Middle East

Editor in Chief: Camron Amin, University of Michigan–Dearborn

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From the essential sources of pre-Islamic Arabia to the landmark documents of the modern period, including the Gulf War and Arab Spring, our digital anthology is the most flexible and powerful primary source offering in the industry. The standard version of the anthology includes more than 80 sources, from dipomatic reports and travel chronicles to letters, speeches, religious texts, and more. Plus, you can customize the anthology by adding external sources and website links as well. Create your review account today to browse our full collection and begin tailoring your own anthology. It’s your class. Teach it your way.


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Table of Contents

80 sources in the standard version


  1. Historiographical Overview and the Sasanian and Byzantine Empires in the Middle East
  2. Pre-Islamic Arabia
  3. Career of the Prophet
  4. Era of the “Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  5. The Umayyads, the Shiʿa, and the Kharijites
  6. The ʿAbbasid Period to 1258
  7. The Mongols and the Middle East
  8. The Gunpowder Empires
  9. Relations with the Wider Islamic World
  10. The Rise of European Imperialism
  11. World War I through World War II
  12. The Middle East during the Cold War
  13. From the Gulf War to the Iraq War
  14. Arab Spring and Beyond