The Middle East Collection currently concentrates on twentieth-century history, politics, economics, military affairs, political and social movements, communism and socialism, education as a factor in political and social change, and U.S. national security affairs. Materials from and about all the Arab countries of Western Asia and North Africa, Turkey, Israel, Iran, and Afghanistan are included.
The collection also has strong holdings, primarily in Arabic, of classical Islamic texts and of works on the history, literature, philosophy, and religion of classical or medieval Islam and of twentieth-century Arabic and Turkish literature. These portions of the collections, however, are no longer actively developed.
Hassan Mneimneh is the Middle East curator at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
He was formerly director of the Iraq Memory Foundation, where he supervised the structuring, annotation, and analysis of a massive archive of documents from Saddam Hussein’s regime, as well as producing television programs aimed at empowering Iraqi citizens through dissecting the previous abuse of power and examining current conditions. Mneimneh was previously executive director of the Iraq Foundation and codirector of the Iraq Research and Documentation Center. He was also one of the political development experts consulted by the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group. He has written extensively on radicalization and insurgency in the Middle East and continues to participate in initiatives to assess and counter extremism in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Mneimneh is also coeditor of the biannual review Current Trends in Islamist Ideology and a former senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.