Since the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and many of its resources been forced to operate remotely in light of COVID-19, we have supplemented our support for students, faculty, and especially the local community with additional resources to visit virtually during the pandemic. You'll find links to podcasts, food resources, map collections, music, and film resources below.
Music (radio, archives, lessons)
Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR)
Started in 2009, AMAR is a Lebanese foundation committed to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Arab music. AMAR owns 7,000 records, principally from the “Nahda” era (1903 – 1930s), as well as around 6,000 hours of recordings on reel.
The Golhā ('Flowers of Persian Song and Music') comprise 1400 radio programs consisting of approximately 886 hours of programs broadcast over a period of 23 years - from 1956-1979.
A site dedicated to preserving North Africa’s Jewish musical past.
An internet radio program that explores the full range of Turkey's music past and present.
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
A virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides interested listeners with a variety of online musical resources.
An educational blog dedicated to documenting and explaining the ancient musical art of Iraqi Maqam, and to preserving the memory and works of Iraq’s most prominent Maqam masters.
Turkish Music Portal
Developed by the Turkish Cultural Foundation to preserve and promote Turkish culture and heritage world-wide. The site contains extensive background on the history and various forms of Turkish music, as well as on performers, instruments, and listening samples.
Maqam World is an online resource dedicated to teaching the Arabic Maqam modal system, which is the foundation of traditional Arabic music.
Music Online: Contemporary World Music
Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database contains genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres.
Harvard Library Archive of World Music
The Loeb Music Library hosts several collections of field recordings of musics worldwide, commercial recordings, and streaming resources of ethnomusicological interest. Some include Turkish classical, Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox, Ethiopian, and Iranian Khorasan.
Syrian Cassette Archives (FORTHCOMING)
A forthcoming project that aims to archive, preserve and share the substantial collection of audio cassettes that archivist Mark Gergis acquired in Syria between 1997 and 2010. The collection currently contains over 400 audio cassette-tapes from what can be called Syria’s cassette-era. Collecting these audio-artifacts reflects decades of on-site research and personal connections with Syrian music shops, producers and musicians.
Learn Arabic Music
An excellent resource for musicians of all levels to learn Arabic music forms.
Amir ElSaffar - Iraqi Maqam Class
A blog for beginners seeking to learn Iraqi Maqam.
Qeenatha hosts the largest Assyrian music database on the internet.
Radio Yerevan Archive
A corpus of over 900 Kurdish songs available for listening on various digital platform, compiled by the German-Kurdish Cultural Institute.
University of Texas - Austin Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
The massive PCL Map Collection includes more than 250,000 maps, with just under 30% available online.
The British Library Digital Collections
The British Library hosts several collections of 19th and 20th century maps organized by continent.
Qatar Digital Library Map Collection
The Qatar Digital Library hosts over a thousand maps of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Eastern Africa.
World Digital Library
Though not enormous, the WDL hosts a diverse collection of maps of the world.
David Rumsey Map Collection
A digital collection of around 100,000 maps and map-related resources from the 16th to 21st centuries. The physical collection is housed at the Stanford University Library.
Ancient Near East Map Series - The Oriental Institute (University of Chicago)
This first installment of the Oriental Institute Map Series presents seven "site maps" covering Egypt, Sudan, The Levant, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, locating primary archaeological sites, modern cities, and river courses set against a plain background.
University of Melbourne Digital Map Collection
The University of Melbourne hosts an online archive of maps and map-related resources of Asia Minor produced between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Harvard University Library Digital Collections
The Harvard Library hosts several digital map and map-related collections including geological, thematic, topographic, and pictorial maps among others.
Food (recipes, history)
My Halal Kitchen
A blog revolving around Halal cooking. Its creator Yvonne Maffei shares recipes, reviews cookbooks, and discusses food history and travel experiences.
Ozlem’s Turkish Table
A blog committed to sharing the simple Turkish and Mediterranean recipes of professional home-cook Ozlem Warren.
Food of Egypt (Egyptian recipes)
The Iraqi Family Cookbook
A blog introducing an Iraqi cookbook that includes over 150 recipes, which have been handed down through many generations.
Lebmania (Lebanese recipes)
The Libyan Kitchen (Libyan recipes)
Dedicated to all things related to Middle East and North Africa, Al-Bab hosts a food and recipe blog which aims to educate readers about the histories and complexities of MENA food traditions, while also providing recipes and updates on the latest MENA cookbook publications.
Kitchen of Palestine (Palestinian recipes)
Queen of Sheba (Yemeni recipes)
An accomplished food writer and cook, Clifford Wright’s website on Italian and Mediterranean cooking hosts a list of recipes by country and region, including from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and the Levant.
The Persian Pot (Persian recipes)