There is information about individual Middle East countries via the internet
Resources on Individual Countries
Many links to sites on individual Middle Eastern countries can be found in the resources listed above. However, some particularly helpful gateways and documentary sites on single countries, or groups of countries are:
Eurasianet, which is very good for current news on all countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus (also Mongolia).
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a fortnightly news service containing articles on the politics and economics of the states of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Includes a searchable archive for all articles appearing since February 2000. Produced by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Gulf 2000 Project, for all Gulf countries as well as Iraq and Iran. Not as wide-ranging or as up-to-date as it might be.
Index UAE is a directory with search engine for official, non-government and commercial sites in the United Arab Emirates, with the emphasis very much on the commercial. There are sister sites for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
Iran (See also Central Asia/Caucasus)
Iran Index is a huge site covering every aspect of contemporary Iranian culture, and includes articles of varying quality and depth on Iranian history from ancient times to the present day.
Iran: Country of the Nobles, is a privately-created web-site with an emphasis on Persian literature, art, religion and history.
Encyclopaedia Iranica is a massive and essential reference work for all things Iranian. Despite being incomplete (complete alphabetical entries have only reached the letter K) and having an individualistic transliteration scheme, this is an invaluable site.
Government Views of Iraq lists hundreds of documents on Iraq published by the United States Congress, US Federal Agencies, The Coalition Provisional Authority, the United Nations and many international organisations, with links to the full text. The documents run from the early 1990s to mid-2005 and are arranged by subject category. Sadly, many of the links are now inactive.
UNAMI (United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq) is up-to-date and has links to other relevant United Nations documents.
The British Government Site on Iraq was produced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and contained government statements and press releases between 2002 and 2008. This material has now been archived at the UK Government Web Archive as have the Government's original Documents on Iraq. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer dedicates a specific website to press releases about Iraq.
Iraq Studies Digital Library has links to a wide array of useful sources, ranging from the Iraq Government Home Page to Australians in Iraq. Not updated since 2006.
The Iraq Study Group Report is a substantial and independent analysis of the situation as of 2006.
Muslims, Islam and Iraq focuses on Iraqis themselves, their history, their religious affiliations, and their response to the war. Produced by Professor Alan Godlas of the University of Georgia.
The Kurdish Regional Government site is an excellent source for news releases on Iraqi Kurdistan and Iraq in general. Archived to April 2003.
Washington Kurdish Institute has recently been updated and offers a free subscription service to press coverage of Kurdish issues. The section entitled Info & Resources has links to a wide variety of organisations both within and without Kurdistan.
Kitebxaneye Kurdi/Kurdish Library is the major source for online publications in Kurdish. The website can be searched in Kurdish, English or Swedish.
Publications of the Kurdish Human Rights Project are available for free download.
Kuwait Politics Database contains data on Kuwaiti elections from 1956 to 2009. Created and compiled by Michael Herb, Georgia State University.
The Electronic Intifada lists news items from U.S., British, Israeli and Arab newspapers on the most recent events of the Intifada. Also has a section on the role of the media and a reference library of key documents.
The Israeli Occupation Archive is a news site archived to 2008, covering all aspects of life in the Occupied Territories. Contains a good array of links to international, Israeli, Jewish and Palestinian organizations.
The Palestine Poster Project Archives has images of 3966 posters on Palestine with indexes by artist, by country of origin and by iconographic symbol.
Palestinian Refugee Researchnet, is a very important site hosted by McGill University in Canada. Large number of links to sites in Palestine, Israel and Jordan and to international organisations involved in the Middle East peace process in the section entitles Research Material.
The Israeli Foreign Office Bookmarks section has links to a huge number of sites in Israel, political, cultural, social, medical, educational, etc.
United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine is the most comprehensive list of full-text documents from the United Nations on the Arab-Israeli dispute. Over 3,000 documents from 1917 onwards are listed ranging from Security Council resolutions to documents from the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the Commission on Human Rights.
Saudi Arabia Information Resource. A large site run by the Saudi Ministry of Information. Most statistics are complete up to 2006..
Datarabia is mainly a subscription-only guide to Saudi businesses (150,000 are listed) and to the members the Saudi royal family. However, many of the features and news items are freely available, as is a guide to the family tree of the Al Sa`ud.
The European-Sudanese Public Affairs Council (ESPAC) was established in 1998. Its website hosts a large number of working papers and briefs (including some substantial contributions by the Director David Hoile), mostly on foreign policy or the conflict on Southern Sudan, but also offers a gateway to "the largest collection of Sudan-related links available on the internet", many of which, sadly, no longer work.
The Turkish Embassy in Washington website (formerly known as: Turkey: Crossroads of Civilization) gives the official position of the Turkish Government on a wide variety of issues and includes links to Turkish governmental and related organizations. For brief historical information on Turkey, see The Ottomans.
The Yemen Webdate Archive is a useful if not extensive portal for Yemeni studies.
Yemen Findouter is a sister site to those mentioned above under the Gulf and offers a directory with search engine for official, non-government and commercial sites in the Republic of Yemen.