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views of middle east cities
Views of various Middle East cities.

Welcome to the library research guide for HSTRY 498B Cities in the Modern Middle East. This page brings together many of the sources that you will need to use for your research along with some explanatory information on various types of sources.

Finding sources for Middle East history can be daunting for those who don't read Arabic and other vernacular languages. Most of you will need to rely on primary sources created by outsiders -- Western travellers, colonial adminstrators, anthropologists, sociologists, reporters and missionaries. You will need to be aware of, and take into consideration, inherent biases of these types of documents. Also keep in mind changes in place names, e.g., Palestine (prior to 1948), Transjordan, etc. 

Also keep in mind that there will be many sources in English for some locales (Jerusalem, Cairo, Istanbul) and less for smaller cities. I'd suggest sticking to one of the cities included in Cities of the Middle East and North Africa : A Historical Encyclopedia

Some of the databases on this guide are restricted to UW students, staff and faculty. These are marked with a lock UW Restricted. You may be asked to login with your UWnetid. Additional resources can be found on research guides for: African HistoryMiddle East History, Near East Studies & Urban Design & Planning

Have questions or need research help? Please contact Theresa Mudrock, the history librarian, via email at 

Citation Guide


Historian's generally use the Chicago style format for footnotes/endnotes and bibliography. This one page guide provides examples for the most common type of sources.  See the Citations and Writing page for more guides and information. A print copy of the Chicago Manual of Style is available in the Reference section of Suzzallo Library -- just ask for it at the Research Help Desk on the 1st floor.

Those with King County Library Cards (all UW students are eligible for a KCLS card) can use the online version of the Chicago Manual. 


Library Research Award

Apply for the Library Research Award For Undergraduates. Deadline May 6, 2019

Check the Awards page for more information and the application form.

History Librarian

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Theresa Mudrock
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