Want to know more about the Middle East?
Here are a few links to get you started:
1 - Al Jazeera's Middle East blog - blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east
An English-language blog by the Qatar-based news network.
2 - Albawaba - albawaba.com
Albawaba provides news from a local perspective across the Middle East.
3 - Imperial history of the Middle East - goo.gl/KXppc
A map presentation shows 5,000 years of the takeovers and reformations of the Middle East in 90 seconds.
4 - Informed Comment - juancole.com
University of Michigan professor Juan Cole blogs daily about Middle East history, news, and religion.
5 - Islamic history and civilizations - islamfortoday.com/history
Links to resources about the history of Islamic culture and civilization, including art, architecture, law, medicine, science, and finance.
6 - Middle East Media Research Institute - memri.org
An independent nonprofit group dedicated to exploring the Middle East through the region's media.
7 - Middle East Studies Association at the University of Arizona -mesa.arizona.edu
The University of Arizona's non-political organization that promotes study of the Middle East.
8 - Middle Eastern languages - goo.gl/VOOkq
A collection of links to resources for learning about languages spoken in the Middle East, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish, Turkish, and Persian.
9 - The Ancient Egypt site - ancient-egypt.org/index
An interactive site covering the history, monuments, language, and culture of Ancient Egypt.
10 - Timelines of Middle East history - goo.gl/DE6h5, goo.gl/QE4QC
A compilation of links to various historical timelines of the Middle East, particularly the Eastern Mediterranean.
Current Map of the Middle East
Middle East News
AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
1 - Ukraine rivals clash as US blames Russia
2 - Guard kills US doctors in Kabul hospital
3 - Obama backs Japan in islands row with China
4 - S Sudan rebels say closing in on oil fields
5 - Pakistan jets attack rebel border bases
6 - India votes on second biggest polling day
7 - Palestinian factions to form unity government
8 - New MERS deaths reported in Saudi Arabia
9 - China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal
10 - UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips
11 - Turkey's PM offers condolences to Armenians
12 - Modi files nomination from Indian temple city
Confrontations reported by Kiev government as US president accuses Russia of going against spirit of Geneva deal.
A police guard opens fire at an international hospital in Afghanistan's capital, killing at least three Americans.
US president says islands at centre of Sino-Japanese dispute are Japanese and fall under terms of US-Japan defence pact.
Riek Machar's fighters claim to be closing in on two state capitals and predict collapse of Salva Kiir's government.
Operation near Afghanistan border comes as government attempts to re-engage Pakistani Taliban in peace talks.
Eleven states and a union territory voting for 117 seats in the Lok Sabha parliamentary elections.
Palestinian leaders in Gaza reach agreement to form a national unity government ending seven-year rift.
Total number of victims in the kingdom since September 2012 reaches 83, with most new cases in Riyadh and Jeddah.
Seizure, relating to unpaid compensation for Chinese ships leased in 1936, sparked Japanese formal diplomatic complaint.
Police reach out to wives, mothers and sisters in drive to stop young British men travelling to and fighting in Syria.
Erdogan said the killing and mass deportation of Armenians between 1915 and 1916 had inhumane consequences.
Opposition BJP's PM candidate, who is also contesting from Vadodara, files nomination papers from Varanasi.
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