Here are some sample searches for Middle Eastern topics using the Political Science Complete (searches 1-4) and the Worldwide Political Science Abstracts databases (search 5). I limited each search to peer reviewed articles.
I searched Political Science Complete and the ATLA Religion database simultaneously for this topic. You can choose multiple databases by clicking on the "Choose Databases" link. This retrieved 49 peer reviewed citations.
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This search retrieved 256 peer reviewed articles.
This search retrieved 47 peer reviewed citations.
This search retrieved 222 peer reviewed citations.