About the MDC Arabic Press Archives

MDC Archives.  Credit:  Israel Sun
The MDC Arabic Press Archives.  Photo credit:  Israel Sun


The Arabic Press Archives of the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel-Aviv University are one of the largest and the most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary Arabic-language newspapers in the world. 

The MDC Arabic Press Archives  are especially useful for scholars and organizations from around the world conducting research projects in Middle Eastern and Arabic studies, and other fields as well.  

Our archives include more than one thousand reels of microfilmed newspapers, the first of which appeared in 1887.

Hard Copies
Our collection contains more than 10,000 individual titles of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, English, and French, as well as other regional languages, such as Tamazight (Berber). 

Digital Materials
Our servers currently store over 30 terabytes (30,000 gigabytes) of digital newspapers that have been downloaded on a daily basis over the past two decades.  In addition, we are continually digitizing our hard-copy holdings so as to preserve them for future generations.  Currently, over one million pages of newspapers from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, among other countries, have been scanned and stored.

Visiting Hours
Currently, the Moshe Dayan Center Arabic Press Archives reading room is closed to the public.All those who wish to access materials must contact us in advance by sending an e-mail to arabicarchive[at]hotmail.com, in order to coordinate the delivery of the requested items to the Moshe Dayan Center offices for use. When e-mailing, please be as specific as possible with your request so that we may more easily assist you.

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