Middle East & North African Collection


Laila Hussein, Middle East & North African Studies Librarian / Assistant Professor of Library Administration 

University of Illinois
Main Library, Room 321

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1-5pm


The following provides general and specific resources to access materials such as country statistics or histories. The web page provides some country specific resources and an interactive map which links to relevant library materials for each country.

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Regional Map

* CLICK on the countries below and explore the resources available in the Main Library's online catalog. *

Political map of the Middle East and North Africa Algeria Bahrain Bahrain2 Egypt Iraq Iran Israel Israel2 Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Lebanon2 Libya Mauritania Morocco Oman Palestine Palestine2 Qatar Qatar2 Saudi Arabia Syria Sudan Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates Yemen Western Sahara Mali Niger Chad

Country Specific Resources

 - Egypt

Digital Archive of President Anwar Sadat

The digital archive of Anwar Sadat, the third president of the Republic of Egypt during the period from 1970 - 1981. The site includes archived documents, historical footage, photos, speeches, and other helpful resources. 

Coptic in Cairo

What makes this website unique is the fact that it provides a kaleidoscope of impressions on the Coptic Museum and historic churches in Old Cairo as well as various aspects of the Coptic heritage by means of multimedia: Panoramic views of churches, interviews with church fathers, virtual tours through the churches and Old Cairo, interactive audio-instruction for the pronunciation of the Coptic alphabet, reading of a Coptic script and photos of Old Cairo from the bird’s eye view.

- Iraq

Muslims, Islam, and Iraq

The focus of this webpage, unlike most websites dealing with Iraq (which focus on the political aspects of the war), is to inform the public in a scholarly manner both about Islam and Muslims in Iraq, as well as about the relationship of the war in Iraq to Islam and Muslims, including Shi'ites, Kurdish Sunnis, and Arab Sunnis.

General Resources

CIA World Factbook Unlocked lock - Item does not require UIUC net id and password

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map. To search simply type the country you are interested in into the search bar.

Library of Congress Country Studies Unlocked lock - Item does not require UIUC net id and password

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. To search simply type the country you are interested in into the search bar.

Economist Intelligence Unit 

The Economist Intelligence Unit helps business leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. For the up to date information on countries and global trends click on the country name you wish to research. 

Library of Congress Subject Headings by Country

Search the library catalog using Library of Congress Subject headings.