Thursday, October 29, 2015

King Saud University Repository

King Saud University Repository
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dissertations wanted for the American Numismatic Society Digital Library

The American Numismatic Society has created an Open Access digital library. One purpose is to host unpublished and/or orphaned MA and PhD theses/dissertations that have numismatic content. As a part of this library your thesis will be Open Access, full-text searchable, and  properties will help Google relevance. If you (or someone you know) wants their research hosted for free (CC-BY license) alongside other numismatic work, email Andrew Reinhard at


DOHA - Doha Online Historical Atlas

DOHA - Doha Online Historical Atlas
The Origins of Doha is a UCL Qatar research project, supported by the Qatar National Research Fund and aims to explore the foundation and historic growth of Doha, its transformation to a modern city, and the lives and experiences of its people, through a combination of archaeological investigation, historical research and oral testimony. 

This interactive web resource presents some of the project's research, tracing of the changing physical extent and urban configuration of Al Bidda and Doha through time, using historic maps, photographs, historic building recording and the excavation of archaeological deposits. 

This website was made possible by NPRP grant no. 5-421-6-010 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors. - See more at:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Open Access Books from Brill Publishing
  The following Open Access books of interest to AMIR are available from Brill Publishing :

 Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After edited by Benjamin C. Fortna, SOAS, University of London
Series: OEH
Volume: 59
Format: Hardback
ISBN: Expected: November 2015
Muslims in Interwar Europe  Edited by Bekim Agai, Frankfurt University, Umar Ryad, Utrecht University, and Mehdi Sajid, Utrecht University
Series:  MUMI
Volume: 17
Format: Hardback
E-ISBN: 9789004301979

Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions Edited by Christian Lange, University of Utrecht
Series: IHC
Volume: 119
Format: Hardback
E-ISBN: 9789004301368
Publication date: September 2015

The Imagined and Real Jerusalem in Art and Architecture :Edited by Jeroen Goudeau, Mariëtte Verhoeven and Wouter Weijers, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Series:  RSH
Volume: 2
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9789004270824
E-ISBN: 9789004270855
Publication date: September 2014

Series: IMB
Volume: 3
Format: Hardback
E-ISBN:  9789004221918
Publication date: July 2012

Islam and the Making of the Nation Chiara Formichi, City University of Hong Kong
Series: VKI
Volume: 282
Format: Paperback
E-ISBN: 9789004260467
Publication date: June 2012

Series: HO1
Volume: 101
Format: Hardback
E-ISBN: 9789004201460
Publication date: April 2011
Series: IPTS
Volume: 73
Format: Hardback
E-ISBN: 9789047420194
Publication date: May 2007

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dar al-Kutub: Numismatic Collection of the Egyptian National Library

Dar al-Kutub: Numismatic Collection of the Egyptian National Library
Our catalog of 6,500 numismatic pieces – coins, glass weights, dies, medals, etc. - is the third major catalog of Islamic numismatic material held in the Egyptian National Library, formerly the Khedivial Library, Egypt’s most important library. Our catalog differs from its predecessors in a number of ways. First, it is a new catalog in that we had to read the inscriptions from the digital images which were taken under difficult and rushed conditions and not from the actual objects for reasons which are explained in the section entitled Introduction. Second, we included in this electronic catalog inscriptions in Arabic as Dr. Sherif Anwar read them, which was never possible in the previous studies because of costs. Inscriptions in European languages and references are the work of Dr. Norman D. Nicol from the 1982 catalog of the collection.

Third, images of every piece are part of this catalog, which was financially impossible when the earlier catalogues were published. Fourth, the images are in color which modern technology permits at no additional cost. On the other hand the Egyptian National Library required that all images used on this webpage carry a watermark. Images without watermarks of specific items can be acquired by contacting the Egyptian National Library citing the 1982 catalog number, which is the last number in the title listing for each item. Fifth, whenever a mint was named and could be located, an accompanying map is included on the webpage. Finally, as far as possible, all the data and search tools are available in both Arabic and English for the first time in a catalog. Electronic searches in Arabic and English can by undertaken by going to the category “browse” and then using the various lists to narrow the search. In order to find a specific piece based upon its 1982 catalog number go to the heading “search” and under “keyword” go to “recordId” and type in the appropriate number.

This project is a result of the cooperation of the Egyptian National Library and Archives and the American Numismatic Society with funding from USAID through the American Research Center in Egypt. This electronic catalog is made available under the Open Database License. It is powered by Numishare and numismatic concepts defined on

Monday, October 12, 2015

Open Access Book: Writing Self, Writing Empire Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary
Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary.

Author: Kinra, Rajeev.
Published: California: University of California Press, 2015.
394 p.
ISBN: 9780520286467 (pbk. : alk. paper) 0520286464 (pbk. : alk. paper)

"Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or Munshi, Chandar Bhan 'Brahman' (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia. Chandar Bhan's life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb 'Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the 'Great Mughals' whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire's power, territorial reach, and global influence"

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Open Access Journal: Journal of Georgetown University-Qatar Middle Eastern Studies Student Association

Journal of Georgetown University-Qatar Middle Eastern Studies Student Association
ISSN: 2311-8148
The Middle Eastern Studies Student Association academic journal serves to voice undergraduate research focusing on issues that are pivotal to Middle Eastern affairs. Striving to foster and enhance undergraduate research, this journal enables students to present their work and facilitates a breadth and depth of discussion about respective economic, political and social affairs in this pulsating region of the world.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Open Access Journal: Horizons in Humanities and Social Sciences: An International Refereed Journal

Horizons in Humanities and Social Sciences: An International Refereed Journal
ISSN: 2413-6301
HHSS, a peer-reviewed journal published by the CHSS at the UAEU, publishes original research articles in all areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

This journal was previously published as the Journal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, from 1985 to 2005. Previous issues can be viewed online here.

Vol 1, No 1 (2015)

Table of Contents


El-Sayed El-Aswad
Laila Prager
Hussein Sabry
Oz Hassan
Limame Barbouchi

Book Reviews

Shakespeare’s Folktale Sources By Charlotte Artese
Doris Hambuch
Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East By Eid Mohamed
El-Sayed El-Aswad