About MENA

What is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Resource Center?

The resource center:

  • Is devoted to the research needs of those actively engaged in the study of the region regardless of institutional affiliation;
  • Functions as a documentation center, offering high-level, specialized research services tailored to the needs of researchers interested in the cultures, politics, economies, governments and current affairs of the region;
  • Makes available critical data, documents, analysis and current awareness materials in Arabic, Farsi, and other languages of the region as well as in Western languages;
  • Incorporates emerging technologies, streaming video and other digital formats to make available otherwise unavailable lectures, feature films, documentaries and the wide variety of digital documentation emerging on the web;
  • Encompassses Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, the Palestinians and the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Qatar, and Turkey as it relates to the region. 

MENA: Existing Resources

The MENA Resource Center hosts significant historical resources that serve as a foundation for research on the Middle East and Islamc studies. This includes the Mahdavi Damghani collection, consisting of over 4,000 volumes of original sources on Islamic laws and jurisprudence, theology, philosophy, language, literature and history in Persian and Arabic; an extensive collection of rare historical publications on the Middle East dating to the 19th and 20th centuries purchased from the Middle East Institute; impressive collections of rare materials from the Middle East, including pre-1900 printed works, 17th Century manuscripts, and an extensive collection of antiquarian maps; the 22,000-volume Kiev Collection of Judaica; and an extensive retrospective collection of Mediterranean archeological resources, including significant coverage of Egypt and Palestine.

Complementing the library’s extensive collection of contemporary English language publications on the region are innumerable English and vernacular language databases including: Index Islamicus, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, MidEast Wire, Al Manhal, Al-Ahram Digital Archive, a wide variety of Cambridge Archive editions focusing on the MENA region, Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969 (British government documents), and the Encyclopaedia of Islam Online among many others.