Friday, August 31, 2012

International Journal of Islamic Architecture

International Journal of Islamic Architecture
Although this new journal is not Open Access, publisher made the first two issues available free online.

Publisher invites institutions from developing countries to claim free online access to its journals portfolio. The list of eligible countries has been drawn-up using a study by the World Bank. Please click here to view the list of countries and download the application form. 

ISSN 2045-5895,
Online ISSN: 2045-5909

International Journal of Islamic Architecture logo
The International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) is intended for those interested in urban design and planning, architecture, and landscape design in the historic Islamic world, encompassing the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, but also the more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions. The main emphasis is on detailed analysis of the practical, historical and theoretical aspects of architecture, with a focus on both design and its reception. The journal is also specifically interested in contemporary architecture and urban design in relation to social and cultural history, geography, politics, aesthetics, technology, and conservation. Spanning across cultures and disciplines, IJIA seeks to analyze and explain issues related to the built environment throughout the regions covered. The cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of this journal will significantly contribute to the knowledge in this field.
Publisher: Intellect

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album

Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album
The Alexandria Bombardment of 1882 Photograph Album digital collection was originally compiled by Italian photographer Luigi Fiorillo. This unique resource documents the British naval attack on 'Urabi Pasha's nationalists, who revolted against Taufik Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt, from 1879 to 1882. Fiorillo’s fifty page album records damage to Alexandria's neighborhoods, particularly the harbor and the fortress district. The images trace the development of episode from the arrival of the British fleet to the destruction of the emerging downtown district. Further, the photographs show the artillery and forts used by the resistance. The album also features portraits of the key players in the bombardment, including 'Urabi Pasha, Khedive Taufik, Admiral Seymour, and Sir Wolseley.

Fiorillo was active from the 1870s to the 1890s. Although his main studio was located in Alexandria, he is known to have traveled widely throughout Egypt and Africa. He is best known for this distinctive album

Monday, August 27, 2012

e-Ktobe: Manuscrits Syriaques

e-Ktobe: Manuscrits Syriaques
Avertissement : Le site e-ktobe est actuellement en cours de développement, et certaines fonctionnalités ne sont pas encore opérationnelles.

E-ktobe est une base de données sur les manuscrits syriaques visant à rassembler des informations sur les textes, les aspects matériels (matière, composition des cahiers, reliure, écriture, etc.), les colophons mais aussi les notes de ces manuscrits. E-ktobe brasse ainsi de nombreuses informations sur les personnes (copistes, commanditaires, restaurateurs etc...), les lieux et les dates en lien avec la confection des manuscrits syriaques.

Les notices ont été saisies à partir des descriptions fournies par les catalogues édités ; elles sont parfois complétées par un examen direct des manuscrits. En aucun cas, les notices de e-ktobe ne dispensent l'utilisateur d'un retour au catalogue et au manuscrit lui-même.

Ce site a été conçu dans le cadre du programme SYRAB de l'ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). Il est placé sous la responsabilité scientifique d'André Binggeli, Muriel Debié (CNRS, IRHT, UPR 841), Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet et Alain Desreumaux (CNRS, Orient & Méditerranée, UMR 8167). La base est actuellement alimentée par Flavia Ruani et Emilie Villey (IRHT, section grecque).

You will find a data base on Syriac manuscripts. It will enable any researcher to make a request on texts, authors and codicological elements for all manuscripts in the world. So thanks to this data-base you can ask some material details, and also make a request about one person connected with the making of the Syriac manuscript (copyist, restorer, sponsor, ...).

This data-base is in progress. Made in the framework of the ANR programm called SYRAB this Web site is under the scientific responsability of André Binggeli and Muriel Debié (CNRS, IRHT, section grecque et Proche-Orient chrétien) Françoise Briquel-Chatonnet and Alain Desreumaux (CNRS, UMR 8167) and fed by Emilie Villey and Flavia Ruani.

Open Access Journal: TAARII Newsletter

[First posted in AMIR 26 July 2011. Most recently updated 27 August 2012]

TAARII Newsletter: The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII — formerly the American Association for Research in Baghdad, AARB) has been established to promote scholarly research on and in Iraq and ancient Mesopotamia. The Institute, a consortium of American universities and museums, intends to establish a multidisciplinary American scholarly research center in Iraq when conditions permit. TAARII raises funds for graduate and post-graduate fellowships for Americans to work on Iraq in as broad a range of disciplines as possible. It also has a fellowship program for Iraqi academics to aid them in carrying out research in Iraq. TAARII initiates its own research projects and fosters joint projects between American and Iraqi academics. Like similar American overseas research centers, TAARII has as its primary focus the humanities and social sciences, as well as closely related natural sciences, but it will facilitate outstanding research in any legitimate academic field.

As readers may by aware, TAARII is committed to producing and printing a bilingual newsletter in English and in Arabic. Our September 2007 issue, sadly, was printed primarily in English (with Arabic to appear on the website). We regret that, beginning with the Spring 2008 issue, our newsletter is in printed in English only. We hope to seek funds for its Arabic translation for posting on our website and are actively seeking support for the ongoing cost of translation, so that we can continue printing a bilingual edition. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we raise the necessary funds.

Issue No. 7-1 Spring 2012
Issue No. 6-2 Fall 2011
Issue No. 6-1 Spring 2011
Issue No. 5-2 Fall 2010
Issue No. 5-1 Spring 2010
Issue No. 4-2 Fall 2009
Issue No. 4-1 Spring 2009
Issue No. 3-2 Fall 2008
Issue No. 3-1 Spring 2008
Issue No. 2-2 Fall 2007 (English and Arabic)
Issue No. 2-1 Spring 2007 (Enlgish and Arabic)
Issue No. 1-2 Fall 2006 (English)
Issue No. 1-2 Fall 2006 (Arabic)
Issue No. 1-1 Spring 2006

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Open Access Journal: al-Majdal

"al-Majdal is a quarterly magazine on Palestinian refugees. The magazine aims to raise public awareness and support for a just solution to Palestinian residency and refugee issues."

Publisher: Bethlehem, Palestine : BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights,
Start Year: 1999
Frequency : Quarterly
ISSN: 1726-7277

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXVI, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1974–1976

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXVI, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1974–1976

ISBN 9780160829987
Office of the Historian
Bureau of Public Affairs
United States Department of State

"August 15, 2012. The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXVI, Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1974–1976. The focus of this volume is the negotiations leading to the two disengagement agreements between Egypt and Israel and the one disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel. The end of the October 1973 War left the Egyptian and Israeli armies interlocked in the Sinai and Israeli and Syrian armies interlocked in the Golan Heights. This provided Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who had taken the lead role in negotiations concerning the Arab-Israeli dispute after the October 1973 War, the opportunity to negotiate landmark agreements between Israel and two of its Arab neighbors in the months following the war. Initial discussions between Kissinger and Arab leaders began in November 1973 (coverage of this is found in Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, volume XXV, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1973) and culminated in formal disengagement agreements beginning in 1974..."

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Bibliography on Christianity in Palestine/Eretz-Israel

A Bibliography  on Christianity in Palestine/Eretz-Israel
This ongoing bibliographical project was launched in the year 2000 on behalf of the Center for the Study of Christianity of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Its immediate purpose is to fill the evident gap in the set of bibliographical resources and provide a convenient and easily accessible tool for the worldwide scholarly community. The ultimate goal of the project, of which the results of only the first stage are now being made available, is to assemble as much bibliographical material as possible so that eventually a comprehensive bibliography on Christianity in Palestine will become available.     more about ...  

Online Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity

 Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity
It was during the sixteenth century in Renaissance Europe that, as a result of the efforts of the Catholic and Protestant scholars of the New Testament, Syriac studies became a part of European intellectual life. Since then, the number of scholarly publications on various matters related to the history, culture and religious life of Syriac-speaking Christians has only increased. As these publications are in a variety of languages, and many of them scattered through journals and periodicals belonging to various academic fields, it is often difficult to obtain precise information on what has already been published on one or another aspect of Syriac Christianity. Our project aims to fill the evident gap in the bibliographical resources and provide a convenient and easily accessible tool for the worldwide scholarly community. The ultimate goal of this project is to create and launch an on-line database on Syriac Christianity that will be updated on a regular basis and available free of charge to the international scholarly community.     more about ...   

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: SLUB Dresden

"Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) manuscript collection contains over 448 Islamic manuscripts (196 Ottoman, 184 Arabic, 68 Persian). Following clashes with the Ottomans in the Baltic region, these manuscripts arrived in Europe and were acquired in the 18th and 19th centuries from collections of nobility and scholarly estates. In the 19th century, a large number of Tibetan (438) and Mongolian (58) manuscripts were purchased. Other Oriental manuscripts, i.e. Chinese (18), Japanese (3), Indonesian (9), Sanskrit (1), Hebraic (10) and Ethiopian (4), were bestowed upon the library by private persons.

With the exception of a few recent acquisitions, most of the Islamic manuscripts are registered in the "Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium Bibliothecae Regiae Dresdensis", which was published in Leipzig in 1831 by the Orientalist Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer (1801-1888). This index is available digitally at
A complete list of the Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Hebraic, and Ethiopian manuscripts as well as a partial list of the Indonesian manuscripts can be found in the "Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland" (Index of Oriental Manuscripts in Germany, VOHD; Wiesbaden / Stuttgart 1961ff.)."
Noteworthy examples:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Open Access Report: The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity -- Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center -- The World's Muslims: Unity and Diversity

"This report was produced by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, content analysis and other empirical social science research. It does not take positions on policy issues. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is a project of the Pew Research Center; it delivers timely, impartial information on the issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs in the U.S. and around the world. The Pew Research Center is an independently operated subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts."

In This Report:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Open Access Journal: Journal of Research on History of Medicine

Journal of Research on History of Medicine
ISSN: 2251-886X
The Journal of Research on History of Medicine encourages researchers in the field of history of medicine to submit historical articles in the whole fields of medical sciences from ancient to Contemporaneous periods, all round the world. Its domains includes development of medical sciences, biography of medical scientists, evidence based researches on historical aspects of medicine, archeological researches and roots of traditional approaches on medical sciences. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Palestinian institution for cultural landscape studies

Al-Mashhad PICLS: The Palestinian institution for cultural landscape studies
The Palestinian institution for cultural landscape studies (Al-Mashhad) was established in 2001, as a Palestinian non governmental and non profit institution. The areas of our fieldwork and study include: landscape, environment, archaeology, conservation and other related fields.

Our aims are based on:
1. The maintenance of Palestinian cultural heritage, developing the local community capabilities to create long-term and sustainable management strategies over the cultural heritage, through the implementation of multidisciplinary approaches.
2. The re-conceptualization of the practice of archaeology, in Palestine in particular and the Eastern Mediterranean region in general, into one that is unbiased, unselective and unattached to the political agendas.
3. The essential implementation process of the spatial, regional and urban planning that enables the best methods of management, protection and preservation of sites, monuments, traditional towns and villages.
4. Creating an educational environment for the future professionals in the field through trainings, lectures, debates, capacity building in preparing reports and ensuring dissemination.

The major themes of this website are devoted to provide the reader with a compendious description of the PICLS, with emphasis on our main fields of interest such as landscape, conservation geography and cartography etc. We are looking forward to receiving reader's feedback through the email address indicated. All opinions are welcome as well as proposals for collaboration or volunteering in future projects, whether those projects are theoretical or fieldwork activities.

Open Access Journal: Al-Monitor

With contributors from Beirut to Jerusalem, and from Istanbul to Washington, Al-Monitor is a new media site dedicated to bringing in-depth coverage and fresh perspectives from the Middle East. The site provides reporting from a diverse array of independent media partners in Israel, Egypt, the UAE, Iraq and throughout the Arab World. We have content partnerships with 17 news organizations in the region, and are in talks to add more. Each day, our editors carefully select a diverse mix of articles to translate that are not otherwise available in the English language. The site and its many contributors around the world build on that content with insightful, original reporting and commentary including our Back Channel news blog as well as video.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art

Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art is an online academic series devoted to research on the collections of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Currently Available Working Papers 
Forthcoming Working Papers
  • Amanda Phillips (Scholar-in-Residence, June-July 2012) on the DDFIA's collection of Ottoman silk velvets.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Open Access Journal: Waly Center Journal

Waly Center Journal
The Waly Center Journal is a themed on-line publication that comes out three times a year. Each issue presents a different theme related to the built environment and usually reflecting a topic we are working on. The center produces the WCJ in-house and is open to outside contributions depending on the theme.

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