This web site aims to bring a wide variety of resources on Arab culture
and civilization to your computer, but there is much more online. This
list includes a number of other sites that you may wish to visit. For
additional print resources, consult the supplemental bibliography.
Everyday Life and Family
Young In the Arab World
A series from the BBC World Service
Arab Family Working Group
"The Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) is a collective of fifteen scholars from universities, NGO’s and research foundations whose work focuses on Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. AFWG is committed to advancing the state of empirical and theoretical knowledge on Arab families. All AFWG projects include comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, collaborative work on the three countries, with comparative work on diasporic Arab families in the United States."
This internet resource from Amideast introduces the Kuwaiti youth featured in one of their video productions: Young Voices from the Arab World: The Lives and Times of Five Teenagers. In this online “scrapbook,” users will learn about Sa`ud’s country, language, and religion; meet his extended family; and find out what he does in school, what he eats, and what he does for fun.
Gender and Sexuality
Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Web site for this non-profit organization
Association for Middle East Women's Studies
Web site for this organization of academics working on women's issues in the Middle East
Muslim Women's League
Web site for the Muslim Women’s League, an organization of Muslim women in the United States. See, in particular, their page on speeches and presentations and the recommended reading list.
Lebwa is a non-religious, non-political, non-partisan educational forum founded in North America to contribute to the empowerment of Lebanese and Lebanese American women. The site includes profiles of such women and much other useful information.
The Safra Project
The Safra Project is a resource project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally (Muslim LBT women).
Nawal El Saadawi and Sherif Hetata
This is the web site for one Nawal Saadawi, a physican, writer and one of Egypt's best known activist for women's rights, and her husband, Sherif Hetata, also a physician and a novelist. The site includes articles by Nawal El Saadawi, links to NGO's the promote womens issues, and much more
Web site of this Moroccan sociologist, writer and feminist
A Lebanese NGO advocating for GLBT rights
Middle East Gay Journal
Interview with Azizah al-Hibri
Transcript of the Bill Moyers interview with Azizah al-Hibri, a professor of law at the University of Richmond in Virginia, a securities and corporate lawyer, and the founder and executive director of Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
News about gay and lesbian issues throughout the region.
A site on Moroccan women from the official perspective of the Ministry of Communication.
Gay and Lesbian Arab Society
A web site that serves "as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries."
Women in the Quran and the Sunna
A text by Prof. Abdur Rahman I. Doi, Professor and Director of the Center for Islamic Legal Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, Nigeria
Women Living Under Muslim Law
Web site for an organization that states its aims as follows: "Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international Network that provides information, solidarity and support for all women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. The Network aims to increase the autonomy of women by supporting the local struggles of women from within Muslim countries and communities and linking them with feminist and progressive groups at large; facilitating interaction, exchanges and contacts and providing information as well as a channel of communication."
Sections of this site include many recipes for Middle Eastern dishes.
ABCs of Arabic Cuisine
Al Mashriq - Food