Friday, October 26, 2012

Israeli Left Archive

"The Israeli Left Archive is devoted mainly to the radical left and the women's peace movement in Israel during the sixties, seventies and the eighties. It is in this period, immediately preceding the introduction of computer technologies, that the bulk of the Kaminer collection was gathered. They stopped collecting material towards the end of the eighties mainly due to the spread of computerized documentation throughout society and the left. From the early nineties, the preservation and the recovery of movement materials became a vastly simpler goal.

The basic categorization is based on the different groups active in the radical left: Women in Black - Shani - Reshet: Israel Women's Peace Net - Women and Peace - SIAH (Israeli New Left) - SHASI (Israel Socialist Left) - Committee for Solidarity with Birzeit University - Committee Against the War in Lebanon - Matzpen - Dai L'Kibbush - Campus - Yesh Gvul - 21st Year - Black Panthers (Israel) - Electoral Initiatives - Movement for Peace and Security - Left Zionists.
This collection contains around 400 periodicals dating from the 60's to the 90's. The periodicals were published by some of the organizations in this archive (Matzpen and related organizations, Shasi, Siah, Women In Black and Left Zionist groups), but also by organizations that were not included (AKI and an Independent Socialist group) ."
 Israeli Left Archive is hosted by International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Open Access Journal: Mathal/Mashal: Journal of Islamic and Judaic Multidisciplinary Studies

 [First posted in AMIR 4 March 2011. Updated 25 November 2012]

Mathal/Mashal: Journal of Islamic and Judaic Multidisciplinary Studies
ISSN: 2168-538X
Mathal/Mashal: Journal of Islamic and Judaic Multidisciplinary Studies (ISSN 2168-538X) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to scholarly discussion of topics present in the Islamic and Jewish traditions, cultures, and practices especially in the area where thematic and doctrinal aspects are common.

The journal approaches these complex issues through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary lenses. There are many topics that lend themselves to comparative studies but we will publish papers that deal with any of the topics in either of the traditions. Topics that can be discussed include Islamic and Jewish law, socio-economic and political history of the Islamic and Jewish communities, social and religious institutions, Tafsir and Rabbinic traditions, Midrash and/or Islamic and Jewish mysticism.

To submit an article, please use the submit link in the sidebar. Authors retain their copyrights, releasing their works for publication in the journal through creative commons licenses.

To submit an article, please use the submit link in the sidebar. Authors retain their copyrights, releasing their works for publication in the journal through creative commons licenses.

Volume 2, Issue 1 (2012)


Volume 1, Issue 1 (2011)



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

King-Crane Commission Digital Archival Collection

King-Crane Commission Digital Archival Collection
Oberlin College Archives
"During the summer of 1919, a delegation under the leadership of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King and Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane travelled to areas of the former Ottoman territories. Their mission was to determine the wishes of the people of the region as their future was being determined by the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference. The King-Crane Commission, as it became known, met delegations and invited written petitions from various religious and political groups. This digital collection unifies the archival records of Commission members for the first time. It also includes resources on conducting research in the collection.
To learn more about the collection, please read the full introduction to the King-Crane Commission digital collection."

University of Utah - Marriott Library Arabic Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper

University of Utah - Marriott Library Arabic Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper
The Arabic Papyrus, Parchment & Paper Collection at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah is the largest of its kind in the United States. It contains 770 Arabic documents on papyrus and more than 1300 Arabic documents on paper, as well as several pieces on parchment.

Professor Aziz Suriyal Atiya, founder of the Middle East Center and the Middle East Library, compiled the collection. Dr. Atiya and his wife, Lola, purchased the collection over a period of several years from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. The bulk of the collection originated in Egypt, in addition to a small group of fragments from the University of Chicago. A large number of pieces date to the period between 700 and 850 CE. The collection includes a significant number of documents from the pre-Ottoman period and thus offers unique source material on the political, economic, religious and intellectual life of Egypt during the first two centuries of Islamic rule and the period up to Ottoman domination. 

The collection has yet to be catalogued. 

For more information about this collection please see the Arabic Papyrus and Paper Inventory

And see also Open Access Manuscripts Library - University of Utah

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Free issue of Journal of Muslims in Europe

Journal of Muslims in Europe is a new journal published by Brill.
Free access to full text content of the first issue is currently available at:

ISSN: 2211-792X
E-ISSN: 2211-7954

Monday, October 22, 2012

Iraqi Maqam المقام العراقي

Iraqi Maqam المقام العراقي
Classical Music of Iraq. "An intangible heritage of humanity" - UNESCO
Classical and Traditional Music of Iraq. This educational, non-profit blog is exclusively dedicated to document and explain the ancient musical art of the Iraqi Maqam, and to preserve the memory and works of Iraq's most prominent maqam masters. The majority of the works published here have been obtained through collectors of old broadcast recordings or private concerts and are readily available on the Internet. If you believe that any content published or linked here infringes on your copyrights, please notify us immediately and it will be removed. Contact: 

Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints Online

Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints
The Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints digital collection includes indexes to journal articles, books chapters, and portions of larger works. Generally printed at the same time as the book or journal, offprints are printed for the author's use. The indexes from the Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints offer a comprehensive look at the articles and book chapters in the collection. Topics covered include Arabic literature, Islamic philosophy, Arab medicine, and Muslim scholarship.
The offprints were originally collected by Paul Kraus, an Arabist born in Prauge in 1904. Kraus was educated in Europe and spent several years in Cairo and the Middle East before his death in 1944. The collected offprints feature scholarship authored by German opthamologist, author, medical historian Max Meyerhof. Dr. Max, as he was referred to by patients, was born in 1874 and died in 1945 in Cairo where he helped establish medical care in Egypt.
The indexes to the Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints Collection were compiled sometime during the time ranging from the 1960s to the 1980s. During this time, the collection would have been held by Special Services in the Library or in the Creswell Library, precursors to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. The indexes of the Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints were digitized and described by the Rare Books and Special Collections Library in October 2012.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Open Access Journal: IRS Heritage - IRS – Наследие

IRS Heritage - IRS – Наследие
Online ISSN : 1992-4836
Print ISSN : 1992-4828
The success of every printed publication depends on how it is received by the readership. From this point of view the Irs-Heritage magazine, which was previously published under the name Irs, was a definite success. It has its own regular readers who value it highly and impatiently wait for the next issue. This question is often heard: To whom does the Irs-Heritage magazine belong? The answer is very simple and clear: It belongs to all - to all who strive to glorify their homeland far beyond its boundaries. Our aim is also simple: to acquaint our readers with the past and present, with the economical and cultural life of Azerbaijan and to transmit this heritage to future generations. In addition, the publishing of this magazine proved to be welcome because our compatriots living outside Azerbaijan have for a long time felt that there is a shortage of publications meeting modern requirements. We would like them to have close connections with their homeland and be able to represent it properly abroad. That is why the meeting between You, Dear Readers, and the magazine is not an accident but a necessity.

It seems that the day is not far away, when the cherished dream of Azerbaijanis about all Azerbaijani diaspora organisations coming together for a common good will be realised. The fact that scientists, leaders of different communities and representatives of the intelligentsia of different faiths are represented on the editorial board again gives hope that this dream will be realised.

We hope that the activities of the Irs-Heritage magazine will become a fertile ground on which this dream will grow and become a reality. Everyone who believes in the future of Azerbaijan and who makes efforts to strengthen its statehood may confidently call Irs-Heritage their magazine, irrespective of if they live in Azerbaijan or abroad. We invite everyone to collaborate and hope that this will be interesting for You.


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Ottoman History Podcast

Ottoman History Podcast A history podcast dedicated to presenting accessible and relevant information about the Ottoman Empire, the Mediterranean and Middle East. If you would like to come on the podcast to contribute a topic or discuss a recent publication, please email chrisgratien[at]

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Open Access Journal: Africa: Revue des Études et Recherches préhistoriques, antiques, islamiques et ethnographiques

Africa: Revue des Études et Recherches préhistoriques, antiques, islamiques et ethnographiques
Tunis : Institut national du patrimoine
Africa est une revue composée de trois séries. La première est consacrée aux études et aux recherches préhistoriques antiques et islamiques (Africa), la seconde aux études et aux recherches relatives au monde phénico-punique et aux antiquités libyques (Reppal), la troisième est consacrée aux études et aux recherches ethnographiques (C.A.T.P.).

Outre les études et la recherche scientifique, Africa publie tous les travaux d’inventaire, de sauvegarde, de mise en valeur et de présentation muséographique du patrimoine.

La revue accueille les contributions originales (articles, rapport de fouilles, notes ou compte rendus) en langue arabe, française, anglaise, italienne, espagnole ou allemande.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Open Access Journal: Revue de l'Orient Chrétien

Revue de l'Orient Chrétien

Revue de l‘Orient Chrétien Tables (Volumes 1 à  30)
Tables de la ROC, par numéro, par thème et par auteurs, de 1896 à  1936
 77 pages
 N° 30  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 30 - 1935-1936)  484 pages
 N° 29  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 29 - 1933-1934)  456 pages
 N° 28  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 28 - 1931-1932)  460 pages
 N° 27  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 27 - 1929-1930)  466 pages
 N° 26  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 26 - 1927-1928)  458 pages
 N° 25  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 25 - 1925-1926)  466 pages
 N° 24  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 24 - 1924)  462 pages
 N° 23  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 23 - 1922-1923)  482 pages
 N° 22  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 22 - 1920-1921)  472 pages
 N° 21  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 21 - 1918-1919)  462 pages
 N° 20  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 20 - 1915-1917)  496 pages
 N° 19  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 19 - 1914)  480 pages
 N° 18  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 18 - 1913)  478 pages
 N° 17  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 17 - 1912)  464 pages
 N° 16  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 16 - 1911)  468 pages
 N° 15  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 15 - 1910)  462 pages
 N° 14  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 14 - 1909)  482 pages
 N° 13  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 13 - 1908)  464 pages
 N° 12  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 12 - 1907)  480 pages
 N° 11  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 11 - 1906)  484 pages
 N° 10  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 10 - 1905)  488 pages
 N° 9  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 9 - 1904)  660 pages
 N° 8  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 8 - 1903)  686 pages
 N° 7  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 7 - 1902)  710 pages
 N° 6  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 6 - 1901)  692 pages
 N° 5  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 5 - 1900)  699 pages
 N° 4  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 4 - 1899)  654 pages
 N° 3  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 3 - 1898)  521 pages
 N° 2  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 2 - 1897)  522 pages
 N° 1  Revue de l‘Orient chrétien (Volume 1 - 1896)  544 pages

See the Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Monuments of Syria

Monuments of Syria: A Window on Syria's Past by Ross Burns
This website is a visual introduction to the writer’s two books on the history and archaeology of Syria. Few countries can match Syria in the richness of its historical remains. In the zone west of Aleppo, for example, over 600 Byzantine-era villages survive, often with multiple churches with walls up to their rooflines. There is practically no era not represented in Syria. Palmyra, the great caravan city at the westernmost point of the Silk Road, still slumbers in the desert, its beautifully carved limestone as crisp and dramatic as 2000 years ago. Magnificent reminders of the folly of past confrontations, including the Crusades, survive in the great fortifications that are scattered across the country — the Krak des Chevaliers; the great Islamic citadel that crowns Aleppo; the refuges of the ‘Assassins’ hidden away in the coastal mountains; or the Damascus Citadel that sustained the long Muslim resistance to the Crusades. Not to be overlooked are the many mosques and madrasas, often tucked away quietly in backstreets or buried within the busy suqs (markets) of the major centres.

Those familiar with the extraordinary variety of Syria’s remains are invited to leave their own tips and requests in the Suggestion Box. The task of maintaining an updated store of information on recent research is an unending challenge given the hundreds of sites of historical interest and the continuing research of Syrian and foreign teams. Suggestions will be taken into account in future editions of the works already published or posted to guide other visitors. The Suggestion Box also provides an opportunity for Syrians and others with a passion for the country’s past to post photos or sketches.

And see also:

Monuments of Syria Photostream 
This Flickr site brings together a large number of photographs of archaeological sites in both Syria and Southeast Turkey. The site gives a sample of the archive of 70,000 photos taken over the last 40 years which [the author] hopes to make available to a wider audience. In case of further inquiries, a mailbox is available either through Flickr or here.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications: Titles with full-text online

MetPublications is a portal to the Met’s comprehensive publishing program. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, this resource will continue to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals published by the Metropolitan Museum since the Met's founding in 1870. It will also include online publications.

MetPublications includes a description and table of contents for almost every title, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards, and links to related Met bibliographies by author, theme, or keyword. Current titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book. The full contents of almost all other titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF, at no cost. Books can be previewed or read and searched through the Google Books program. Many out-of-print books are available for purchase, when rights permit, through print-on-demand capabilities in association with Yale University Press.

Readers may also locate works of art from the Met's collections that are included within each title and access the most recent information about these works in Collections.

Readers are also directed to every title located in library catalogues on WATSONLINE and WorldCat.
Please check back frequently for updates and new book titles.

MetPublications is made possible by Hunt & Betsy Lawrence.

Titles with full-text online
A quick survey of currently available titles relating to Middle Eartern and Islamic studies yields the following:

Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain
Dodds, Jerrilynn, ed., with essays by Daniel Walker, Oleg Grabar, Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Madinat al-Zahra, Antonio Vallejo Triano, Renata Holod, Cynthia Robinson, Juan Zozaya, Manuel Casamar Perez, Christian Ewert, Guillermo Rosselló Bordoy, Cristina Partearroyo, Sabiha Khemir, Dario Cabanelas Rodriguez, James Dickie, Jesús Bermúdez López, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Juan Vernet Ginés, and Juan Zozaya

Along the Ancient Silk Routes: Central Asian Art from the West Berlin State Museums
Härtel, Herbert, and Marianne Yaldiz

The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Before the Roses and Nightingales: Excavations at Quasr-i Abu Nasr, Old Shiraz
Whitcomb, Donald S.

Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era
Walker, Daniel

Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art
Carboni, Stefano

Illustrated Poetry and Epic Images: Persian Painting of the 1330s and 1340s
Swietochowski, Marie Lukens, and Stefano Carboni, with essays by A. H. Morton and Tomoko Masuya
India: Art and Culture, 1300–1900
Welch, Stuart Cary
Indian Court Painting, 16th–19th Century
Kossak, Steven
Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Islamic Jewelry in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jenkins, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene

A King's Book of Kings: The Shah-nameh of Shah Tahmasp
Welch, Stuart Cary
The Minbar from the Kutubiyya Mosque
Bloom, Jonathan M., Ahmed Toufiq, Stefano Carboni, Jack Soultanian, Antoine M. Wilmering, Mark D. Minor, Andrew Zawacki, and El Mostafa Hbibi
Mirror of the Invisible World: Tales from the Khamseh of Nizami
Chelkowski, Peter J.

Nishapur: Glass of the Early Islamic Period
Kröger, Jens
Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period
Allan, James W.
Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period
Wilkinson, Charles K.
Nishapur: Some Early Islamic Buildings and Their Decoration
Wilkinson, Charles K.

Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress
Martin, Richard, and Harold Koda
Persian Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Babaie, Sussan, and Marie Lukens Swietochowski
Persian Tiles
Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya

Raqqa Revisited: Ceramics of Ayyubid Syria
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn

Turkish Miniature Paintings and Manuscripts from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd
Binney, Edwin

Open Access Journal: Tarih: Graduate History Journal

Tarih: Graduate History Journal
"Tarih: Graduate History Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly electronic journal published yearly under the auspices of the Department of History at Boğaziçi University, was launched in 2009 with the aim of encouraging graduate students’ research in the field of history. It is committed to the world-historical and comparative perspectives, covering a wide range of areas and periods, and representing diverse approaches to the study of the past. It also contains a review section of books published in English and other languages, as well as regular interviews with prominent scholars in the field. "

Das Bild des Orients

Das Bild des Orients: Bilagentur für Islamische Kunst
Das Bild des Orients stellt Agenturen, Verlagen, wissenschaftlichen Institutionen und privaten Nutzern Bildmaterial zum islamischen, christlichen und Alten Orient in seiner Vielfalt zur Verfügung. Dabei sollen wissenschaftliche Interessen (Bildarchiv) und eine kommerzielle Nutzung (Bildagentur) miteinander verbunden werden.

Verstärkt wird auch historisches Bildmaterial zum Orient präsentiert. Aufgrund der großen Veränderungen im Orient kann man als "historisch" schon Bilder aus den 1960er Jahren (und älter) bezeichnen. Sie finden interessante Aufnahmen, u.a. aus der Türkei und dem Jemen, aufgenommen von dem
Geologen Dr. Erich-Holm von Prosch, der u.a. in den 1950er Jahren auf Einladung Imam Ahmads (reg. 1948-62) im Jemen nach Erdöl gesucht hat. Aus seiner Sammlung stammen auch einige Aufnahmen, die Imam Ahmad bei seinem Besuch in Sanaa zeigen, u.a. mit dem saudischen König Saud b. Abd al-Aziz (1954).

Zu den Highlights gehören eine Aufnahme des deutschen Kaisers
Wilhelm II. zusammen mit dem osmanischen Sultan Mehmed V. in der offenen Kutsche bei der Fahrt durch Konstantinopel (1917) oder die Gesamtansicht des Yildiz Saray mit der Hamidiye Moschee aus dem berühmten Photostudio Sebah & Joaillier in Konstantinopel.

Außerdem wird ausgesuchtes "Fremdmaterial" zugänglich gemacht, wie z.B. Photos aus dem Nachlass
Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815 - 1905) der Stiftung Wetzstein, die in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

The image archive "Das Bild des Orients" offers a wide range of photographic material of the Islamic (Christian and Ancient) Orient to agencies, publishing houses and scholarly institutions as well to private users. Selling images is the basic to be able to run, enlarge and enhance the archive.

More and more historical photographs are also presented on the website. Due to the dramatic changes the Orient underwent since the 1960s, the label "historical" is given to images which are older than 40 years (in 2005). See e.g. the unknown photos and slides from Turkey and Yemen taken in the 1950s by the German geologist
Dr. Erich-Holm von Prosch, one of the first oil explorers in Yemen, invited by Imam Ahmad (ruling 1948-62). From his collection comes a photo showing Imam Ahmad in Sanaa on occasion of the visit of the Saudi Arab king Saud b. Abd al-Aziz (in 1954) .

To the highlights belong images showing the
German emperor Wilhelm II. together with the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V. in the open coach in Constantinople in 1917 or the general view of the Yildiz Saray with the Hamidiye mosque from the famous photo studio Sebah & Joaillier in Constantinople.

We will also present more selected photographic material from other institutions, such as the unusual photos from the estate of
Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815 - 1905) in the Wetzstein foundation, kept in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

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