Thursday, May 31, 2012

Open Access Report: U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership

U.S.-Turkey Relations: A New Partnership
Task Force Report - Council on Foreign Relations
ISBN 978-0-87609-525-6

"Turkey is a rising regional and global power facing, as is the United States, the challenges of political transitions in the Middle East, bloodshed in Syria, and Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. As a result, it is incumbent upon the leaders of the United States and Turkey to define a new partnership "in order to make a strategic relationship a reality," says a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force."

Friday, May 25, 2012

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran - دنیای زنان در عصر قاجار

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

دنیای زنان در عصر قاجار


Welcome to Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran Digital Archive

Explore the lives of women during the Qajar era (1796-1925) through a wide array of materials from private family holdings and participating institutions. Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran provides bilingual access to thousands of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, publications, everyday objects, works of art and audio materials, making it a unique online resource for social and cultural histories of the Qajar world.

View the site in English

به آرشیو دیجیتالی دنیای زنان در عصر قاجار خوش آمدید

با گشت و گذار در اسناد متنوعی که از مجموعه های خصوصی خانوادگی و مؤسسات متعددی از سراسر دنیا فراهم آمده با زندگی زنان در عصر قاجار (۱۲۱۰ق-۱۳۰۴ش/۱۷۹۶-۱۹۲۵) آشنا شوید. دنیای زنان در عصر قاجار دسترسی دوزبانه شما را به هزاران اوراق شخصی، اسناد دستنوشته و چاپی، عکس، اشیاء زندگی روزمره و آثار هنری، و اسناد صوتی -- یعنی مجموعه دیجیتال بی نظیری برای تاریخ نگاری اجتماعی و فرهنگی عصر قاجار -- ممکن می کند.

Open Access Report: The US Cost of the Afghan War: FY2002-FY2013

The US Cost of the Afghan War: FY2002-FY2013 - Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Report
"It is surprisingly difficult to get a meaningful estimate of the total cost of the Afghan conflict, total spending on Afghan forces and total spending on various forms of aid.  More data are available on US efforts – which have dominated military and aid spending, but even these data present serious problems in reliability, consistency, and definition. Moreover, it is only since FY2012 that the US provided an integrated  request for funding for the war as part of its annual budget request.  The data for the period before FY2009 are accurate pictures of the Department of Defense request, but there is only a CRS estimate of total spending the previous years. This report addresses the cost to the US of the Afghan War from FY2000-FY2013. It provides estimates of total cost, cost to the Department of Defense, and aid costs to State, USAID, and other federal agencies. It also reports on the total cost of  international aid when this takes the form of integrated aid to Afghan development and Afghan forces – a fraction of total aid spending. No reliable estimate exists of total international aid to Afghanistan, since so much of this aid has been direct and  has not passed through the Afghan Central government."

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Architectural Heritage of the Ottoman Balkans - Machiel Kiel photographic archive

 "In September 2011 the Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT) has launched a project for the digitization and publication of the photographic archive of Machiel Kiel. A former director of the NIT, Kiel is a renowned Dutch scholar intrinsically connected with the study of Ottoman architectural monuments in the Balkan countries, which he pioneered. His archive represents an invaluable source for researchers of this heritage. Created for the most part between the 1960s and 90s, it also contains visual documentation of many monuments that have not survived, or have been significantly altered in, the second half of the twentieth century.
The publication of Kiel’s archive by the NIT is hoped to significantly advance international research on this heritage.    
In May, 2012, the NIT made available online the almost 1300 images digitized and processed within phase 1 of the project, pertaining to Ottoman-Islamic architectural monuments in the Southeast-European countries (outside Turkey).
During phase 2 will be processed these images of monuments in Turkish Thrace; during phase 3, Christian monuments and mural painting from the Ottoman period will follow. The NIT will successively make available this material to the public.
For further information, please contact the coordinator of the project, Dr. Maximilian Hartmuth, at"

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Open Access Journal: Estudios de Dialectología Norteafricana y Andalusí (EDNA)

[First posted in AMIR 9 December 2010. Updated 16 May 2012]

Estudios de Dialectología Norteafricana y Andalusí (EDNA)
ISSN: 1137-7968
EDNA es una revista científica fundada en 1996 y especializada en los estudios de dialectología árabe, concretamente la zona occidental (Alandalús y el Magreb). 

La edición de los dos primeros números la llevó a cabo el Área de Estudios Árabes e Islámicos de la Universidad de Zaragoza, del tercero al quinto volumen la Institución "Fernando el Católico", y los números 6 y 7 fueron una coedición de la anterior institución y del Instituto de Estudios Islámicos y del Oriente Próximo (IEIOP) de Zaragoza. A partir del número 8 es una edición exclusiva del IEIOP. Su periodicidad es anual, y está compuesta por artículos inéditos de investigación, tras pasar una evaluación externa por pares, y por reseñas. Hasta la fecha se han publicado doce volúmenes: desde el número 1 (1996) hasta el número 12 (2008).

- Normas para la presentación de originales - Style guide

- Número 1 (1996)

- Número 2 (1997)

- Número 3 (1998)

- Número 4 (1999)

- Número 5 (2000-2001)

- Número 6 (2002)

- Número 7 (2003)

- Número 8 (2004) Homenaje a Peter Behnstedt en su 60 aniversario/ Festschrift für Peter Behnstedt zum 60. Geburtstag

- Número 9 (2005)

- Número 10 (2006)

- Número 11 (2007)

- Número 12 (2008)

- Número 13 (2009) Special issue: Women's World-Women's Word: Female life as reflected in the Arabic dialects

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance 2012 - Tenth Edition

A to Z Guide to Afghanistan Assistance 2012 - Tenth Edition
"The tenth edition of AREU’s flagship publication is a guide to the terms, structures, mechanisms, and coordinating bodies critical to the Afghanistan relief effort. It aims to ensure a shared vocabulary and common understanding of the forces at play in the country. In addition to a glossary of terms and organograms of key assistance structures, the guide includes maps and a contacts directory to make it easier to communicate with assistance actors working on the ground. A “live document,” the guide is updated and published annually. New additions this year include:

• In collaboration with the World Bank, a new section of 34 provincial profiles presenting key development indicators against national benchmarks, all drawn from NRVA data.

• A province-by-province guide to radio, TV and print media currently active in Afghanistan courtesy of Nai Media."
See other AREU publications. 

Open Access Journal: HESPERIS : Archives berbères et bulletin de l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Marocaines

HESPERIS : Archives berbères et bulletin de l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Marocaines
Hespéris began in 1921 as a merger between two older serials, "Archives Berberes" and the Bulletin of l'Institut des Hautes-Études Marocaines. In 1960, it merged with another serial, "Tamuda", to become "Hespéris-Tamuda", a journal that is still published today. [Description taken from OBP]

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Historical Photographs of the Land of Israel

Historical Photographs of the Land of Israel: Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa

The Land of Israel has always attracted professional and amateur photographers. Over the years, archives, institutions and individuals have kept rare collections, documenting its unique views and people. The university's library operates for the digital conservation and documentation of these contents, in order to keep them from wearing out and to provide accessibility for education and research purposes.

In the website are photographs from various sources that were donated to the library's Digital Media Center.

The digital collection is part of the work done by the library of Haifa University. Its purpose is to expose and provide accessibility to historical photographs of the Land of Israel. The project started as cooperation with the department of Land of Israel Studies in Haifa University and Bitmuna project.

The library staff scans and catalogues the photographs. Identification of documented locations, people and events is done with the help of collection owners, information received from users, and the kind help of Mr. Kanisberg, Ronnie.

The website allows access to the library's photographs collections according to theme, contributor or geography. It also allows access to the Digital Media Center's search options, where you can search freely for various materials.

All the photographs in the Historical Photographs of the Land of Israel website are available to the public, under fair use and copyright limitations.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tombouctou Manuscripts Project

 Tombouctou Manuscripts Project - Timbuktu Manuscripts Project

"The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is dedicated to research various aspects of writing and reading the handwritten works of Timbuktu and beyond. Training young researchers is an integral part of its work"
Blog keeps track of efforts to protect cultural heritage of Mali in light of the recent political developments.

Registered users have access to database with primary and secondary sources and can upload relevant materials.
On the list of publications there are two titles available for download.

Timbuktu: Script and Scholarship, prepared by the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project and Iziko Social History Collections Department (Cape Town, 2008). Download here.

From Istanbul to Timbuktu: Ink Routes (Cape Town: Tombouctou Manuscripts Project, 2009). Download here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Creswell Archive Online

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology: The Creswell Archive
In 1975 the Department of Eastern Art of the Ashmolean Museum was fortunate enough to receive a bequest consisting of the unique negative collection of Professor K.A.C. Creswell, the eminent pioneer of medieval Islamic architectural history. Among the photographs are many of those used to illustrate the two publications which remain the basic research tools for scholars of medieval Islamic architecture: Creswell's Early Muslim Architecture, and Muslim Architecture of Egypt
The collection also includes large number of photographs intended for a third volume of Muslim Architecture of Egypt, which was to deal with the monuments of the Burji Mamluk period. Since this project remained unfinished at the time of Creswell's death, the bulk of these are unpublished.
Over the past decade the Ashmolean Museum has undertaken the printing, identification and digitisation of the Creswell Archive with the aim of making this exceptional collection available to a wider audience.

The subjects of the photographs range in place and date from al-Andalus to Iraq, from the late seventh century to the eighteenth. The greater part of the archive consists of images of the architecture of Egypt and the Levant between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Most were taken in the second quarter of this century.

Some of the buildings which Creswell photographed are no longer extant, others subsequently underwent drastic, and often poorly-documented campaignes of restoration. The photographs therefore provide an invaluable record for those interested in the history of the major monuments of the Islamic Middle East.

In addition, links are provided to the Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, which holds a collection of 2,706 Creswell prints now available online, via ArchNet, the website established at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in co-ordination with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Open Access Journal: Journal for Islamic Studies

Journal for Islamic Studies
ISSN: 0257-7062
The Journal for Islamic Studies (JIS) is a peer-reviewed journal and is included in the list of Approved Journals compiled by the Department of Education of the republic of South Africa. The Journal is published by the Centre for Contemporary Islam, based at the University of Cape Town; and is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database ® a product of the American Theological Library Association. It is committed to the publication of original research on Islam as culture and civilization. It particularly welcomes work of an interdisciplinary nature that brings together history, religion, politics, culture and law.  The Journal has a special focus on Islam in Africa, and on contemporary Islamic Thought. All articles are subject to review by experts in the field.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Gulf/2000 Project

Gulf/2000 Project
This site was developed by the Gulf/2000 Project at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in New York City. It is designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region--Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Click on a flag above to visit one of these countries.

A strategic crossroads, the Persian Gulf contains the world's greatest reserves of oil and natural gas. Over the past few decades, it has been the site of three major wars, an Islamic revolution, and political and economic changes that have affected every country in the world. It is the home of more than 140 million people, of divers cultures and history, that extend back to the origins of recorded civilization.
Nevertheless, for most non-specialists the Gulf remains a mysterious and even forbidding part of the world. This site hopes to remove some of the mystery. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can visit any of these countries, read their local newspapers, check the latest news from the region, and find information about every aspect of their history, geography, politics, economics, military forces and much more.

We have identified what we believe are the most informative and reliable sources of information about the Persian Gulf. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of every item of information that you may find in the many sources collected here, but we have made it as easy as possible to cross-check facts between data collections located throughout the world.

To learn more about the Gulf/2000 Project click here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Semitisches Tonarchiv

Semitisches Tonarchiv


auf den Seiten des Tondokumente-Archivs (SemArch) der Semitistik an der Universität Heidelberg. SemArch ist ein von der DFG gefördertes Projekt zur digitalen Archivierung von Tonaufnahmen semitischer Sprachen und Dialekte und deren Publizierung im Internet. Weitere Informationen zum Projekt SemArch finden Sie unter INFO rechts oben oder direkt [hier].
Sie können sich die Tondokumente auf diesen Seiten anhören, falls Ihr Computer über eine Soundkarte und Lautsprecher verfügt und Sie RealPlayer oder einen MP3-Player installiert haben. Diese Player und Ihr Browser müssen aufeinander abgestimmt und korrekt für Internet-Streaming konfiguriert sein. Die Links zum Abhören der Audiodateien sind folgendermaßen beschriftet:
[RAM] = Dokument als RealPlayer-Stream anhören (ohne Download).
[M3U] = Dokument als MP3-Stream anhören (ohne Download).
[MP3] = Dokument im MP3-Format herunterladen.
Benutzen Sie den Datenbank-Manager links und die Registerkarten oben, um durch die Datenbank zu navigieren.
Genauere Informationen zur benötigten Software und zur Bedienung der Seiten finden Sie rechts oben unter INFO.
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Archiv - Übersicht:

1960 Tondokumente
502 Sprecher

20 Länder

60 Regionen
219 Orte

43 Bearbeiter

51 Dokumentgruppen