Monday, February 8, 2016

Open Access Digital Library Portal - Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation

"Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation recently opened its Digital Library Portal.  It provides free access to a variety of materials.  English and Arabic interfaces are available. The portal allows cross searching between various collections; one of these collection is the “World Collection” which is the digital embodiment of the publication, World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (4 vols.)This section allows for browsing collections of Islamic manuscripts from all over the the world by language, subject, size and date of establishment of the collections."

World survey of Islamic manuscripts / general editor, Geoffrey Roper.
London : Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation ; Leiden : Distributed by E.J. Brill, 1991-1994.
Description : v. ; 25 cm.
ISBN : 1873992041 (set)

"The Portal gateway to Islamic manuscripts  builds upon the significant work already accomplished by the Foundation through its published catalogues. In this collection, users can currently browse and search more than 50,000 manuscript records from over 100 collections private and non private previously published by the Manuscript Centre.  The new online platform facilitates the discovery of major ‘hidden’ Islamic manuscript collections.  It covers materials from basic hand-lists to comprehensive descriptive catalogues, captured in such detail as incipit and explicit, quality of paper, ink, binding etc."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Open Access Newspaper Archive: Nashriyah: digital Iranian history

Nashriyah: digital Iranian history.
Project of the University of Manchester Library.

"View digital versions of Iranian newspapers and periodicals capturing key historical events as they happened.
These newspapers and periodicals, many of which have been only partially accessible inside Iran, cover the defining moments from the following three eras:
  • The premiership of Mohammad Mossadegh and the August 1953 coup d'état against his government (1950-53)
  • The 1979 Revolution; and
  • The late 1990s/early 2000s ‘reform era’ of former President Mohammad Khatami."

Containing more than 12,000 pages, the collection is freely accessible without restriction.

The following publications are available:

Andīshah hā-yi Rastākhīz
Ilm va Zindagī
Irān-i Bāstān
Ittihād-i Mardum
Khāk va khūn
Mardum-i Irān
Nabard-i Zindagī
Pighām-i Imrūz
Rāh-i Ārānī
Rāh-i Āzādī
Rāh-i Kārgar
Rāh-i Mujāhid
Rastākhīz-i kārgarān
Tehran Mosavvar

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

Friday, January 29, 2016

Open Access Digital Library: Oman Library at Middle East Institute

"The Oman Library’s online collection is a web-based digital collection of the library’s rare books and manuscripts, consisting entirely of subjects related to Middle Eastern Studies. The topics of the rare collection range from history and culture to works of fiction from the early twentieth century. The collection includes materials in seven different languages -- English, Arabic, French, Farsi, Urdu, Ottoman Turkish, and Turkish -- and publications spanning the period from 1700 to 1921. In addition to the rare collection, MEI has included in the digitalization process all of its own Middle East Institute published works that span from the 1960s to 2004, including its 1947 meeting memos"

Open Access Report: Arab Opinion Index 2015
Published by: Arab Center For Research & Policy Studies, Doha, Qatar.

Arab Opinion Index 2015 report is a 44-page PDF document organized under several headings:
  • Living Conditions of the Arab Citizenry
  • Arab Citizens’ Views of State Institutions and Governmental Effectiveness
  • Arab Public Attitudes Towards Democracy
  • Civic and Political Participation
  • Religion and Religiosity in the Public Sphere and Political Affairs
  • Arab Public Opinion and Pan-Arab Affairs
  • Arab Public Opinion and the Arab Spring
  • Arab Public Opinion and Current Affairs

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AlKindi, the online catalogue of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo

AlKindi, the online catalogue of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo

AlKindi 4, Ideo Library - Cairo

IDEO’s library is one of the prominent libraries specialised in Islamic studies in the world. It is opened to all. Our library gathers over 125,000 monographs and nearly 1,800 journals and periodicals. It intends to cover all disciplines in Islamic studies: Arabic language, Quranic exegesis, theology, law and jurisprudence, history, philosophy, sufism, history of sciences. It provides more than 20,000 classical texts of the Arabic and Islamic heritage, and secondary literature in Arabic and European languages. Many PhD dissertations are also available.

AlKindi 4 and FRBR

We are glad to introduce the new version of AlKindi, genuinely complying with the conceptual model approved by the International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) called FRBR (which stands for Functional requirements for Bibliographic Records).
FRBR specifies four levels of information. Each level can be connected to a specific responsibility. You are already familiar with two of these four levels:
  • The item, the lower level: it is the document you actually have in hands. It is identified by its call number. Examples of reponsibilities include: a donor, a binder, or a former owner.
  • The manifestation: it refers to a specific publication. It is identified by ISBN/ISSN. Examples of responsibilities include: a publisher, a manufacturer, or a copyright owner.
To those long-established levels, FRBR adds two new more abstract levels:
  • The expression: it refers to a specific edition. It is typically identified by a language. Examples of responsibilities include: an intellectual editor, a translator, or an illustrator.
  • The work, the higher level: it refers to the intellectual production in itself. It is identified by its title. Examples of responsibilities include: an author, a compiler, or an addressee.
The new features of AlKindi 4, based on FRBR, make it easier to display the different editions or translations of a given work (its publication history), or to distinguish the different responsibilities of a given authority.
Each of these four levels can be connected to an authority and to another record of the same level.
  • At the work level, it enables the display of the historical and cultural context of a work. Examples of relationships include: commentaries, refutations, summaries, or compilations.
  • At the manifestation level, it enables the display of the publishing context of a manifestation. Examples of relationships include: reprints, offprints, piece-analytics, or accompanying materials.
Lastly, authorities themselves can be connected to one another, it enables the display of family and academic relationships. Examples of relationships include: son, father, disciple, or master.
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Open Access Journal: Ars Orientalis

Ars Orientalis
ISSN: 0571-1371
Each fall the Freer and Sackler Galleries publish, with the University of Michigan, a journal of the latest research in art of the Middle East and Asia. Titled Ars Orientalis, the journal is a collection of scholarship that crosses academic disciplines and aims to connect researchers, institutions, and ideas using one central theme per volume.

Thanks to a digitization effort made possible with help from Smithsonian Libraries and the Internet Archive, we can now offer Ars Orientalis volumes 1 to 41 free of charge to viewers worldwide. Flip through these pages online, or download files to your digital library for later reading.

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