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Friday, May 3, 2013

New Open Access Journal: Middle East – Topics & Arguments

Middle East – Topics & Arguments
Middle East – Topics & Arguments is a unique platform for innovative research on the Middle East combining disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Articles critically reevaluate established scholarly traditions and think beyond entrenched disciplinary boundaries. By bringing together well-known academics and young scholars with international backgrounds, a broad range of perspectives will ensure lively debates.

Middle East – Topics and Arguments wants to encourage interdisciplinary discussion on two levels: Firstly, between social sciences and humanities in the field of Middle Eastern studies, and secondly, between Middle Eastern studies and the systematic disciplines. We thereby aim at integrating regional academic discourse into a global setting. We hope to ensure trans-regional comparability, thus leaving behind the notion of cultural and religious exceptionalism which has for a long been connected with Middle Eastern studies.
Each issue of Middle East – Topics & Arguments focuses on one main topic. This allows for perspectives from different disciplines, such as:

cultural studies
literary studies
political science
ancient studies

Vol 1 (2013): The Intellectual

Table of Contents

Complete Journal

Yvonne Albers, Maike Neufend, Jens Heibach, Stefan Schulte, Karolin Sengebusch 1-68
The Intellectual (Complete Journal) PDF


Yvonne Albers, Maike Neufend 4-11
Dawn of the Declared Dead? On the Intellectual and Other Reasons for Launching a New Journal on the Middle East PDF


Gil Eyal 13-24
Plugging into the Body of the Leviathan: Proposal for a New Sociology of Public Interventions PDF


Jan-Peter Hartung 35-45
What Makes a “Muslim Intellectual”? On the Pros and Cons of a Category PDF

Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab 26-34
The Arab Quest for Freedom and Dignity: Have Arab Thinkers Been Part of It? PDF

Julie S. Leube 46-52
Nurturing Intellectuals in the Islamic Republic: The National Elites Foundation PDF

Leslie Tramontini 53-61
“Speaking Truth to Power?” Intellectuals in Iraqi Baathist Cultural Production PDF

Close Up

Ursula Günther 63-67
Mohammed Arkoun: An Intellectual in Revolt PDF

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: SLUB Dresden

"Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) manuscript collection contains over 448 Islamic manuscripts (196 Ottoman, 184 Arabic, 68 Persian). Following clashes with the Ottomans in the Baltic region, these manuscripts arrived in Europe and were acquired in the 18th and 19th centuries from collections of nobility and scholarly estates. In the 19th century, a large number of Tibetan (438) and Mongolian (58) manuscripts were purchased. Other Oriental manuscripts, i.e. Chinese (18), Japanese (3), Indonesian (9), Sanskrit (1), Hebraic (10) and Ethiopian (4), were bestowed upon the library by private persons.

With the exception of a few recent acquisitions, most of the Islamic manuscripts are registered in the "Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium Bibliothecae Regiae Dresdensis", which was published in Leipzig in 1831 by the Orientalist Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer (1801-1888). This index is available digitally at
A complete list of the Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Hebraic, and Ethiopian manuscripts as well as a partial list of the Indonesian manuscripts can be found in the "Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland" (Index of Oriental Manuscripts in Germany, VOHD; Wiesbaden / Stuttgart 1961ff.)."
Noteworthy examples:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Open Access journal: Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World e-Newsletter

Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World e-Newsletter Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World at Freie Universität Berlin (established in 2011 and exclusively funded through third-party funding) strives to contribute to a peaceful atmosphere between Muslims and non-Muslims both in the Muslim world and in the global context. Its members are committed to groundbreaking research in a variety of aspects of the Intellectual History of the Islamicate World in the medieval, pre-modern and early modern periods. The results of their efforts are communicated not only to the scholarly communities in the Muslim and the non-Muslim world but also to a wider public in East and West...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Open Access Manuscripts Library: Oriental Manuscript Resource (OMAR)

OMAR was built at the University of Freiburg (Germany), in cooperation with the Center of Informatics of the University of Tübingen (Germany).
The databank contains images of approx. 2.500 Arabic manuscripts (in full text, 134.000 images) from Mauritania together with the corresponding bibliographical metadata. The scans were taken from microfilms, stored at the University of Freiburg, whose originals are preserved at the IMRS (Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique) in Nouakchott (Mauritania).
The microfilms where made by Rainer Oßwald, Ulrich Rebstock and Tobias Mayer during several research trips in Mauritania between 1979 and 1997.

A detailed description of these undertakings can be found in
Ulrich Rebstock: Maurische Literaturgeschichte (= MLG), vol. I-III, Würzburg: Ergon Verlag 2001, vol. I: Einleitung.
Maurische Literaturgeschichte: contents and introduction (in German, as PDF-File)
The databank was realized with the financial support of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and the German Research Association (DFG).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Open Access Archives: Digital Persian Archive -

Digital Persian Archive -

"Image Database of Persian Historical Documents from Iran and Central Asia up to the 20th Century -A Research Project of the Iranian Studies Division at the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

"The Project aims at facilitating access to the growing number of available Persian historical deeds and documents, both published and unpublished. It shall allow work on archival material with the help of incorporated facsimiles without recourse to the original - often remote - place of publication or storage.

The Database includes "public" and "private" documents: royal decrees and orders, official correspondence, and shari'a court documents, such as contracts of sale and lease, vaqf deeds, marriage contracts, and court orders. It also serves as a bibliographic reference tool, being a continually updated repertoire of published historical documents."

Recent additions to the database:
0853/1449 Farman by Jahanshah Qara Quyunlu
0994/1585 Farman by Muhammad Khudabandah
1163/1749 Letter from Mustafa Khan to the Ottomans 3 of 3
1162/1748 Letter from Mustafa Khan to the Ottomans 2 of 3
1060/1650 Petition by the Armenian patriarch to Shah 'Abbas II
0630/1233 Farman concerning a village in the Ardabil region
1186/1772 Mubaya'ah of the Bagh-i Mirza Zahid in Tabriz
1156/1743 Contract of sale over land in Abivard
1351/1932 Contract of rent from Kashan
1356/1937 Marriage Contract from Kashan

Thursday, August 11, 2011

ALMISBAH - Database of Online Resources

ALMISBAH - Database of Online Resources
ALMISBAH is a database providing access to selected Internet resources on the Middle East and on Islam respectively. Websites and online resources on Israel are included only if they are related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. For other electronic resources on and from Israel please visit the website of the Special Subject Collection Israel at the SuUB Frankfurt/M.
Fulltext search of the database VKI_Almisbah

Also see AMIR's entry: Open Access Library: MENALIB

Friday, August 5, 2011

South Asian Studes Online

SavifaDok, der Open Access-Dokumentenserver von Savifa – der Virtuellen Fachbibliothek Südasien, ist das Online-Portal für die Veröffentlichung und Archivierung von südasienwissenschaftlicher und indologischer Fachliteratur. Die Publikationsplattform bietet den kostenlosen Zugriff auf fachspezifische Volltexte und Informationen und ist den Prinzipien von Open Access sowie den Zielen der Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) verpflichtet.

SavifaDok ermöglicht Wissenschaftlern ihre Publikationen weltweit kostenlos in elektronischer Form im WWW zugänglich zu machen. Dabei werden die Veröffentlichungen dauerhaft und zitierfähig mit standardisierten Adressen und Metadaten erschlossen, sodass diese auch in überregionalen Bibliothekskatalogen (Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund, Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog) nachgewiesen sind und mit Suchmaschinen, wie z.B. Google, gefunden werden können. Aufgenommen werden vor allem Monographien, Artikel und Konferenzbeiträge, aber auch multimediale Dokumente.

Die virtuelle Fachbibliothek Südasien wird von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) mit dem Ziel eines verbesserten Informationsangebots und -nachweises insbesondere von elektronischen Ressourcen, aber auch konventionellen Medien gefördert.

SavifaDok, the Open Access document server of Savifa - the Virtual Library South Asia, is an electronic platform for publishing and archiving academic literature in the field of South Asian studies. The publication platform offers free access to full-text documents and adheres to the principles of Open Access as well as the goals of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI).

People with a research interest in South Asia have the possibility to publish their work in electronic format and make it available through the World Wide Web. Thereby, SavifaDok guarantees long-term availability and visibility of your documents in library catalogues (e.g. KVK-Karlsruher Virtual Catalogue) and search engines by using standardized addresses and metadata. We publish books, articles and research papers as well as multi media documents.

Savifa - the Virtual Library South Asia is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims at serving as a gateway to both print and electronic media.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Open Access Journal: Diversities - International Journal on Multicultural Societies

(formerly the International Journal on Multicultural Societies)

"Diversities (formerly the International Journal on Multicultural Societies) is a scholarly and professional journal, published by UNESCO, to provide a platform for international, interdisciplinary and policy-related social science research in the fields of migration, multicultural policies, and human rights.

Established by UNESCO's social sciences research and policy division in 1998, it aims at improving the linkages between academic communities in various regions and across different social science disciplines. One of its particular features is to promote the policy-relevance of social science research. Each issue is devoted to a coherent thematic debate on a key issue in the field of migration and multicultural society. (...)"

Current issue
Past issues

Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Monday, July 4, 2011

Open Access Journals: Ahmadiyya

Periodicals and Journals published by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (mostly in Urdu)

Ansarullah Pakistan (monthly magazine)
The Muslim Sunrise (quarterly journal on Islamic renaissance, USA)
Badr (weekly newspaper, India)
Al Nahl (quarterly publication of Majlis Ansarullah, USA)
Al Fazl (weekly, Pakistan)

Review of Religions (monthly, UK, English), also in French
Al Hilal (quarterly for children, USA)
Al Taqwa (monthly magazine in Arabic)
Khalid (monthly magazine, Pakistan)
Tasheez (monthly magazine, Pakistan)

Mishkat (monthly, Pakistan)
Malayalam (India):
Ahmadiyya Gazette Canada
Ahmadiyya Gazette USA

Al Furqan (monthly, Pakistan, 1954-1977)

Akhbar-e Ahmadiyya

Le Message - Maurice (monthly, French, Mauritus)
Al Manar (monthly, UK)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Open Access Resource: European History Online

European History Online

"EGO | Eu­ro­pean His­to­ry On­line is a trans­cul­tu­ral his­to­ry of Eu­ro­pe on the In­ter­net. The pro­ject in­ves­ti­ga­tes pro­ces­ses of in­ter­cul­tu­ral ex­ch­an­ge in Eu­ro­pean his­to­ry whose im­pact ex­ten­ded bey­ond state, na­tio­nal and cul­tu­ral bor­ders. EGO de­scri­bes Eu­ro­pe as a con­stant­ly chan­ging com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve space which wit­nessed ex­tre­me­ly va­ried pro­ces­ses of in­ter­ac­tion, cir­cu­la­ti­on, over­lap­ping and ent­an­gle­ment, of ex­ch­an­ge and trans­fer, but also con­fron­ta­ti­on, re­sis­tan­ce and de­mar­ca­ti­on."
Work in progress; selected articles already published:

Islam-Christian Transfers of Military Technology, 1730–1918

Die Entwicklung des Zionismus bis zur Staatsgründung Israels

Der Chassidismus - eine mystische Bewegung im osteuropäischen Judentum - Hasidism: A Mystical Movement Within Eastern European Judaism

Islam und islamisches Recht in der europäischen Rechtsgeschichte

Islamisches Recht und europäischer Rechtstransfer

Islamische Netzwerke - Islamic Networks

Muslim Brotherhood Networks in South-Eastern Europe

Christian Allies of the Ottoman Empire

Die osmanische Geschichte Südosteuropas

Von der 'Türkengefahr' zu Exotismus und Orientalismus: Der Islam als Antithese Europas (1453–1914)? - From the "Turkish Menace" to Exoticism and Orientalism: Islam as Antithesis of Europe (1453–1914)?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI)

The Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative is a joint project of :
  • Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  • Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.
  • American Council of Learned Societies (USA)
(ISMI) contains information on over 1,500 scientists, their works, and their social milieu, spanning the entire Islamic world, from Islamic Spain to India and the borders of China, beginning in the 8th century and continuing until the 19th. These works in astronomy, mathematics, physics, geography, mechanics, and related disciplines number in the thousands and are represented, conservatively speaking, by tens of thousands of manuscript copies spread throughout the world.
Much more than a simple catalogue, ISMI provides information on the authors, content of the texts, readership and ownership, institutional locations where the manuscripts were copied, studied, and taught, the relationship of original texts and their commentaries and supercommentaries, and other information that will help draw a picture of the social and intellectual contexts of these works.
ISMI aims to contribute to our understanding of the role of rationalism in traditional Islamic societies and the interplay of science and religion within them, and more generally to treat science in Islam as a humanistic enterprise.

Monday, May 23, 2011

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