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 - S Korea divers see bodies inside sunken ferry
2 - Everest avalanche death toll rises to 13
3 - Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east
4 - French journalists kidnapped in Syria freed
5 - Prominent Pakistani journalist shot
6 - Attack on S Sudan UN base may be 'war crime'
7 - Two killed in Bahrain car blast
8 - Iran says reactor dispute 'virtually solved'
9 - Scores of abducted girls freed in Nigeria
Three bodies seen in submerged hull of capsized ferry as rescue operation continues for nearly 300 missing people.
Three Sherpas are still missing after the most deadly accident in the mountain's history.
Government promises not to attack pro-Russian separatists over the weekend even as they continue to occupy buildings.
Four journalists found on the Turkish border with Syria after being kidnapped last June by al-Qaeda-linked group.
Hamid Mir, a popular TV host, is targeted by gunmen near Karachi airport and suffers three gunshot wounds.
Assault on base that killed 58 people and injured 100 others may "constitute a war crime", the United Nations says.
Explosion in a car kills two and wounds a third in a mostly Shia village outside the capital, interior ministry says.
Vice-president says world powers have accepted proposal to redesign heavy water plant at Arak.
Education official confirms release of 44 of the 129 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in Borno state.
Images from Wiki Commons and Google Maps
Always available at online bookstores. Visit www.cosimobooks.com