Monday, April 8, 2019

Universität Bonn: Translatio digitization project

"Within the framework of a project supported by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (duration 1.11.2013 – 31.10.2014) the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies of the University of Bonn would like to research how European concepts had been discursively acquired between 1860 and 1945 in Asian and Middle Eastern societies.The aim of the project is to make the very scattered source materials on – to a scientific high degree innovative and for numerous colleagues connectable theme “Translation. The cognitive acquisition of European key concepts in Asian and Middle Eastern societies (1860-1945)” in a first step digital and in one place accessible. Relevant sources from the Middle Eastern and Asian saddle period shall be digitised, exploited and put on the research platform for evaluation and further work from the period 1860-1945: periodicals, lexica, encyclopedias, political publications, remissions and Ego-documents. As periodicals are the basis of the developed public sphere of the aforementioned period, these periodicals form the most important and most extensive primary texts for a conceptual history."


52 titles have been digitized in Arabic, Persian and Ottoman.




Thursday, March 28, 2019

"Blogs you should be adding to your bookmarks"

Hazine blog published a list of various blogs worth following on Islamic manuscripts, Middle East literature, culture, history, digital humanities, etc.

Happy to report AMIR was included in the list.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Annotated Turki Manuscripts from the Jarring Collection Online

The project Annotated Turki Manuscripts from the Jarring Collection Online is an effort to provide better access for the public to materials in the Central Asian manuscripts collected by a number of Swedish scholars and donated by Prof. (and Ambassador) Gunnar Jarring to the Lund University Library in Sweden. The project is directed by Prof. Arienne M. Dwyer and Dr. C. M. Sperberg-McQueen.

We focus on non-translated manuscripts written in the the late Chaghatay language of the southern Tarim Basin, in what is today Xinjiang. In partnership with Lund University Library, our aim is to scan many more manuscripts than are currently available; to transcribe a large portion of these, and to provide additional linguistic annotation and translations for select manuscripts. The project also aims to create a digital edition of one manuscript.

The project began in early 2015; in the course of the project period (2015-2018) we scanned selected manuscripts, then made and will continue to make transcriptions of selected scans, and linguistic annotation of select transcriptions available on this site.

The project has been funded in part by the Henry Luce Foundation.

URL: Special thanks to Robin Dougherty.

See also: Alphabetical List of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections

Friday, March 1, 2019

Open Access journal: Occhialì – Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico

Occhialì – Rivista sul Mediterraneo islamico
ISSN: 2532-6740
Risorsa digitale indipendente a carattere interdisciplinare. Uscita semestrale.
Pubblicata da Occhialì – Laboratorio sul Mediterraneo islamico
Dipartimento di Culture, Educazione e Società
Università della Calabria

N. 1/2017

N. 2/2018

N. 3/2018


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Arabic Collections Online المجموعات العربية على الانترنت

UPDATE 2/25/19 : More than 10,000 books now available on Arabic Collections Online,
[Columbia 3411, American University of Beirut 2339, Princeton University Libraries 1354, NYU 1834, The American University in Cairo 361, Cornell 742]

[First posted in AMIR on October 24, 2014, updated March 17 , 2015, August 19, 2015]

UPDATE 8/19/15 : ACO has published new items.
It now has 1009 items [ 407 NYU, 402 Columbia, 200 Cornell.]

UPDATE 3/17/15: ACO published 202 items from the collection of Columbia University Libraries

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Open Access Newspaper Archive: الاهرام = al-Ahram
Title: al-Ahrām=الاهرام
Published:  al-Qāhirah : al-Ahrām
Frequency:   Daily
Print began in 1876
Digital issues available: May-Dec 1890; 1892; 1895; July 1896-Jun 1900; Jan 1907-Dec 1908; Jan 1912-Dec 1913; 1943-1945; Oct-Dec 1970; scattered issues wanting.

Access to content published after 1923 is restricted.

[Made available by the Center for Research Libraries]

 Alphabetical List of Open Access Historical Newspapers and Other Periodicals in Middle East & Islamic Studies

Open Access Newspaper Archive: فتاة بوسطن = Fatat Boston [Dec 28, 1917-May 8, 1919]
Title: Fatat Boston.
Place of publication: Boston
Published by : W.E. Shakir
Dates of publication: 1914-1922

Frequency: Weekly
Language: Arabic

Notes: "Syrian semi-weekly newspaper."

Digital issues available: Dec 28, 1917-May 8, 1919

[Made available by the Center for Research Libraries]