Thursday, June 20, 2013

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: Manuscripts from the al-Aqsa Mosque Library, East Jerusalem

 Manuscripts from the al-Aqsa Mosque Library, East Jerusalem

"The Endangered Archives Programme has recently made available the digitised
manuscripts from the Al-aqsa Mosque Library, East Jerusalem.
The materials selected for digitisation include a collection of 119 rare
manuscripts that span over several Islamic periods from the 12th to the 19th
century AD, constituting approximately 33000 pages. The selection includes
the manuscripts from the collections of well-known Palestinian scholars,
such as Fayd Allah al-'Alami and the Shaykh Khalil al-Khalidi and from the
private collection of Shaykh Muhammad al-Khalili, who died in 1734. The
manuscripts selected for digitisation cover a wide range of subjects,
including theology, Quran and its interpretation, Islamic law, Arabic
language and literature, astronomy, medicine and history. The collection
documents the history and cultural heritage of the region and its people."
See also related Endangered Archives Programme project :
Preservation of historical periodical collections (1900-1950) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem

Monday, June 17, 2013

Open Access Books: Michael Hillman's Books on

[First posted in AMIR June 17, 2013,  updated 7 December 2016]
Michael Hillmann, professor of Persian at the University of Texas at Austin made available several of his books on
Downloading requires registration.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Open Access Database: RELMIN: The legal status of religious minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean world (5th -15th centuries)

RELMIN: The legal status of religious minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean world (5 th -15 th centuries)

RELMIN is a five-year project funded by the European Research Council and directed by John Tolan, professor of history at the University of Nantes.
Database in French and English.
"This is the pilot version of what will become a major text database of legal texts concerning the status of religious minorities in the Middle Ages. The base currently contains several hundred texts, but will gradually grow to several thousand texts by 2015."
"The database consists of original texts (Latin, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, etc.), translations into English and French, notes and commentaries, and a bibliography. We hope that it becomes an important tool for research concerning the history of European and Mediterranean laws about pagan, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian minorities, and the history of interfaith relations."

Open Source Software - The Zekr Project

"Zekr is an open source Quran study software for Windows, Linux and Mac. It's designed to ease access to the most authentic and valuable text of Muslims. Zekr provides Quran translations, recitation, search and other features to study Holy Quran."

  • Advanced Qur'an search, Qur'an root
  • Qur'an multi-recitation (online and offline)
  • Bookmark management, Import, Export, Multi-bookmark
  • Comparative translation / Search within translations
  • Themes

Monday, June 10, 2013

Access to partial journal archive: Oriental Rug Review


Oriental Rug Review: A Bimonthly Journal of Oriental Rugs and Other Textiles
Publisher: [Meredith, N.H. : Oriental Rug Auction Review, Inc., 1981-
Free access to some articles from nos. 8-16 (1987-1996).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Open Access Journal: Researches on Persian Language and Literature - متن شناسی ادب فارسی

Researches on Persian Language and Literature - متن شناسی ادب فارسی

مجله پژوهش‌های  زبان و ادبيات فارسی دانشگاه اصفهان

(علمی- پژوهشی)

فصلنامه پژوهش‌های  زبان و ادب فارسی

به منظور رشد و گسترش ادب فارسی و فرهنگ ايرانی- اسلامی، تازه‌های پژوهشی صاحب‌نظران زبان و ادبيات فارسی را منتشر می‌کند تا در دسترس علاقه مندان قرار گيرد. بنابراين مقالات ارسالی بايد شرايط زير را دارا باشد.
  All volumes 
  Current volume 

Open Access Journal: Research in Arabic Language and Literature - بحوث فی اللغه العربيه وآدابها

Research in Arabic Language and Literature -  بحوث فی اللغه العربيه وآدابها
ISSN: 2008-6466
ISSN: electronic 2322-4649
1. فصل‌نامه مجله پژوهش در زبان و ادبيات عربی در زمينه‌های مطالعات ادبی و زباني قرآن و حديث، ادبيات و نقد ادبی، ادبيات تطبيقی، مباحث زبانی، آموزش زبان و ترجمه آماده پذيرش مقاله است.

2. مقاله ارسالی بايد علمی پژوهشی، نتيجه تحقيقات نويسنده يا نويسندگان آن و به زبان عربی باشد. مطالب مقاله بايد مستند باشد و مأخذ نقل قول‌ها حتماً ذکر شود. چنانچه نقل قول‌های مستقيم يا غير مستقيم مقاله بدون ارجاع باشد، مقاله غير مستند تلقی شده، از نويسنده مسئول آن ـ تا مدتی که هيئت تحريريه تعيين می‌کند ـ ديگر مقاله‌ای پذيرفته نخواهد شد.

3. مقاله نبايد به هيچ مجله ديگری ارسال و يا در جاي ديگری منتشر شده باشند.

4. مقاله باید بين 5000 تا 7500 کلمه و شامل اين بخش­ها باشد: چکيده در حدود 250 کلمه (به عربی، فارسی و انگليسی)، واژگان کليدی (5 تا 7 کلمه)، مقدمه، متن اصلی، نتيجه­گيری و فهرست منابع و مآخذ (به زبان عربی و انگليسی).
The biannual journal of "Research in Arabic Language and Literature" welcomes articles related to Arabic language and Literature.  
 The corresponding author who sends the article to the Journal is considered responsible for that article by the journal.

Open Access Journal: Dissertation Reviews

Dissertation Reviews
Founded in 2010, Dissertation Reviews is a new site that features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our goal is to offer readers a glimpse of each discipline’s immediate present by focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication.

Each review provides a summary of the author’s main arguments, the historiographic genealogy in which the author operates, and the main source bases for his or her research. The reviews are also anticipatory, making educated assessments of how the research will advance or challenge our understanding of major issues in the field when it is revised and published in the future.

Dissertation Reviews also features reviews of and guides to archives, libraries, databases, and other collections where such dissertation research was conducted, to help scholars improve their ability to undertake current and future research.

For more information about our project:
- Request a Review of Your Dissertation
- Become a Reviewer
- Editorial Board
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- Frequently Asked Questions
- New Fields in 2012-13
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- Contact Us (using the form or email us on

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Open Access Journal: LEA - Lingue e Letterature d'Oriente e d'Occidente

ISSN (online): 1824-484x
Firenze : Firenze University Press, 2012-

"LEA - Lingue e Letterature d'Oriente e d'Occidente (LEA) è una rivista interdisciplinare, internazionale, peer-reviewed, ad accesso aperto che pubblica con licenza Creative Commons (CCPL 3.0, "Non commerciale - Non opere derivate"). La rivista, di proprietà dell'Università di Firenze, è realizzata dalla Redazione del Laboratorio editoriale open access del Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Studi Interculturali. LEA si occupa delle lingue, letterature e culture in una prospettiva "concretamente planetaria" quindi attenta alle situazioni nazionali, regionali ed areali assunte quali ambiti specifici del patrimonio culturale adottando un approccio interdisciplinare."

 Following articles from vol. 1 (2012) may be of interest to AMIR subscribers :

Luis Fayad. Dalla narrativa urbana agli innesti socioculturali. Presentazione PDF
Martha L. Canfield 3-23

Esilio, ibridazione, nazionalismo. L’esperienza poetica di Yahya Kemal e Nazım Hikmet PDF
Ayşe Saraçgil 329-340

Le poesie della rivoluzione egiziana e la loro riproduzione come testi multimodali in YouTube: al-Midàn (La Piazza) di Abd al-Rahmàn al-Abnudi PDF
Lorenzo Casini

Improper Narratives: Egyptian Personal Blogs and the Arabic Notion of Adab PDF
Teresa Pepe