This list of resources was compiled in response to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan and contains information on the social, political, and economic climate of Afghanistan, past and present. The three highlighted databases provide primary sources from 1834 to 1981 for the Middle East, including numerous items relating to Afghanistan. The featured books from the CWU Libraries' collection cover the cultural and political history of the country, as well as the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. This list also includes streaming video, open access resources, newspapers, and government documents. You can also bookmark this reserach guide for future reference.
Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981
This collection includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles from the British Foreign Office Files for the years 1971-1981. The collection addresses the policies, economies, political relationships and significant events of every major Middle East power. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia.
Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
This collection consists of the Confidential Print for the countries of the Levant and the Arabian peninsula, Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Sudan. Beginning with the Egyptian reforms of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the 1830s, the documents trace the events of the following 150 years, including the Middle East Conference of 1921, the mandates for Palestine and Mesopotamia, the partition of Palestine, the 1956 Suez Crisis and post-Suez Western foreign policy, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan, 1834-1922: From Silk Road to Soviet Rule
Part of Archives Direct, this collection of Foreign Office files explores the history of Persia (Iran), Central Asia, and Afghanistan from the decline of the Silk Road in the first half of the nineteenth century to the establishment of Soviet rule over parts of the region in the early 1920s.
Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas Barfield
“Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today.” –Princeton University Press
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim by Mahmood Mamdani
“In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen?” –Three Leaves Press
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
“Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead.” –Macmillan
Do Muslim Women Need Saving by Lila Abu-Lughod
“Do Muslim Women Need Saving? is an indictment of a mindset that has justified all manner of foreign interference, including military invasion, in the name of rescuing women from Islam. It offers a detailed, moving portrait of the actual experiences of ordinary Muslim women, and of the contingencies with which they live.” –Harvard University Press
PBS Video Collection
This collection provides streaming access to more than 1,200 documentaries and series from PBS.
Academic Video Online
Academic Video Online, searchable as part of the ProQuest One Academic database on the ProQuest platform, makes video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, and more.
Open Access Resources
Afghanistan Analytics Institute
The Afghanistan Analytics Institute is a non-profit policy research institute seeking to increase international understanding of Afghan realities, inform policy-making decisions, and provide high-quality, impartial analysis of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Digital Library
A project of New York University Libraries, the Afghanistan Digital Library seeks to preserve and provide free access to as many Afghani publication as possible from 1871-1930.
Afghanistan Web Archive (Library of Congress)
“The Afghanistan Web Archive is comprised primarily of websites produced by the Afghan government, specifically the executive branch. Also included are a selection of sites from statistical reporting agencies, banking institutions, universities, U.S. Embassy and critical NGOs supporting democratic and human rights initiatives.” –Library of Congress
Newspapers & Government Documents
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
A database of federal publications. You may search by authoring agency, subject, title, keyword, report number, etc. Goes back to 1976.
Non-profit television news network that provides coverage of the workings of the U.S. Congress, both the House and Senate, without editing, commentary or analysis.
Access World News (NewsBank)
Access World News Research Collection is a comprehensive resource that includes a variety of news publications worldwide.