Monday, September 13, 2021

New OA book: A Handbook and Reader of Ottoman Arabic

"Written forms of Arabic composed during the era of the Ottoman Empire present an immensely fruitful linguistic topic. Extant texts display a proximity to the vernacular that cannot be encountered in any other surviving historical Arabic material, and thus provide unprecedented access to Arabic language history.

This rich material remains very little explored. Traditionally, scholarship on Arabic has focussed overwhelmingly on the literature of the various Golden Ages between the 8th and 13th centuries, whereas texts from the 15th century onwards have often been viewed as corrupted and not worthy of study. The lack of interest in Ottoman Arabic culture and literacy left these sources almost completely neglected in university courses.

This volume is the first linguistic work to focus exclusively on varieties of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Arabic in the Ottoman Empire of the 15th to the 20th centuries, and present Ottoman Arabic material in a didactic and easily accessible way. Split into a Handbook and a Reader section, the book provides a historical introduction to Ottoman literacy, translation studies, vernacularisation processes, language policy and linguistic pluralism. The second part contains excerpts from more than forty sources, edited and translated by a diverse network of scholars.

The material presented includes a large number of yet unedited texts, such as Christian Arabic letters from the Prize Paper collections, mercantile correspondence and notebooks found in the Library of Gotha, and Garshuni texts from archives of Syriac patriarchs."

A Handbook and Reader of Ottoman Arabic
Esther-Miriam Wagner (ed.) | September 2021
488pp. | 4 B&W or colour illustration | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
Semitic Languages and Cultures | ISSN: 2632-6906 (Print); 2632-6914 (Online)ISBN Paperback: 9781783749416
ISBN Hardback: 9781783749423
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783749430

DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0208
Subject Codes: BIC: CFF (Historical and comparative linguistics), CFP (Translation and interpretation); BISAC: REL006020 (RELIGION / Biblical Biography / General), LAN009010 (LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative)


Abbasid History Podcast

With 32 episodes made so far, the Abbasid History podcast is a great way to learn more about this specific period in history. The makers of the podcast formulate their intentions as follows: "An audio platform for the study of the pre-modern Islamic(ate) past and beyond. We interview academics, archivists and artists on their work for peers and junior students in the field. We aim to educate, inspire, perhaps infuriate, and on the way entertain a little too. Suitable also for general listeners with an interest in geographically diverse medieval history." 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Alpheios Tool explained for Arabists

Around ten years ago, our Peter posted the Alpheios Project here for the first time:

In the meantime, there are tools for morphological analyses of Arabic texts (classical and modern). You can implement these tools into your browser and learn from them. My friend Hakan Özkan in his insightful video-tutorial explains us how to make use of it.

The Alpheios Reading Tool ... enables you to get definitions (in a pop-up window) of Arabic words with one click directly into your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari).  One major dictionary the tool uses is E.W. Lane's Arabic-English lexicon, which makes this tool especially useful for premodern texts. Alpheios also runs a morphological analysis of the selected Arabic word and thus makes it easier for you to see the underlying root or basic form. Watch the video for details.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Open Acces Book: The Good Christian Ruler in the First Millennium

The Good Christian Ruler in the First Millennium

Views from the Wider Mediterranean World in Conversation

Edited by: Philip Michael Forness, Alexandra Hasse-Ungeheuer and Hartmut Leppin

Volume 92 in the series Millennium-Studien / Millennium Studies

ISBN: 9783110725612

ISBN: 9783110724691

"The late antique and early medieval Mediterranean was characterized by wide-ranging cultural and linguistic diversity. Yet, under the influence of Christianity, communities in the Mediterranean world were bound together by common concepts of good rulership, which were also shaped by Greco-Roman, Persian, Caucasian, and other traditions. This collection of essays examines ideas of good Christian rulership and the debates surrounding them in diverse cultures and linguistic communities. It grants special attention to communities on the periphery, such as the Caucasus and Nubia, and some essays examine non-Christian concepts of good rulership to offer a comparative perspective. As a whole, the studies in this volume reveal not only the entanglement and affinity of communities around the Mediterranean but also areas of conflict among Christians and between Christians and other cultural traditions. By gathering various specialized studies on the overarching question of good rulership, this volume highlights the possibilities of placing research on classical antiquity and early medieval Europe into conversation with the study of eastern Christianity."

This book includes articles on the early Medieval Islamic world as well.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: AMBULO - Arabic Manuscripts in the Bologna University Library Online


AMBULO - Arabic Manuscripts in the Bologna University Library Online
Project of the King 'Abdulaziz Chair for Islamic Studies - University of Bologna (Italy)

"The Bologna University Library hosts 450 Arabic manuscripts *, now digitalized, belonging to the collection of Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658-1730). The codices are in Arabic, rarely including Turkish texts, and date between the 13th and the second half of 17th century (a.D.). Their focuses are: astronomy, religion, law, grammar, lexicography, metrics, geography, medicine, biographical dictionaries and Korans, while numerous works are miscellaneous. The manuscripts were collected during Marsili’s travels in Turkey, between 1679 and 1692, and during the First Siege of Buda in 1684."

* - Although the site claims 450 digitalized manuscripts only 29 are available. The remaining manuscripts will be added to the site next year. 

See: Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

OA Book: Imaging and Imagining Palestine: Photography, Modernity and the Biblical Lens, 1918–1948

Imaging and Imagining Palestine

Photography, Modernity and the Biblical Lens, 1918–1948

Series: Open Jerusalem, Volume: 3
Editors: Karène Sanchez Summerer and Sary Zananiri

Imaging and Imagining Palestine is the first comprehensive study of photography during the British Mandate period (1918–1948). It addresses well-known archives, photos from private collections never available before and archives that have until recently remained closed. This interdisciplinary volume argues that photography is central to a different understanding of the social and political complexities of Palestine in this period.

While Biblical and Orientalist images abound, the chapters in this book go further by questioning the impact of photography on the social histories of British Mandate Palestine. This book considers the specific archives, the work of individual photographers, methods for reading historical photography from the present and how we might begin the process of decolonising photography.

"Imaging and Imagining Palestine presents a timely and much-needed critical evaluation of the role of photography in Palestine. Drawing together leading interdisciplinary specialists and engaging a range of innovative methodologies, the volume makes clear the ways in which photography reflects the shifting political, cultural and economic landscape of the British Mandate period, and experiences of modernity in Palestine. Actively problematising conventional understandings of production, circulation and the in/stability of the photographic document, Imaging and Imagining Palestineprovides essential reading for decolonial studies of photography and visual culture studies of Palestine." - Chrisoula Lionis, author of Laughter in Occupied Palestine: Comedy and Identity in Art and Film

"Imaging and Imagining Palestine is the first and much needed overview of photography during the British Mandate period. From well-known and accessible photographic archives to private family albums, it deals with the cultural and political relations of the period thinking about both the Western perceptions of Palestine as well as its modern social life. This book brings together an impressive array of material and analyses to form an interdisciplinary perspective that considers just how photography shapes our understanding of the past as well as the ways in which the past might be reclaimed." - Jack Persekian, Founding Director of Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem

"Imaging and Imagining Palestine draws together a plethora of fresh approaches to the field of photography in Palestine. It considers Palestine as a central node in global photographic production and the ways in which photography shaped the modern imaging and imagining from within a fresh regional theoretical perspective." - Salwa Mikdadi, Director al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art, New York University Abu Dhabi 

Copyright Year: 2021

E-Book (PDF)

Availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-43794-4Publication Date: 05 Jul 2021

Imaging and Imagining Palestine: 

Friday, July 2, 2021

OAJournal: Medieval Worlds

Medieval Worlds

ISSN: 2412-3196

"Medieval worlds provides a forum for comparative, interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Its aim is to overcome disciplinary boundaries, regional limits and national research traditions in Medieval Studies, to open up new spaces for discussion, and to help developing global perspectives.  We focus on the period from c. 400 to 1500 CE but do not stick to rigid periodization. medieval worlds is open to submissions of broadly comparative studies and matters of global interest, whether in single articles, companion papers, smaller clusters, or special issues on a subject of global/comparative history. We particularly invite studies of wide-ranging connectivity or comparison between different world regions. Apart from research articles, medieval worlds publishes ongoing debates and project and conference reports on comparative medieval research.

Building upon studies of transcultural relations and processes of cultural hybridization between cultures, both of which have seen dynamic developments in recent years, the main approach chosen by medieval worlds is comparative. Taking such a comparative approach will not only allow researchers to highlight the global interaction within, or hybrid nature of particular cultural spheres, but also shed new light on more specific fields of interest. Moreover, medieval worlds will encourage a critical debate between the disciplines concerning approaches and methods, and thus will help to enrich the methodological frameworks of comparative history."

medieval worlds is indexed by Crossref, DOAJ, ERIH-PLUS and EZB.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Palestine Chronology


The Palestine Chronology

"Since the beginning of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, the Institute for Palestine Studies has chronicled daily political and military events surrounding the Palestine Question. These day-by-day summaries are based on Palestinian, Arab, Israeli and international sources. Prior to August 2018, the chronology was published quarterly in the Journal of Palestine Studies. It is now updated monthly on this platform.

The platform features a full-text search engine. In addition, the entire content of the Chronology was tagged with the help of Dandelion API, in the framework of a partnership with IPS. These tags correspond to the most cited locations, organizations and persons, and can be used to efficiently filter our contents. "

Sunday, June 27, 2021

FeedBurner is going into maintenance mode July, 2021

  FeedBurner is going into maintenance mode July, 2021 

Feedburner is what brings you email updates from AMIR

Beginning in July, 2021, FeedBurner will go into maintenance mode. Existing feeds will continue to serve indefinitely, and existing users can download past usage statistics and email subscriptions. Users will still be able to create new accounts and burn new feeds. However, some existing features, like email subscriptions and detailed analytics, will no longer be supported.
We're investigating alternatives. In the meantime if you find AMIR to be a useful source of information, please add it to your feed reader. (I use Feedly).

Thursday, June 24, 2021

OA Resource: AzKataloq

"Azərbaycanın tarixi foto və sənədlər kataloqu. Sayt GlobalSoft şirkətinin dəstəyi ilə hazırlanıb"

A catalogue of historical photos and documents of Azerbaijan. 


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Open Access ebook: Islam and Heritage in Europe


"Islam and Heritage in Europe provides a critical investigation of the role of Islam in Europe’s heritage. Focusing on Islam, heritage and Europe, it seeks to productively trouble all of these terms and throw new light on the relationships between them in various urban, national and transnational contexts.

Bringing together international scholars from a range of disciplines, this collection examines heritage-making and Islam in the context of current events in Europe, as well as analysing past developments and future possibilities. Presenting work based on ethnographic, historical and archival research, chapters are concerned with questions of diversity, mobility, decolonisation, translocality, restitution and belonging. By looking at diverse trajectories of people and things, this volume encompasses multiple perspectives on the relationship between Islam and heritage in Europe, including the ways in which it has played out and transformed against the backdrop of the ‘refugee crisis’ and other recent developments, such as debates on decolonising museums or the resurgence of nationalist sentiments.

Islam and Heritage in Europe discusses specific articulations of belonging and non-belonging, and the ways in which they create new avenues for re-thinking Islam and heritage in Europe. This ensures that the book will be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students engaged in the study of heritage, museums, Islam, Europe, anthropology, archaeology and art history.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (see also"

Islam and Heritage in Europe: 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Open Access E-book: Antique Dealing and Creative Reuse in Cairo and Damascus 1850-1890

Antique Dealing and Creative Reuse in Cairo and Damascus 1850-1890

Intercultural Engagements with Architecture and Craft in the Age of Travel and Reform

Author: Mercedes Volait

ISBN: 978-90-04-44988-6

Publication Date: 25 May 2021

Series: Leiden Studies in Islam and Society, 12

"The commodification of Islamic antiques intensified in the late Ottoman Empire, an age of domestic reform and increased European interference following the Tanzimat (reorganisation) of 1839. Mercedes Volait examines the social life of typical objects moving from Cairo and Damascus to Paris, London, and beyond, uncovers the range of agencies and subjectivities involved in the trade of architectural salvage and historic handicraft, and traces impacts on private interiors, through creative reuse and Revival design, in Egypt, Europe and America. By devoting attention to both local and global engagements with Middle Eastern tangible heritage, the present volume invites to look anew at Orientalism in art and interior design, the canon of Islamic architecture and the translocation of historic works of art."

Monday, June 14, 2021

OA journal: International Journal of Uyghur Studies



International Journal of Uyghur Studies is an internationally published, scientific, peer-reviewed journal published twice a year.

Uyghur studies is one of the most significant subjects of general Turcology. Currently, Uyghur Studies are carried on in most countries especially Turkey, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Germany, the USA and Japan.

International Journal of Uyghur Studies aims to publish scientific papers in various countries and different disciplines in the fields of Uyghur studies; to provide knowledge flows by making these studies accessible in the international criteria and, thus, to contribute the development of Turcology. This journal also includes all kinds of studies related to Uyghurs living in different geographies such as Uyghur Autonomous Region, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and aims to constitute a body of literature in the field of Turcology.

International Journal of Uyghur Studies is an open access peer-reviewed journal which publishes academic articles, collections, book promotions and translations in the fields of language, literature, folklore, history, art, culture, economics about Uyghurs and other Turkish tribes (Kazakh, Kirghiz, Uzbek, etc.). The journal is published half yearly, two issues per year, also acknowledges to publish papers related to general topics in Turcology.

Manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Uyghur Studies are initially reviewed in terms of proper to publishing policy of the journal. Then, articles deemed appropriate for publication are sent to two journal referees who is expert in appropriate field for evaluation. The identities of the referees are kept in secret and the evaluation reports are preserved for five years.

The whole responsibility of the published articles in terms of language, linguistics and legality belongs to the concerned authors; but the rights of publication only belong to Submitted manuscripts are not returnable."

ISSN: 2458-827X

International Journal of Uyghur Studies: 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Open Access E-book: A Sultan in Autumn: Erdogan Faces Turkey's Uncontainable Forces


"The unprecedented economic growth and personal popularity once enjoyed by the Turkish leader have given way to stagnation, a dwindling support base, and problems abroad.

During his first decade in power, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintained his popularity by delivering unprecedented economic growth and dramatically increasing access to healthcare, education, and other essential services. But in recent years, he and his party have faced setbacks, including humiliating mayoral election losses in Istanbul, Ankara, and other major cities in 2019. At home, the once robust Turkish economy has sputtered, while abroad Erdogan must balance a perilous alliance with Russia’s Vladimir Putin against the need to maintain amicable relations with Washington. A potential refugee crisis from Syria looms as another threat. And on the political front, Erdogan can no longer count on majority support from Turkish voters, a trend driven by disillusionment among millennials, his own clumsy anti-elitist messaging, and establishment fatigue, among other factors.

In this taut and compelling volume—copublished by The Washington Institute and I.B. Tauris—Soner Cagaptay lays out the mounting challenges to Erdogan’s rule. While suggesting the adaptive president may still survive politically—with undoubted costs for Turkey’s citizens, institutions, and allies—he also offers a more hopeful subtext, intimating that the country’s resilient democracy can outlast any one leader."

Acknowledgments x 
Abbreviations xi 
Preface xii 
Introduction xviii 
1 The Underdog 1 
2 Erdogan’s Turkey at a Glance 5 
3 Conqueror of Kemalism 13 
4 The Many Faces of Erdogan 23 
5 Erdogan’s Worst Enemy? 29 
6 How Putin Won Erdogan’s Heart—and How Obama Lost It 41 
7 Between Putin and Biden 59 
8 Democratic Tsunami 77 
9 Erdogan’s Game Plan 89 
10 But Will He Succeed? 99 
11 The Sultan’s Legacy 109


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

OA E-book: Antique Dealing and Creative Reuse in Cairo and Damascus 1850-1890: Intercultural Engagements with Architecture and Craft in the Age of Travel and Reform


Antique Dealing and Creative Reuse in Cairo and Damascus 1850-1890: Intercultural Engagements with Architecture and Craft in the Age of Travel and Reform
Publication Date: 25 May 2021

ISBN: 9789004449886

The commodification of Islamic antiques intensified in the late Ottoman Empire, an age of domestic reform and increased European interference following the Tanzimat (reorganisation) of 1839. Mercedes Volait examines the social life of typical objects moving from Cairo and Damascus to Paris, London, and beyond, uncovers the range of agencies and subjectivities involved in the trade of architectural salvage and historic handicraft, and traces impacts on private interiors, through creative reuse and Revival design, in Egypt, Europe and America. By devoting attention to both local and global engagements with Middle Eastern tangible heritage, the present volume invites to look anew at Orientalism in art and interior design, the canon of Islamic architecture and the translocation of historic works of art.


Who's who in Turkish Culture and Art

This Who's who in Turkish Culture and Art is a database provided by the Turkish Cultural Foundation 

"Artists and experts are included in this database based on a variety of criteria and are gathered from different sources through a TCF managed search process. The final selection is made by the selection committee. This online resource is constantly updated, and includes brief biographies and contact information for each individual, along with selected images of their art."

The database also includes a section on Turkish academics.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Open Access E-book: The Personal and the Public in Literary Works of the Arab Regions

The Personal and the Public in Literary Works of the Arab Regions

Edited by Akiko Sumi and Tetsuo Nishio
Published by:  The Center for Modern Middle East Studies at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.
Date: 2021

ISBN: 9784879747631 


I. The Private/Personal and the Public/Political

1. The Interface of the Private and the Political in Classical and Modern Arabic Poetry, 3
Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych

2. War and Death in the Poems of Ḥāfiẓ Ibrāhīm and Akiko Yosano: The Interplay of the Personal and the Public, 39
Akiko Sumi

II. From the Individual to Society

3. The Discourse of Coffee and Coffeehouse in Contemporary Arabic Poetry: An Analysis of “An Ancient Song” by the Iraqi Poet Badr Shākir al-Sayyāb, 75
Hassan El-Banna Ezz El-Din

4. How “Alf Lēla w-Lēla” Was Incorporated into a Song in the Repertoire of Umm Kulthūm, 101.
Nobuo Mizuno

5. Joseph-Charles Mardrus and Orientalism: Re-evaluating His Translation of the Arabian Nights in Light of New Findings from Mardrus’ Personal Archives, 115
Tetsuo Nishio, Naoko Okamoto, and Margaret Sironval

III. The Formation of the Collective and the Public

6. Cadavers and Homeland: Kateb Yacine’s Poetics of Collectivity, 143
Satoshi Udo

7. The Personal and Public Spheres in the Works of the Egyptian Intellectual, Yūsuf Zaydān: Novels and Essays, 155
Jaroslav Stetkevych

Verbes de l’arabe égyptien

lettres : de hamza ء à ẓā' ظ, ġayn غ à kāf ك, lām ل, he ه, yā' ه

Dictionnaire contextuel raisonné des verbes du dialecte égyptien
(parler du Caire)

Critères de recherche
racine, verbe (ar. et tr.)
participes, muḍāreʿ, maṣdar (tr.)
adjectifs (ar. et tr.) et leur schème, pluriel (ar.)
forme voy. muḍāreʿ
transitivité (selon le sens)
sens (fr.)
sens adj. (fr.)
exemples sens (fr. et ar.)
exemples adj. (fr. et ar.)

6734 références (337 pages)
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - Suivant - Fin

Thursday, May 27, 2021

One Off Journal Issues: Progressive Librarian Issue #48, Spring 2021: Palestinian Libraries

 One Off Journal Issues: Progressive Librarian Issue #48, Spring 2021: Palestinian Libraries

Download complete issue [.pdf file]


Libraries, Archives, and Palestine: The Struggle Continues, page 3 [.pdf file]


History of Palestinian Libraries and Archives Under Israeli Occupation
by Anan Hamad, page 7 [.pdf file]

The International Board on Books for Young People In Palestine
by Mary Fasheh, page 31 [.pdf file]

Libraries in Gaza: Between Despair and Hope
by Mosab Abu Toha, page 53 [.pdf file]

Interview with Mosab Abu Toha, Founder of the Edward Said Public Library, page 67 [.pdf file]

Private Libraries in Nablus Have a Bright Past and an Uncertain Future
by Lara Kanaan, page 75 [.pdf file]


MELA Statement on Collection Development, Access, and Equity in the Time of COVID-19, page 81 [.pdf file]

Resolution in Defense of the Free Speech of Supporters of the Movement for Palestinian Rights, page 84 [.pdf file]

Communications of the SRRT Action Council and ALA Resolution Review Task Force, page 86 [.pdf file]

Progressive Librarians Guild Resources on Black Lives Matter, page 106 [.pdf file]


Union Library Workers Blog: The Years 2019-2020 in Review
by Craig M. Guild, page 110 [.pdf file]



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Open Access E-Book: The Journeys of a Taymiyyan Sufi Sufism through the Eyes of ʿImād al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Wāsiṭī (d. 711/1311)

The Journeys of a Taymiyyan Sufi. Sufism through the Eyes of ʿImād al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Wāsiṭī (d. 711/1311)

Author: Arjan Post

"The Journeys of a Taymiyyan Sufi explores the life and teachings of ʿImād al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Wāsiṭī (d. 711/1311), a little-known Ḥanbalī Sufi master from the circle of Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328). The first part of this book follows al-Wāsiṭī’s physical journey in search of spiritual guidance through a critical study of his autobiographical writings. This provides unique insights into the Rifāʿiyya, the Shādhiliyya, and the school of Ibn ʿArabī, several manifestations of Sufism that he encountered as he travelled from Wāsiṭ to Baghdad, Alexandria, and Cairo. Part I closes with his final destination, Damascus, where his membership of Ibn Taymiyya’s circle and his role as a Sufi teacher is closely examined. The second part focuses on al-Wāsiṭī’s spiritual journey through a study of his Sufi writings, which convey the distinct type of traditionalist Sufism that he taught in early eighth/fourteenth-century Damascus. Besides providing an overview of the spiritual path unto God from beginning to end as he formulated it, this reveals an exceptional interplay between Sufi theory and traditionalist theology."



Publisher: Brill, 2020

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Open Access E-Book: Conquered Populations in Early Islam Non-Arabs, Slaves and the Sons of Slave Mothers

 Conquered Populations in Early Islam Non-Arabs, Slaves and the Sons of Slave Mothers

    Author: Elizabeth Urban
    ISBN: 9781474423229
    Edinburgh University Press
    Publication year:2020

This book traces the journey of new Muslims as they joined the early Islamic community and articulated their identities within it. It focuses on Muslims of slave origins, who belonged to the society in which they lived but whose slave background rendered them somehow alien. How did these Muslims at the crossroads of insider and outsider find their place in early Islamic society? How did Islamic society itself change to accommodate these new members? By analysing how these liminal Muslims resolved the tension between belonging and otherness, Conquered Populations in Early Islam reveals the shifting boundaries of the early Islamic community and celebrates the dynamism of Islamic history.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Open Access E-book: New Readings in Arabic Historiography from Late Medieval Egypt and Syria

New Readings in Arabic Historiography from Late Medieval Egypt and Syria. Proceedings of the themed day of the Fifth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies

Editors: Jo van Steenbergen and Maya Termonia
Series: Islamic History and Civilization, Volume: 179
ISBN: 978-90-04-45890-1 (e-book)
ISBN: 978-90-04-44702-8 (hardback)
Publication Date: 19 Apr 2021

"The present volume contributes to research on historic Arabic texts from late medieval Egypt and Syria. Departing from dominant understandings of these texts through the prisms of authenticity and “literarization,” it engages with questions of textual constructedness and authorial agency. 

It consists of 13 contributions by a new generation of scholars in three parts. Each part represents a different aspect of their new readings of particular texts. Part one looks at concrete instances of textual interdependencies, part two at the creativity of authorial agencies, and part three at the relationship between texts and social practice. New Readings thus participates in the revaluation of late medieval Arabic historiography as a critical field of inquiry."

Contributors: Rasmus Bech Olsen, Víctor de Castro León, Mohammad Gharaibeh, Kenneth A. Goudie, Christian Mauder, Evan Metzger, Zacharie Mochtari de Pierrepont, Clément Onimus, Tarek Sabraa, Iria Santás de Arcos, Gowaart Van Den Bossche, Koby Yosef.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Open Access Portal: ShariaSource

ShariaSource Online Portal (at Harvard Law School)

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.

Open Access E-Book: Sufi Masters and the Creation of Saintly Spheres in Medieval Syria

Sufi Masters and the Creation of Saintly Spheres in Medieval Syria

Author: Ephrat, Daphna
Publisher: Arc Humanities Press
DOI: 10.17302/MIW-9781641892094
ISBN: 9781641892087

"This book explores the lives of Sufi masters who functioned as embodiments of Islamic sainthood and left a lasting mark on the land. These figures lived in the ancient cities of Syria and their surrounding towns and villages during a formative period in the social history of Syrian Sufism and the spiritual tradition of Islam."


Thursday, April 8, 2021

HAZINE - Call For Pitches: Open Access Series

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:

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Open Access E-book: Recasting Islamic Law Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making

 Recasting Islamic Law. Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making

Author: Rachel M. Scott
Cornell University Press | 2021
ISBN: 9781501753985

By examining the intersection of Islamic law, state law, religion, and culture in the Egyptian nation-building process, Recasting Islamic Law highlights how the sharia, when attached to constitutional commitments, is reshaped into modern Islamic state law.

Rachel M. Scott analyzes the complex effects of constitutional commitments to the sharia in the wake of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. She argues that the sharia is not dismantled by the modern state when it is applied as modern Islamic state law, but rather recast in its service. In showing the particular forms that the sharia takes when it is applied as modern Islamic state law, Scott pushes back against assumptions that introductions of the sharia into modern state law result in either the revival of medieval Islam or in its complete transformation. Scott engages with premodern law and with the Ottoman legal legacy on topics concerning Egypt's Coptic community, women's rights, personal status law, and the relationship between religious scholars and the Supreme Constitutional Court. Recasting Islamic Law considers modern Islamic state law's discontinuities and its continuities with premodern sharia."

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Open Access E-Book: Cultural Production and Social Movements After the Arab Spring

Cultural Production and Social Movements After the Arab Spring
Nationalism, Politics, and Transnational Identity

Editor(s): Eid Mohamed, Ayman El-Desouky
ISBN 9780755634187

"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.

This book provides an original contribution to current social and cultural theory on Arab social movements by giving a fuller historical and critical treatment of contemporary artistic and cultural production from the region and beyond."

Open Access E-book: Media and Mapping Practices in the Middle East and North Africa

 Media and Mapping Practices in the Middle East and North Africa

 Producing Space

Edited by: Alena Strohmaier, Angela Krewani
Amsterdam University Press, 2021
ISBN: 9789048541508

" A few months into the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2009/10, the promises of social media, including its ability to influence a participatory governance model, grassroots civic engagement, new social dynamics, inclusive societies and new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, became more evident than ever. Simultaneously, cartography received new considerable interest as it merged with social media platforms. In an attempt to rearticulate the relationship between media and mapping practices, whilst also addressing new and social media, this interdisciplinary book abides by one relatively clear point: space is a media product. The overall focus of this book is accordingly not so much on the role of new technologies and social networks as it is on how media and mapping practices expand the very notion of cultural engagement, political activism, popular protest and social participation." 

Open Access E-book: The Dragoman Renaissance. Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism

The Dragoman Renaissance. Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism

E. Natalie Rothman
Cornell University Press | 2021
ISBN: 9781501758508
DOI: 10.1515/9781501758485

" In The Dragoman Renaissance, E. Natalie Rothman traces how Istanbul-based diplomatic translator-interpreters, known as the dragomans, systematically engaged Ottoman elites in the study of the Ottoman Empire—eventually coalescing in the discipline of Orientalism—throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Rothman challenges Eurocentric assumptions still pervasive in Renaissance studies by showing the centrality of Ottoman imperial culture to the articulation of European knowledge about the Ottomans. To do so, she draws on a dazzling array of new material from a variety of archives. By studying the sustained interactions between dragomans and Ottoman courtiers in this period, Rothman disrupts common ideas about a singular moment of "cultural encounter," as well as about a "docile" and "static" Orient, simply acted upon by extraneous imperial powers.

The Dragoman Renaissance creatively uncovers how dragomans mediated Ottoman ethno-linguistic, political, and religious categories to European diplomats and scholars. Further, it shows how dragomans did not simply circulate fixed knowledge. Rather, their engagement of Ottoman imperial modes of inquiry and social reproduction shaped the discipline of Orientalism for centuries to come.

Thanks to generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through The Sustainable History Monograph Pilot, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open ( and other repositories."

Monday, March 29, 2021

Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam

Publisher: London : Institute for the Contemporary Study of Islam, 2020-
ISSN: 2633-7282

"The Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam was launched in 2019 by the Institute for the Contemporary Study of Islam, based in the UK, to investigate Islam and Muslims in the contemporary world. Although we may consider any submissions that fall within the scope of the journal, we are keen on publishing articles that address some of the most pressing issues that Muslims face in the contemporary world, such as: innovative methods in Islamic law; developing trends in the Muslim world (e.g. new forms of Atheism, Deism, and Agnosticism); Islam and politics; sectarianism in the Muslim world; Islamophobia; Islam and social change; Islam and human rights; Muslim-Christian relations; methodological developments in Quranic studies; and hadith studies.

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

New OA Book: Practices of Commentary

Congratulations to Christina Lechtermann and Markus Stock on the publication of their volume, “Practices of Commentary,” published in the Zeitsprünge series. This book arose out of a conference held at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, in December 2018, where scholars from both the University of Toronto and the Goethe University convened to consider the boundaries of commentary. The introductory chapter of this volume (by Christina Lechtermann and Markus Stock) presents a number of questions about the nature of commentary and leads into a series of premodern case studies in the fields of Arabic, English, German, Jewish, Latin, and Romance studies. Read the text in full below.

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.”

URL: Direct download of the book:

Friday, March 26, 2021

New Open Access Journal: Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World

Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World

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 

Frequency: 1 volume per year, 2 issues per volume 

Expected date of publication of the inaugural double issue: October 2020. 

Publisher: Brill

ISSN: 2666-6278

ISSN: 2666-6286

See also: Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Open Access Journal: Journal of Islamic Ethics

Editor: Mohammed Ghaly
"The focus of the Journal of Islamic Ethics is on the ethical approaches embedded in Islamic philosophy, theology, mysticism and jurisprudence as well as Islamic civilization in general, and, more particularly, on the principles and methods (to be) followed in applying these approaches to various sectors of contemporary social life. These fields include: Arts, Environment, Economics, Education, Gender, Media, Medicine, Migration & Human Rights, Politics and Psychology. The Journal will strongly focus on thematic issues on current events as well as on individual empirical case studies. 

The Journal of Islamic Ethics is a full Open Access journal sponsored by the Research Center of Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha (Qatar), which is affiliated to the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University."

Publisher: Brill
ISSN: 2468-5534/ Online ISSN: 2468-5542

Open Access E-Book: The Maghrib in the Mashriq Knowledge, Travel and Identity

Edited by: Maribel Fierro and Mayte Penelas
De Gruyter | 2021
ISBN 9783110713305 (e-book)/ 9783110712698 (hardcover)

This is a pioneering book about the impact that knowledge produced in the Maghrib (Islamic North Africa and al-Andalus = Muslim Iberia) had on the rest of the Islamic world.
It presents results achieved in the Research Project "Local contexts and global dynamics: al-Andalus and the Maghrib in the Islamic East (AMOI)", funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and directed by Maribel Fierro and Mayte Penelas.

The book contains 18 contributions written by senior and junior scholars from different institutions all over the world. It is divided into five sections dealing with how knowledge produced in the Maghrib was integrated in the Mashriq starting with the emergence and construction of the concept 'Maghrib' (sections 1 and 2); how travel allowed the reception in the Maghrib of knowledge produced in the Mashriq but also the transmission of locally produced knowledge outside the Maghrib, and the different ways in which such transmission took place (sections 3 and 4), and how the Maghribis who stayed or settled in the Mashriq manifested their identity (section 5).The book will be of interest not only for those whose research concentrates on the Maghrib but more generally for those who want to understand the complex and shifting dynamics between 'centres' and 'peripheries' as regards intellectual production and circulation."

Friday, March 19, 2021

Open Access E-book: Transregional and Regional Elites – Connecting the Early Islamic Empire


Transregional and Regional Elites – Connecting the Early Islamic Empire

Volume 1

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
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0138

 "In 2020, EAP received a generous grant from the Barakat Trust to translate Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations into Arabic as part of outreach within the Middle East and North Africa regions. Nouran Ibrahim Abdelraouf did all the hard work of translating the book and now that it is available online via the EAP website, we thought it would be the right time to ask her a few questions that we could share on our blog."

Open Access E-Book: The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire

The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire

Editor: Umar Ryad
Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill, [2014]

Series: Leiden Studies in Islam and Society, Volume: 5

"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.
E-Book (PDF)
ISBN: 9789004323353
ISBN: 9789004323346

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

OA Journal: Y'ALLA A Texan Journal of Middle Eastern Literature



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 Please email queries and questions."


Audio Books in Persian - Iran Seda

Iran Seda provides selection of audio books in Persian. 

Sample categories:   
Novels and short stories
Skills and training
Science Fiction
Health and fitness
Classic texts

The platform is sponsored by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Open Access Bibliography (in German) of Arabic and Islamic Studies by Serdar Aslan

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):

Theology and Philosophy

Law and Ethics

Sciences of the Qur'ān

Sciences of the ḥadīṯ

Arabic Language and Linguistics

The Prophet Muhammad

Authors of Islamic Sciences

Past and Present

Orientalism and Islamic Sciences


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

Open Access Journal: Journal of Medieval and Islamic History

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. 

Date: 2000-
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."

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

OA Journal: Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

"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

OA Resource: Kanaan (Gaza, Palestine)

"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.)

Kanaan in English & Arabic

OA Resource: Islamic Manuscript Conservation


"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)."