Monday, December 12, 2022

Open Access Journal Archive: المسرح / al-Masraḥ 1-86 ; (1925-1927)


المسرح / al-Masraḥ

Language: Arabic, 1925-1927
Publisher:مطبعة البشلاوي،, al-Qāhirah, 1925-1927 / 
  Maṭbaʻat al-Bashlāwī, al-Qāhirah, 1925-1927
Digitized by University of Pennsylvania Libraries

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A Bibliography of Armistice-Era Istanbul, 1918–1923, BIAA


"A Bibliography of Armistice-Era Istanbul, 1918–1923 

With more than 1400 primary and secondary sources, this bibliography is the first comprehensive guide for the study of Istanbul during its occupation by British, French and Italian forces from 1918 to 1923. The book contributes to efforts to restore to prominence the history of the city during these years, which has been largely ignored by historians in the former occupying powers, and often marginalised in the Anatolia-focused history of the War of Independence in Turkey. Prefaced by an essay outlining changing public and academic perspectives on the occupied city, the bibliography features materials organised into seven categories including archives, contemporary publications, memoirs, articles, books, book chapters and theses. Compiled with the collaboration of diverse specialists in the history of the many resident communities of late Ottoman Istanbul, the bibliography provides guidance to sources available in a variety of languages, including Turkish, Armenian, Greek, Ladino, Arabic, French, Italian, English and Russian. This bibliography is an essential tool and reference work for historians, social scientists, and all those interested in modern Istanbul and its place within Turkish, Middle Eastern, European and imperial history. As an increasingly interested public mark the centenaries of events connected to the occupation and evacuation of the city, the book aims to facilitate further transnational and transcommunal work on this crucial period."

British Institute at Ankara,

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Open Access Journal: Journal of Islamic Law

Journal of Islamic Law

Publisher: Program in Islamic Law at Harvard law School, [Cambridge, Massachusetts],
Date: 2020-
ISSN: 2475-7977, 2475-7985

"The Journal of Islamic Law is a peer-reviewed online Journal—published together with a regular Forum—that features new scholarship in Islamic legal studies. Focusing on historical, comparative, and law and society approaches to Islamic law, we  also have a keen interest in featuring data science tools and primary sources that inform the scholarly analysis. "

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

New OA Book: Manuscript and Print in the Islamic Tradition

"About this book

Open Access

This volume explores and calls into question certain commonly held assumptions about writing and technological advancement in the Islamic tradition. In particular, it challenges the idea that mechanical print naturally and inevitably displaces handwritten texts as well as the notion that the so-called transition from manuscript to print is unidirectional. Indeed, rather than distinct technologies that emerge in a progressive series (one naturally following the other), they frequently co-exist in complex and complementary relationships – relationships we are only now starting to recognize and explore.
The book brings together essays by internationally recognized scholars from an array of disciplines (including philology, linguistics, religious studies, history, anthropology, and typography) whose work focuses on the written word – channeled through various media – as a social and cultural phenomenon within the Islamic tradition. These essays promote systematic approaches to the study of Islamic writing cultures writ large, in an effort to further our understanding of the social, cultural and intellectual relationships between manuscripts, printed texts and the people who use and create them."

Manuscript and Print in the Islamic Tradition, URL:

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

New OA Mss collection: Manuscripts of the Islamicate World and South Asia, University of Edinburgh

"Scope and Contents

This collection consists of over 700 manuscripts pertaining to the Islamicate world and South Asia, dating from the 10th to 19th centuries C.E. (the majority being post-1500). Chiefly bound paper codices, it includes sacred texts of importance to the Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh faiths, Qur’anic commentaries, Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad and the Shi’i Imams, works treating Islamic law, world history, the history of India, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, divination, philosophy, ethics, grammar, rhetoric, dictionaries, poetry, prose, tales and romances, proverbs, travel, music, agriculture and war. It also includes biographies, and correspondence between Indian rulers and dignitaries, and East India Company officials. 

Some of the collection’s manuscripts are among the most iconic items found at the University of Edinburgh Library, such as Qur’anic fragments in Kufic script on vellum, dating to around the 10th century (Os Ms 175), Rashīd al-Dīn’s Jamī al-Tawārīkh (Or Ms 20) and al-Bīrūnī's al-Āthār al-bāqiya (Or Ms 161), both richly illuminated examples of Islamic historiography dating to the 14th century C.E., and an 18th century Sanskrit scroll of the Hindu Mahābhārata featuring miniature illuminations and measuring over 70 metres (Or Ms 510). 

The grouping together of these items as one collection is the legacy of the route by which they reached the Library. It includes the vast majority of items formerly known as the "Oriental Collection"; the large donations that formed its basis were from the collections assembled by employees of the East India Company. This resulted in the collection incorporating material relevant to the Islamicate, largely gathered in South Asia, intertwined with items relevant to the Hindu and Sikh faiths, and the culture and history of South Asia more generally. The Turkish component of the collection includes manuscripts acquired in Astrakhan, with several early Ottoman texts. The items retain their "Or Ms" shelf mark to avoid creating a gap in the memory of their history. All catalogue records include the available provenance data. Research in this area is ongoing and such information will be expanded to include all details attesting the route of these items into the University of Edinburgh’s collections. 

Dates: 10th-19th centuries C.E. (bulk: post-1500 C.E.)

Language of Materials
Mainly in Persian and Arabic, but also Turkish, Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindustani, Malay, Panjabi, Prakrit, Syriac and Urdu.

Conditions Governing Access
Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

30 linear metres (approx)"

Manuscripts of the Islamicate World and South Asia: URL: 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New OA report: European Islamophobia Report (2021)



"The state of Islamophobia in Europe continues to be problematic with many policies which we have criticised in previous reports being further implemented, such as the dissolution of Islamophobia watchdog organisations in France. Such developments show the end of a journey, built on Islamophobic exclusions, for politicians. This is why we have chosen Sebastian Kurz’s portrait for the cover of this year’s edition of the European Islamophobia Report. Kurz, who was hailed as a one-time political wunderkind by domestic Austrian and international media, came to power by making Islam and Muslims his number one target in election campaigns. More than that, he was the leader of a conservative government that implemented one anti-Muslim policy after the other, from hijab bans to the closure of mosques. Finally, the overwhelming allegations of corruption, especially in regards to the relationship between his government and the news media, forced him to step down. His political ‘career’ can be read as a textbook example of hegemonising Islamophobia and, at the same time, of how empty populism which is essentially built on anti-Muslim racism can end. Sebastian Kurz accumulated immense power by scapegoating and securitising Muslims, which in the end turned out only to be a screen to hide alleged corruption and increasing authoritarianism. Former justice minister Clemens Jabloner expressed this succinctly: Sebastian Kurz’s regime was “a first step in the direction of a new system of government (Staatsform).” Previous national reports on Austria in our European Islamophobia Report clearly show how the heavy investment in anti-Muslim policies by Kurz’s government were a marker of his increasingly manipulative and authoritarian policies. Eventually, the latter were terminated not least by the independent justice system that rescinded most of his anti-Muslim laws and measures from the hijab ban to the unlawful closure of mosques."

European Islamophobia Report (2021). URL:

Friday, September 23, 2022

New OA Book: Islamic Astronomy and Copernicus, Prof. Dr. Jamil Ragep


F. Jamil Ragep’in son kırk yılda yayınladığı 15 makaleyi bir araya getiren bu eser, İslam astronomi ve bilim geleneklerinin Kopernikçi Güneş merkezli sistemin ortaya çıkışına nasıl tesir ettiğine dair yeni bakış açıları ve derinlikli bir kavrayış öne sürüyor. Makaleler, Kopernik astronomisinin İslam astronomisindeki arka planına yönelik teknik ve içerik odaklı kanıtlar öne sürerken bu birikimin Orta Çağ ve Erken Modern dönem Avrupa entelektüel ve kültürel ortamlarına hangi tarihsel ve bilimsel bağlamlar çerçevesinde ulaştığını incelemenin önemine işaret ediyor. Ragep’in yeni soruları içeren ve birçok İslam, Latin ve Yunan bilim metnini incelemek suretiyle sıkı bir araştırma örüntüsü ortaya koyan makaleleri, İslam astronomlarıyla Kopernik arasındaki bağlantıyı kapsamlı bir çokkültürlü perspektiften incelemeye meraklı herkesin ilgisini çekecektir.

Yazar: Prof. Dr. Jamil Ragep

Ağustos 2022
ISBN: 978-625-8352-02-3
DOI: 10.53478/TUBA.978-625-8352-02-3

New OA Book: Amulets and Talismans of the Middle East and North Africa in Context Transmission, Efficacy and Collections (Brill)

Amulets and Talismans of the Middle East and North Africa in Context: Transmission, Efficacy and Collections

Series: Leiden Studies in Islam and Society, Volume: 13
Editors: Marcela A. Garcia Probert and Petra M. Sijpesteijn

In this volume amulets and talismans are studied within a broader system of meaning that shapes how they were manufactured, activated and used in different networks. Text, material features and the environments in which these artifacts circulated, are studied alongside each other, resulting in an innovative approach to understand the many different functions these objects could fulfil in pre-modern times. Produced and used by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the case studies presented here include objects that differ in size, material, language and shape. What the articles share is an all-round, in-depth approach that helps the reader understand the complexity of the objects discussed and will improve one’s understanding of the role they played within pre-modern societies.

Contributors Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali, Gideon Bohak, Ursula Hammed, Juan Campo, Jean-Charles Coulon, Venetia Porter, Marcela Garcia Probert, Anne Regourd, Yasmine al-Saleh, Karl Schaefer and Petra M. Sijpesteijn.

Copyright Year: 2022

E-Book (PDF) Availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-47148-1

Publication date: 25 Apr 2022 Paperback Availability: Published ISBN: 978-90-04-47147-4 Publication date: 28 Apr 2022.

Amulets and Talismans:

Monday, August 1, 2022

OA Journal: رسلة المشرق (Risālat al-Mashriq)

Journal title: رسلة المشرق (Risālat al-Mashriq)

Published by: مركز الدراسات الشرقية: جامعة القاهرة (Centre for Oriental Studies, Cairo University)

Frequency: 1 issue per year. 

Articles published in Arabic. 

"تهدف المجلة لنشر الوعي بين الباحثين والشباب بالحضارة والتراث والآداب واللغات الشرقية وآدابها والتعريف بالمجتمعات التي تتحدث بهذه اللغات. تتميز المجلة بالجدية والأصالة ومواکبة المتغيرات والأحداث المرتبطة بالدراسات الشرقية (أدبية، لغوية، سياسية، اجتماعية، تاريخية، فلسفية)." 


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Open Access: Journal of Iran National Museum = Majallah-i Millī-i Īrān = مجله موزه ملی ایران

Title: Journal of Iran National Museum = Majallah-i Mūzih-i Millī-i Īrān = مجله موزه ملی ایران
Published: Iran National Museum, 2021-
Frequency: two issues per year
In English and Persian.
ISSN:    2783-2228

The journal publishes research and reports on all issues associated with museums and archaeology. It publishes two peer-reviewed issues per year in English and Persian.

The journal brings together curators, museum administrators, and archaeologists to present their research results about the museums and archaeology. Submissions must comply with the requirements set out in the instructions to contributors. The journal is open access and free to all individuals and institutions.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

MOOC: The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World

The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World. A Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Medieval Abbasid Baghdad. To access the course it is necessary to register on the platform Coursera, registration and participation are free. "The intended audience is BA-students and/ or an interested general audience.

"In this online course we will focus on the fascinating history of the Medieval Arabic world. We will take you on a journey through the Middle Ages starting off in eighth-century Baghdad. Along the old pilgrim trails we will go to places like Mecca, Jerusalem and Najaf. We will visit the Abbasid court, the Harem of the caliph, and the palace of the Mamluk Sultan.

We will show you some beautiful medieval manuscripts that live on as the silent witnesses of the impressive achievements of scientists and medical doctors of this forgotten era. European scholarship in the Renaissance leaned heavily on the texts and inventions from the Middle East, which were the outcome of this sophisticated advanced society.

All along we will present you with historiographical debates and dilemma’s, reflecting on the way we look at and interpret history. And while taking you on this journey, we will travel back and forth in time explaining to you how events of the past affected and shaped the world as we know it today. Join us for the MOOC on The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Qalamos - connecting manuscript traditions


Qalamos is a portal for manuscripts from Asian and African writing traditions. The portal is being developed as part of the DFG project "Orient-Digital". Project partners are the Bavarian State Library in Munich, the Gotha Research Library, the Berlin State Library and the University Computer Center in Leipzig. 

"Qalamos provides direct access to metadata and digitised copies of Oriental manuscript collections in Germany. It comprises approximately 135,000 manuscript datasets from Asian and African script traditions containing descriptions of 120,000 physical objects written in more than "160 languages and 80 scripts..."

"In Qalamos, you can either search for a title directly or browse authority records for over 1,000 mainly Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish works, which are partly linked to title records of the Integrated Authority File ( GND ) and Library of Congress Authorities ..."

"An important feature of Qalamos is authority control. The portal contains authority records of authors, copyists, owners and other individuals connected to a manuscript. ... "

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The works of Sarah Hegazi: But I forgive / لكني اسامح


A project documenting the life and works of the late Sarah Hegazi. 

"Sarah Hegazi was born on October 1, 1989. She has three siblings, one of them is older and a sister and a brother who are younger. Sarah lived and received her education in Cairo, where she lived in a neighborhood called Lazoghli. After the death of her father, a science and physics professor, she helped her mother take care of her younger siblings. Sarah comes from a conservative middle-class family, which greatly affected her conscience and enriched her ideas. She was from the street, hearing the voices of the street and raising the demands of the street. Sarah Hegazi did not actually participate in the January 25 revolution, but she resembles many of the sons and daughters of her generation, who believed in the revolution and its values. Sarah’s human rights and political activity has emerged since 2014 when she participated in many seminars and worked on making her pages on social media platforms for dialogue and discussion to present progressive ideas and discuss other political currents."

But I forgive / لكني اسامح : 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

The Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question

From the official announcement: 
"The Institute for Palestine Studies is proud to present
The Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question, which it has been developing as part of a joint project with the Palestinian Museum.

The fully bilingual (English–Arabic) platform is entirely devoted to the history of modern Palestine, from the end of the Ottoman era to the present. The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, was developed for use by academics, students, journalists, and the general public. It currently consists of the following sections:

An Overall Chronology that presents the main events and developments that shaped Palestinian modern history in the realms of war, diplomacy, politics, culture, and economy;

Thematic Chronologies, or subsets of the Overall Chronology, that facilitate access to entries relevant to specific topics;

Highlights, written by leading academics and experts in the field, that cover important events and institutions, political, military and legal-constitutional developments, as well as crucial aspects of Palestinian cultural, social, or economic life or experience;

Biographies of Palestinian intellectuals, artists, leaders, combatants, and politicians who have influenced the history of Palestine since the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries;

Places, the digitized version of the seminal book All That Remains, dedicated to the 418 Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948;

Documents, consisting of hundreds of primary texts, photographs, maps, and charts. The Encyclopedia has come to fruition following years of preparation and several stages of implementation. Throughout this process, utmost attention has been given to introduce a description of the Palestine Question that is simultaneously committed and objective and to present Palestinians as they are—purposeful actors, and not just victims, who build with both successes and setbacks their political, social, and cultural institutions inside and outside Palestine.
The Encyclopedia will be continually upgraded and populated with additional content. To help us improve it further, we need your feedback and suggestions; write to us at

We wish you a stimulating navigation!
Camille Mansour
Editor in Chief"

Monday, May 30, 2022

Open Access Database: Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

"DASI seeks to gather all known pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphic material into a comprehensive online database, with the aim to make available to specialists and to the broader public a wide array of documents often underestimated because of their difficulty of access.  

 By means of a digitization process through a hybrid data entry/xml system, DASI gives access at present to more than 8,400 Ancient South Arabian inscriptions and 600 more anepigraphic objects, for the most part recorded by the University of Pisa team under the direction of Alessandra Avanzini. Thanks to the collaboration with other major European centres for the study of the Arabian Peninsula, also parts of the corpora of the Ancient North Arabian inscriptions (supervision by Mr. M.C.A. Macdonald, University of Oxford), Nabataean inscriptions (supervision by Dr. Laila Nehmé, UMR 8167, CNRS-Paris) and other Aramaic inscriptions (soon available, under the supervision by Dr. Maria Gorea, Université de Paris VIII) have been digitized.

 DASI project was funded by the European Community within the Seventh Framework Programme “Ideas”, through an ERC – Advanced Grant awarded to Prof. Alessandra Avanzini at the University of Pisa (2011-2016). The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, additional participant of the project, was responsible for the technical development of the archive, which is now maintained at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome."

Monday, May 16, 2022

Open Access E-Book: Empires and Communities in the Post-Roman and Islamic World, C. 400-1000 CE

 Empires and Communities in the Post-Roman and Islamic World, C. 400-1000 CE

Rutger Kramer and Walter Pohl

Oxford Studies in Early Empires

"This book deals with how empires affect smaller communities such as ethnic groups, religious communities, and local or peripheral populations. It raises the question of how these different types of community were integrated into larger imperial edifices and in which contexts the dialectic between empires and particular communities caused disruption. How did religious discourses or practices reinforce (or subvert) imperial pretenses? How were constructions of identity affected? How were Egyptians accommodated under Islamic rule, Yemenis included in an Arab identity, Aquitanians integrated into the Carolingian Empire, Jews into the Fātimīd caliphate? Why did the dissolution of Western Rome and the Abbasid caliphate leave different types of polities in their wake? How was the Byzantine Empire preserved in the seventh century; how did the Franks construct theirs in the ninth? How did events in early medieval Rome and Constantinople promote social integration in both a local and a broader framework? Focusing on the post-Roman Mediterranean, the book deals with these questions from a comparative perspective. It considers political structures in the Latin West, Byzantium, and the early Islamic world in a period exceptionally well suited for studying the expansive and erosive dynamics of empires and their interaction with smaller communities. By never adhering to a single overall model and avoiding Western notions of empire, this volume combines individual approaches with collaborative perspectives. The chapters are in-depth studies written in full awareness of the other contributions; taken together, they constitute a major contribution to the advancement of comparative studies on premodern empires."

Keywords: Mediterranean history, medieval history, Roman Empire, Carolingian, Arabia, Byzantine history, Islamic history, Fātimīds, Ummayad, Byzantium

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190067946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2022


Monday, May 9, 2022

Open Access E-book: Amulets and Talismans of the Middle East and North Africa in Context

Amulets and Talismans of the Middle East and North Africa in Context

Transmission, Efficacy and Collections

Series: Leiden Studies in Islam and Society, Volume: 13

Editors: Marcela A. Garcia Probert and Petra M. Sijpesteijn

In this volume amulets and talismans are studied within a broader system of meaning that shapes how they were manufactured, activated and used in different networks. Text, material features and the environments in which these artifacts circulated, are studied alongside each other, resulting in an innovative approach to understand the many different functions these objects could fulfil in pre-modern times. Produced and used by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the case studies presented here include objects that differ in size, material, language and shape. What the articles share is an all-round, in-depth approach that helps the reader understand the complexity of the objects discussed and will improve one’s understanding of the role they played within pre-modern societies.


Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali, Gideon Bohak, Ursula Hammed, Juan Campo, Jean-Charles Coulon, Venetia Porter, Marcela Garcia Probert, Anne Regourd, Yasmine al-Saleh, Karl Schaefer and Petra M. Sijpesteijn.

Copyright Year: 2022

E-Book (PDF)

Availability: Published

ISBN: 978-90-04-47148-1

ISBN: 978-90-04-47147-4

Publication Date: 28 Apr 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

300 Syria Report articles available

Syria Report, which is otherwise a commercial, subscription based resource has made 300 articles available free of charge. 

"For the past 18 months The Syria Report has been covering housing, land, and property (HLP) rights stories across Syria. We have published news stories, analyses, a glossary of terms and expressions and interviews on various HLP aspects across all areas of control in Syria.
You can read them all on the following page:

As all Syria Report content, HLP section is searchable through our search engine. The same 300 articles are also available in Arabic. "

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Variant Readings Of The Quran: A Critical Study of Their Historical ​and Linguistic Origins

Author: Ahmad Ali Al-Imam

Paperback: ISBN: 1-56564-420-4 
This fascinating and important book attempts to investigate the nature of the seven Ahruf in which the Qur’an has been revealed and the reason for the variations in readings among the Qurraa of the Quran. It studies, examines, and discusses: the revelation of the Qur’an in the seven ahruf concluding that they represent seven linguistical ways of recitation; the compilation of the Quran during the lifetime of the Prophet and the preservation of the Quran in the memories of the Companions as well as in written form, the compilation during the time of Abu Bakr, and the further compilation during the time of Uthman; the problem of naskh to demonstrate the completeness and trustworthiness of the Quran and that no verses are missing or were read and abrogated by naskh al-tilawah either with or without hukm; the Uthmanic masahif and their relation to the seven ahruf; the language of the Quran and whether it includes one, several, or all the dialects of the Arabs; the origin of the qiraat and conditions governing accepted readings; and ikhtiyar (i.e., the selection of one reading rather than another) and the rules governing the Qurraa’ who selected a reading.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Crafts of Iraq

"The Crafts of Iraq site contains information about craft activities in cities, towns, and rural areas across Iraq, drawn from primary texts, archaeological and ethnographic publications, historical photographs, online sources, and signatures on objects, buildings and manuscripts. Entries cover a period from the seventh century to the present day. The site also comprises a glossary of technical terms, timeline, and other research supports..."

Project of Dr Marcus Milwright, Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, University of Victoria, Canada.

See also: Crafts of Syria

Open Access Ebook: Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond


Title: Authors as readers in the Mamlūk period and beyond

Author: Élise Franssen
Publisher: Venezia : Edizioni Ca' Foscari - Digital Publishing, 2022. Series: Filologie medievali e moderne, 26.; Filologie medievali e moderne., Serie orientale ;, 5.

ISBN: 9788869695605 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

New Open Access Journal: Al-Markaz: Majallat al-Dirāsāt al-ʿArabiyya

Al-Markaz: Majallat al-Dirāsāt al-ʿArabiyya = المركز: مجلة الدراسات العربية

Online ISSN: 2772-8250
Print :ISSN: 2772-8242
Publisher: Brill, 2022-

"Al-Markaz: Majallat al-Dirāsāt al-ʿArabiyya [ The Centre: Journal of Arabic Studies] focuses on Arabic language, literature and culture studies, encompassing a range of historical and analytical trends. It covers a chronological period that extends from before Islam to contemporary times. The journal offers a forum for matters of formal language and spoken dialects, written and oral heritage, in poetry and prose, and welcomes submissions with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach."

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

Open Access Ebook: The presence of the Prophet in early modern and contemporary Islam

The presence of the Prophet in early modern and contemporary Islam

Author: David Jordan; Rachida Chih; Stefan Reichmuth

Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : BRILL, 2022.
Series: Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1 The Near and Middle East, 159/2

ISBN : 9789004466753 

Open Access Ebook: Handbook of Islamic Sects and Movements

Handbook of Islamic Sects and Movements

Afzal Upal, Muhammad.

Handbook of Islamic Sects and Movements

Published: Brill, 2021.

ISBN: 9789004425255

Monday, February 14, 2022

Qur’an Tools

Qur’an Gateway, a tool for critical study of the text, construction, and language of the Qur’an which used to require subscription is now available as open source under the name Qur’an Tools.

Registration is required.

Monday, February 7, 2022



"The journal Aca’ib: Occasional papers on the Ottoman perceptions of the supernatural publishes original research articles in English and French, research reports (including reports on scientific meetings), source presentations, book reviews and translations of sources pertaining to Ottoman occultism, science and beliefs on supernatural phenomena. This journal forms part of a five-year research project, “GHOST”: Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities”, funded by the European Research Council under the program Consolidator Grant 2017. The journal aims at keeping the community informed of our activities, presenting some sources and literature surveys, but also serving as a forum for scholars interested in such topics. There are four issues scheduled until the end of the project (February 2023), but the Editors will do their best to continue publication afterwards.

The journal covers research on Ottoman occult sciences (divination, oneiromancy, magic, science of letters, astrology, alchemy etc.) or specific treatises thereof; Ottoman theological or philosophical discussions on Hermeticism, the limits of knowledge, the reality of miracles, the existence of natural laws and so forth; Ottoman collections of strange stories and phenomena and their epistemological background; history of Ottoman science with emphasis on new explanations of phenomena previously considered inexplicable or supernatural."

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

New OA Journal: Journal of Safavid Studies


"The Journal of Safavid Studies is an academic journal published by Safavid Studies center, University of Isfahan. The journal welcomes the articles that engage with any aspect of Safavid Studies that provide a scholarly platform for critical and informed articles with a historical approach.

Permission to Publish from MSRT

The journal conscientiously aims to provide a scholarly platform for critical and informed articles with a historical approach in all fields of Safavid studies such as religious, political, cultural, social, economic, educational, artistic, international relations. The articles will cover the most debate-worthy issues in the aforementioned fields in the hope of ultimately contributing to the resolution of various theoretical, methodological and practical dilemmas encountered in Safavid Studies. This journal also aims to pave the way to increase cultural exchanges at the international level with an approach to introduce Safavid history and Shi’ism."

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Storey Online Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey

Storey Online - Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey

C.A. Storey’s Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey is the most authoritative reference work on the Persian written tradition, offering the names of authors and the titles of those of their works that have survived in the Persian language.

"Charles Ambrose Storey’s (1888-1968) Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey is a standard reference work about the Persian literary tradition. Storey’s Survey originally consisted of 5 volumes (1.1; 1.2; 2; 3; and 4), but not all volumes were actually published. A new volume (no. 5) was published later by François de Blois. Based on Storey’s handwritten legacy preserved by the Royal Asiatic Society, Brill has published the missing volumes, completing the Survey in 2020 and 2021.

Explicitly intended as a counterpart to Carl Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, Storey’s Survey offers entries on Persian authors as well as their works, listing their manuscripts and editions.

Storey Online makes available all 6 volumes of Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, as well as the new cumulative index volume, as an online resource. Its publication in Open Access was made possible by the Persian Heritage Foundation."

ISSN: 2772-7696

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Islamic History Geodata Initiative

The Islamic History Geodata Initiative (ihGeo) seeks to stimulate scholarship on the role of places and spaces in the history of the Middle East during the Islamic period. Established by a research unit at the University of Tübingen, it provides a forum for international exchange and envisages collaborative projects in the Spatial Humanities. Another aim is to develop novel research tools for use in the public domain.

Learn about the endeavour of ihGeo to link history, geoinformatics, and cartography for a new understanding of how the region’s societies have been geared to the making and re-making of human landscapes.


Pilot projects

ihGeo has implemented two thematic pilot projects that map important aspects of Islamic history with the help of a web-based Geographic Information System, and is currently establishing a historical WebGIS baselayer. Alpha versions have been achieved in January 2016 and are constantly being improved for open-access publication in the near future. Moreover, practical classes taught at Tübingen result in historical geo-databases to be mapped on this basis.

  • Hajj Routes and Traffic, 12th–16th Centuries. Investigator: Kurt Franz. 2015–2017.

  • Mints of the Middle East, 13th–14th Centuries. Investigator: Lutz Ilisch. 2015–2017.

  • Mamâlik Baselayer: The Physical Geography and Hydrology of the Middle East during the Islamic Middle Period for GIS Applications. Design: Kurt Franz. Cartography: Martin Grosch, Christian Wörner, Jeannine Ernst. 2015—.

  • The Ottoman Hajj Route and the Hejaz Railway. Investigators: students of the class The Ottoman Hajj, and Kurt Franz. Winter term 2015–2016.

  • Itineraries of al-Iraq and al-Jibal according al-Muqaddasi. Investigators: students of the class Early Islamic Routes, and Kurt Franz. Winter term 2016–2017.

  • Internet Resources for Space-related Islamic Studies. Investigators: students of the class Islamic Studies Internet Resources, and Kurt Franz. Summer term 2017.

Project grant proposals

  • eTAVO – Cultural Landscapes of the Middle East. Collaborative long-term project proposal by the University of Tübingen’s institutes of Asian and Oriental Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeological Sciences, Biblical Archaeology, Evolution and Ecology, and Geography, the university’s eScience-Center, and the University of Konstanz’s Archaeology of Ancient Mediterranean Cultures. Accepted by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities for submission to the Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften (Akademienprogramm, 2019/2020 round).

  • Mamâlik – Spatial Dynamics in Islamic History, 750–1550: An Online Geographic Information System for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies. Grant proposal for an international collaborative Web-GIS project (under preparation).


  • Die Reisen des Botanikers Carl Haussknecht (1838–1903) in das Osmanische Reich und nach Persien (1865 und 1866–1869): Die kommentierte digitale Edition seiner Tagebücher. Institute for Special Botany with Herbarium Haussknecht, University of Jena, in collaboration with the Center for Near and Middle East Studies of the University of Marburg and the Center for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies, University of Halle-Wittenberg. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2017–2020.

  • Spatial Thought in Islamicate Societies, 1000–1600: The Politics of Genre, Image, and Text. Proceedings of the conference held in Tübingen, 30.03.–01.04.2017, edited by Kurt Franz, Zayde Antrim, and Jean-Charles Ducène, in preparation.

  • Räumliche Intelligenz: Kulturtechniken der Orientierung im Wandel. Interdisciplinary lecture series in the frame of the University of Tübingen’s Studium Generale, winter term 2018–2019, organized by Kurt Franz, Robert Kirstein, and Ellen Widder.

  • EGYLandscape Project: The Land and Landscapes in Mamluk and Ottoman Egypt, 13th–18th Centuries. Institut de recherches et d'études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans, Aix-Marseille Université, and Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Marburg. Funded by the Agence National de la Recherche (ANR) and German Research Foundation (DFG), 2019–2022.