Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers

Arabic Newspapers from the MENA Region

Middle East NewspapersThe digital newspaper archive offers an insight into the turbulent history of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

These 5 licensed newspapers are the premium feature of the collection, which is largely free.


Single pages can be downloaded as PDF and searched in full text. The collection is available free of charge in Germany and in German research institutions abroad via national licence.

About the Archive


The premium section of the collection includes the following newspapers and years:
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From the Ottoman Empire to the Arab Spring, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have witnessed their fair share of history. The Middle Eastern & North African Newspapers collection includes publications from across this dynamic region, providing unique insights into the history of individual countries, as well as broad viewpoints on key historic events from the late nineteenth century through the present.

Key topics include the decline of colonialism, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Suez Crisis, the Cold War, the rise of the petroleum industry, twentieth-century pan-Arab movements, both World Wars, the establishment of the state of Israel, the Iran-Iraq War, and the recent Arab Spring. (Source: East View)

Text recognition

The full text of the archive was obtained by digital character recognition (OCR). Arabic is a difficult language in this process. The editions from 1980 onwards were available as printed sources and therefore have a higher recognition rate. Earlier editions are based on microfilms and may therefore be less accurate.


Attention: Unfortunately the provider made bad experiences in several countries with mass or automated downloads during the test phase. Therefore the PDF download has been deactivated. If the database is licensed, this restriction will not exist.