Year of the Middle East

Year of the Middle East


Though the United States has been deeply involved in shaping the contemporary Middle East, most Americans’ perceptions of the region have been clouded by images of bloodshed, political turmoil, and religious conflict. Yet there is more to the Middle East than unrest and violence. The Year of the Middle East aims to present a more textured picture that highlights diversity, celebrates cultural complexity, and emphasizes interconnections.


Browse the Year of the Middle East Collections:

Arabian Roots: The Pedigree of Kentucky Thoroughbreds

Middle Eastern Passage: Calligraphic Manuscripts from University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections

Taking in Strangers: Comparing Asian and Jewish Moral Traditions

Touring the Ottoman Empire: Postcards from the Middle East 1904-1908

Year of the Middle East Events