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Gen Ed 1123: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East

What Data Can Contribute

Data often add value to an argument, essentially allowing you to make or augment a point with numbers or visualizations, rather than through explanatory text.

Data searching can also require considerable digging -- especially when you are working with raw numbers (micro-level information).The mediation of a librarian with special data expertise can save you time (and frustration). 

Data questions for students in Gen Ed 1123 should be sent to the Library's Data Services  librarians, who can be reached via  


Harvard libraries focus their data collections on economic and financial information, public opinion and survey polls, health data, IGO and NGO data, U.S. and foreign census data, and statistical compendia from the U.S. and foreign governments.

Data sources at Harvard may exist online, in databases, on CD-ROMs available for use within the library, and in print sources. 

Some handy guides to data also exist. Access them here.


Official Country Specific Statistical Data Sources

Governmental Sites:

  • Algeria: National Office of Statistics
  • Egypt: Government Office for Statistics
  • Iran: Government Statistical Center 
  • Lebanon: Central Administration of Statistics
  • Saudi Arabia: Annual Statistical Yearbook (General Authority for Statistics)
  • Syria: Central Bureau of Statistics
  • Tunisia: Government Office for Statistics

IGO Sites

Polling and Survey Data

Browse reports on such topics as Muslim-Western Relations, Muslims and Islam, Terrorism, and Religious Extremism.

Data on Conflicts, Political Violence, and Activism

Resources on Elections