Also consider news sources from outside of the Middle East & North Africa that would have significant reporting about these regions.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina includes several digitized archival collections. The Nasser collection and the Suez Canal collection include images and English-language documents.
Encyclopedias are a great way to orient yourself to the basic facts on a topic. Entries often cover the major academic debates involved and provide suggested readings for further study. The following encyclopedias and dictionaries are located online, but be sure to search the library catalog for other helpful sources in print.