ShariaSource provides Country Profiles that give a basic overview of the legal history, institutional structures, and role (or lack thereof) of Islamic law in every country of the world: both member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, which includes some non-Muslim majority countries, and non-members. The Country Profiles draw, in substantial part, on research produced by the Library of Congress, GlobaLex at NYU, and The Constitute Project at the University of Chicago. The portal is now available as a beta-version.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Hazine - an online guide to researching the Middle East is calling for contributions of articles on Open Access issues related to archives and resources for the study of the Middle East.
"How do you employ open access technologies in building community archives?
What principles do you take to consideration when building accessible resources for communities, including for those with disabilities?
Hazine is seeking 4 pieces on the open access movement concerning archives and resources from or pertaining to the Mashriq, Maghreb, East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Turkey, or Iran. If you’re a researcher, an archivist, a librarian, an artist, an editor or any other interested party, tell us how open access policies have affected you and your work. What technologies have you used to build open access materials? What is the role of social media in the open access movement? What are the limitations of open access?"
More at: https://hazine.info/call-for-pitches-open-access-series/
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Open Access E-book: Recasting Islamic Law Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making
Cornell University Press | 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Editor(s): Eid Mohamed, Ayman El-Desouky
"The so-called Arab Spring challenged conventional wisdom and certainties about the Arab world where its effects continue to be felt as well as in the diaspora.
Monday, March 29, 2021
The JCSI aims to reach wider readership beyond the academy, and thus we suggest authors avoid technical language in their submissions. The journal is open access; free of cost for authors and readers alike with unrestricted online access for readers.
The JCSI evaluates manuscripts through a double-blind peer-review process. The journal is published quarterly, and every issue includes original scholarly contributions as well as critical book reviews. We also accept short responses to articles published in the journal.
Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editorial team, it will then be peer-reviewed by at least two independent, anonymous expert referees. Response time is generally within two months."
Saturday, March 27, 2021
A hearty congratulations also to the contributors of this volume, many of whom are currently involved with the Global Commentary project:
Stefanie Brinkmann, “Marginal Commentaries in Ḥadīṯ Manuscripts.”
Walid Saleh, “The Place of the Medieval in Qur’an Commentary: A Survey of Recent Editions.”
Jeannie Miller, “Commentary and Text Organization in al-Jāḥiẓ’s Book of Animals.”
Suzanne Akbari, “Ekphrasis and Commentary in Walter of Chatillon’s Alexandreis.”
Jennifer Gerber, “About Form and Function of German Vernacular Commentaries.”
Christina Lechtermann, “Commentary as Literature: The Medieval ‘Glossenlied.'”
Philip Stockbrugger, “Mirroring Authorization in Torquato Tasso’s Rime Amorose.”
Friday, March 26, 2021
Editor-in-Chief: Stéphane Pradines
"Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World (MCMW) aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the (art) history, archaeology, architecture, anthropology & ethnography of the Muslim world. This readership represents a new broader definition of material culture that includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts. The journal also aims to inform (other) disciplines and historiographies, by including (unreviewed) archaeological field surveys for example.
The journal focuses on un(der)explored Muslim regions outside of the Middle East and Nord Africa: sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, Central Asia, India, South-East Asia and Europe.
The journal accepts submissions in English, French, German and Spanish and short reports in Arabic, Persian and Turkish with an English abstract."
Submissions should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Stéphane Pradines, at Stephane.Pradines@aku.edu
Frequency: 1 volume per year, 2 issues per volume
Expected date of publication of the inaugural double issue: October 2020.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Edited by: Hannah-Lena Hagemann and Stefan Heidemann
De Gruyter | 2020
ISBN 9783110669800 (ebook)/ 9783110666489 (hardcover)
"Transregional and regional elites of various backgrounds were essential for the integration of diverse regions into the early Islamic Empire, from Central Asia to North Africa. This volume is an important contribution to the conceptualization of the largest empire of Late Antiquity. While previous studies used Iraq as the paradigm for the entire empire, this volume looks at diverse regions instead. After a theoretical introduction to the concept of ‘elites’ in an early Islamic context, the papers focus on elite structures and networks within selected regions of the Empire (Transoxiana, Khurāsān, Armenia, Fārs, Iraq, al-Jazīra, Syria, Egypt, and Ifrīqiya). The papers analyze elite groups across social, religious, geographical, and professional boundaries.
Although each region appears unique at first glance, based on their heterogeneous surviving sources, its physical geography, and its indigenous population and elites, the studies show that they shared certain patterns of governance and interaction, and that this was an important factor for the success of the largest empire of Late Antiquity"
The contents of the book can be seen here
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Open Access E-Book: Arabic translation of : Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations
Edited by: Jody Butterworth, Andrew Pearson, Patrick Sutherland and Adam Farquhar.
Published by: Open Book Publishers (Cambridge, UK)
© 2021. Arabic Translation by Nouran Ibrahim Abdelraouf.
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783744763
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783744770
"The present volume focuses on the political perceptions of the Hajj, its global religious appeal to Muslims, and the European struggle for influence and supremacy in the Muslim world in the age of pre-colonial and colonial empires. In the late fifteenth century and early sixteenth century, a pivotal change in seafaring occurred, through which western Europeans played important roles in politics, trade, and culture. Viewing this age of empires through the lens of the Hajj puts it into a different perspective, by focusing on how increasing European dominance of the globe in pre-colonial and colonial times was entangled with Muslim religious action, mobility, and agency. The study of Europe’s connections with the Hajj therefore tests the hypothesis that the concept of agency is not limited to isolated parts of the globe. By adopting the “tools of empires,” the Hajj, in itself a global activity, would become part of global and trans-cultural history."
With contributions by: Aldo D’Agostini; Josep Lluís Mateo Dieste; Ulrike Freitag; Mahmood Kooria; Michael Christopher Low; Adam Mestyan; Umar Ryad; John Slight and Bogusław R. Zagórski.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The first issue of Y’alla will go live later this year. In the meantime, please send us your poems, stories, essays, and novel excerpts translated from Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic or any other language pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. You can submit your work directly at email@example.com. Please email queries and questions."
Iran Seda provides selection of audio books in Persian.
Novels and short stories
Skills and training
Health and fitness
The platform is sponsored by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Monday, March 15, 2021
The very gifted and open-minded Islamic Scholar Serdar Aslan - also see the list of his academic publications - has created a very comprehensive bibliography (work in progress) of the whole range of sciences related to Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Content (main topics only - sub-divisions via the links):
Hat tip to Serdar Aslan for his huge effort to give us a compass through literature related to Islam. My hope is, that he will expand this on Internet resources. I also would like to recommend his personal channel on Facebook, where he regularly posts enlightening quotes from the relevant literature and links to other relevant media.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Journal of Medieval and Islamic History (in Arabic حولية التاريخ الإسلامي والوسيط) is an annual peer-reviewed journal .
Published by: Seminar of Medieval and Islamic History, History Dept., Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University.
Founded by Prof. Rafaat Abdul-Hamid, Prof. Ahmed Abdel-Raziq, and Prof. Tarek M. Muhammad.
Articles in Arabic, English or French, with added t.p. in Arabic.
"It is a scholarly print and open access on-line international journal, which aims to publish peer-reviewed original research-oriented papers and book reviews in the fields of Medieval History, Medieval Slavonic History, Crusades, Byzantine History, Byzantine Egypt, Islamic History, and the relations between East and West. Journal of Medieval and Islamic History encourages and provides a medium for the publication of all original research contributions of significant value in all aspects of Medieval History and Civilization are welcome. It aims to publish research that contributes to the enlargement of historical knowledge or the advancement of scholarly interpretations."
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
"The Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies (AJMS) is an Open Access quarterly double blind peer reviewed journal and considers papers from all areas of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law, Urban Planning, Architecture and Environmental Sciences. The Journal encourages the submission of policy papers and small case or country studies. Many of the papers published in this journal have been presented at the various conferences sponsored by the Center for European & Mediterranean Affairs (CEMA) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). All papers are subject to ATINER’s Publication Ethical Policy and Statement. A journal publication might take from a minimum of six months up to one year to appear."
Volume 7, Issue 4, October 2021 (to be uploaded by 30 September 2021)
Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2021 (to be uploaded by 30 June 2021)
Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2021 (to be uploaded by 31 March 2021)
Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2021
Volume 6, Issue 4, October 2020
Volume 6, Issue 3, July 2020
Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2020
Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2020
Volume 5, Issue 4, October 2019
Volume 5, Issue 3, July 2019
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2019
Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2019
Volume 4, Issue 4, October 2018
Volume 4, Issue 3, July 2018
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2018
Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2018
Volume 3, Issue 4, October 2017
Volume 3, Issue 3, July 2017
Volume 3, Issue 2, April 2017
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2017
Volume 2, Issue 4, October 2016
Volume 2, Issue 3, July 2016
Volume 2, Issue 2, April 2016
Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2016
Volume 1, Issue 4, October 2015
Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2015
Volume 1, Issue 2, April 2015
Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2015
Monday, March 1, 2021
"Nisma al-Sallaq, a local architect and a passionate advocate for the Palestinian enclave’s cultural history, set out to change that. Along with a growing team, al-Sallaq, 27, set up Gaza’s first digital archive of historical buildings and heritage sites when she launched a multi-dimensional platform called Kanaan in 2019. With a website, mobile application and Instagram page, the project provides visitors with information in text and video format in English and Arabic, and offers a virtual tour of Gaza’s centuries-old cultural history. Named after the Canaanites who first settled Gaza thousands of years ago, Kanaan has so far documented 311 historical buildings and 76 archaeological sites on the Strip." (Source: al Jazeera.)
"The Curriculum project:
The Curriculum Model, a collaborative project innitiated by Mandana Barkeshli, Paul Hepworth, and Karin Scheper, was developed to fill a void: Islamic manuscripts constitute a repository of enormous cultural and intellectual value and number in the millions; yet currently there are no educational programs which focus on their specific conservation issues.
Conservators of Islamic manuscripts currently face significant obstacles in order to get proper training. For many would-be conservators in Africa and Asia, educational opportunities may be limited whereas programs in North America and Europe are largely directed towards the conservation of western manuscripts. To address the need for an articulated and directed approach to Islamic manuscript conservation a curriculum model with this particular focus has been written for a two-year program of education. An extended introduction to the curriculum model can be found here.
The program, including a bibliography, can be downloaded here.
Development of the curriculum model was supported by the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA)."
Friday, February 26, 2021
In October 2014, the Oman Library at the Middle East Institute (MEI) received a grant from Saudi Aramco designated to initiate a digitization of the library’s rare collection. This is the first project of its kind for MEI and the Oman Library. The digitization project utilizes a high quality resolution scanner and aims to digitize and make hundreds of materials available for online use by scholars and researchers from around the globe.
The Oman Library’s online collection is a web-based digital collection of the library’s rare books and manuscripts, consisting entirely of subjects related to Middle Eastern Studies. The topics of the rare collection range from history and culture to works of fiction from the early twentieth century. The collection includes materials in seven different languages -- English, Arabic, French, Farsi, Urdu, Ottoman Turkish, and Turkish -- and publications spanning the period from 1700 to 1921. In addition to the rare collection, MEI has included in the digitalization process all of its own Middle East Institute published works that span from the 1960s to 2004, including its 1947 meeting memos.
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Report of the Commission appointed by the Government of Palestine to inquire into the affairs of the Orthodox Patriarchate of JerusalemBertram, Anton, Sir, 1869-, Luke, Harry Charles Joseph, 1884-1921Playfair, R. Lambert (Robert Lambert), Sir1892