Thursday, June 28, 2012

A collaborative project between the main libraries of East Jerusalem A collaborative project between the main libraries of East Jerusalem The First Virtual Library of Collections of Arabic Manuscripts in Jerusalem

Developed within the framework of project Manumed, financed by the European Union and the region Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur, "The Arabic Manuscripts Digital Library of Jerusalem" aims to promote the written heritage of East Jerusalem and to make this heritage accessible to all with the sole caveat of an internet connection. It relies on the latest technology to provide access which is simple, multimedia and multilingual.

Al-Quds Manuscripts

The manuscripts of the Aga Khan Museum (AKM)

The Aga Khan Museum, which is under construction in Toronto, Canada,  includes an important manuscript collection (over 70 manuscripts) and several hundred folios with miniature paintings.
The manuscripts (Qur'an, religious commentary,  books of science, philosophy , and literature (including some famous Shahnameh) have been scanned (digitized) and are avalaible on this website.

Aga Khan Museum

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Gallup report: After the Arab Uprisings: Women on Rights, Religion, and Rebuilding. 

Gallup has released a report on Women in the Arab world post Arab spring. The title is:

"After the Arab Uprisings: Women on Rights, Religion, and Rebuilding" examines ordinary citizens' views on the issues vital to rebuilding after the revolution. The report focuses on several countries that experienced upheaval in 2011, exploring the perspectives of women and men on the role of religious legislation, women's rights, life perceptions, and the economy."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

One Off Journal Issues: Journal of Art Historiography Number 6 June 2012

The present volume of studies has evolved from what was originally a fairly modest panel proposal for the 2010 Association of Art Historians annual conference held in Glasgow, seeking to survey the state of the field by inviting papers that dealt with the historiography of scholarship on the art of the pre-modern Islamic world but also accepting presentations of current research that were not primarily concerned with historiography. The very open-ended nature of the original Call for Papers reflects the fact that one of our main aims at that point was simply to address the absence of any dedicated Islamic art history panel at an AAH annual conference since Robert Hillenbrand’s panel at the 2000 conference held in Edinburgh,1 an omission that we saw as unhappily reflecting both the Eurocentrism and modern/contemporary biases of the AAH, and the apparent disinterest of some of the practitioners in our field (particularly, perhaps, in the United Kingdom) towards the critical dialogues taking place in the larger field of art history. We remain grateful for the generous support of Iran Heritage Foundation and the University of Edinburgh, which allowed us to assemble a full AAH panel of Islamic art historians once again. Even after the rather dramatic intervention of the Icelandic volcano lost us two of our speakers to the giant ash-cloud which grounded all flights in the western hemisphere, we did in the end have a panel that included excellent papers on a wide variety of subjects, some of which have gone on to appear in print elsewhere. However, the majority of the papers presented did not deal with historiography per se.

It was at this panel that we were first approached by the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Art Historiography, Richard Woodfield, who invited us to act as guest editors for a special edition of the journal on the historiography of Islamic art...
Guest edited by Moya Carey (V&A) and Margaret S. Graves (Indiana University)
Moya Carey and Margaret S. Graves, ‘Introduction: Historiography of Islamic art and architecture, 2012’            6-MCG/1
Avinoam Shalem, ‘What do we mean when we say “Islamic art”? A plea for a critical rewriting of the history of the arts of Islam’   6-AS/1
Scholars and showmen
Zeynep Simavi, ‘Mehmet Ağa-Oğlu and the formation of the field of Islamic art in the United States’       6-ZS/1
Robert Hillenbrand, ‘Oleg Grabar: the scholarly legacy’       6-RH/1
Yuka Kadoi, ‘Arthur Upham Pope and his “research methods in Muhammadan art”: Persian carpets’        6-YK/1
Connoisseurs, collectors and consumers
Keelan Overton, ‘A history of Ottoman art history through the private database of Edwin Binney, 3rd’   6-KO/1
Amanda Phillips, ‘The historiography of Ottoman velvets, 2011-1572: scholars, craftsmen, consumers’     6-AP/1
Christiane Gruber, ‘Questioning the “classical” in Persian painting: models and problems of definition’    6-CG/1
The recorded object: collating the canon
Eva Troelenberg, ‘Regarding the exhibition: the Munich exhibition Masterpieces of Muhammadan Art (1910) and its scholarly position’       6-ET/1
Lara Eggleton, ‘History in the making: the ornament of the Alhambra and the past-facing present’            6-LE/1
Hussein Keshani, ‘Towards digital Islamic art history’          6-HK/1
The limits of Islamic art history
Nasser Rabbat, ‘What is Islamic architecture anyway?’         6-NR/1
Mariam Rosser-Owen, ‘Mediterraneanism: how to incorporate Islamic art into an emerging field’  6-MRO/1
Margaret S. Graves, ‘Feeling uncomfortable in the nineteenth century’        6-MSG/1
Wendy Shaw, ‘The Islam in Islamic art history: secularism and public discourse’    6-WS/1
Fatima Quraishi, ‘Asar-ul-Sanadid: a nineteenth-century history of Delhi’   6-FQ/1
Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom, ‘The Mirage of Islamic Art: Reflections on an Unwieldy Field’, The Art Bulletin, 85(1), 2003. Reproduced by permission of the authors and the College Art Association.  6-SSB/1
Robert Hillenbrand, ‘Studying Islamic Architecture: Challenges and Perspectives’, Architectural History, 46, 2003. Reproduced by permission of the author and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.      6-RH/2
Finbarr Barry Flood, ‘From the Prophet to Postmodernism? New World Orders and the End of Islamic Art’, in Elizabeth Mansfield, ed., Making Art History: A Changing Discipline and its Institutions, London and New York: Routledge, 2007. Reproduced by permission of the author and publishers.  6-FBF/1
Gülru Necipoğlu, ‘The Concept of Islamic Art: Inherited Discourses and New Approaches’, in Benoît Junod, Georges Khalil, Stefan Weber and Gerhard Wolf, eds, Islamic Art and the Museum, London: Saqi, 2012. Reproduced by permission of the author and publishers.       6-GN/1
Due to the late approval given by the publishers John Wiley & Sons Ltd., we will not formally be able to include Nasser Rabbat’s article ‘Islamic Architecture as a Field of Historical Enquiry’, AD Architectural Design, 74(6), 2004 in the current journal’s table of contents. It will appear in the ToC for issue 7. We are, however, pleased to be able to make it available to readers in advance of December 2012, with the approval of the author and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  7-NR/1

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Online Prosopography of the Byzantine World

Prosopography of the Byzantine World

Prosopographical Reading of Byzantine Sources, 1025-1150

This edition replaces the beta version of the Prosopography of the Byzantine World database, published in 2006.
    It includes much more information than before on the first half of the twelfth century, mainly from Latin and Greek sources. As well as the history of Byzantium, it now has reasonable coverage of the first two crusades and the history of the crusader states until 1150. The religious dimension of eleventh-century Byzantium, which before was a weakness, is becoming a strength. The first Armenian and Arabic texts have been added. See the full list of texts we have included, which also serves as an index of the coverage of the project
The full bibliographic description is
M. Jeffreys et al., Prosopography of the Byzantine World (2011) available at <>; the standard abbreviation is PBW. Entries should be cited with the date at which they were consulted, and may use the permalinks provided for each individual on person pages and seal pages: so
  • PBW (consulted 1.xi.2011) Boulloterion 2508, <>
  • PBW (consulted 1.xi.2011) Leon 20224, <>
Aims and objectives of PBW: please see About the Project.
The project owes a debt of gratitude to recent participants in PBW (see a list of names and contributions here) and many others who have contributed much understanding and energy: for the full list for the whole project, see Project Team. Our work has been made possible by the generosity of institutional supporters. The entire project depends on the vision, oversight and support of the British Academy. Essential funding has been provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Open Access Journal: Journal of Al-Tamaddun

 Journal of Al-Tamaddun
Jurnal Al-Tamaddun adalah jurnal akademik antarabangsa diterbitkan dua kali setahun bermula 2012 (bulan Jun dan Disember) oleh Jabatan Sejarah Dan Tamadun Islam, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Ia adalah jurnal terujuk dan akses terbuka. Jurnal ini mengandungi artikel dan kajian ilmiah meliputi bidang sejarah, Tamadun, pemikiran, sistem dan aspek pembangunan dari perspektif Islam menggunakan bahasa Melayu, Inggeris dan Arab. Ia di index oleh Index Islamicus, EBSCOhost, UlrichsWeb, Open J-Gate, DOAJ, Malaysian Citation Index (MyCITE) dan Malaysian Abstracting and Indexing System (MyAIS) serta secara tidak lansung oleh Google Scholar.

Journal of Al-Tamaddun is an international refereed academic journal published biannually from 2012 onward (in June and December) by the Department of Islamic History And Civilization, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It is a peer review and open access journal. It publishes articles and research papers pertaining history, civilization, thought, system and development from Islamic perspective in Malay, English and Arabic. The Journal is indexed by Index Islamicus, EBSCOhost, UlrichsWeb, Open J-Gate, DOAJ, Malaysian Citation Index (MyCITE) and Malaysian Abstracting and Indexing System (MyAIS), and subsequently by Google Scholar.
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Open Access Journal: Bilgi Dünyası - Information World

ISSN: 1302-3217

2000 yılından bu yana hakemli bir dergi olarak altı ayda bir (Nisan ve Ekim) yayımlanır.

Bilgi Dünyası'nda, üniversite ve araştırma kütüphaneleri ağırlıklı olmak üzere, bilgi bilim, bilgi hizmetleri, bilgi ve belge yönetimine ilişkin sorunları inceleyen ve çözüm önerileri sunan Türkçe veya İngilizce özgün makalelere yer verilmektedir. Ayrıca Dergi'de, bu konularda kişisel görüşler, bilgi merkezleri ve kitap eleştirileri, haberler ve mesleki toplantı duyuruları da yayımlanmaktadır.

Information World is a refereed journal published by the University and Research Librarians Association (UNAK).
Publication period is twice a year (April and October), and it is distributed free of charge to UNAK Members.
Information World publishes (in Turkish and in English) original articles on research work, survey articles, opinion papers and book reviews, concerning  information, documentation and other library science topics -along with  professional news and meeting announcements.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Middle Eastern Studies Resources Wiki

Middle Eastern Studies Resources Wiki

General Resources

Classic Near East Scholarship Available for Download
General Near East History Resources
Manuscripts, Manuscript Collections and Inscriptions
Miscellaneous (& not yet categorized) Resources
Near East Cartography Resources
Near Eastern Numismatics Resources
Syriac Language and Literature Resources

Islamic Studies

Islamic Philosophy Resources
Islamic Texts and General Resources
Online Qur'ān Study Resources

Persian Language, Literature, Culture

Online Persian-Language Media
Online Persian Lexicons
Persian Film Resources
Persian Language and Grammar Resources
Persian Poetry Resources

Iranian History

Iranian History Overview via Encyclopedia Iranica

Arabic Language, Literature, Culture

Arabic Film and Television Resources
Arabic Language and Grammar Resources
Arabic Literature Resources
Arabic Poetry Resources
Online Arabic Lexicons

Turkish and Ottoman Studies

Resources for Turkish and Ottoman Studies

Islamic Art

General Resources
Iranian/Persianate Art

Open Access Journal: The Dialogue: A Quarterly Research Journal

The Dialogue: A Quarterly Research Journal
The Dialogue defines itself as critical in character, truly international in scope, and totally engaged with the central issues facing the world today. Taking as its point of departure the simple but essential notion that no one approach has all the answers, it aims to provide a global forum for a rapidly expanding community of scholars from across the range of academic disciplines and aims to encourage debate, controversy and reflection . However, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Qurtuba University or of the editors. 
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Open Access Journal: La Revue de Téhéran

La Revue de Téhéran: Mensuel culturel iraniennes en langue française
ISSN 2008-1944
Créé en octobre 2005, la Revue de Téhéran est à l’heure actuelle le seul magazine iranien en langue française. Il connaît aujourd’hui une large diffusion au sein de l’Iran et compte également de nombreux abonnés en France et dans plusieurs pays francophones. Sa direction est placée sous l’égide de la Fondation Ettelaat, qui, depuis sa création en 1934, n’a cessé d’éditer, outre son quotidien du même nom, de nombreuses publications scientifiques, culturelles, ou consacrées aux sciences humaines. Il s’adresse à la fois à un public français et iranien francophone, et vise à faire connaître et à approfondir certains aspects historiques, philosophiques, ou sociaux de la culture iranienne. Il traite également de la littérature et aborde certains grands débats sociopolitiques iraniens et français actuels. Le but de cette Revue est non seulement de faire connaître davantage les multiples richesses de l’Iran et de participer ainsi, même modestement, au “dialogue des civilisations”, mais également de contribuer à la promotion de la langue française en Iran et dans tous les pays distribuant notre magazine. Elle vise de plus à favoriser la recherche comparée sur des thèmes communs à ces deux cultures, et à ouvrir de nouveaux domaines d’études et de coopération entre l’Iran et la France. Nous opérons également une sélection attentive de nos contributeurs, universitaires spécialisés dans un domaine de recherche particulier et ayant en commun une parfaite maîtrise de la langue française.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Database of Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics

Database of Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics
Catalog Home Page

The Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) Project is a collaborative effort of two Georgetown Libraries, the Bioethics Research Library (Washington) and the School of Foreign Service-Qatar Library (Doha), to produce a comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to Islamic perspectives in the broad field of bioethics. The project staff has already collected over 1,700 relevant written works and compiled them into a searchable database.

This IMSE research guide shows users how to use the IMSE database effectively and educates them about the Islamic bioethics resources contained in the collection. As the project continues, this guide will be expanded with new materials and features. We invite you to check back often for updates.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Arabic-Hebrew Dictionary of Modern Arabic

Arabic-Hebrew Dictionary of Modern Arabic by David Ayalon and Pessah Shinar, online edition edited by Menahem Milson.