Regional Conflict - Middle East

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Regional Conflict - Middle East

The term "Middle East" is commonly used to refer to the area incorporating Israel and surrounding Arab states. It includes the countries that share borders with Israel - Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon - and countries such as the Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Iran is not Arab or Arabic speaking, but is now included in discussion in this area, as in the last 30 years is has had a significant impact on the politics of the region.

Scott-Baumann, M 2009, Crisis in the Middle East: Israel and the Arab States 1945-2007, Hodder Education, London, p. 1.
Library Resources
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Library Resources

Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool and the best way to commence your studies in this area.

Dewey numbers

  • Middle East - 956
  • Iraq - 956.7
  • Palestine / Israel - 956.94

Keyword searching

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Subject Headings

Collection highlights

From the journalist and graphic artist Joe Sacco:

A blog kept during the last conflict in Iraq:


From Britannica eStax

Reference sources

General reference

  • World Book Encyclopedia


The following chapters are all from: Strauss, S.D. (2006), World conflicts, 2nd ed., Alpha, New York.

Web Resources

The BBC News has a dedicated site to current and breaking news in the Middle East. Al Jazeera English also focus on breaking stories in the Middle East and other surrounding countries.