Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Open Access Journal: Pakistan Journal of Library & Information Science

Pakistan Journal of Library & Information Science
ISSN: 1680-4465
The Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore publishes “Pakistan Journal of Library and Information Science [PJLIS]” on annual basis. The PJLIS is a refereed scholarly journal committed to publish original and scholarly critiques, theoretical, conceptual and research articles that contribute to the understanding of issues and problems in all areas of librarianship and information services at local, national and international level.

The journal, however, prefers to publish articles reporting the research studies reflecting Pakistani perspective. All research papers submitted to the PJLIS are double-blind peer reviewed by a panel of reviewers.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Meta: SPARC introduces Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index

SPARC introduces Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index
New resource helps streamline launch and operation of open-access

For immediate release
May 26, 2011

For more information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Washington, D.C. – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today released a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as they work together to make the work of their researchers more widely available.

This new resource is launched in conjunction with the SPARC Campus-based Publishing Resource Center (http://www.arl.org/sparc/partnering), which delivers a guide to critical issues in campus-based publishing partnerships, case studies, a bibliography and resource list, an index of collaborative initiatives (operated in partnership with Columbia University Libraries), and access to the LIBPRESS online discussion forum (operated by the University of California). The Center is overseen by an editorial board representing library and university press staff who are actively engaged in creating and managing publishing partnerships.

The new index complements the rich existing resource center by pointing to relevant sections in existing open-access journal publishing guides and to sample journal proposals, policies, bylaws, and other documentation to help with planning, development, and collaboration issues. Topics covered include:
• New Journal Planning
• Journal Publishing Program Policies
• Governance
• Editorial
• Marketing & Promotion
• Technical Platforms
• Sustainability Planning

Relevant sections of existing open-access publishing guides, including those by David Solomon, Carol Sutton, Kevin Stranack, Jan Velterop, Howard Goldstein and Raym Crow, and others are indicated under each topic area.

By highlighting samples and best practices, the index will help give campuses the tools they need to develop and maintain long-term, successful open-access publishing ventures. “As campus-based publishing gets more ambitious in scope, it’s important to build on the successes and challenges of earlier initiatives and adopt best practices,” said Raym Crow, senior consultant at SPARC. “Ultimately, campus-based publishing can offer universities greater control over the intellectual products they help create. SPARC is pleased to provide another tool to support libraries and publishers in sustainable, professional, open-access publishing.”

Lee C. Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University, says faculty are beginning to consult librarians for advice on journal publishing options, including open-access models, and the SPARC site is a welcome resource. “We’re deepening our knowledge as quickly as possible, but it's a whole new area of expertise for most of us,” she said. “It will save us time and increase the probability that we can get to the right solution when advising our faculty on their best options.”
The editorial board invites contributions from other campuses to help build this resource and expand the bibliography – especially with primary research papers on collaboration issues. “SPARC hopes this will seed an effort where people will give documents to share, making it a community hub,” said Crow. Members of the board and how to contact the managing editor with suggestions are detailed on the Center home page.

The Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index is available online at http://www.arl.org/sparc/partnering.
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.

Open Access Journal: The oriental annual: containing a series of tales, legends, & historical romances

The oriental annual: containing a series of tales, legends, & historical romances

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Open Access Journal: L'Afrique explorée et civilisée

L'Afrique explorée et civilisée
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Open Access Journal: Cahiers d’Études du Religieux - Recherches interdisciplinaires

Cahiers d’Études du Religieux - Recherches interdisciplinaires

hat tip to AWOL

Les Cahiers d’Études du Religieux - Recherches interdisciplinaires (CER-RI - ISSN 1760-5776) sont l’émanation des activités du Centre interdisciplinaire d’Études du Religieux (CIER) au sein de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Montpellier (MSH-M). Ils diffusent, dans des numéros thématiques, les communications présentées lors des différents séminaires.

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New Open Access Journal: Awraq

Awraq. Revista de análisis y pensamiento sobre el mundo árabe e islámico contemporáneo
Awraq. Revista de análisis y pensamiento sobre el mundo árabe e islámico es una revista dedicada al análisis crítico y al pensamiento sobre el mundo contemporáneo árabe e islámico

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Online Qur'an Resources

Online Qur'an Resources
The Qur'an is the central text of Islamic ritual and belief, expanding at myriad levels in everyday life, national reflection, and transnational exchange for most of the one billion plus Muslims. Yet it remains a closed book to most non-Muslims or to anyone not familiar with the grammatical structure and semantics of the Arabic language.

Given the religious overtones of the current "war on terrorism," Islam's holy book needs to be taught to American students in a way that both stresses the multiple interpretations among Muslims and the view from a secular but respectful non-Muslim stance. This site provides access to a variety of viewpoints, Muslim and non-Muslim, on the Quran.

The following webpages were constructed for an online virtual seminar conducted in 2002-2003 by Bruce Lawrence and Daniel Varisco as a pilot project of the SSRC. Since then it has been updated annually. Anyone wishing to help keep this project going, please contact the webshaykh.

These sites are provided as a resource base for scholars, students and the public. This is not an endorsement of the content of any specific site. If you have comments or note any problems, please contact the webshaykh, Daniel Martin Varisco.

The Qur'an
Interpreting the Qur'an
Reciting the Qur'an
Translating the Qur'an

Qur'an, Jihad and Justice
Science and the Qur'an
Attacking the Qur'an

Monday, May 23, 2011

Open Access Journal: Renaissance: A Monthly Islamic Journal

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Open Access Journal: Monthly Ishrâq

Monthly Ishrâq

Other Source: Al-Mawrid

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Open Access Journal: Perspectives

New Open Access Journal: Perspectives

Perspectives Middle East is a publication series of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s offices in Beirut and Ramallah that seeks to provide a platform for presenting analysis and viewpoints primarily of experts from the region.

Perspectives Middle East No.1: Nuclear Energy and the Arab World

  • Editorial - Nuclear Energy and the Arab Spring
  • The Arab Region as Part of a Nuclear Renaissance: Outlooks and Alternatives
    Dennis Kumetat and Nikolaus Supersberger
  • Nuclear Reactors or Hernia Surgery?
    Najib Saab
  • Going Nuclear: An Arab Oppenheimer? An Arab Response to Iranian Nuclear Energy Ambitions Should be Dictated by Wisdom and Not by Emotion
    Larbi Sadiki
  • Women and Nuclear Energy
    Leila Ghanem
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE): The Nuclear Program and Renewable Energy Alternatives
    Mohamed Abdel Raouf
  • Energy of the Future Instead of Technology From the Past
    Jürgen Trittin
  • We Need a Long Term Advocacy Strategy Towards a Nuclear Free Region
    Interview with Ali Darwish
  • Nuclear vs. Renewables? Energy Options for Iran
    Hamed Beheshti

Also see the Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Open Access Manuscript Collections: The Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts

The Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts
A project of Brown University Library
This database catalogues the holdings of over 200 Qur’anic manuscript folios dating from the 9th to the 16th centuries housed within the special collections of the Brown University libraries. These items were acquired as part of a treasury of rich artistic and textual items donated in 1998 to Brown by Adrienne Minassian, the daughter of Kirkor Minassian (1874–1944), who was an active art collector and dealer based in New York and Paris in the early 20th century. In addition to the forty distinct manuscripts of the Qur’an represented here, the collection includes numerous Persian manuscripts, calligraphic panels, Persian and Central Asian ceramics and other art objects, as well as an impressive selection of miniature paintings from the Persian, Mughul and Indian traditions.

Open Access Journal: Majallat 'ulûm insâniyya - Journal of Human Sciences

Majallat 'ulûm insâniyya - Journal of Human Sciences


Previous Issues

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Free Access to Filmakers Library Online (Alexander Street Press)

UPDATE: Free access now available until June 30, 2011.
Register here: http://alexanderstreet.com/newvideo2011.htm

Alexander Street Press offers free access to Filmakers Library Online until May 15, 2011
You can register for immediate access to Filmakers Library Online at :

Subject Middle East
among other includes the following :

Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkey
Baghdad Blogger
Daughters of the Nile
Israel-Palestine: Two Peoples, Two States for One Peace
Orhan Pamuk: Facing Up to Turkey’s Past

Other titles of interest in Anthropology, Jewish Studies and Religion

"Oriental Books" - Application from Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek now presents 20 splendid manuscripts from its voluminous Oriental collection in the form of an application for iPads and iPhones

The App "Oriental books", in which for example the famous oriental cosmography "The Miracles of Creation" of the year 1280, an internationally known Persian "Book of Kings" (around 16th/17th century) or a prayer book of the harem lady Düsdidil (Istanbul, 1845) are contained in the form of high-resolution digital copies, can be browsed from the first to the last page.

The valuable and rare Koran manuscripts as well as select examples of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman book art form part of the Oriental collection, whose foundation was laid already in 1558, the foundation year of the library. Today the collection comprises around 17,000 Oriental manuscripts, among them around 4,200 from the Islamic cultural area and around 260,000 printed works.

The "Oriental books" are available free of charge in the Apple App Store.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Open Access Journal : Kalimat Magazine

First issue of Kalimat Magazine has been published.

Kalimat Magazine is committed to rejuvenating Arabic culture by providing an outlet for political, cultural and social expression within the Arab region and its Diaspora. At the same time, it is a visual communication tool that serves to change Western perception of Arabs. The purpose is to be an open outlet for expression and to increase participation within the cultural/creative scene, therefore, the content is created by Arab people, the writers are Arab, the editor is Arab, the people featured are Arab.

The name “Kalimat”, which means “words” is inspired from the Magda Roumi song of the same name. The song is written by Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani.

There are plans to publish Arabic and French editions.

Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

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Partially Open Access Journal: Contemporary practices : visual arts from the Middle East

Contemporary practices : visual arts from the Middle East.
The first international journal devoted to the study of contemporary Middle East art practices.
Publisher: Cairo : FigBox Overseas Pub. UK, [2007]-
Table of contents available for v. 1-4
Full text: v. 5-8.
Most recent issue:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Open Access Manuscripts Library: University of Tokyo Institute of Oriental Culture, Daiber Collection

Daiber Collection - Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo

This collection is the corpus of manuscripts mainly focused on Arabic, collected by Dr. Hans Daiber, a professor of Islamic studies in Germany, over many years. Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo purchased the collection, its first part in 1986-1987 and its second part in 1994.

Open Access Report: Decade of Struggling Reform Efforts in Jordan (Carnegie Papers)

A Decade of Struggling Reform Efforts in Jordan: The Resilience of the Rentier System
by Marwan Muashe.
May 2011

Open Access Report: Future Challenges for the Arab World (Rand)

by Keith Crane, Steven Simon, Jeffrey Martini

This report assesses likely demographic and economic trends in the Arab world through 2020, focusing on changes that are likely to affect U.S. defense planning and U.S. policy in the region. The report assesses how long-term trends in demographic changes and the economies in this region are likely to affect U.S. interests. The report explores population shifts and economic changes in both energy-rich and energy-poor countries. Implications for U.S. policy from this report include slower population growth easing pressures on natural resources and public services and U.S. support for such programs as family planning and female education encouraging trends toward lower fertility rates. More-relaxed U.S. and European immigration and visa policies toward the citizens of the Middle East can enhance political and community ties between Arabs and the West. The United States, through the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, should encourage economic liberalization and free trade within the region.

Open Access Journal: Archiv orientální

Archiv orientální
ISSN: 0044-8699
Periodical Volume Date: 1941 Periodical Volume Number: XII(1/312)
Periodical Volume Date: 1943 Periodical Volume Number: XIV(1/348)
Periodical Volume Date: 1946 Periodical Volume Number: XV(1/487)
Periodical Volume Date: 1947 Periodical Volume Number: XVI(1/398)
Periodical Volume Date: 1949 Periodical Volume Number: XVII(1/456)
Periodical Volume Date: 1950 Periodical Volume Number: XVIII(1/1464)
Periodical Volume Date: 1951 Periodical Volume Number: XIX(1/688)
Periodical Volume Date: 1952 Periodical Volume Number: XX(1/717)
Periodical Volume Date: 1953 Periodical Volume Number: XXI(1/666)
Periodical Volume Date: 1954 Periodical Volume Number: XXII(1/649)
Periodical Volume Date: 1955 Periodical Volume Number: XXIII(1/672)
Periodical Volume Date: 1956 Periodical Volume Number: XXIV(1/694)
Periodical Volume Date: 1957 Periodical Volume Number: XXV(1/716)
Periodical Volume Date: 1958 Periodical Volume Number: XXVI(1/716)
Periodical Volume Date: 1959 Periodical Volume Number: XXVII(1/700)
Periodical Volume Date: 1960 Periodical Volume Number: XXVIII(1/717)
Periodical Volume Date: 1961 Periodical Volume Number: XXIX(1/722)
Periodical Volume Date: 1962 Periodical Volume Number: XXX(1/716)
Periodical Volume Date: 1963 Periodical Volume Number: XXXI(1/719)
Periodical Volume Date: 1964 Periodical Volume Number: XXXII(1/700)
Periodical Volume Date: 1965 Periodical Volume Number: XXXIII(1/716)
Periodical Volume Date: 1966 Periodical Volume Number: XXXIV(1/694)
Periodical Volume Date: 1967 Periodical Volume Number: XXXV(1/706)
Periodical Volume Date: 1968 Periodical Volume Number: XXXVI(1/712)
Periodical Volume Date: 1969 Periodical Volume Number: XXXVII(1/648)
Periodical Volume Date: 1970 Periodical Volume Number: XXXVIII(1/518)
Periodical Volume Date: 1971 Periodical Volume Number: XXXIX(1/518)
Periodical Volume Date: 1972 Periodical Volume Number: XL(1/400)
Periodical Volume Date: 1973 Periodical Volume Number: XLI(1/416)
Periodical Volume Date: 1974 Periodical Volume Number: XLII(1/386)
Periodical Volume Date: 1975 Periodical Volume Number: XLIII(1/399)
Periodical Volume Date: 1976 Periodical Volume Number: XLIV(1/386)
Periodical Volume Date: 1977 Periodical Volume Number: XLV(1/388)
Periodical Volume Date: 1978 Periodical Volume Number: XLVI(1/390)
Periodical Volume Date: 1980 Periodical Volume Number: XLVIII(1/384)
Periodical Volume Date: 1981 Periodical Volume Number: XLIX(1/406)
Periodical Volume Date: 1982 Periodical Volume Number: L(1/395)
Periodical Volume Date: 1983 Periodical Volume Number: LI(1/432)
Periodical Volume Date: 1984 Periodical Volume Number: LII(1/448)
Periodical Volume Date: 1985 Periodical Volume Number: LIII(1/426)
Periodical Volume Date: 1986 Periodical Volume Number: LIV(1/432)
Periodical Volume Date: 1987 Periodical Volume Number: LV(1/451)
Periodical Volume Date: 1988 Periodical Volume Number: LVI(1/396)
Periodical Volume Date: 1989 Periodical Volume Number: LVII(1/419)
Periodical Volume Date: 1990 Periodical Volume Number: LVIII(1/428)
Periodical Volume Date: 1991 Periodical Volume Number: LIX(1/482)
Periodical Volume Date: 1992 Periodical Volume Number: LX(1/495)
Periodical Volume Date: 1995 Periodical Volume Number: LXIII(1/527)
Periodical Volume Date: 1996 Periodical Volume Number: LXIV(1/801)
Periodical Volume Date: 1997 Periodical Volume Number: LXV(1/554)
Periodical Volume Date: 1999 Periodical Volume Number: LXVII(1/846)

Open Access Journal: Majallat adh-Dhakha'ir

Majallat adh-Dhakha'ir















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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Soliciting your participation in the Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

Announcing the
Ancient World Open Bibliographies Project

Our Goal: To provide an online destination for students and scholars seeking bibliographies about the ancient world.  In the modern academy, sometimes too much information is as thorny a problem as too little. The Ancient World Open Bibliographies seeks to provide annotated bibliographies on specific subjects that serve as an introduction to students or to scholars exploring a new area of research.  We will also link to existing open-access bibliographical resources online.

Open Access: The project is currently hosted at a dedicated wiki (http://ancientbibliographies.libs.uga.edu/ ), with duplication using the (free) bibliographic citation management software Zotero (see our group library here: http://www.zotero.org/groups/ancient_world_open_bibliographies ).  It is open access and covered by a Creative Commons license.
Scope: Geographically, we cover Europe, Asia, and Africa. Temporally, we cover prehistory through ca. 700 CE. Right now the project is richest in Classical, Near Eastern, and Egyptian Studies, but we welcome broader contributions within our scope.

How Can You Help? 
  1. Create an annotated bibliography on a topic of your expertise.
  2. Contribute an existing bibliography you have assembled on a topic – perhaps one you use for your own work, or distribute to students.
  3. Add a link to an existing online bibliography you use.
  4. Encourage your colleagues and students to participate by creating and sharing their own bibliographies; for example, consider whether the creation of an collaborative annotated bibliography would work as a class assignment.

Bibliographies or links can be emailed (see contact info below) or feel free to edit the wiki, adding a link or a new page (see details on how to do the latter at http://ancientbibliographies.libs.uga.edu/wiki/How_To_Contribute ). Emailed bibliographies in most formats will work: .doc, .pdf, .ris or other export from EndNote/Refworks/Zotero/etc.

Questions, or Want to Contribute?  Visit the wiki or blog or contact Phoebe Acheson (University of Georgia Libraries, pacheson@uga.edu ) or Chuck Jones (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, cejo@uchicago.edu ).
This flier is available at http://tinyurl.com/AWOBflier

Monday, May 16, 2011

Al-Qur'ân - Synoptical Translations

Synoptical Translations

Open Access Journal: A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance 2011

A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance 2011 - Ninth Edition
Published by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)

The ninth edition of AREU’s flagship publication: a guide to the terms, structures, mechanisms, and coordinating bodies critical to the Afghanistan relief effort, plus an extensive contacts directory. This edition also contains a special Elections 2009-10 section.

Open Access Journal: Afghanistan Research Newsletter

Afghanistan Research Newsletter

Author: Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
Publisher: [Kabul, Afghanistan] : Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit,
Date: 2004-

This is the April/May 2011 edition of the Afghanistan Research Newsletter. The purpose of the Newsletter is to alert readers to new research being undertaken on Afghanistan and to help disseminate research findings and analysis.

This edition features an obituary of Carla Grissman, whose decades of work at the Kabul Museum and tireless advocacy made a major contribution to safeguarding Afghanistan's rich cultural heritage.

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Afghanistan Analyst : An Online Resource for Researching Afghanistan

The goal of The Afghanistan Analyst is to provide an online research portal for scholars, students, journalists, policy-makers, NGO/humanitarian workers, members of the armed forces and others who want to better understand Afghanistan.
Publication: Afghanistan Analyst Bibliography (5th edition, 2010)

Afghanistan provincial reconstruction team - CARL DigitalLibrary

Title: Afghanistan provincial reconstruction team: observations, insights, and lessons.
Author: Brooks, Michael, (ed.)
Publisher: Fort Leavenworth, KS : Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL),
Date : 2011
Series: CALL handbook
CARL DigitalLibrary

Abstract: The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is combating an insurgency and simultaneously rebuilding its infrastructure to become a strong sovereign state no longer requiring assistance from the U.S. government (USG) or other nations. Key to the success of this effort is the provincial reconstruction team (PRT). The U.S. Army established PRTs from a need to stabilize the operating environment by developing the infrastructure and building capacity necessary for the Afghan people to succeed in a post-conflict environment. By design, PRTs have grown into interagency and multinational teams in both organization and scope. PRTs have become an integral part of International Security Assistance Force's long-term strategy to transition the lines of security, governance, and economics to the Afghan people. As we look to the future we know the PRT effort will draw to a close and transition its efforts toward the provincial government. Until that event occurs and while it occurs it remains vital that new PRT personnel are familiar with the concepts, structure, and management of PRTs and the lessons learned and best practices established by their predecessors. This handbook focuses on Afghanistan PRTs; the information contained in this handbook comes from multiple sources inside and outside the USG with the understanding that the way PRTs operate has changed and evolved over time. The intent of this Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) publication is to share knowledge, support discussion, and impart lessons and information in an expeditious manner. This publication is not a doctrinal product. The information provided in this publication is written by USG employees for those individuals who will serve in a stability and reconstruction environment. Special thanks to all the USG individuals who assisted in the collection and presentation of this information. In particular, thanks to the interagency contributors from the Department of State, Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. States Agency for International Development for providing invaluable assistance in gathering this information to share with PRT practitioners in training and in the field. Finally, thanks are also extended to members of CALL's collection teams and theater observers for providing updated field input.

Afghan culture : observations, insights, and lessons - CARL DigitalLibrary

Title: Afghan culture : observations, insights, and lessons.
Author: Brooks, Michael (ed.)
Publisher: Fort Leavenworth, KS : Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL),
Date: 2010
Series: CALL newsletter
In : CARL DigitalLibrary

Abstract: This newsletter provides information on the basics of the Afghan culture and how Soldiers should apply this information while living and working with the Afghans. The key points covered in this newsletter are: 1.) Effects of Afghan culture on counterinsurgency operations. 2.) Means of acquiring an awareness of the Afghan culture. 3.) Components that shape the diverse Afghan culture. 4.) Sources for training on the Afghan culture. 5.) Background on the Taliban. 6.) Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Afghanistan/Pakistan languages DVD.