Wednesday, November 18, 2020

New OA Book: Muslim Women’s Pilgrimage to Mecca and Beyond Reconfiguring Gender, Religion, and Mobility


Muslim Women’s Pilgrimage to Mecca and Beyond
Reconfiguring Gender, Religion, and Mobility

Edited By: Marjo Buitelaar, Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Viola Thimm

Edition1st Edition
First Published2020
eBook Published15 November 2020
Pub. location London
Imprint Routledge
Pages222 pages
eBook ISBN9781003110903

This book investigates female Muslims pilgrimage practices and how these relate to women’s mobility, social relations, identities, and the power structures that shape women’s lives. Bringing together scholars from different disciplines and regional expertise, it offers in-depth investigation of the gendered dimensions of Muslim pilgrimage and the life-worlds of female pilgrims. With a variety of case studies, the contributors explore the experiences of female pilgrims to Mecca and other pilgrimage sites, and how these are embedded in historical and current contexts of globalisation and transnational mobility. This volume will be relevant to a broad audience of researchers across pilgrimage, gender, religious, and Islamic studies.


Monday, November 2, 2020

New OA resource: al-sharekh archive

"AlSharekh Archive: 228 Arabic journals, 277,000 articles by 46,281 writers 

Access to the archive is open to all via the AlSharekh Archive website 

AlSharekh Archive from Sakhr, is one of the most distinguished Arabic digitization initiatives. It is the first and only one to focus on the content of literary journals providing online access to the content of 228 Arabic literary journals, from 23 Arab countries, dating from the early Arab renaissance (al Nahda) in the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twenty-first century. 

Among the journals are Arab renaissance journals such as Al-Muqtataf, Al-Muqtabas, Al-Hilal, Al-Adib, Al-Ustadh, Al-Mashriq, Al-Jamaa and others. Authors of the journal articles include prominent Arab writers such as Gerji Zidan, Taha Hussein, Yaqub Sarrouf, Hafez Ibrahim, Albert Adeeb and many others. 

The AlSharekh Archive s’ site is very easy to use and navigate. Users can browse the journal issues or search the metadata indexes of the articles. Journal articles are viewed as images and have not been converted into digital texts because of difficulties in Arabic OCR. 

Some characteristics of the Archive: 

● It is the first Arabic digital library focusing on literary journals. Most of the others mostly cover resources related to Islamic heritage. 

● The website and the content are accessible free of charge. Access is provided to more than a million pages of Arabic literary work, otherwise hidden on bookshelves. 

● The journals are listed on the site according to the country of publishing, which helps in documenting the publishing movement at the country level. 

● Journal issues are organized and displayed in chronological order making it easy to access the specified number and the required article. 

● The Table of Content in each issue of a journal provides links to the pdf of the articles on the list. 

● Articles are accessed in their original form as in the print issues. 

● The search box on the site allows searching by the article’s author, title ,and by the title of the journal. 

● Brief author biographies, and bibliographic information about the journals are also provided. 

Procedures to protect copyright are mentioned in the preamble on the first page of the Archives website. It should be noted that many journals in the Archives are outdated and not subject to intellectual property law. 

Fatme Charafeddine, American University of Beirut"

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

MENALIB - Middle East Virtual Library

MENALIB - is a Portal of the Specialized Information Service  - Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies.
by the University- and State Library Saxony-Anhalt (Halle), Germany

Monday, October 19, 2020

New OA database: Uyghurkitap

 "Uyghurkitap, an online digital collection of Uyghur documents, is now open to public.
The library contains 6,400 documents, including 500 manuscripts,  1,500 newspapers and magazines, and ~ 4,000 Uyghur language books."

Visit the website here.

Monday, September 14, 2020

New OA Resource: Middle East Women's Activism (SOAS Digital Collections)

"Middle East Women’s Activism digital archive is a collection of interviews with 96 women of different generations in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, which form the basis of a monograph, entitled, Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. All interviews were conducted by Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick, in 2013-2014 as part of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship exploring the relationship between gender and geopolitics in the context of the Middle East. The research received approval from the University of Warwick Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee and consent was given at the time of interview to make this material publicly available. 
The archive will be of interest to researchers in the fields of gender studies and post-independence social history in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. The interviews consist of women’s personal narratives of their family background and education, how they became involved in public work (al-‘amal al-‘am), information about their activism and how it has changed over time and the impact of/their involvement in major national events, amongst other details." More.

Friday, August 28, 2020

New OA resource: Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online

“Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online” is an emerging platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of the history of Islamic art and architecture. In its initial stage, the platform provides original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art. These files are intended to aid educators in the creation of an interactive learning environment and to contribute to new ways of teaching in general, bringing new voices, perspectives, and materials into our classrooms. The project is spearheaded by Prof. Christiane Gruber at the University of Michigan and a team of six collaborators. Team Khamseen aims to make this material available to public audiences by creating a website with additional resources over the coming months.

Currently available mini-multimedia files include the following presentations, which were kindly (and very swiftly) provided by international experts. We hope these will prove useful to those teaching remotely this fall semester:

Blessing, Patricia.
Water and Sound in Islamic Architecture  

Brey, Alexander.
Al-Walid's Baths at Qusayr Amra

Bowker, Sam.
The Egyptian Tentmakers and the Art of Khayamiya

Dimmig, Ashley.
Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum

Fetvacı, Emine.
Ottoman Illustrated Histories

Gencer, Yasemin.
İbrahim Müteferrika and the First Printed Books of the Islamic World

Göloğlu, Sabiha.
Touching Mecca & Medina: The Dalā'il al-Khayrāt and Devotional Practices

Gruber, Christiane and Paroma Chaterjee.
Hagia Sophia, A Conversation
[available online with closed captions here:]

Gruber, Christiane.
A Safavid Painting of the Prophet Muhammad's Mi‘raj
[available online with closed captions here:]

Habibi, Negar.
Persian Painting in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century: Farangi Sâzi Safavid Paintings

Kana‘an, Ruba.
The Bobrinski Bucket

Mostafa, Heba.
Dome of the Rock: Original Mosaics

Neumeier, Emily.
The Paintings of Osman Hamdi Bey

O'Kane, Bernard.
The Khanqah of Baybar al-Jashinkir, 1306-1310

Parikh, Rachel.
Islamic Arms and Armor: A Look at Dhu'l Fiqar, ‘Ali's Miraculous Sword

Pruitt, Jennifer.
The Al-Aqmar Mosque

Sardar, Marika.
A Samanid Epigraphic Dish

Sardar, Marika.
The Gwalior Qur'an

Seggerman, Alex Dika.
Mahmoud Mukhtar’s Khamasin: Scuplture in Modern Egypt

Steinberg, Amanda Hannoosh.
The Stuart Cary Welch Islamic & South Asian Photograph Collection

Taner, Melis.
Contextualizing the Hünername (Book of Talents)

Wolf, Olivia.
Monumental Mosques in Latin America

Khamseen is an ongoing effort and we welcome further contributions on a rolling basis. For any questions, or if you are interested in creating a multimedia file, please contact Sandy Williams (University of Michigan) at


Team Khamseen

Christiane Gruber
Sandy Williams
Yasemin Gencer
Mira Xenia Schwerda
Bihter Esener
Michelle Al-Ferzly
Ani Kalousdian

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Open Access Newspaper Archive - Turkish/Ottoman Periodicals (Digitization Project "Translatio")

Digitization Project "Translatio"  from the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn makes available digital copies of Persian, Arabic, and Turkish periodicals.
Each title has a WorldCat record, albeit in German transliteration, with link to digitized content. For each entry there is a Wikipedia page in German, Arabic and other languages, presumably created by the Translatio project. Wikipedia entries include references to other sources. Single volumes of the newspapers are downloadable

See also: A Chronology of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman-Turkish Periodicals

In addition to listing the individual titles on the A-Z list of historical newspapers AMIR editors are providing variant spelling of the titles to improve discovery of these archives on the web.
Suggestions/corrections are welcome as always.

22 Turkish/Ottoman titles, some from reprints.
انادولو مجموعه سى = Anadolu mecmuası = Anadolu meǧmūʻasï 1924-25
آشیان = Āshiyān = Āšiyān 1918
 آى دده = Āydede 1922
Aydede 1948-1949
داوول = Davul 1909-1910
 ‏دمت‎ = Demet 1908
دیوژن = Diyojen = Diyožen = Diyōzhen 1870-1873
انوار ذكا = Envār-i Zekā = Enwār-i d̲ekā = Envar-i zeka  1882-1883
 اشرف = Muṣavver eşref = Ešref  1909
گولريوز = Güleryüz 1921-1923
حميت = Ḥamīyet  1886
حيات = Hayāt 1926-1929
Her ay 1937-1938
حکمت‎ = Ḥikmet 1910-1911
Kadro 1932-1935
 قره‌گوز = Karagöz = Karaguez = Qaragöz 1920-1928
 ‏محرر‎ = Muharrir 1876-1879
ناھید = Nāhīd 1886-1887
رسملى آى = Resimli ay 1924-1938
‏شهبال‎ = Şehbāl = Šehbāl = Chehbal 1909-1914
 سويملى آى = Sewimli ay 1925-1938
Yarım ay 1935-1940