Thursday, January 20, 2022

Storey Online Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey

Storey Online - Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey

C.A. Storey’s Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey is the most authoritative reference work on the Persian written tradition, offering the names of authors and the titles of those of their works that have survived in the Persian language.

"Charles Ambrose Storey’s (1888-1968) Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey is a standard reference work about the Persian literary tradition. Storey’s Survey originally consisted of 5 volumes (1.1; 1.2; 2; 3; and 4), but not all volumes were actually published. A new volume (no. 5) was published later by François de Blois. Based on Storey’s handwritten legacy preserved by the Royal Asiatic Society, Brill has published the missing volumes, completing the Survey in 2020 and 2021.

Explicitly intended as a counterpart to Carl Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, Storey’s Survey offers entries on Persian authors as well as their works, listing their manuscripts and editions.

Storey Online makes available all 6 volumes of Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, as well as the new cumulative index volume, as an online resource. Its publication in Open Access was made possible by the Persian Heritage Foundation."

ISSN: 2772-7696

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Islamic History Geodata Initiative

The Islamic History Geodata Initiative (ihGeo) seeks to stimulate scholarship on the role of places and spaces in the history of the Middle East during the Islamic period. Established by a research unit at the University of Tübingen, it provides a forum for international exchange and envisages collaborative projects in the Spatial Humanities. Another aim is to develop novel research tools for use in the public domain.

Learn about the endeavour of ihGeo to link history, geoinformatics, and cartography for a new understanding of how the region’s societies have been geared to the making and re-making of human landscapes.


Pilot projects

ihGeo has implemented two thematic pilot projects that map important aspects of Islamic history with the help of a web-based Geographic Information System, and is currently establishing a historical WebGIS baselayer. Alpha versions have been achieved in January 2016 and are constantly being improved for open-access publication in the near future. Moreover, practical classes taught at Tübingen result in historical geo-databases to be mapped on this basis.

  • Hajj Routes and Traffic, 12th–16th Centuries. Investigator: Kurt Franz. 2015–2017.

  • Mints of the Middle East, 13th–14th Centuries. Investigator: Lutz Ilisch. 2015–2017.

  • Mamâlik Baselayer: The Physical Geography and Hydrology of the Middle East during the Islamic Middle Period for GIS Applications. Design: Kurt Franz. Cartography: Martin Grosch, Christian Wörner, Jeannine Ernst. 2015—.

  • The Ottoman Hajj Route and the Hejaz Railway. Investigators: students of the class The Ottoman Hajj, and Kurt Franz. Winter term 2015–2016.

  • Itineraries of al-Iraq and al-Jibal according al-Muqaddasi. Investigators: students of the class Early Islamic Routes, and Kurt Franz. Winter term 2016–2017.

  • Internet Resources for Space-related Islamic Studies. Investigators: students of the class Islamic Studies Internet Resources, and Kurt Franz. Summer term 2017.

Project grant proposals

  • eTAVO – Cultural Landscapes of the Middle East. Collaborative long-term project proposal by the University of Tübingen’s institutes of Asian and Oriental Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeological Sciences, Biblical Archaeology, Evolution and Ecology, and Geography, the university’s eScience-Center, and the University of Konstanz’s Archaeology of Ancient Mediterranean Cultures. Accepted by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities for submission to the Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften (Akademienprogramm, 2019/2020 round).

  • Mamâlik – Spatial Dynamics in Islamic History, 750–1550: An Online Geographic Information System for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies. Grant proposal for an international collaborative Web-GIS project (under preparation).


  • Die Reisen des Botanikers Carl Haussknecht (1838–1903) in das Osmanische Reich und nach Persien (1865 und 1866–1869): Die kommentierte digitale Edition seiner Tagebücher. Institute for Special Botany with Herbarium Haussknecht, University of Jena, in collaboration with the Center for Near and Middle East Studies of the University of Marburg and the Center for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies, University of Halle-Wittenberg. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2017–2020.

  • Spatial Thought in Islamicate Societies, 1000–1600: The Politics of Genre, Image, and Text. Proceedings of the conference held in Tübingen, 30.03.–01.04.2017, edited by Kurt Franz, Zayde Antrim, and Jean-Charles Ducène, in preparation.

  • Räumliche Intelligenz: Kulturtechniken der Orientierung im Wandel. Interdisciplinary lecture series in the frame of the University of Tübingen’s Studium Generale, winter term 2018–2019, organized by Kurt Franz, Robert Kirstein, and Ellen Widder.

  • EGYLandscape Project: The Land and Landscapes in Mamluk and Ottoman Egypt, 13th–18th Centuries. Institut de recherches et d'études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans, Aix-Marseille Université, and Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg. Funded by the Agence National de la Recherche (ANR) and German Research Foundation (DFG), 2019–2022.



Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Diarna : The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life

 Diarna : The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life

"Diarna (דיארנא ديارنا “Our homes” in Judeo-Arabic): The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life is working to digitally preserve the physical remnants of Jewish history throughout the region. We are in a race against time to capture site data and record place-based oral histories before even the memories of these communities are lost.

Diarna pioneers the synthesis of digital mapping technology, traditional scholarship, and field research, as well as a trove of multimedia documentation. All of these combine to lend a virtual presence and guarantee untrammeled access to Jewish historical sites lest they be forgotten or erased."

Formerly known as: Diarna: Mapping Mizrahi Heritage

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: Manuscripta Islamica Rossica

Manuscripta Islamica Rossica

The created portal already functions as a unique library resource and access point to information about Arabic, Persian and Turkic manuscripts and old printed books in Russian collections in the Internet. Currently a free access to digitized copies of the eleven copies of the Qur'an (the full manuscripts and as well as its sections-juz) of the 17‒19 centuries and about a dozen manuscripts of commentaries (tafsirs), prayer books, theological works, collections of poems is provided. The participants of the project who provided the manuscripts, are the Archive of Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oriental studies of the RAS, Scientific library, MGIMO(University) of the MFA of the Russian Federation, All-Russia State library for foreign literature, State Public Scientific-technological library of the Siberian branch of the RAS in Novosibirsk, Astrakhan regional scientific library, and other.

See also: Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Careers in Middle East Librarianship: MELA Workshop

Middle East Library Association(MELA,) Education Committee welcomes all to attend:

Careers in Middle East Librarianship

Friday, Dec 10, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Are you graduating soon with an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Middle East studies, and curious about librarianship as a professional option for using your academic research skills? Have you been adjunct instructing for a while and wondering how to turn your experience and subject knowledge to a rewarding alternative academic career? You may have been wondering, What exactly does a subject-specialist librarian do? Do you need to have an MLIS to get a job as a subject librarian? How do you gain experience in cataloging? Will you get to read books all day?

This workshop, sponsored by the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA), will consist of three parts: part one will feature brief presentations by professional librarians who have come to the profession via different pathways, and working at public or private institutions. Participants will learn more about the work librarians do, how they participate in the intellectual work of the institutions they are associated with–in fact as partners contributing to research and teaching–and how the profession of Middle East librarianship is moving to address profound changes in technology, publishing, and society.  In part two, the workshop will offer practical tips on applying to library school, how to gain related experience, and how previous experience can be highlighted on your c.v. The third part of the workshop will be reserved for your questions and discussion.

Please register for the virtual workshop:

Panelist and Chair:

  • Dale Correa, University of Texas, Austin, Chair
  • Sarah DeMott, Harvard University , Head of Education Committee
  • Emily Witsell, Wofford College
  • Mohamed Hamed, University of California, Berkeley
  • Salma Abumeeiz, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg, Harvard University
  • William Kopycki, Library of Congress, Cairo Overseas Office

Please contact me directly if you have any questions regarding registration or accessibility needs.  This event will be conducted in English and recorded with an edited version available on the MELA YouTube Channel.

Sincerest regards,

Sarah DeMott, PhD, MLS
Middle East Library Association
MELA, Education Committee, head
MELA, Mentorship Program, head

Sarah DeMott, PhD, MLS

Faculty Librarian for Freshman Seminars
Library Liaison for Judaica, Near East, and Middle East Studies
Harvard College Library

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Ahiqar - The Story of Ahiqar in its Syriac and Arabic Tradition
The Story of Ahiqar in its Syriac and Arabic Tradition is a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and hosted by both the Faculty of Theology of the University of Göttingen and the Göttingen State and University Library. It aims to index and make accessible the Ahiqar story in its Syriac and Arabic transmission branches.



Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Siwi corpus

Siwi corpus

A small part of the Siwi corpus I gathered during PhD and postdoctoral fieldwork is now publicly accessible online, with more planned. Despite my best efforts, there will undoubtedly be some number of errors in transcription and translation; hopefully being able to listen to the audio will make these easier to correct in the long term. (Feel free to comment here or by email.) Some of these recordings may be of particular interest:
  • Four facts about Siwa, short as it is, is a perfect starting point for understanding Siwa anthropologically; the speaker chooses four questions about Siwa, of his own devising, and answers them.
  • The story of the Prophet Joseph is probably the best long narrative I was privileged to record during my fieldwork, retelling a well-known Islamic story with energy and eloquence, and giving numerous examples of grammatical features rarely attested in shorter texts.
  • Paradigm of the Siwi verb əlməd "learn" - does what it says on the tin, and as such makes a great introduction to Siwi verb morphology. Pay particular attention to the position of stress. Not all forms of the verb are included in this recording, but the remainder can easily be derived from these ones.

The speaker recorded in these, Sherif Bougdoura, was a thoughtful and intelligent person, trying to find the right balance between local and national cultures, who made his living as a repairman for lack of opportunities to take his education further. He sadly died young in a work accident several years ago. I hope these recordings will serve to preserve his memory as well as to facilitate linguistic analysis.