Monday, April 25, 2011

Open Access Encyclopedia: The Bahá'í Encyclopedia Project

The Bahá'í Encyclopedia Project

hat tip to Stephen Lambden

The Bahá’í Encyclopedia Project has the goal of producing a reliable, comprehensive, current, and easy-to-use encyclopedic reference work covering a wide range of Bahá’í subjects.

Friday, April 22, 2011


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New Open Access Journal: Shi'a Studies

Shi'a Studies

New quarterly magazine of the Centre for Islamic Shi'a Studies (CISS).

No. 1 (April-June 2011)

Also see the alphabetical list of open access journals in Middle Eastern Studies.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Scanned Arabic Dictionary: as-Sihâh

al-Jawharî: Tâj al-lugha wa-sihâh al-'arabiyya

ed. Bûlâq

Volume 1

Volume 2

Arabic Dictionary: al-Azharî, Tahdhîb al-lugha

al-Azharî, Tahdhîb al-lugha

Scanned version (low quality) from

Working pdf-edition in 5 volumes:

تهذيب اللغه-1-الازهري
تهذيب اللغه-2-الازهري
تهذيب اللغه-3-الازهري
تهذيب اللغه-4-الازهري
تهذيب اللغه-5-الازهري

zipped word-files from resp.

Scanned Arabic Dictionary: az-Zabîdî, Tâj al-'arûs

az-Zabîdî, Tâj al-'arûs

Scanned Arabic Dictionary: Ibn Manzûr, Lisân al-'arab

Ibn Manzûr, Lisân al-'arab
From the internet archive

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Egypt in Transition - Chatham House Workshop Report

Chatham House Workshop Report, April 2011

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This paper is a summary of discussions that took place at a workshop held in Cairo in March 2011, six weeks after the former president, Hosni Mubarak, was forced to resign in the face of mass protests against his rule.

The workshop brought together a group of Egyptian activists, opposition party members, journalists and representatives of civil society organizations from across the political spectrum with a small number of UK policy-makers to discuss Egypt's changing political landscape and its relations with the UK and the West.

Key findings that emerged included:

  • Egyptians feel that in the post-Mubarak era they have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the political landscape.
  • Challenges that will be faced include increasing political awareness at the grassroots; connecting activists and the political elite to the needs of marginalized populations, especially in rural areas; and encouraging/enabling a fragmented opposition to coalesce into coherent groups.
  • The military's role in politics is seen as problematic and it should be replaced by a civilian government as soon as possible.
  • The Mubarak era has left a bitter legacy in Egypt's relations with the West, as most Egyptians perceive Western governments to have been supporters of his rule; Western policy-makers will have to make serious efforts to build relationships of trust with the new political actors in Egypt.

    See also: Middle East and North Africa Programme reports

Monday, April 18, 2011

Open Access Journal: The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (EJRS)

The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (EJRS) 
The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences is a peer reviewed journal under the responsibility of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS). It aims at publishing quality research scientific articles that will cover all aspects of remote sensing and its applications in different subject areas such as: geology, mineral exploration, hydrogeology, geomorphology, planetary geology, soil sciences, agriculture, space archeology, surveying, urban planning, environment, engineering geology, image and signal processing, coastal research and space sciences.

Articles should be concise, innovative and of interest to a broad spectrum of readers.

Volume 12 ,2009
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Volume 11 ,2008
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Volume 10 ,2007
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Volume 9 ,2006
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Volume 8 ,2005
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Volume 7 ,2004
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Volume 6 ,2003
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Volume 1 ,1999
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Open Access Journal: Encuentro Islamo-Cristiano

Encuentro Islamo-Cristiano
ISSN: 1888-7171
Encuentro nació al impulso de tres motivos: la importancia indiscutible del Islam con más de 1400 millones de seguidores; la exhoración al diálogo y a la colaboración con el Islam del Concilio Vaticano II y la impronta de los más de ocho siglos de presencia musulmana, en un encuentro que hicieron de al-Andalus una de las cumbres de la civilización mundial y el lugar que hizo posible una de las más sorprendentes transformaciones vitalizadoras del saber humano.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Filāḥa Texts Project

Filāḥa Texts Project
The purpose of the Filāḥa Texts Project is to publicise and elucidate the written works collectively known as the Kutub al-Filāḥa or ‘Books of Husbandry’ compiled by Arab, especially Andalusi, agronomists mainly between the 10th and 14th centuries (see Authors & Works). These systematic and detailed manuals of agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry have been sadly neglected and remain largely unknown in the Anglophone world - apart from some of the Yemeni works they have never been translated into English. They not only provide primary source material for the understanding of what has been called the ‘Islamic Green Revolution’ but constitute a rich body of knowledge concerning a traditional system of husbandry which is as valid today as it was a thousand years ago and has much relevance to future sustainable agriculture. See Introduction.

The Filāḥa texts are preserved in some 240 manuscripts scattered in libraries and institutions in 40 different cities, mainly in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. See Map of Holding Institutions.
Arabic botanical treatise. Unknown author and date.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Open Access Series: Crown Papers

"The Crown Papers are double-blind peer-reviewed monographs covering a wide-range of scholarship on the Middle East, including works of history, economics, politics, and anthropology."

Crown Papers

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Open Access Journal: CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE:  A Magazine covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
CHALLENGE is a leftist magazine focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within a global context. Published in Tel Aviv, it features political analysis, investigative reporting, interviews, eye-witness reports, gender studies, arts, and more. Its editorial staff includes Jews and Arabs. Challenge is part of a network including Al Sabar (in Arabic) and Etgar (in Hebrew).

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Jordanian National Heritage Documentation and Management System

MEGA-Jordan:  The National Heritage Documentation and Management System

A State-of-the-Art System for Jordan’s Archaeological Sites

MEGA-Jordan is a purpose-built geographic information system (GIS) to inventory and manage archaeology sites at a national level. It has been developed using state-of-the-art technology and requires no more than basic computer skills to enter site and site element boundaries and buffer zones; site details such as condition, threats, and other monitoring updates; and to print out detailed, up-to-date reports on Jordan’s vast number of archaeological sites. The system, in both Arabic and English, is web-based and will standardize and centralize data throughout the Kingdom.


Overview: System overview of the MEGA application

Tutorial 1: Basic Map Navigation

Tutorial 2: Layers and the Legend

Tutorial 3: Viewing and Printing Reports and Exporting Data

Tutorial 4: Add a New Site

Tutorial 5: Enter Site Attribute Information

Tutorial 6: Edit a Site

Tutorial 7: Add a New Site Element

Tutorial 8: Enter Site Element Attribute Information

Tutorial 9: Edit a Site Element

Tutorial 10: Add a Monitoring Event

Tutorial 11: Edit a Monitoring Event

Open Access Encyclopedia: Jewish Encyclopedia

"This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.
This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.)."

Open Access Encyclopedia: Mawsû'at 'âshûrâ'

Mawsû'at 'âshûrâ'

A shi'ite encyclopedia

Open Access Encyclopedia: al-Mawsû'a al-fiqhiyya

al-Mawsû'a al-fiqhiyya (Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence)
"(...) the most successful of a series of Islamic law encyclopaedias. (...) a cross between a dictionary and an encyclopaedia. The main entries consist of digests of various areas of Islamic law. Some of the articles are monographic in length. The exposition is synthetic - the law of each [sunnite, AN] school is not treated in seperate sections." Aron Zysow, in: Aptin Khanbaghi (ed.): Encyclopedias about Muslim Civilisations (2009), p. 18

scanned in pdf-files on the internet archive

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Open Access Journal: Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi

Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi
Hakemli bir dergi olan Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 11 yıldır yayın hayatına devam etmektedir. Yılda Mayıs ve Aralık olmak üzere iki sayı olarak çıkan dergimiz TÜBİTAK, ULAKBİM tarafından taranmaktadır. Ayrıca uluslararası bir indeks olan MLA International Biblography tarafından da taranmakla uluslararası bir niteliğe sahip olmuştur. Dergimiz, sosyal bilimlerin; tarih, sosyoloji, felsefe, filoloji, coğrafya, arkeoloji, sanat tarihi, hukuk, siyaset bilimi, uluslararası ilişkiler, iktisat ve güzel sanatlar gibi bir çok alanında yerli ve yabancı araştırmacıların Türkçe ve diğer dillerdeki çalışmalarına yer vererek, bu çalışmaları akademik camianın katkısına ve tartışmasına sunmayı amaç edinmiştir. Dergimiz, 2009 Aralık Sayısı'ndan itibaren yayın hayatına hem basılı hem de elektronik ortamda devam edecektir.

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Open Access Series: Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) Publications: Policy Briefing Series I

Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW) Publications: Policy Briefing Series I

  • No Justice in Justifications: Violence Against Women in the Name of Culture, Religion and Tradition
    Shaina Greiff

    This paper gives a general overview of discourses on culture, tradition, and/or religion that are used to justify, and therefore perpetuate, specific manifestations of VAW in our focal countries, as well as local methods to counter such arguments. While recognising that culture and religion can be empowering for, and central to, both individual and collective identities, this article will look at the misuse of these discourses for the purpose of sanctioning impunity for perpetrators and silencing dissenters. This discussion concludes with recommendations for activists, scholars, and policy makers.

  • Stoning is Not our Culture: A Comparative Analysis of Human Rights and Religious Discourses in Iran and Nigeria
    Rochelle Terman & Mufuliat Fijabi

    Since stoning is implemented differently in different contexts, this paper presents two case studies - Iran and Nigeria - in order to examine the issue in a comparative perspective. These case studies detail the specific ways in which stoning arises, as well as how local activists work to eliminate stoning in their own countries. We conclude with specific recommendations to policy makers and civil society.

  • Criminalizing Sexuality: Zina laws as Violence against Women in Muslim Contexts
    Ziba Mir Hosseini

    This paper shows how zina laws and the criminalization of consensual sexual activity can also be challenged from within Islamic legal tradition. Far from mutually opposed, approaches from Islamic studies, feminism and human rights perspectives can be mutually reinforcing, particularly in mounting an eff ective campaign against revived zina laws. By exploring the intersections between religion, culture and law that legitimate violence in the regulation of sexuality, the paper aims to contribute to the development of a contextual and integrated approach to the abolition of zina laws, thereby broadening the scope of the debate over concepts and strategies of the SKSW Campaign.


Open Access Journal: Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) Newsletters

"Women Living Under Muslim Laws is an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam."

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) Newsletters

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In the winter 2011 issue of the WLUML newsletter, we feature an article on blasphemy laws and women’s rights in Pakistan, following the death sentence of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, for blasphemy in November 2010 – the first conviction of its kind for a woman. We also interview Iranian activist and WLUML networker, Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, who won the 2010 Johann Philipp Palm Prize for defending freedom of expression and freedom of the press, on how she is continuing her activism work outside of Iran.

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In the summer issue of the WLUML newsletter, Fatou Sow asks: “To ban or not to ban the burqa?” – that is a question in the European Union; Belgium and France banned it lately, so the debate continues at a high political level amongst many other member states, provoking contradictory responses across the world. Meanwhile in Iran, a year after the disputed elections of 2009, the women’s movement faces growing suppression from the authorities. We feature an article by Leila Mouri, which examines the impact of the government crackdown on the status of women and their activism in Iran today

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The WLUML Newsletter has a new look! Introducing a more contemporary design and reader-friendly format, the Spring 2010 issue has all the same sections as Newsletter 8: Editorial and Solidarity; Campaigns; Women’s Empowerment and Activism; News from Networkers; Reviews; Events and Announcements. On this issue's cover are the objectives and strategies of the 4th WLUML Feminist Leadership Institute that took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 09-20 November, 2009 and on page 5 we hear from one of its participants, May El Sallab.

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In this issue, we welcome the launch of the programme “Women reclaiming and re-defining cultures: Asserting rights over body, self, and public spaces”, a joint venture between WLUML and the Institute of Women’s Empowerment (IWE), which brings together women from the Muslim world to examine and discuss how systems of culture, tradition and religion, are used as instruments to legitimize their oppression.

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Women worldwide continue to be subjected to terrible violence in the private and public sphere, and our networkers in Senegal alert us to a grave situation where perpetrators of violence against women in that country believe that they can continue to offend without facing prosecution.

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In this edition, we welcome new staff members at the International Coordination Office, cover new developments in the Global Campaign Stop Killing and Stoning Women!, and catch up with some of our networkers from around the world. A special section highlights the political aspects of women and sport in Muslim contexts.

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This issue features articles on the launch of the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women! and our Feminism in the Muslim World Third Leadership Institute. This issue features networkers' submissions from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burma, India and Pakistan, as well as book and film reviews, updates on solidarity cases and more.

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This issue, with an improved format, features the addition of 'Activists Reflections', which present a selection of the articles we received in response to our online Call for Submissions. Reflecting the transnational nature and philosophy of the WLUML network, the articles and reports included in this newsletter range from Growing Talibanisation in Pakistan to Expanding International Legal Protections for Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Iraqi Kurdistan and the lobbying of the Gambian Committee Against Traditional Practices.

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In July 2006, Women Living Under Muslim Laws held a week-long Plan of Action (PoA) Meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Following our last PoA Meeting (1997), this meeting aimed to update WLUML’s thematic priorities, strategies and organisational structure to ensure that they match the needs, concerns and capacities of our networkers. The resulting Plan of Action document will serve as the WLUML network’s guiding document for the next five years.

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In November/December 2005, the International Coordinating Committee of the International Campaign on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD-ICC) held an International Consultation to bring together WHRDs from different countries worldwide. Nearly 200 male and female women’s rights and human rights activists from approximately 70 countries worldwide gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka to attend this historic global gathering on women human rights defenders.

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The Unholy Alliance between some progressives and the fundamentalists has sought to take advantage of state policies of multiculturalism and the painful realities of continuing racial discrimination to demand special rights for the ‘Muslim community ’. But these special rights inevitably involve anti-women practices and highly regressive interpretations of Islam. They also unquestioningly presume that all migrants from Muslim contexts identify as Muslim."

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

Open Access Journal: Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal

Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal

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

Friday, April 8, 2011

Open Access Journal: Library and Information Research Journal

Library and Information Research Journal Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran)
این مجله از مجله مطالعات تربيتي و روان شناسي تفکیک شده است و بطور تخصصی در حوزه کتابداری و اطلاع رسانی مقالات علمی- پژوهشی نویسندگان محترم را می پذیرد.

Vol 10, No 2 (1388) پاييز- شماره 21

Vol 8, No 3 (1386) زمستان -شماره 17

Vol 7, No 1 (1385) تابستان- شماره 13

Vol 5, No 2 (1383) پاييز-شماره 10

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Open Access Journal: Türk Kütüphaneciliği

Türk Kütüphaneciliği - Turkish Librarianship - [continuing Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği Bülteni]

ISSN:  1300-0039
Türk Kütüphaneciliği, Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği’nin resmi yayın organıdır. Dergide bilgi ve belge yönetimine ilişkin sorunları inceleyen ve çözüm önerileri sunan Türkçe veya İngilizce özgün bilimsel (hakemli) yazılar, görüşler, okuyucu mektupları, tanıtım yazıları, çeviri yazıları, haberler ve mesleki toplantı duyurularına yer verilmektedir. Dergide yayımlanan makaleler "Türkiye Makaleler Bibliyografyası", "Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)" ve "TÜBİTAK-ULAKBİM Sosyal Bilimler Veri Tabanı" (SBVT)’nda indekslenmektedir. Yazılarda belirtilen düşünce ve görüşlerden yazar(lar)ı sorumludur. Gönderilen yazılar Yayın Kurulu ve Yazı Değerlendirme Kurulu’nun incelemesinden geçer.

Türk Kütüphaneciliği (Turkish Librarianship) is the quarterly journal of the Turkish Librarians’ Association. It is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original scientific (refereed) articles, opinion papers, reader letters, reviews, translations, news and professional meetings on information management in Turkish and in English. Articles that appear in Türk Kütüphaneciliği are indexed in the "Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)", "Bibliography of Articles in Turkish Periodicals" and "TÜBİTAK-ULAKBİM Social Sciences Database".

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Open Access Journal: PASSIA Bulletins

PASSIA Bulletins
The Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA), founded in March 1987, is a group of Palestine academics and intellectuals in Jerusalem.

16 pages,
June 2011


40 pages,
May 2010

Palestinian Political Prisoners
8 pages,
March 2011

16 pages,
June 2009

GAZA Bulletin
16 pages,
June 2008.

16 pages,
April 2007

Settlements and the Wall
16 pages,
December 2004
The Question of Jerusalem
Between Historical Heritage and Political Geography

قضية القدس بين الإرث التاريخي والجغرافية السياسية
Arabic, 16 pages, Dec. 2004

Palestinian Refugees

May 2004


(Updated Edtion)


July 2002


September 2002



June 2002


May 2002

Palestinian Refugees

May 2001
Palestinian Refugees

May 2001


March 2001

March 2001



May 2000

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