Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Open Access: Official Gazette Issued by Palestinian National Authority

الوقائع الفلسطينية : الجريدة الرسمية = Palestine Official Gazette = al-Waqāʼiʻ al-Falastị̄nīyah = al-Jarīdah al-Rasmīyah

"This link includes the legislations published in the Palestinian Official Gazette since 1994 after the Palestinian National Authority assumed its responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Legislations are arranged in chronological order according to the Official Gazette publications, i.e. according to issue number and date. For the time being, some contents of non-legislative type shall be excluded from this link, including advertisements regarding trademarks, registration of companies, planning, construction, etc. Latest issues of the Palestinian Official Gazette will be published on "AL MUQTAFI" website, following the entry, editing and reviewing of material. Required texts can be accessed through search engine. By String Search, user can enter any word/s in the same order of letters, including space (which is also a letter). Texts of the Palestinian Official Gazette are available for everybody, but please refer to the source or link to the Institute of Law website. In any case, the Institute of Law at Bir Zeit University, in which officers make tremendous efforts to ensure that the material and texts entered are correct, shall not be responsible for any mistake or irregularity that may occur. For the purposes of verifying texts, please refer to the Palestinian Official Gazette published hard copies, which are the only official reference. Copies of the Palestinian Official Gazette are available at hand in the Fatwa and Legislation Department at the Ministry of Justice in the following offices: Gaza Office: Tel/Fax: 08 2829197 Ramallah Office: Tel: 02 2984301/2/3"

Official Gazette Issued by Palestinian National Authority. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Open Access Journal: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies

Publisher: Istanbul Research Institute
ISSN 2687-5012
e-ISSN 2687-5691
Frequency: Annual
"A direct successor of İstanbul Araştırmaları Yıllığı / Annual of İstanbul Studies—the academic journal of Istanbul Research Institute published annually between 2012 and 2018—YILLIK is a peer-reviewed and open-access journal published simultaneously in print and online (via DergiPark).
Peer-reviewed articles of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 1 (2019) cover a wide range of topics from the changing spatial and visual practices in the early modern Istanbul to the 10th Congress of Byzantine Studies held in Istanbul in 1955, dealt with a variety of novel approaches coming from different disciplines such as urban and architectural history, history of science, music, and historiography."

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Open Access Book: A Monument to Medieval Syrian Book Culture The Library of Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī

Author: Konrad Hirschler
Title: A Monument to Medieval Syrian Book Culture The Library of Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī
Published: Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture. November 2019
ISBN: 9781474451598 (PDF)

Reassembles the books of a medieval Arabic library that are today dispersed around the world Sets out a new approach to the study of Arabic book culture

Edits the most important Arabic medieval book list
Provides a new angle on the history of ḥadīth in the late-medieval period
Reconceptualises the mobility of endowed books
Reproduces the entire catalogue in colour

In the late medieval period, manuscripts galore circulated in Middle Eastern libraries. Yet very few book collections have come down to us as such or have left a documentary trail. This book discusses the largest private book collection of the pre-Ottoman Arabic Middle East for which we have both a paper trail and a surviving corpus of the manuscripts that once sat on its shelves: the Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī Library of Damascus. The book suggests that this library was part of the owner’s symbolic strategy to monumentalise a vanishing world of scholarship bound to his life, family, quarter and home city.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Open Access Book: Among Digitized Manuscripts. Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World

Author: Lit, Lambertus W. C.
Title: Among Digitized Manuscripts: Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World.
Published: Leiden ; Boston Brill [2020]
ISBN: 9789004400351
"Working with manuscripts has become a digital affair. But, are there downsides to digital photos? And how can you take advantage of the incredible computing power you have literally at your fingertips? Cornelis van Lit explains in detail what happens when manuscript studies meets digital humanities. In Among Digitized Manuscripts you will learn why it is important to include a note on the photo quality in your codicological description, how to draw, collect, and publish glyphs of paleographic interest, what standards (such as TEI and IIIF) to abide by when transcribing a text, how to write custom software for image recognition, and much more. The leading principle is that learning a little about computers will already be of great benefit."

Thursday, November 7, 2019

MESA free access collection of De Gruyters until December 15

De Gruyter is exhibiting at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in New Orleans from November 14-17, 2019 and offers a free special collection at this occasion until December 2019

via the Link


Friday, October 25, 2019

Open Access Textbook: A Critical Introduction to Islamic Legal Theory

Title: A Critical Introduction to Islamic Legal Theory
Author: Vishanoff, David R.

"This open access textbook by David Vishanoff offers to students and scholars interested in the Islamic discipline of legal theory (uṣūl al-fiqh) a critical Arabic edition and an English translation of Imām al-Ḥaramayn al-Juwaynī’s Leaflet on the Sources of Law (Kitāb al-Waraqāt fī uṣūl al-fiqh), along with a new explanatory commentary on the text and a method for readers to add their own comments to any page, paragraph, or phrase. Unlike the many traditional commentaries that have been written on alJuwaynī’s popular medieval handbook https://waraqat.vishanoff.com, David Vishanoff’s extensive commentary explains for uninitiated modern English-speaking readers the function and significance of each legal theory principle, and critically examines the conceptions of ethics, knowledge, and scriptural interpretation that are articulated or assumed in this classic summary of Islamic legal theory."


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Administrative: One million page views on AMIR

It seems appropriate to mention during the Open Access Week (Oct. 21-Oct. 27) that earlier this month AMIR has surpassed one million page views.

 Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR) project started in 2010 as a series of conversations between librarians about the need for a tool to assemble and distribute information on open access material relating to the Middle East and Islamic Studies. During the last nine years we have published hundreds of posts helping researchers identify freely available resources online.

Our statistics indicate that most frequently visited pages are the following:

Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections
Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies
West African Arabic Manuscript Database
Arabic Almanac App

Using rather simple classification system we identified dozens of subjects helping users discover resources and navigate the site by country, theme or format:
Turkey  94
Manuscripts  66
Egypt  50
USA  48
Palestine  43
Germany  38
Iran  36
France  32
Israel  31
E-Books  26
Afghanistan  23

Web traffic to AMIR comes from many countries as seen below :

United States
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates

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