the Middle East. 


Middle East History  http://www.theworld.org/archive/mideast.htm  This is a five part radio series which covers the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948.