Monday, February 29, 2016

New Open Access Series from the Oriental Institute: Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East (LAMINE)

Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East (LAMINE)
This new Oriental Institute series — Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East (LAMINE) — aims to publish a variety of scholarly works, including monographs, edited volumes, critical text editions, translations, studies of corpora of documents — in short, any work that offers a significant contribution to understanding the Near East between roughly 200 and 1000 CE.
LAMINE 1. Christians and Others in the Umayyad State

LAMINE 1 cover 

Edited by Antoine Borrut and Fred M. Donner, with contributions by Touraj Daryaee, Muriel  Debié, Sidney H. Griffith, Wadad al-Qadi, Milka Levy-Rubin, Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych, Donald Whitcomb, and Luke Yarbrough

Available for purchase in April 2016  Download Terms of Use
The papers in this first volume of the new Oriental Institute series LAMINE are derived from a conference entitled “Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in the Umayyad State,” held at the University of Chicago on June 17–18, 2011. The goal of the conference was to address a simple question: Just what role did non-Muslims play in the operations of the Umayyad state? It has always been clear that the Umayyad family (r. 41–132/661–750) governed populations in the rapidly expanding empire that were overwhelmingly composed of non-Muslims — mainly Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians — and the status of those non-Muslim communities under Umayyad rule, and more broadly in early Islam, has been discussed continuously for more than a century. The role of non-Muslims within the Umayyad state has been, however, largely neglected. The eight papers in this volume thus focus on non-Muslims who participated actively in the workings of the Umayyad government.
This new Oriental Institute series — Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East (LAMINE) — aims to publish a variety of scholarly works, including monographs, edited volumes, critical text editions, translations, studies of corpora of documents — in short, any work that offers a significant contribution to understanding the Near East between roughly 200 and 1000 CE.  

  • Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East 1
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-614910-31-2
  • Pp. x + 214, 18 figures
  • Paperback, 7" x 10"
  • $24.95
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Open Access Journal: Belleten

ISSN 0041-4255
Belleten, Türk Tarih Kurumu tarafından, Ocak 1937'den bu yana dört ayda bir Türkçe olarak yayımlanmakta olan, dil ve tarih konulu makalelere yer veren bir dergidir.
Dergi, 1910'da yayınlanmaya başlayan Tarih-i Osmani Encümeni mecmuasının devamıdır. 1931'de 101. sayısından sonra Türk Tarih Encümeni Mecmuası olarak adı değişen dergi, 1937'de Belleten adını almıştır. Türkiye'nin en eski dergilerden biri olan Belleten, Latin alfabesi ile yayınlanan ilk tarih dergisidir. [Source: Vikipedi, özgür ansiklopedi]

Cilt: LXXIX-Sayı: 286-Yıl: 2015 Aralık

Cilt: LXXIX-Sayı: 285-Yıl: 2015 Ağustos

Cilt: LXXIX-Sayı: 284-Yıl: 2015 Nisan

Cilt: LXXVIII-Sayı: 283-Yıl: 2014 Aralık

Cilt: LXXVIII-Sayı: 282-Yıl: 2014 Ağustos

Cilt: LXXVIII-Sayı: 281-Yıl: 2014 Nisan

Cilt: LXXVII-Sayı: 280-Yıl: 2013 Aralık

Cilt: LXXVII-Sayı: 279-Yıl: 2013 Ağustos

Cilt: LXXVII-Sayı: 278-Yıl: 2013 Nisan

Cilt: LXXVI-Sayı: 277-Yıl: 2012 Aralık

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Coptic Scriptorium

Coptic Scriptorium
Coptic SCRIPTORIUM is a platform for interdisciplinary and computational research in texts in the Coptic language, particularly the Sahidic dialect.  As an open-source, open-access initiative, our technologies and corpus facilitate a collaborative environment for digital research for all scholars working in Coptic. We provide:
  • tools to process Coptic texts
  • a searchable, richly-annotated corpus of texts using the ANNIS search and visualization architecture
  • visualizations of Coptic texts
  • a collaborative platform for scholars to use and contribute to the project
  • research results generated from the tools and corpus
Coptic SCRIPTORIUM is a collaborative, digital project created by Caroline T. Schroeder (University of the Pacific) and Amir Zeldes (Georgetown University). Our team is constantly growing.
We hope Coptic SCRIPTORIUM will serve as a model for future digital humanities projects utilizing historical corpora or corpora in languages outside of the Indo-European and Semitic language families. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the project, methodologies, and terminology.
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Classics in Arabic

Classics in Arabic
"The blog aggregates news about publications, activities, etc. related to Arabic scholarship in the field of classics and thus seeks to provide greater access to non-Arabic scholars. The news comes mainly from Egypt without excluding other Arabic countries. It aims also at directing the attention of my Egyptian/Arabic colleagues to relevant classics materials from an Arabic context, whether this is Graeco-Arabicum or Arabico-Latinum."

Open Access Archive: American University in Cairo Board of Trustees Meetings Minutes

"The American University in Cairo - Board of Trustees Meetings Minutes digital collection primarily includes meeting agendas and minutes, as well as additional documentation such as budgets, correspondence, reports, and memoranda. The collection includes minutes ranging from the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cairo Christian University on November 30, 1914 to the American University at Cairo’s meeting on December 19, 1959"

Monday, February 8, 2016

Open Access Digital Library Portal - Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation

"Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation recently opened its Digital Library Portal.  It provides free access to a variety of materials.  English and Arabic interfaces are available. The portal allows cross searching between various collections; one of these collection is the “World Collection” which is the digital embodiment of the publication, World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts (4 vols.)This section allows for browsing collections of Islamic manuscripts from all over the the world by language, subject, size and date of establishment of the collections."

World survey of Islamic manuscripts / general editor, Geoffrey Roper.
London : Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation ; Leiden : Distributed by E.J. Brill, 1991-1994.
Description : v. ; 25 cm.
ISBN : 1873992041 (set)

"The Portal gateway to Islamic manuscripts  builds upon the significant work already accomplished by the Foundation through its published catalogues. In this collection, users can currently browse and search more than 50,000 manuscript records from over 100 collections private and non private previously published by the Manuscript Centre.  The new online platform facilitates the discovery of major ‘hidden’ Islamic manuscript collections.  It covers materials from basic hand-lists to comprehensive descriptive catalogues, captured in such detail as incipit and explicit, quality of paper, ink, binding etc."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Open Access Journal: ʼĀfāq al-thaqāfah wa al-turāth = آفاق الثقافة والتراث

Āfāq al-thaqāfah wa al-turāth = آفاق الثقافة والتراث
Other titles: Majallat Āfāq = مجلة افاق = Afaq Magazine
Subtitled: A quarterly journal of cultural heritage.
Published : Dubayy: Markaz Jumʻah al-Mājid lil-Thaqāfah wa-al-Turāth, 1993-
In Arabic.


See the Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Monday, February 1, 2016

Open Access Newspaper Archive: Nashriyah: digital Iranian history

Nashriyah: digital Iranian history.
Project of the University of Manchester Library.

"View digital versions of Iranian newspapers and periodicals capturing key historical events as they happened.
These newspapers and periodicals, many of which have been only partially accessible inside Iran, cover the defining moments from the following three eras:
  • The premiership of Mohammad Mossadegh and the August 1953 coup d'état against his government (1950-53)
  • The 1979 Revolution; and
  • The late 1990s/early 2000s ‘reform era’ of former President Mohammad Khatami."

Containing more than 12,000 pages, the collection is freely accessible without restriction.

The following publications are available:

Andīshah hā-yi Rastākhīz
Ilm va Zindagī
Irān-i Bāstān
Ittihād-i Mardum
Khāk va khūn
Mardum-i Irān
Nabard-i Zindagī
Pighām-i Imrūz
Rāh-i Ārānī
Rāh-i Āzādī
Rāh-i Kārgar
Rāh-i Mujāhid
Rastākhīz-i kārgarān
Tehran Mosavvar

See also :Alphabetical List of Open Access Historical Newspapers and Other Periodicals in Middle East & Islamic Studies