Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers

An Open Access collection sponsored by the Center for Research Libraries

From the Ottoman Empire to the Arab Spring, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have stood at the crossroads of history. The Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection includes publications from across this dynamic region, providing unique insights into the history of individual countries, as well as broad viewpoints on key historic events from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.

Researchers will find a wealth of unique content from the Middle East and North Africa, much of which has never been digitized or available as open access material. Content in the Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection is predominantly in Arabic, but also includes key titles in English and French. The collection comprises out-of-copyright, orphaned content, and includes titles such as al-Ikhāʼ (Syria), al-Bilād al-Saʼūdīyah (Saudi Arabia), Tangier Gazette (Morocco) and La Vérité (Algeria).

The Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection is part of East View’s Global Press Archive® (GPA) program. Open Access to this collection is made possible through the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

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Current Titles

Current titles in the Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection include:

  • al-Akhbār (الأخبار), Syria, Arabic, 1949-1950
  • al-Akhbār (الأخبار), Lebanon, Arabic, 1958-1972
  • al-Balad (البلد), Syria, Arabic, 1950
  • al-Fayḥāʼ (الفيحاء), Syria, Arabic, 1924-1926
  • al-Ḥawādith (الحوادث), Syria, Arabic, 1950
  • al-Inshāʼ (الانشاء), Syria, Arabic, 1949-1950
  • al-Iṣlāḥ (الإصلاح), Syria, Arabic, 1949-1959
  • al-Jabal (الجبل), Syria, Arabic, 1949-1950
  • al-Tarbiyah (التربية), Syria, Arabic, 1949-1950
  • al-Iqbāl (الإقبال), Lebanon, Arabic, 1902-1909
  • ʼAṣā al-jannah (عصا الجنة), Syria, Arabic, 1950
  • al-Taqaddum (التقدم), Algeria, French/Arabic, 1923-1931
  • Baghdad News, Iraq, English, 1964-1967
  • Baghdad Times, Iraq, English, 1918-1923
  • Dhū al-Faqār (ذو الفقار), Algeria, Arabic, 1913-1914
  • al-Fārūq (الفاروق), Algeria, Arabic, 1913-1921
  • al-Muntaqad (المنتقد), Algeria, Arabic/French, 1925
  • La Vérité, Algeria, French/Arabic, 1934-1935
  • Tangier Gazette: Al-Moghreb Al-Aksa & Morocco, Morocco, English, 1927-1933
  • Tangier Gazette and Al-Moghreb Al-Aksa, Morocco, English/French, 1949-1950
  • Tangier Gazette and Morocco Mail, Morocco, English, 1934-1940
  • Ṭarīq al-jihād (التربية), Syria, Arabic, 1950
  • The Iraq Times, Iraq, English/Arabic, 1948-1964
  • Times of Mesopotamia, Iraq, English, 1921-1924

New titles will continue to be added to the collection, which will ultimately include approximately 90 newspaper titles and over 750,000 pages of content.

Are you a CRL member?

CRL members also receive access to five in-copyright titles from the region: al-Jumhūrīyah (الجمهورية, Egypt), Filasṭīn (فلسطين, Palestine), al-Akhbār (الاخبار, Lebanon), al-Riyāḍ (الرياض, Saudi Arabia), and al-Dustūr (الدستور, Jordan). Non-CRL institutions will have the option to purchase these additional archives; contact us for more information.

About the CRL Alliance

The Center for Research Libraries and East View have created the CRL Alliance to steer the development of a series of thematically designed databases for East View’s Global Press Archive program to meet the specific needs and priorities of CRL members. The CRL Alliance will result in the creation of nine collections over a period of three years, encompassing hundreds of newspaper titles and totaling over 4.5 million pages.

The first of these collections – Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers, Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers, and Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers – are all Open Access collections and are the result of close collaboration between East View and CRL, with CRL advisors selecting and curating the content, and CRL membership funding the collection to make it Open Access globally.

Over the next three years, East View, in partnership with CRL, will ultimately deliver over 3 million pages of global newspaper content in Open Access. In addition to Open Access collections, the CRL Alliance will deliver an additional 1.5 million pages of content accessible to CRL member institutions and other participating institutions.