Middle East Research Paper

The Top 15 Most Interesting Dissertation Topics On The Middle East


Coming up with a topic for your dissertation is likely the hardest part of the entire process. This is mostly because it has some key features that need to make sure that it possess is difficult. It has to be unique. You need to add to the overall knowledge of the subject so you have to write it on a topic that has not already been discussed. You should also need to make sure that you write it on a topic that you find interesting. That will help you write a better paper. Mostly because if you are writing about a topic that interests you, it will be easier to write. Also, you will have to spend a lot of time on the issue so it should be something that you enjoy.

  1. Security in the region: change in the state’s iron hand
  2. Authoritarian rule in the Middle East: why has it proven resistant to the spread of democracy
  3. Difficulties trying to achieve peace: urgency in geopolitics
  4. Revolution and social media: using these sites to ignite for oppositionists to bring down Authoritarian regimes
  5. Comparative social movement: new organizations and movements are emerging every day in the Middle East
  6. Islamist movement in new regimes
  7. Dealing with ISIS: methods and measures
  8. Young politics: oppositionists in Egypt rise up and will shape future politics
  9. Theoretical tools used to assess the role of media and culture on politics
  10. Comparative research on cultural beliefs: Middle East and United States
  11. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations
  12. Conflict Transformation and resolution in the Middle East
  13. Essentialism versus Epochalism: Case study
  14. Rise of Arab nationalism
  15. Developing methods for the translation movement in Islam

Once you have an interesting topic to write about, you are on your way to writing an exciting dissertation. You will have to get your topic approved by the board so it is important to make sure that you find solid evidence in your resources and work to show how they directly prove the points that you are making. You can’t just give a summary of the piece, you have to show how it specifically relates to your topic.

You need to make a plan to make sure that you give yourself enough time to complete the assignment, so work to get your topic approved early.

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Arabic Literature of Africa Online - Brill Reference  Arabic Literature of Africa Online / [by J.O.Hunwick and R.S. O'Fahey] Leiden ; Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. . Arabic Literature of Africa Online (ALA) is a bio-bibliography on the Arabic manuscript tradition in the African continent, which continued well into the 20th century CE. It offers authoritative information about African authors, the texts they wrote in Arabic, the manuscripts in which these texts are found, and the locations of these manuscripts, together with bibliographical references to the literature. Arabic Literature of Africa Online complements Brockelmann's Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur (GAL) and is an indispensable reference work for students of Islamic cultures in Africa and of Islamic manuscripts in general.

Research in Middle East economicsc1996-  Papers have been presented at the meetings of the Middle East Economic Association.

The Israel Antiquities Authority scientific archive, 1919-1948 The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Scientific Archive includes tens of thousands of extraordinary (and extraordinarily fragile) documents from the British Mandate (1919-1948). The IAA unveiled the first stage of their digitization project, making over 36,000 scanned hand and typewritten texts, photographs, maps and plans available on the web. Preserved for generations to come, the fragile documents offer a unique insight into archaeology and urban life in British Palestine in the first half of the 20th century.

Cultural Imaginings: The Making of the Arab World in the Western Mind About 2,500 monographic volumes and a number of bound manuscripts from the Middle East and North Africa will eventually be part of this database.

Travelers in the Middle East Archive* A digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

 Topics on Modern Muslim Women DatabaseCompiled by: Rubina Ramji, Lucy MacDonald and Alyssa MacDougall. This research database offers articles and media dealing with topics on Muslim women. [Religion and Diversity Project, hosted at the University of Ottawa,]

ISAM (İslam Araştırmaları Merkezi)- Center for Islamic Studies   Salnames/ Ottoman articles  / Ottoman treatises "The ISAM library was established in 1984 with the purpose of collecting the publications necessary to prepare the TDV Encyclopedia of Islam under one roof  ...  (İslam Araştırmaları Merkezi) is the best research library in Turkey for Ottoman and Islamic studies."

French Colonial Archives in Aix en Provence Curated by the French government, these archives offer curated exhibits that highlight aspects of colonial rule and governance.

World Politics Review Continuously updated. Articles provide analysis of trends and events in international affairs. Published online, WPR's original articles are written by a network of analysts, journalists, and scholars. Nonpartisan articles cover diplomacy, military affairs, energy, economics and related subjects.

  • The Middle East. Abstracts and Index.Olin Reference DS41 .M623 + (latest 5 volumes in Reference; previous volumes in Olin Library) Index of English language materials in the Humanities and Social Sciences relating to the Middle East. 1978 - present.

  • RAMBI Selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library, a world center for research on the Jewish people and Eretz Israel. The main criterion for inclusion in the bibliography is that the article be based on scientific research, or contain important information for such research.

  • The Middle East 1916-2001 : A Documentary Record Part of the Avalon Project of the Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library presenting a digital library of documents relating to law, history and diplomacy.

  • U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009 Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community's spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran's nuclear program.

  • World News Connection (1995-2013) Offers translated and English language news and information compiled from non-United States media sources. Coverage includes political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events. Coverage: 1995-2013. Continued "Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports," published in print from approx.1944-1996.

  • أمهات الكتب العربية المطبوعة من المكتبة البريطانية‏‬‎ / Early Arabic printed books from the British Library 2015- Farmington Hills, Michigan : Gale Cengage Learning, [2015]- "Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library (1475-1900) is the first full-text searchable digital library of early printed books in Arabic script. Covering religion, law, science, mathematics, astrology, alchemy, medicine, geography, travel, history, chronicles, and literature, and including European translations of Arabic works and Arabic translations of European works, it exemplifies the long exchange of ideas and learning between Europe and the Arabic-speaking world. The collection comprises works printed from 1470 to the end of the 19th century. These include printings of Arabic works on European printing presses until the early 19th century as well as translations of Arabic works into Latin and the languages of Europe, Middle East and India. The main text-searchable languages are Arabic (and this is unique to this product for early Arabic printing), English, French, German, and Latin. All metadata to the works is searchable enabling discovery of content in Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, and Syriac. Finally there are small quantities of 22 other languages from Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish to Aramaic, Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu. The collection illustrates the extent to which Arabic works were disseminated through Europe and Asia. A study of the printing towns further underlines this point."

  • Confidential print : Middle EastThe collection covers Middle Eastern history from 1839-1969; countries included are: Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Persia, Suez Canal, Turkey, Jordan, Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Syria. The series originated out of a need for the British Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. Some of these were one page letters or telegrams -- others were large volumes or texts of treaties. All items marked 'Confidential Print' were circulated to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad.

  • FBIS: Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports (1941-1996) The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) was a United States government operation which translated the text of daily broadcasts, government statements, and select news stories from non-English sources. Succeeded by World News Connection after 1996; scope of coverage may be significantly different.

  • Index Islamicus  Covers worldwide literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East, and the Muslim world. 1906 – present. Indexing before 1906: Wolfgang Behn's Index Islamicus 1665-1905: A Bibliography of Articles on Islamic Subjects in Periodicals and Other Collective Publications (Olin Reference Z 7835 .M6 P35) "provides retrospective coverage back to 1665 that is not available through the online Index Islamicus." [Guide to Reference]

  • Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies MECAS is a systematic and non-evaluative bibliographic index of research, policy and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. This database contains more than 332,790 records and coverage spans from 1900 and earlier to present. Over 12,000 records of recently published and grey literature are added annually. Subject coverage includes: political affairs & law, international relations, economic affairs - business & industry, cultural heritage, arts & humanities, society & social welfare, ethnic diversity & anthropology, significant religious events & movements and recent history (1900 - present) & archaeology. MECAS includes the following: Middle East Bibliography (1946 - 2001), Middle East Book Bibliographies, Theses & Dissertations, MECAS Citations Database and School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) Library Catalogue (1900 - present).--About the Database page.

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