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Of Current Interest:

North Africa &
the Middle East 2011 - 2012
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This collection documents the events in Northern Africa and the Middle East in 2011 after the Tunisian uprising. Content includes blogs, social media and news sites about Egypt, Yemen, Sudan and other African countries. The content of these sites is in Arabic, English, and French and was collected by the Library of Congress’ African and Middle Eastern Division and Cairo Field Office, and by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the British Library, and Stanford University.
It was archived by Archive -IT.

Jasmine Revolution -
Tunisia 2011- 2012
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This collection consists of websites documenting the revolution in Tunisia in 2011, and is  in French, Arabic, and English. The websites were collected by the Library of Congress’ African and Middle Eastern Division and Cairo Field Office, and by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the British Library, and Stanford University and archived by Archive -IT.

From left: 18th century Middle East book binding; The Washington Haggadah; Kente Cloth
From left: 18th century Middle East book binding; The Washington Haggadah;
Kente Cloth


Of Special Interest:


Online Exhibition
“A Thousand Years of
the Persian Book”
(The Exhibition is open at the Library until September 20, 2014)

The Holy Koran in the Library of Congress:
a bibliography

A Finding Aid for 16th Century Hebrew Books at the Library of Congress
[PDF, 1MB]

Symposia on Major Writers and Poets of the Middle East and Central Asia

Finding Aids for Manuscripts from Mt. Sinai, Mt. Athos, and the Greek and Armenian Patriarchates in Jerusalem

Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series

Online Exhibition:
"Words Like Sapphire Exhibit"

Online Exhibition:
"To Know Wisdom and Instruction: the Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress"

Obama Memorabilia from Africa
[PDF, 214KB]

Yizkor-Memorial Book Collection:
A New and Expanded Finding Aid
[
PDF, 607KB]

Digital Collection: Islamic Manuscripts from Mali

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The African & Middle Eastern Reading Room is the primary public access point for materials housed in the the African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) which include a variety of vernacular scripts, such as Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Yiddish. Covering 77 countries from Morocco to Southern Africa to the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, the division's three sections--African, Hebraic, and Near East--offer in-depth reference assistance, provide substantive briefings on a wide range of subjects relating to these languages and cultures, produce guides to the Library's vast resources and cooperate in developing and preserving the Division's unparalleled collections.
 
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