Friday, December 7, 2018

Open Access newspapers: Ankara University

Open Access Journal: A/Z : ITU journal of Faculty of Architecture

 A/Z : ITU journal of Faculty of Architecture.
Published Istanbul : ITU Faculty of Architecture, [2004]-
e-ISSN   2564-7474
ISSN:    1302-8324

Published Issues
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2018 - Volume: 15
March; 15 (1) : 1 - 175
July; 15 (2) : 1 - 240
2017 - Volume: 14
March; 14 (1) : 1 - 135
July; 14 (2) : 1 - 149
November; 14 (3) : 1 - 194
2016 - Volume: 13
March; 13 (1) : 1 - 224
July; 13 (2) : 1 - 193
November; 13 (3) : 1 - 180
2015 - Volume: 12
March; 12 (1) : 1 - 282
July; 12 (2) : 1 - 220
November; 12 (3) : 1 - 306
2014 - Volume: 11
June; 11 (1) : 1 - 197
December; 11 (2) : 1 - 382
2013 - Volume: 10
June; 10 (1) : 1 - 193
December; 10 (2) : 1 - 230
2012 - Volume: 9
June; 9 (1) : 1 - 180
December; 9 (2) : 1 - 151
2011 - Volume: 8
June; 8 (1) : 1 - 240
December; 8 (2) : 1 - 191
2010 - Volume: 7
June; 7 (1) : 1 - 86
December; 7 (2) : 1 - 184
2009 - Volume: 6
June; 6 (1) : 1 - 145
December; 6 (2) : 1 - 102
2008 - Volume: 5
June; 5 (1) : 1 - 117
December; 5 (2) : 1 - 95
2007 - Volume: 4
June; 4 (1) : 1 - 87
December; 4 (2) : 1 - 115
2006 - Volume: 3
June; 3 (1) : 1 - 97
2005 - Volume: 2
June; 2 (1) : 1 - 141
2004 - Volume: 1
June; 1 (1) : 1 - 113
December; 1 (2) : 1 - 92

Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Open Access Database: Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI)
[First posted in AMIR on June 1, 2011, updated December 5, 2018]

The mission of the Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) is to make accessible information on all Islamic manuscripts in the exact sciences (astronomy, mathematics, optics, mathematical geography, music, mechanics, and related disciplines), whether in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or other languages.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Open Access Database: Arabic Ontology

Arabic Ontology الأنطولوجيا العربية

The Arabic Ontology
An Arabic Wordnet with ontologically-clean content.
Classification of the meanings of the Arabic terms, based on state-of-art science, rather than on speakers' naïve knowledge.

150 Dictionaries
Multilingual dictionaries were digitized and integrated. Only the semantic features (definitions, synonyms, translations) are currently displayed, soon the morphological features.

See also:

Islamic Painted Page: A database of Islamic Arts of the Book

Islamic Painted Page: A database of Islamic Arts of the Book

[First posted in AMIR on  December 4, 2014, updated November 28, 2018]
Welcome to the Islamic Painted Page database - a huge database of references for Persian paintings, Ottoman paintings, Arab paintings and Mughal paintings. This site enables you to locate printed reproductions, commentaries and weblinks for thousands of Islamic paintings, including illuminated "carpet" pages, decorated Quran pages, and book bindings from over 230 collections all over the world.

You can also create your own account within the website, where you can bookmark specific searches, add your own notes for each item, and suggest corrections direct to the administrator. We warmly encourage you to provide feedback or make suggestions via the contact page so that we can improve the site

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Open Access Report: Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land : Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements

Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land : Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements
Publisher: New York : Human Rights Watch.
Date : 2018
65 pages
ISBN: 9781623136796

The Kurds : history, religion, language, politics

The Kurds : history, religion, language, politics
Author:     Wolfgang Taucher
Publisher:     Vienna : Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, [2015] ©2015
ISBN: 9783950364361
184 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps.

Kurdish identity in the Ottoman Empire / Janet Klein --
A religious landscape of the Kurds / Diane King --
The language varieties of the Kurds / Jaffer Sheyholislami --
Kurdish political parties in Turkey / Walter-Josef Fend --
The changing faces of the PKK / Walter Posch --
Kurdish political parties in Syria / Sabina Catar --
Kurdish political parties in Irak / Sebastian Bauer --
Kurdish political parties in Iran / Simone Langanger --
Map : Kurds in the Middle East.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Atlas Afghanistan

Title: Atlas Afghanistan
Authors: Wolfgang Taucher - Mathias Vogl - Peter Webinger
Publisher: Vienna: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior,
Date: 2018
75 pages, maps.

ISBN: 9783903109100


Regional overview 6
Physiography 10
Satellite images
Kabul  12
Herat 14
Kandahar 16
Mazar-e Sharif 18
Jalalabad  20
Ethnic groups 22
Religious groups 24
Oil and gas fields
Oil and gas fields 26
Security Situation
Security situation Provinces  28
Security situation Districts  30
Sources  75

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bibliography of the Arabic Bible: A Classified and Annotated History of Scholarship

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In this research tool, we seek to provide a comprehensive and fully annotated bibliography of text editions and research in the field of Arabic Bible. Historical translations of the Bible into Arabic comprise countless manuscripts and fragments from the medieval period found in monasteries throughout the Middle East and libraries across the globe, as well as early and recent prints produced in Europe and in Arabic-speaking lands. These translations were made by Jews, Christians, and Samaritans, and were also used by Muslims in their discussions with members of the other Abrahamic religions. Arabic versions of the Bible were also translated from biblical materials in many different source languages, including Hebrew, Aramaic (Jewish Aramaic and Syriac), Latin, Greek, Coptic. This Bibliography of the Arabic Bible aims to aims to capture the history of research to date and to encompass the entire breadth of these translations, in keeping with the focus of the original research project, Biblia Arabica: The Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims.



Edited by Ronny Vollandt


Edited by Robert Turnbull and Vevian Zaki

Pauline Epistles

Edited by Vevian Zaki

Qaraite Translations

Edited by Michael Wechsler and Ronny Vollandt

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mapping Islamophobia – Visualizing Islamophobia and Its Effects

Mapping Islamophobia – Visualizing Islamophobia and Its Effects

"Mapping Islamophobia is a project headed by Grinnell College history and religious studies professor Caleb Elfenbein, with contributions from a number of Grinnell College students and technical support from Mike Conner. The project utilizes a series of powerful interactive maps that document incidents of violence, discrimination, and bias targeting Muslim individuals and communities in the United States. One such map, along with an accompanying interactive timeline, allows visitors to view the prevalence of Islamophobia between the years 2011 and 2018. In addition, these maps allow visitors to investigate Islamophobic incidents by incident type (including legislation, public campaigns, and crimes against people) and the gender of the targeted individual. The team behind Mapping Islamophobia collected information about these incidents from a variety of "media outlets with clear editorial oversight." By selecting individual pins on these maps, visitors can learn more about specific incidents and news sources. The Mapping Islamophobia project also contains Countering Islamophobia, an interactive map that documents "how American Muslim communities have responded to the increasing presence of anti-Muslim hostility in American public life over time." This map highlights community outreach activities, interfaith initiatives, and more."
[Description from Scout Report]

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi

"Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, is home to an archive of the photographic heritage of the Middle East and North Africa. The Center is dedicated to documenting and preserving the diverse histories and practices of photography from the region, and our growing archive contains at present over 60,000 images"

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Open Access Newspaper Archive: الهدى = al-Hoda = al-Hudá = Jarīdat al-Hudá [1898-1904]

 الهدى = al-Hoda = al-Hudá = Jarīdat al-Hudá
Publisher:     Philadelphia, Pa. : N.A. Mokarzel,

Available issues: March 1, 1898 - June 30, 1904
"Al-Hoda, or الهدى, [The Guidance] was the longest-lived of the early Arabic newspapers, published from 1898 until 1972. It was distinguished by its wide circulation--which ranged throughout North America but also stretched, by some claims, across 40 countries worldwide--and its corresponding transnational sphere of influence. Throughout its 74-year run it was owned and published by the Mokarzels, an influential family of Lebanese-Americans: it passed from the hands of its founder Naoum Antoun Mokarzal to his brother Salloum Antoun Mokarzel; upon Salloum’s death in 1952 it was published by Salloum’s daughter Mary Mokarzel. It served as an outlet for the Mokarzel brothers to shape both the Lebanese independence movement and to craft and transmit cultural and linguistic cohesion throughout the mahjar, or Arabic diaspora. In addition to its close association with Naoum and Salloum Mokarzel, it was a launching point and platform for the careers of many important writers; significantly, it published work by the women writers Marie T. Azeez and Afifa Karam. It also published numerous pieces from foreign correspondents throughout the Arab world. Though its format and content shifted throughout the decades, particularly as ownership changed hands between members of the Mokarzel family, Al-Hoda was consistent in its journalistic commitment to transnational issues and events and its  engagement with the Arabic-speaking diaspora."
See also: Digitized Newspapers and Journals from the  Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies from North Carolina State University.

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

Open Access Newspaper Archive: Mira’at al-gharb = مرآة الغرب = Meraat-ul-gharb = Mirror of the West [1910-1922, 1925-1927]
Mir’āt al-gharb : jarīdah siyāsīyah adabīyah tijārīyah intiqādīyah ḥurrah 

Publisher: New York [N.Y.] : Najīb Mūsá Diyāb, 1899-1961.
Available issues:  September 1910-April 20 1922 and August 12 1925-June 30 1927.

Other titles: مرآة الغرب = Meraat-ul-gharb = Mirror of the West

"Mira’at al-Gharb, [Mirror of the West], was one of the longest-running Arabic newspapers in the United States, published from 1899 until 1961. It was founded by Najeeb Diab and owned by his family until its closure. In addition to its significant longevity, Mira’at al-Gharb is important for its affiliation with the Orthodox faith. As a counterpoint to the Maronite viewpoints that are often predominantly associated with the early Syrio-Lebanese immigrants, Mira’at al-Gharb provides valuable insight into the religious, political, and intellectual diversity of the early immigrants from Greater Syria..."
See also: Digitized Newspapers and Journals from the  Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies from North Carolina State University.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Demographics: Middle East & North Africa

Title: Demographics : Middle East & North Africa
Authors:     Thomas Schrott; Wolfgang Taucher; Peter Webinger; Alexander Schahbasi; Mathias Vogl
Publisher:     Vienna: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior,
Date: 2018.
Series:     Regiones et res publicae : country analysis reports, 6

37 pages, maps
ISBN:      9783903109094

Table of contents:
Preface 5
North Africa 6
Morocco 8
Algeria 10
Tunisia 12
Libya   14
Egypt   16
Middle East 18
Turkey 20
Syria  22
Jordan 24
Iraq   26
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 28
Afghanistan 30
Pakistan    32
Sources     35
Imprint     37

Friday, June 1, 2018

Ignaz Goldziher's Correspondence Archive

The Correspondence of Ignaz Goldziher
An online database of over 13000 letters in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Includes letters to/from :
`Alī, Mubārak
Andræ, Tor
Arnold, Thomas Walker
Babinger, Franz
Ben Yehuda, Eliezer
Brockelmann, Carl
Buber, Martin
Darmesteter, James
Doutté, Edmond
Gaudefroy-Demombynes, Maurice
Goeje, Michael Johan de
Hampel, József
Harrassowitz, Otto
Herzfeld, Ernst
Horovitz, Josef
Jacob, Georg
Lőw Immánuel
Nöldeke, Theodor
Snouck Hurgronje, A. M
Vámbéry, Ármin
Zaydān, Ğirğī (Jirjī)
and many others.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Collection of the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin now published online

The Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin now provides access to more than 11.000 objects online on its website. This is a fundamental milestone in the accessibility of the museum collection and would not have been possible without the generosity of Yousef Jameel, Hon. LHD, a private supporter of the arts, education, and research.

Yousef Jameel facilitated the development of a special project team of art historians, archaeologists, photographers and conservators who, alongside permanent museum staff, recorded, documented and photographed large parts of its collection between 2012 and 2017. They compiled important information about the objects including their dating, provenance, materials, and techniques. In addition, various views and interesting details of the artefacts were photographed.

After the successful conclusion of the project last year a huge selection of object information is now available online. This includes most of the museum’s famous carpets, three hundred examples of its little-published textiles, representative artworks from the ceramic, glass and metalwork and the ivory collection. 

The complete digitization of two highlights of Shirazi book art are of particular note: the famous anthology of the Timurid prince Baisunqur from 1420 (I. 4628) in addition to the magnificent Koran from 1560-70 (I. 42/68).

Furthermore large parts of the museum’s excavations finds now feature prominently on the web. First of all Samarra, with more than 800 finds and Ctesiphon as well as Khirbat al-Minya/Tabgha with more than 900 finds are all online. More than 300 representative finds from al-Raqqah and 500 from Takht-e Soleiman emphasize the leading role of the Berlin museum in the field of Islamic archaeology. 

The objects are available online at Please look for „Museum für Islamische Kunst“. Currently the descriptions are only available in German. However you may search the collection in a special search form („Advanced Search“) according to date, material, object/term and geographical reference and enjoy the multiple views of the objects featured under the headline „Multimedia“.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an - Online

"Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an is one of the most magnificent Qur’ans in the British Library. This seven-volume Qur’an produced in Cairo between 704-5 AH/1304-6 AD is the earliest dated Qur’an of the Mamluk period. In 2002 selected pages of this Qurʼan were made available online as a ‘virtual’ manuscript in our ‘Turning the Pages’ Project (Sultan Baybars’ Qurʼan). We have now had the opportunity to digitise all seven volumes cover-to-cover and present them in our new Universal Viewer (Add MS 22406; Add MS 22407; Add MS 22408; Add MS 22409; Add MS 22410; Add MS 22411; Add MS 22412). Well-known to art historians and exhibition visitors, these amazing volumes can now be appreciated by anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. "

More at:  Over 2,000 pages in gold: Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an now online

Friday, April 27, 2018

Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library - OCR crowdsourcing project

Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library - Collaborative transcription project:

"Help advance research into automatic text recognition technologies for historical Arabic handwritten texts. Below you will find selected pages from some of the British Library's most important Arabic Scientific Manuscripts. We need your help to transcribe them in order to create a freely available ground truth datataset for anyone wishing to advance the state-of-the-art in optical character recognition (OCR) technology for handwriting."

Read more on the effort:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Historiography of Early Modern Ottoman Europe (HOE) Database

HOE is a collection of meta-data focusing on historiographical writing of Early Modern Ottoman Europe (1500-1800). It brings together published and unpublished primary sources (chronicles, histories, hagiographies, inscriptions, maps…), as well as secondary material (“Main Section”). It also offers information on specific collections, as well as a wide variety of references to tools and resources useful to those navigating the research questions of Early Modern historiography (“Tools Section”).

HOE provides information on the author(s), title(s), contents, manuscript(s) and edition(s) of the main sources related to the topic. Regarding these sources, it offers bibliographical meta-data in the form of both library-specific and internationally recognized identifiers. This information is augmented by links to online resources and related literature. Thus, HOE allows for quick and comprehensive overview of where to find primary sources, who was/is connected to their generation and proliferation, which secondary sources in which editions, printed and online there are, etc.… It is a research tool for easy, comprehensive, quality reference.

You can switch between the Main Section and the Tool Section at will. Different facets and filters will help you refine your search.

If you are looking for specific works, you can use the search function to find its title, transcribed title or translated title. In each entry, different pieces of related information and links are made available, depending on the type of source you have selected. And in every case, there will be links to its related sources, which allow you to quickly and precisely access a source’s siblings or derivates.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mediterranea: International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge

Publisher: UCOPress. Cordoba University Press (UCOPress Editorial Universidad de Córdoba) ISSN: 2445-2378

Mediterranea is an international journal focusing on various areas of knowledge transfer from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period, covering the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin, and paying special attention to philological, philosophical, scientific, cultural and religious fields of research. Mediterranea publishes original papers relating to all aspects of the knowledge transfer from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period. All submissions from Arts and Humanities, Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences and Experimental Sciences are welcome.


Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Friday, April 6, 2018

E-book: Arabic manuscripts of the Thousand and One Nights

Title: Arabic manuscripts of the Thousand and One Nights :presentation and critical editions of four noteworthy texts observations and some Osmanli translations
Author:   Aboubakr Chraïbi; Ibrahim Akel; Jean-Patrick Guillaume; Ulrich Marzolph; Arianna D'Ottone Rambach

Publisher:     Paris : Espaces & signes, impr. 2016.
Description:     1 vol. (564 p.) : ill.  ; 25 cm.
ISBN :                     9791094176115  

Access to E-book requires registration.

Monday, April 2, 2018

West African Arabic Manuscript Database

West African Arabic Manuscript Project

[First posted in AMIR 5 May 2012, updated 30 March 2018]
UPDATE: The database platform has been updated. First several thousand digital copies of manuscripts will go on-line this summer [2018]

AMMS is a bi-lingual database that was developed at the University of Illinois in the late 1980s to describe a collection of Arabic manuscripts in southern Mauritania (Boutilimit). It subsequently has been used to catalogue seven other West African collections including the manuscript libraries at the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University, and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuctu.  Currently (during 2011-2) print catalogues from West Africa published by al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation are being added to it. For more information on the activities and publications of the Foundation and these catalogues visit
The database has a search engine designed to identify manuscripts and authors when only fragmentary information is available, in Arabic or Roman script, for records now in excess of 23,000. Experimental linkage of digital images of manuscript texts to the records is currently underway.
The database and the AMMS cataloguing tool are publicly available at no cost to users. The AMMS software for cataloging is free and can be downloaded for local use. Thirty-odd fields in Arabic and English cover all the descriptors normally employed in manuscript work and users may customize the input fields for the needs of particular collections. We encourage the inclusion of newly-catalogued material into the main data base; please contact the editors.

إن نظام إدارة المخطوطات العربية ثنائي اللغة-عربي/إنجليزي- المعروف بال AMMS (إختصاراً من الحروف الأولي للبرنامج the Arabic Manuscript Management System) قد تم تطويره من قبل جامعة ألينوي the University of Illinois في الثمانينيات لتوصيف مجموعة من المخطوطات العربية من بوتيلمت بجنوب موريتانيا، و من ثم فقد لََمَت الإستعانة بهذا النظام لفهرسة سبعة مجموعات أخرى من غرب أفريقيا، بما في ذلك المجموعات الخطية لمعهد الأبحاث العلمية بموريتانيا Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique ، وجامعة نورث وسترن Northwestern University ، و مركز أحمد بابا بتمبكتو. و خلال عامين 2011-2 سيتم إضافة الفهارس المطبوعة التي أصدرتها مؤسسة الفرقان للتراث الإسلامي للنظام. و للإطلاع على المزيد من العلومات عن إصدارات و أنشطة المؤسسة بالإضافة إلي هذه الفهارس يمكن تصفح الموقع الإلكتروني:

إن قاعدة معلومات البرنامج قد تم تصميمها خصيصاً لتعيين المخطوطات أو المؤلفين حتى عند وجود معلومات جزئية، سواءً بإستخدام الحروف العربية أو الرومانية، ضمن سجل يربو على 23,000 مدخل. و حالياً، فهناك عمليات تجريبية لربط بعض المخطوطات بنسخها الضوئية.