Thursday, September 29, 2011

Open Access Journal: Al-Nashra


Al-Nashra is an Arabic-language quarterly publication produced by the Arabic department of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies in Amman. Articles published in Al-Nashra focus on global cultural and religious diversity and shared human values. 

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, September 20, 2011

Open Access Report: Literary Translation from Arabic into English in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 1990 – 2010

Translation from Arabic into English in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 1990 – 2010

Literary Translation from Hebrew and Turkish in the UK and Ireland [

"A report prepared by Alexandra Büchler and Alice Guthrie with research assistants Barbora Černá and Michal Karas - September 2011
Making Literature Travel series of reports on literary exchange, translation and publishing
Series editor: Alexandra Büchler
The report was prepared as part of the Euro-Mediterranean Translation Programme, a co-operation between the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, Literature Across Frontiers and Transeuropéenes, and with support from the Culture Programme of the European Union.
Literature Across Frontiers, Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK "

Monday, September 19, 2011

Open Access Journal: Status of Human Rights in Palestine - Annual Report

The status of human rights in Palestine : annual report
Author: Hayʼah al-Mustaqillah li-Ḥuqūq al-Insān (West Bank)
Publisher: Ramallah : Independent Commission for Human Rights,
Date: 2008-
Also issued in Arabic as:
Waḍʻ ḥuqūq al-insān fī manāṭiq al-Sulṭah al-Waṭanīyah al-Filasṭīnīyah =
وضع حقوق الإنسان في مناطق السلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية - التقرير السنوي

Friday, September 16, 2011

Open Access Manuscripts Collection - University of Melbourne - Middle Eastern Manuscripts

93 manuscripts are available online from the collection described below:
"The core of the Middle Eastern Studies Collection was given to the University of Melbourne Library in 1972 by the then Department of Middle Eastern Studies. The collection consisted chiefly of microfilms, but included more than 100 original manuscripts housed from that time onwards in the Special Collections. Over time this has grown to 183 manuscripts, many of which are beautiful works of art with interesting calligraphy and decoration.
The manuscripts are written mostly in Persian and Arabic, with a few in Urdu, Syriac Turkish and other languages. Most manuscripts in the collection were written in the nineteenth century, but some may date back to the fifteenth century. There are a number of Qurans, but the collection is not exclusively Islamic: it also includes a Maronite Christian prayerbook in Arabic and a Syriac Christian commentary on the Gospels. There are also grammars, dictionaries and a few fictional and poetic works."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Open Access Journal: Shahadat

"Shahadat is a quarterly online series designed to provide a platform for experimentation and promotion of short form writing on the web. Shahadat features stories, vignettes, reflections, and chronicles written by young or underexposed writers from the Middle East and North Africa on ArteEast Online in translation and the original language of Arabic, Farsi or Turkish."

Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pitt Rivers Museum: Sir Wilfred Thesiger Collection

Pitt Rivers Museum Prints

The Pitt Rivers Museum is the University of Oxford's museum of anthropology and world archaeology. Established in 1884, it is one of Europe's most important collections of ethnography, including one of the most significant collections of ethnographic photography. This website has been designed to give more people access to, and enjoyment of, images from the Museum's rich collections. More images will be added in due course, but we also welcome suggestions on what collections you would like to be made available.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

JSTOR–Free Access to Early Journal Content

From JSTOR Announcement:

"On September 6, 2011, we announced that we are making journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

While JSTOR currently provides access to scholarly content to people through a growing network of more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries, we also know there are independent scholars and other people that we are still not reaching in this way. Making the Early Journal Content freely available is a first step in a larger effort to provide more access options to the content on JSTOR for these individuals.

The Early Journal Content will be released on a rolling basis beginning today. A quick tutorial about how to access this content is also available."

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Middle East Political Sites Project - Stanford University Library

Middle East Political Sites Project - Stanford University Library


"The project intends to capture and archive the web sites by and about some of the more important political organizations and related NGOs from the countries of the Middle East."

Friday, September 2, 2011

Open Access Journal: al-Akhbar English

"On August 14 2006, Beirut-based al-Akhbar was launched as a “calculated adventure” by prominent Lebanese journalist Joseph Samaha and a team of like-minded colleagues. The late Samaha (1949-2007) envisioned a publication that would uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity while remaining true to the principles of anti-imperialist struggle, progressive politics, and freedom of expression.

Five years later, al-Akhbar embarks on another calculated adventure amid a period of historic significance in the region - the year of the Arab uprisings. By providing much-needed in-depth reporting on the uprisings and other news in the region, al-Akhbar English will reflect the diverse and dynamic realities that make up the communities undergoing these transformations. The English edition also aims to make debates and analyses circulating in the Arabic media sphere accessible to English speakers worldwide. al-Akhbar depends on young and creative writers that challenge conventional forms of reporting and aspires to speak truth to power. Al-Akhbar English intends to preserve this tradition by translating selected articles from the Arabic edition to an international readership.

The site will also feature original content of opinion, analysis, and field stories as well as photo blogs chronicling the latest developments across the Middle East."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Free Sample Books on Project MUSE Beta Site

"The MUSE beta site offers access to over 300 free sample books. Browse and search this selection of books, along with MUSE journals, as a preview of the combined book and journal content that will be coming to MUSE on January 1, 2012. Explore books and journals on MUSE on our beta site at:"

Few titles of interest:
Shari'a Politics
Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World
Edited by Robert W. Hefner

Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend
Edited by Andrew Shryock

Arab Filmmakers of the Middle East
A Dictionary
Roy Armes

Religious Politics and Secular States
Egypt, India, and the United States
Scott W. Hibbard

Exiled in the Homeland
Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine
By Donna Robinson Divine

Justice and Rights
Christian and Muslim Perspectives
Michael Ipgrave, Editor

and more