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The Arab Culture and Civilization website was originally sponsored by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) as a collaborative effort between many scholars, technologists, and institutions, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. When funding was no longer available, the site was mothballed and no new content has been added to the site since 2007.

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The Middle East Policy Council has agreed to assume management of the Arab Culture and Civilization site and to keep the excellent resources it contains available to the extent that copyright permissions for the material can be obtained. The site will remain in its current format for the near future, while, at the same time, much of it will be migrated into an updated format on MEPC's K-12 educational website,

NITLE developed this site as a resource for all who would develop a better understanding of the Arab world. While our principal audience is the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the liberal arts colleges served by NITLE, the site is open to all visitors.

The materials comprising the site are organized thematically into a set of ten modules, each of which contains a variety of original texts, video clips and audio files from online and print sources.

Please note that these materials are not in the public domain, and may not be used without the permission of their respective copyright holders. For more information about citing and requesting permission for copyrighted work on our site, please refer to our copyright policy.

This website represents a collaborative effort between many scholars, technologists, and institutions. You can find a full history of the project on our about page, or see a complete list of contributors on the credits page.

Faculty members and librarians from colleges affiliated with NITLE are invited to participate in a broader Arab and Islamic Cultures initiative associated with this site. This initiative includes seminars, collaborative teaching projects, opportunities for comupter-mediated dialogue, and the creation of materials to support teaching and research.

If you have materials you would like to contribute to this ongoing project, or if you have any questions about site layout, content, or technical problems, please visit our contact page to find out where to direct your email.

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