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 : https://sarahhegazi.space/en/ 

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 palquest@palestine-studies.org.

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