Friday, October 24, 2014

Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae: Anthology of Crusader Inscriptions in the Holy Land (1099-1291)

Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae 
Anthology of Crusader Inscriptions in the Holy Land (1099-1291) 
Sabino De Sandoli, OFM

Father Sabino De Sandoli's "Corpus Inscriptionum" is the most extensive collection of surviving Crusader inscriptions ever published. The inscriptions, written between 1099 and 1291, have been collected from all areas of Palestine: from Gaza to Acre, from Hebron to Banias, and from the southern part of Transjordan.
"Corpus Inscriptionum Crucesignatorum Terrae Sanctae" was published in 1973 by Studium Biblicum Franciscanum and the Franciscan Printing Press in Jerusalem.
Since 1333, when the Custody of the Holy Land was established, the Franciscan Friars have made an enormous contribution to the Crusader epigraphy. With pious dedication, they have diligently recorded the ultimate expression of the profound religiousness of their heroic predecessors.
The English translation was performed by Michael Olteanu.


  • Cover Pages
  • Prefazione - Preface
  • Indice generale - General Index
  • Indice Bibliografico - Bibliographic Index
    Introduzione - Introduction
  • Fonti e studi - Sources and Studies
  • Classifica delle Iscrizioni Crociati - Classification of the Crusader Inscriptions
  • La Paleografia Crociata - The Crusader Paleography
  • La Lingua Latina nell'Epigrafia Crociata - The Latin Language in the Crusader Epigraphy
  • La Religiosità dei crociati - The Religiousness of the Crusaders
  • Il Regno di Gerusalemme - The Kingdom of Jerusalem
    Il Demanio Reale di Gerusalemme - The Royal State of Jerusalem
    Gerusalemme - Jerusalem
    I Parte: Iscrizioni Crociate dentro le Mura - Part I: Crusader Inscriptions within the City Walls
  • La Basilica del Santo Sepolcro - The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
  • L'Ospedale di San Giovanni - The Hospital of Saint John
  • Il Tempio del Signore - The Temple of the Lord
  • Iscrizioni di altri luoghi dentro le mura di Gerusalemme - Inscriptions at other sites within the walls of Jerusalem
    II Parte: Iscrizioni Crociate fuori le Mura - Part II: Crusader Inscriptions outside the City Walls
  • La chiesa di San Stefano - The church of Saint Stephen
  • Il Monte Sion - Mount Zion
  • I Santuari della Valle di Giosafat - The Sanctuaries of the Valley of Josaphat
  • Il Monte degli Olivi - The Mount of Olives
    Betlemme - Bethlehem
  • Betlemme - Bethlehem
    Altre località del Demanio Reale di Gerusalemme - Other Sites in the Royal State of Jerusalem
  • Altre località a Nord e Ovest di Gerusalemme - Other Sites North and West of Jerusalem
    III Parte: Le Signorie Crociate della Palestina - Part III: The Crusader Seignories of Palestine
  • La Signoria di San Abramo (Ebron), d'Oltre-Giordano, la Contea di Giaffa e Ascalone, la Signoria di Blanche-Garde, Ramleh e Lidda, Arsuf, Nàblus, Rafidia e Sebaste, Cesareea Maritima, Caifa - The Seignory of St. Abraham (Hebron), Transjordan, the County of Jaffa and Ascalon, the Seignory of Blanche Garde, Ramleh and Lidda, Arsuf, Nàblus, Rafidia and Sebaste, Cesarea, Caifa
  • La Signoria del Archivescovo di Nazaret, il Castello di Belvoir, L'Abbazia del Monte Tabor, il Principato di Tiberiade, il Castello di Safad, la Signoria di Bànias - The Seignory of the Archbishop of Nazareth,the Castle of Belvoir, the Abbey of Mount Tabor, the Principality of Tiberiade, the Castle of Safad, the Seignory of Bànias
  • San Giovanni d'Acri - Saint John of Acre
  • Appendice - Appendix
  • Errata - Errata
  • Indice delle Illustrazioni - Illustrations Index
  • Indice Linguistico - Linguistic Index
  • Indice Analitico - Analytic Index
  • Back Cover
  • Arabic Collections Online المجموعات العربية على الانترنت

    http://dlib.nyu.edu/aco/





    President Carter and the Role of Intelligence in the Camp David Accords

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/historical-collection-publications/president-carter-and-the-camp-david-accords/index.html


    President Carter and the Role of Intelligence in the Camp David Accords


    "This collection consists of more than 250 previously classified documents, totaling over 1,400 pages, including some 150 that are being released for the first time.  These documents cover the period from January 1977 through March 1979 and were produced by the CIA to support the Carter administration’s diplomatic efforts leading up to President Carter’s negotiations with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in September 1978. The declassified documents detail diplomatic developments from the Arab peace offensive and President Sadat’s trip to Jerusalem through the regionwide aftermath of Camp David. Newly released items include:

        Two National Intelligence Estimates on Egypt and the Middle East Military Balance.
        Selections from CIA’s briefing book on Camp David created for President Carter.
        Leadership profiles from the Directorate of Intelligence on the key personalities of the Camp David summit.
        Intelligence on informal and formal inter-Arab negotiations and divisions between Israeli political parties with regard to the peace initiative and summit.
        The role of Jordan in the peace process
        Over four hundred pages of Foreign Broadcast Information Service reporting, capturing the press coverage of the negotiations, summit, and global reaction."

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Qatar Digital Library

    Qatar Digital Library
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    What is the Qatar Digital Library?

    The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is making a vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely available online for the first time. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.

    How did the QDL come about?

    The QDL has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library. The website was developed by the Partnership in collaboration with Cogapp. The agreement of work for the first phase of the Partnership began in 2012, with the digitisation of a wide range of content from the British Library’s collections. Find out more about the Partnership.
     

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Database of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts (D'SAIN)


    http://fah.uinjkt.ac.id/dsain/

    Database of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts


    Catalog of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts published by Faculty of Adab and Humanities, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta.

    "Database of Nusantara Islam Manuscripts is a database that provides various informations related to Nusantara Islam manuscripts. The database covers a wide range of Nusantara Islam manuscripts-based research—using philological approach or other approaches; conducting by foreign scholars or native scholars. As the center of Nusantara Islam manuscripts, the database not only records the title, author, copyist, language, and literacy texts, but also provides a number of manuscript collections and catalogues including lists, and various publications relating to manuscript which is used as the primary resource of research. In addition, the database provides authors and copyists’ biographical information and their activities. Therefore, Database of Nusantara Islam Manuscripts, as the center of information and research on manuscript that can be accessed online, is very important for the manuscripts-based researches and other researches. Thus, through the information contained in the database of Nusantara Islam manuscript, various topics of research can be developed further, while the potential for duplication and plagiarism cases in the study of manuscript can also be avoided."


    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Open Access Magazine: Dabiq

    Dabiq

    The Islamic State's (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) Magazine. Scans of Dabiq have been made available online by The Clarion Project
    The Islamic State (ISIS) regularly puts out a glossy propaganda magazine aimed at recruiting jihadists from the West. It is sophisticated, slick, beautifully produced and printed in several languages including English...

    'Dabiq' as it is called, bills itself as "a periodical magazine focusing on the issues of tawhid (unity), manhaj (truth-seeking), hijrah (migration), jihad (holy war) and jama'ah (community). It will also contain photo reports, current events, and informative articles on matters relating to the Islamic State."

    It portrays the Islamic State as they see themselves: boasting of their victories and painting a romantic image of the restoration of an Islamic golden age and the heralding of a glorious new Caliphate based on holy war. 

    Dabiq is a place in Syria that is supposed to be the location for one of the final battles according to certain Muslim myths about a final apocalypse. Choosing such a name for the magazine highlights the Caliphate's goals...

    In order to combat extremist groups, it is important to understand their underlying ideology. Therefore, Clarion Project will continue to post the issues of Dabiq here as they are released.
    The fourth issue of the Islamic State's magazine is entitled "The Failed Crusade." It focuses on the attempts by the U.S.-led coalition to counter the Islamic State and how according the Islamists', the campaign against them is doomed to fail. They express their certainty saying "This religion is the one promised with victory." 

    Islamic State (ISIS) Magazine: Dabiq - Issue 4
    The third issue of Dabiq, (The Call to Hijrah) focuses on the importance of moving to Iraq and Syria to join the Caliphate as soon as possible. Hijrah is Arabic for 'migration' and refers to the journey of the founder of Islam Mohammed and his companions from Mecca to Medinah in 622 C.E. The comparison is very deliberate and intended to invoke religious yearning. 

    Islamic State (ISIS) Magazine: Dabiq - Issue 3

     The second issue of DabiqThe Flood, uses the metaphor of the story of Noah to put across a stark message: you are either with the Islamic State, or against them and doomed to be destroyed. It calls on all Muslims around the world to pledge loyalty to the Islamic State and to move there immediately. There is also a section on the attempts to resolve the disputes between the Islamic State and other Jihadi factions such as Jabhat al-Nusra by means of mubahalah, an Islamic religious arbitration process.
    Islamic State (ISIS) Magazine: Dabiq - Issue 2

    The first issue of Dabiq, (The Return of Khilafahis focused on the declaration of the Caliphate and what that means. Some of the ideology behind the group is explained in an attempt to persuade more Muslims to join. It also explains the name of the magazine, and boasts of ISIS' victories. It also talks about efforts made to build support among local tribal groups, reporting their pledges of loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghadi, the self-appointed Caliph of the believers.
    Islamic State (ISIS) Magazine: Dabiq - Issue 1