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Contemporary Archive of the Islamic World
The book series Contemporary Archive of the Islamic World offers political and economic reports about the countries of the Islamic world from the mid-1970s until the present-day. The series is an invaluable resource for researchers and is also suitable for classroom use.

Title: Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections: Traces of a Colourful Past.
Authors: Mols, Luitgard E. M., and Arnoud Vrolijk.
Published: Leiden : Leiden University Press, 2016
"In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Dutch diplomats, scholars and travellers assembled unique collections in Jeddah, Mecca and Medina. The Dutch presence in Arabia, where they established a consulate in Jeddah, was intimately connected with the supervision of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca from the Netherlands East Indies, present-day Indonesia. Notable guests at this consulate included the formidable Dutch Islamicist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, visiting Arabia in 1884-1885. With the invaluable help of local Muslims, Dutch collectors tried to capture the essence of what they regarded as an 'authentic' Oriental culture in a period when Arabia was already looking towards modernity. These extensive collections are now preserved at the Leiden Museum of Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde, est. 1837) and Leiden University (founded 1575). Together, they allow a glimpse into a colourful and vibrant society, one virtually vanished today under ever-growing numbers of pilgrims, changing political and religious allegiances and sudden economic prosperity."

The Foreign Official Gazette database (FOG) contains records for approximately 650 official gazette titles from countries outside the United States. It serves as a “union list” of holdings within the major collections residing in North America, encompassing both CRL holdings as well as the holdings of five other major libraries.

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These are the countries included in the MENA region, listed in alphabetical order. The term covers an extensive region of the world and includes all Middle Eastern and Maghreb countries. Click on the name of the country to be redirected to the country's government webpage.

Algeriaالجزائر    ;  Algiers الجزائر  

Bahrain    مملكة البحرين ‎;   Manama    المنامة

Egypt  مصر‎ ;  Cairo   القاهرة

Iran   ایران ;  Tehran    تهران

Iraq   العراق   جمهورية ;  Baghdad    بغداد 

Israel    إِسْرَائِيلُ  ;  Jerusalem  القُدس

Jordan    المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية ;  Amman  عمّان

Kuwait      دولة الكويت ;  Kuwait City   مدينة الكويت 

Lebanon   لُبْنَان ;       Beirut    بيروت

Libya    ليبيا ;   Tripoli     طرابلس  

Morocco المملكة المغربية ;  Rabat  الرباط

Oman    سلطنة عمان ;  Muscat    مسقط

Palestine فلسطين  ;  N/A

Qatar  قطر ;  Doha   الدوحة

Saudi Arabia     السعودية   المملكة العربية ;  Riyadh الرياض

Republic of Sudan  جمهورية السودان ;  Khartoum  الخرطوم

Syria السورية  العربية  الجمهورية ;  Damascus  دِمَشق

Tunisia  الجمهورية التونسية ;  Tunis  تونس

Turkey تركيا  ;   Ankara  أنقرة 

United Arab Emirates    العربية المتحدة دولة الإمارات  Abu Dhabi    أبو ظبي 

Yemen  الجمهورية اليمنية  ; Sanaa    صنعاء

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