Friday, June 22, 2018

Open Access Newspaper Archive: الهدى = al-Hoda = al-Hudá = Jarīdat al-Hudá [1898-1904]

 الهدى = al-Hoda = al-Hudá = Jarīdat al-Hudá
Publisher:     Philadelphia, Pa. : N.A. Mokarzel,

Available issues: March 1, 1898 - June 30, 1904
"Al-Hoda, or الهدى, [The Guidance] was the longest-lived of the early Arabic newspapers, published from 1898 until 1972. It was distinguished by its wide circulation--which ranged throughout North America but also stretched, by some claims, across 40 countries worldwide--and its corresponding transnational sphere of influence. Throughout its 74-year run it was owned and published by the Mokarzels, an influential family of Lebanese-Americans: it passed from the hands of its founder Naoum Antoun Mokarzal to his brother Salloum Antoun Mokarzel; upon Salloum’s death in 1952 it was published by Salloum’s daughter Mary Mokarzel. It served as an outlet for the Mokarzel brothers to shape both the Lebanese independence movement and to craft and transmit cultural and linguistic cohesion throughout the mahjar, or Arabic diaspora. In addition to its close association with Naoum and Salloum Mokarzel, it was a launching point and platform for the careers of many important writers; significantly, it published work by the women writers Marie T. Azeez and Afifa Karam. It also published numerous pieces from foreign correspondents throughout the Arab world. Though its format and content shifted throughout the decades, particularly as ownership changed hands between members of the Mokarzel family, Al-Hoda was consistent in its journalistic commitment to transnational issues and events and its  engagement with the Arabic-speaking diaspora."
See also: Digitized Newspapers and Journals from the  Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies from North Carolina State University.

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

Open Access Newspaper Archive: Mira’at al-gharb = مرآة الغرب = Meraat-ul-gharb = Mirror of the West [1910-1922, 1925-1927]
Mir’āt al-gharb : jarīdah siyāsīyah adabīyah tijārīyah intiqādīyah ḥurrah 

Publisher: New York [N.Y.] : Najīb Mūsá Diyāb, 1899-1961.
Available issues:  September 1910-April 20 1922 and August 12 1925-June 30 1927.

Other titles: مرآة الغرب = Meraat-ul-gharb = Mirror of the West

"Mira’at al-Gharb, [Mirror of the West], was one of the longest-running Arabic newspapers in the United States, published from 1899 until 1961. It was founded by Najeeb Diab and owned by his family until its closure. In addition to its significant longevity, Mira’at al-Gharb is important for its affiliation with the Orthodox faith. As a counterpoint to the Maronite viewpoints that are often predominantly associated with the early Syrio-Lebanese immigrants, Mira’at al-Gharb provides valuable insight into the religious, political, and intellectual diversity of the early immigrants from Greater Syria..."
See also: Digitized Newspapers and Journals from the  Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies from North Carolina State University.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Demographics: Middle East & North Africa

Title: Demographics : Middle East & North Africa
Authors:     Thomas Schrott; Wolfgang Taucher; Peter Webinger; Alexander Schahbasi; Mathias Vogl
Publisher:     Vienna: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior,
Date: 2018.
Series:     Regiones et res publicae : country analysis reports, 6

37 pages, maps
ISBN:      9783903109094

Table of contents:
Preface 5
North Africa 6
Morocco 8
Algeria 10
Tunisia 12
Libya   14
Egypt   16
Middle East 18
Turkey 20
Syria  22
Jordan 24
Iraq   26
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 28
Afghanistan 30
Pakistan    32
Sources     35
Imprint     37

Friday, June 1, 2018

Ignaz Goldziher's Correspondence Archive

The Correspondence of Ignaz Goldziher
An online database of over 13000 letters in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Includes letters to/from :
`Alī, Mubārak
Andræ, Tor
Arnold, Thomas Walker
Babinger, Franz
Ben Yehuda, Eliezer
Brockelmann, Carl
Buber, Martin
Darmesteter, James
Doutté, Edmond
Gaudefroy-Demombynes, Maurice
Goeje, Michael Johan de
Hampel, József
Harrassowitz, Otto
Herzfeld, Ernst
Horovitz, Josef
Jacob, Georg
Lőw Immánuel
Nöldeke, Theodor
Snouck Hurgronje, A. M
Vámbéry, Ármin
Zaydān, Ğirğī (Jirjī)
and many others.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin now published online

The Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin now provides access to more than 11.000 objects online on its website. This is a fundamental milestone in the accessibility of the museum collection and would not have been possible without the generosity of Yousef Jameel, Hon. LHD, a private supporter of the arts, education, and research.

Yousef Jameel facilitated the development of a special project team of art historians, archaeologists, photographers and conservators who, alongside permanent museum staff, recorded, documented and photographed large parts of its collection between 2012 and 2017. They compiled important information about the objects including their dating, provenance, materials, and techniques. In addition, various views and interesting details of the artefacts were photographed.

After the successful conclusion of the project last year a huge selection of object information is now available online. This includes most of the museum’s famous carpets, three hundred examples of its little-published textiles, representative artworks from the ceramic, glass and metalwork and the ivory collection. 

The complete digitization of two highlights of Shirazi book art are of particular note: the famous anthology of the Timurid prince Baisunqur from 1420 (I. 4628) in addition to the magnificent Koran from 1560-70 (I. 42/68).

Furthermore large parts of the museum’s excavations finds now feature prominently on the web. First of all Samarra, with more than 800 finds and Ctesiphon as well as Khirbat al-Minya/Tabgha with more than 900 finds are all online. More than 300 representative finds from al-Raqqah and 500 from Takht-e Soleiman emphasize the leading role of the Berlin museum in the field of Islamic archaeology. 

The objects are available online at Please look for „Museum für Islamische Kunst“. Currently the descriptions are only available in German. However you may search the collection in a special search form („Advanced Search“) according to date, material, object/term and geographical reference and enjoy the multiple views of the objects featured under the headline „Multimedia“.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an - Online

"Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an is one of the most magnificent Qur’ans in the British Library. This seven-volume Qur’an produced in Cairo between 704-5 AH/1304-6 AD is the earliest dated Qur’an of the Mamluk period. In 2002 selected pages of this Qurʼan were made available online as a ‘virtual’ manuscript in our ‘Turning the Pages’ Project (Sultan Baybars’ Qurʼan). We have now had the opportunity to digitise all seven volumes cover-to-cover and present them in our new Universal Viewer (Add MS 22406; Add MS 22407; Add MS 22408; Add MS 22409; Add MS 22410; Add MS 22411; Add MS 22412). Well-known to art historians and exhibition visitors, these amazing volumes can now be appreciated by anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. "

More at:  Over 2,000 pages in gold: Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an now online

Friday, April 27, 2018

Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library - OCR crowdsourcing project

Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library - Collaborative transcription project:

"Help advance research into automatic text recognition technologies for historical Arabic handwritten texts. Below you will find selected pages from some of the British Library's most important Arabic Scientific Manuscripts. We need your help to transcribe them in order to create a freely available ground truth datataset for anyone wishing to advance the state-of-the-art in optical character recognition (OCR) technology for handwriting."

Read more on the effort: