Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Iranian Performance Arts Journals Pre-1979 (EAP1200)

Iranian Performance Arts Journals Pre-1979

Endangered Archives Programme -British Library

Aims and objectives

"...digitalizing a selection of rare Persian journals relating to the Performing Arts, printed in Iran from roughly 1920 though 1979. These are journals that are not held in any public or academic libraries inside or outside Iran. We have selected a list of journals that contain essential historical material on performance art and popular culture in Iran before 1979"


The project team digitised periodicals from a number of different collections. Periodicals digitised include: 

Italla'at Banuan (Women's Information)
Tehran Musavar (Tehran Illustrated)
Tufiq (Success)
Nigin (Jewel)
Sipid u Siyah (White and Black)
Tilāsh (Effort)
Hunar va Cinema (Art and Cinema)
Film va Hunar (Film and Art)
Sitara_sinima (Movie Star)
Hollywood (Hollywood)
Tamasha (Viewing)
Faslnameh Tā’tr (Theater Quartly)
Naqsh Nigar (Designs and Embellishments)
Rudaki Māh-nāmeh farhangi-hunari (Rudaki a Culture and Arts Monthly Journal)
Muzik Iran (Iran Music)
Majaleh Musiqi (Music Journal)
Majaleh Musiqi Radio Tehran/Iran (Music of Radio Tehran/Iran Journal)
Rādiaw Tihran_Iran (Radio Tehran_Iran)

An overview of the catalogue records can be viewed here:

EAP1200/1: Iranian Performance Journals (1923-1979)

Monday, November 13, 2023

Audition Certificates Platform Search for names, places and any term in audition certificates. ACP uses Arabic script only, no Latin transliteration.


"Unlocking the transmission archive in Arabic manuscript cultures

Audition certificates (سماع, طبقة السماع or إجازة) are a salient feature of Arabic manuscript cultures. They are notes written on a book to document the authorised transmission of the book’s text from teacher(s) to student(s). In concrete terms, the text was read out aloud (by the teacher or one of the students) and at the end of the reading session one of the members of this reading group added the audition certificate to the book. By virtue of their participation all students now had the right to act as teacher in future reading sessions.

Audition certificates are brimming with data and can include: the name of the teacher(s), the name of the student(s) (including highlighting those coming late or leaving early), the name of the reader, the name of the writer of the certificate, the name of the book’s owner, the date of the reading, the place of the reading and many other surprises (such as a writer recording the birth of his son during the reading session in the room next door). These certificates contain a wealth of historical data, in particular on persons we do not find in many other sources such as women and slaves. They are thus a source of outstanding importance for fields such as social history, history of ideas, economic history, urban history, historical topography, and biographical studies. It goes without saying that, especially in a comparative perspective with other world regions, such as Latin Europe, this copious material represents a considerable resource for widening our understanding of Middle Eastern societies. 

So far, the field of Middle Eastern history has used this unparalleled source for medieval history only for individual manuscripts or small corpora. The problem is simply that audition certificates are distributed in tens of thousands of manuscripts around the globe and that no systematic project to make them available was ever started. The farthest we got was a collaborative project between German and Syrian colleagues who published in facsimile a selection of certificates from the National Syrian Library in Damascus and provided them with an enormous index:

Stefan Leder/Yāsīn Muḥammad al-Sawwās/Maʾmūn al-Ṣāġarjī, Muʿjam al-samāʿāt al-Dimashqīya. Les certificats d’audition à Damas. 550-750/1155-1349, Damascus 1996 and Stefan Leder/Yāsīn Muḥammad al-Sawwās/Maʾmūn al-Ṣāġarjī, Muʿjam al-samāʿāt al-Dimashqīya - ṣūwar al-makhṭūṭāt. Recueil de documents fac-similés des certificats d’audition à Damas. 550-750/1155-1349, Damascus 2000

ACP is the first major project aimed at unlocking the potential of this unique source corpus.  We have started to go through the holdings of selected libraries (Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, The Bibliothèque nationale de France, Syrian National Library), but we cannot claim to have identified all audition certificates in the manuscript books on their shelves. We will continue to go through further collections to enlarge this first large-scale and fully searchable corpus of audition certificates. 

The data set underlying ACP is available as open access publication stored in the Research Data Repository at Universität Hamburg, The data set is published under a CC BY 4.0 license allowing it to be reused for other projects. ACP will be updated periodically with consecutively numbered new versions. The current version 1.0  was published 26.10.2023.

 Audition certificates are the result of complex documentary practices and they were written by highly specialised communities. We have only started to understand many of the scribal practices, documentary logics and archival practices that shaped the various forms of certificates in different places and in different periods. The following list provides some background in order to understand the wider historical context of the certificates and the practices that shaped them:

 سعید ضامن الجومانيدلالات المصطلحات الواردة في مجالس السماع والقراءة في المخطوطات العربية

Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 11 (2020) 106-132.

سعید ضامن الجومانيوثيقة جديدة عن نقل العِلم في التاريخ الإسلامي. تحقيق أوراق السّماع لسنن الدّارقطني, مجلة كلية الشريعة والدراسات الإسلامي 38-2 [2021], 19ـ75.

Davidson, Garrett: Carrying on the Tradition: A Social and Intellectual History of Hadith Transmission Across a Millennium, Leiden 2020.

Hirschler, Konrad: A Monument to Medieval Syrian Book Culture: The Library of Ibn ʿAbd al-Hādī, Edinburgh 2020.

سعید ضامن الجومانيصور الإجازات المنقولة في المخطوطات العربية: السبب، والوظيفة

Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 9 (2018) 72-100.

Andreas Görke/Konrad Hirschler (eds), Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources, Würzburg 2011.

Stefan Leder/Yāsīn Muḥammad al-Sawwās/Maʾmūn al-Ṣāġarjī, Muʿjam al-samāʿāt al-Dimashqīya. Les certificats d’audition à Damas. 550-750/1155-1349, Damascus 1996.

Stefan Leder/Yāsīn Muḥammad al-Sawwās/Maʾmūn al-Ṣāġarjī, Muʿjam al-samāʿāt al-Dimashqīya - ṣūwar al-makhṭūṭāt. Recueil de documents fac-similés des certificats d’audition à Damas. 550-750/1155-1349, Damascus 2000.

Leder, Stefan: ‘Hörerzertifikate als Dokumente für die islamische Lehrkultur des Mittelalters’, in R. Khoury (ed.), Urkunden und Urkundenformulare im klassischen Altertum und in den orientalischen Kulturen, Heidelberg 1999, 147-66. 

Leder, Stefan: ‘Eine neue Quelle zur Stadtgeschichte von Damaskus. Zur Alltagsgeschichte der Ḥadīthwissenschaft’, in H. Preissler (ed.), Annäherung an das Fremde, Stuttgart 1998, 268-79.

صلاح الدين المنجدإجازة السماع في المخطوطات القديمة, مجلة معهد المخطوطات العربية 1 (1955), 51-232."

Audition Certificates Platform URL: 


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

New OA book: Proposals for the Transformation of Istanbul's Unkapanı Flour Mill

Authors: Gerritsen, Fokke, Özçakır, Özgün, Arslan, Aysel, Kayasü, Sena, Yurdagül, Sedef.
Published: Istanbul: Netherlands Institute in Turkey, 2023
ISBN : 9786057259004

"What are the ways that industrial heritage places are transformed, both considering their tangible and intangible values as well as their potential to achieve urban inclusivity, sustainability, circularity as well as public engagement?

The present book is one of the outcomes of the inaugural program of NIT Urban Heritage Lab. Following an introduction on the course, its scope and aims, it showcases the four proposals that the participants of the Industrial Heritage for Sustainable Cities Course developed for the transformation of the Unkapanı Flour Mill. The proposals are original, thought-provoking and inspirational, while at the same time based on solid multi-disciplinary, collaborative work. So, they are perfect demonstrations of what NIT Urban Heritage Lab tries to achieve.

Cite as:

Gerritsen, Fokke, Özçakır, Özgün, Arslan, Aysel, Kayasü, Sena, Yurdagül, Sedef. (2023). Industrial Heritage for Sustainable Cities: Proposals for the Transformation of Istanbul's Unkapanı Flour Mill. Istanbul: Netherlands Institute in Turkey.

Table of Contents

Introducing NIT Urban Heritage Lab and the Industrial Heritage for Sustainable Cities Program
Fokke Gerritsen

Industrial Heritage for Sustainable Cities: Course Aims and Overview
Özgün Özçakır, Fokke Gerritsen, Aysel Arslan

Once the Belly of Istanbul: Unkapanı as a Food Provisioning Center
Namık Günay Erkal

A Plan for the Transformation of Unkapanı Mill into an Educational Complex
Mehmet Alper

Project Proposals

Unkapanı Community Garden: By the Community, for the Community
Yelyzaveta Nesterova, Batoul Mesdaghi, Tijana Veljkovic, Gülhayat Kılcı, Yonca Atabay

Adaptive Transformation of the Mill through Urban Promenade: Monologue, Dialogue, Travelogue
Miraç Ayça Türkfiliz, Mustafa Can Terzi, Seda Naniç, Tuğçe Halıcı, Yihan Li

Unkapanı Beyond the Walls: Regeneration of Urban Space Through the Recovery of Post-Industrial Places
Cem Balcan, Elif Leblebici, Nurşah Atamtürk, Tuğçe Türk, Yanming Wu

Unkapanı Flour Mill: An Urban Catalyzer
Aybüke Safi, Yasemin Çakır, Meriç Altıntaş Kaptan, Merve Torlak, Nazlı Arslan, Sena Kayasü, Taiwo Samuel Orisade

Reflections on Project Proposals

A Multidisciplinary Studio on the Sustainability of Urban Industrial Heritage
Nilüfer Baturayoğlu Yöney

Recovering Unkapanı for a Different Future: Industrial Heritage for Sustainable Cities
Harry Reddick"

Monday, May 8, 2023

New Open Access Journal: Souffles Monde: A Pan-African Platform & Journal

Souffles Monde: A Pan-African Platform & Journal

Souffles Monde: Issue #1
April 2023

"Our aim is to resurrect the magazine Souffles, which fifty years ago, was a flagship journal of the pan-African and Third World Left. Our hope is to use this publication as a platform for academic exchange across Africa."

Friday, April 21, 2023

Open Access Book: Scholarship in Action: Essays on the Life and Work of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936)

Title: Scholarship in Action: Essays on the Life and Work of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936)

Editors: Volume Editors: Léon Buskens, Jan Just Witkam, and Annemarie van Sandwijk
Published: Brill
Date: 2021

Series: The History of Oriental Studies, Volume: 12

ISBN: 9789004513617 (PDF)
ISBN: 9789004513594

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

New Open Access Journal: Keshif: E-Journal for Ottoman-Turkish Micro Editions

Keshif: E-Journal for Ottoman-Turkish Micro Editions
Published: The Institute for Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna, 2023-
ISSN: 2960-4311

Keshif’s first issue has been published!

Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023)

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


Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Quran. Key Word Distribution, Correlations and Collocation Frequencies. Vol. 1: Adjectives, Nouns, Proper Nouns and Verbs

May be an image of ‎monument, outdoors and ‎text that says "‎القرآن The Quran Morphological Forms of the Key Words Sorted by Sura Adjectives, Nouns, Proper Nouns and Verbs Elie Wardini GORGIAS PRESS‎"‎‎

The aim with the present series, The Quran: Key Word Distribution, Correlations and Collocation Frequencies, is to present key data related to the lexicon of the Quran, in terms of Key Word distribution and lexical associations. The digital text used for this purpose is the Uthmani text of the Tanzil Quran Text. This text is widely used. All vocalized Arabic text is quoted unaltered in any shape or form from the Tanzil text. Unvocalized Arabic text and transcriptions are my own. In this series, each Key Word, here adjectives, nouns, proper nouns and verbs, is presented together with the following key data: Degree of Concentration, Weighted Distribution, Correlations and Collocation Frequencies. The Key Words are always referenced by their lemma and are sorted alphabetically according to Arabic and UNICODE order. In lemmatizing the words, no attention has been given to the semantics of each word. Only on rare occasion have similar forms of words or proper nouns been separated in order to avoid confusion. In assigning each word a lemma, Classical dictionaries and Quran commentaries, as well as modern Quran dictionaries have been consulted. Deciding on these is not always obvious, since classical dictionaries and commentaries sometimes either disagree or present divergent variant readings or root and lemma attributions. It is our hope and aim that this series contributes to Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities in general, and Computational Linguistics research on the Quran in particular.

Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4414-9
Publication Date: Feb 23,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 516
Languages: Arabic, English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4414-9

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Open Access Book: Libraries in the Manuscript Age

Title: Libraries in the Manuscript Age

Contributors: Luciano Bossina, Nuria de Castilla, Gérard Colas, Jean-Pierre Drège, François Déroche, Michael Friedrich, Vanina Kopp, Donatella Nebbiai 
ISBN: 9783110779653

"The case studies presented in this volume help illuminate the rationale for the founding of libraries in an age when books were handwritten, thus contributing to the comparative history of libraries. They focus on examples ranging from the seventh to the seventeenth century emanating from the Muslim World, East Asia, Byzantium and Western Europe. Accumulation and preservation are the key motivations for the development of libraries. Rulers, scholars and men of religion were clearly dedicated to collecting books and sought to protect these fragile objects against the various hazards that threatened their survival. Many of these treasured books are long gone, but there remain hosts of evidence enabling one to reconstruct the collections to which they belonged, found in ancient buildings, literary accounts, archival documentation and, most crucially, catalogues. With such material at hand or, in some cases, the manuscripts of a certain library which have come down to us, it is possible to reflect on the nature of these libraries of the past, the interests of their owners, and their role in the intellectual history of the manuscript age..."

Open Access Book: Muslim Cultures of the Indian Ocean


Author: Pradines, Stéphane
Title: Muslim Cultures of the Indian Ocean : Diversity and Pluralism Past and Present.
Published: Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; 2023.
ISBN:  9781474486521


"Scholars are increasingly recognising the centrality of the Indian Ocean in the study of Muslim cultures.
This volume explores the expanding and changing roles of these Muslim communities across the Indian Ocean World from the seventh century to the mediaeval period to the present day. The book goes beyond the usual focus on geographical sub-regions to highlight different aspects of interconnectivity in relation to Islam. By analysing textual and material evidence, the fifteen papers in this volume examine identities and diasporas, manuscripts and literature, as well as vernacular and religious architecture. It explores the networks and movements of peoples, ideas and ideologies, as well as art, culture, religion and heritage."

Friday, March 3, 2023

Zaidan Foundation

"The mission of the Zaidan Foundation is to enhance intercultural understanding starting with the international dissemination of the Arab cultural heritage."

The Foundation, established in 2010, made the following available online :

al-Hilal issues (1892-2007), Major Articles, Complete Novels.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey

 The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey

Investigates the relationship between culture, politics and power in present-day Turkey, from headscarves to heavy metal

  • Provides an overview of the politics of culture in Turkey under the rule of the AKP
  • Analyses the success of authoritarian populism and the decline of democracy in Turkey from a cultural studies perspective
  • Brings together 16 empirical studies that explore cultural aspects from heavy metal music to arthouse films, and from headscarf politics to national memory

Since coming to power, President Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) have focused on narrating their vision of a ‘New Turkey’ – an ideal that has resulted in the politicisation of popular culture and people’s everyday lives. Exposing the strategy of Turkey’s ruling elite to obtain cultural hegemony, this book examines the AKP’s efforts to rewrite Turkish public memory by promoting its ideas through TV series, movies, propaganda videos, school curricula and material culture in urban public spaces. It also explores the tactics of cultural resistance developed by the politically weak to counter the ruling elite’s dominant culture of pious conservatism.

Martin Stokes, King’s College London

1. The Politics of Culture in ‘New Turkey’
Pierre Hecker, Ivo Furman, Kaya Akyıldız

Part I: Subcultures and the Politics of Lifestyles

2. Battling Over the Spirit of a Nation: Attitudes Towards Alcohol in ‘New Turkey’
Ivo Furman, Istanbul Bilgi University

3. Spreading VX-Gas over Kaaba: Islamic Semiotics in Turkish Black Metal
Douglas Mattsson, Södertörn University Stockholm

4. Tired of Religion: Atheism and Non-Belief in ‘New Turkey’
Pierre Hecker, Philipps University Marburg

Part II: Satire and Agitprop in ‘New Turkey’

5. Democra-Z: Election Ads, a Failed Coup and Zombie Politics in ‘New Turkey’
Josh Carney, American University of Beirut

6. United against the Referee: Competitive Authoritarianism, Soccer and the Remaking of Nationalism in Erdoğanist Turkey
Can Evren, Duke University

7. Between Resistance and Surrender: Counter-hegemonic Discourses in Turkish Satirical Magazines
Valentina Marcella, University of Naples

Part III: Civil Society and the Politics of Gender

8. The Boundaries of Womanhood in ‘New Turkey’: The Case of KADEM
Gülşen Çakıl-Dinçer, Adıyaman University

9. Never Walk Alone: The Politics of Unveiling in ‘New Turkey’
Ayşe Çavdar, Philipps University Marburg

10. Welcome to Dystopia. A View into the Counter-hegemonic Discourse(s) of Ecological Activism in Istanbul
Julia Lazarus, Berlin

PART IV: Mediating Neo-Ottomanism in Popular Culture

11. New Histories for a New Turkey: The First Battle of Kut (1916) and the Reshaping of the Ottoman Past
Burak Onaran, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University

12. Between Invention and Authenticity: Representations of Abdülhamid II in the TV Series ‘Payitaht’
Caner Tekin, Ruhr University Bochum

13. Writing a Visual History of Turkey: ‘Glorious History’ in Mainstream Cinema vs ‘Complicated History’ in Arthouse Films
Diliara Brileva A. Krymsky, Institute of Oriental Studies, Ukraine

14. The Politics of Nostalgia: The New Urban Culture in Ankara’s Historic Neighbourhoods
Petek Onur, University of Copenhagen

PART V: ‘New Turkey’s’ Ethno-Religious Others

15. The Affirmation of Sunni Supremacism in Erdoğan’s ‘New Turkey’
Kaya Akyıldız, Istanbul Bahçeşehir University

16. ‘Because They Would Misunderstand’: Romeyka Heritage and the Masculine Reconfigurations of Public Culture in Contemporary Turkey
Erol Sağlam, Istanbul Medeniyet University

17. A Politics of Presence: Public Performances of Roma Belonging in Istanbul
Danielle V. Schoon, Ohio State University

Notes on Contributors




Kurdish Diaspora Mobilisation in Denmark: Supporting the Struggle in Syria

Kurdish Diaspora Mobilisation in Denmark

Examines how the Kurdish diaspora in Denmark supported the Kurdish struggle in Syria from the battle of Kobane (2014) to the defeat in Afrin (2018)

  • Investigates how the Kurdish diaspora mobilised in support of Syrian Kurds, stressing the role of transnational actors in war
  • Introduces strategic interactionism into the study of diaspora mobilisation, showing new paths for research
  • Coins the term ‘alter-territorial’ identification to clarify how some Kurds identify with the political entity in a part of Kurdistan other than their place of origin

Anne Sofie Schøtt contributes to our understanding of mobilisation and identity formation in the periphery of the Kurdish diaspora by examining the small but well-established community in Denmark. Arguing that the Danish authorities treat the diaspora differently in comparison to neighbouring Sweden and Germany, Schøtt examines the political lobbyism, the courtroom activism and the humanitarian action of the various Kurdish diaspora groups. She examines the position of the Syrian Kurds within the diaspora who, like the Kurds in Syria, have been largely ignored until recently.

Schøtt also provides new knowledge on diaspora engagement in war in the homeland by analysing the strategic interaction between the Danish authorities and the Kurdish diaspora community – both engaged in the war against Islamic State, but on different terms.

Part I: Kurdish Diaspora Mobilisation and Identity Formation
1. Introduction
2. Conceptual and Theoretical Framework
3. Methodology and Fieldwork
Part II: The Emergence of Kurdish Activists in Syria and In Denmark
4. The Kurds of Syria: From the Forgotten People to World-Stage Actors
5. The Becoming of A Diaspora: The Kurds and Kurdish Activists In Denmark
Part III: Ambiguous Interplays
6. The Castle and the Square: Political Lobbyism
7. The Courtroom: Legal Struggle for Military Support
8. The Suburb and the Field: Charity Work
Part IV: Findings and Conclusions
9. Ambiguous Interplays and Reformulations of Kurdish Identities



Monday, February 27, 2023

Transcendent God, Rational World: A Maturidi Theology

 Transcendent God, Rational World

Constructs a contemporary philosophical theology from the Māturīdī tradition of kalām

  • Reconstructs the theological system of Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī
  • Explores the development of the early and classical Māturīdī tradition
  • Engages with contemporary philosophy and theology
  • Provides a systematic treatment of the divine nature and attributes
  • Advances the fields of Islamic philosophy of religion and kalām jadīd

Ramon Harvey revisits the Muslim theologian Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī (d. 333/944) from Samarqand and puts his system, and that of the Māturīdī school, into lively dialogue with modern thought.

Combining rigorous study of Arabic Māturīdī texts with insights from Husserl’s phenomenology and analytic theology, Harvey explores themes from epistemology and metaphysics to the nature of God and specific divine attributes (omniscience and wisdom, creative action, divine speech and the Qur’an). His systematic treatment of these topics shows that a contemporary Islamic philosophical theology, or kalām jadīd, can be true to the past, yet dynamic in the present, and can provide original and constructive answers to perennial theological questions.

1. Tradition and Reason
2. Rational Reality
3. Natural Theology
4. Divine Nature
5. Omniscience and Wisdom
6. Creative Action
7. Divine Speech and the Qur’an
Glossary of Arabic Terminology

The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music

 The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music

Published in Association with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Aga Khan Music Programme

Examines how the making, marketing and performance of new Islamic music genres relate to Islamic discourse and thought

Listen to the Spotify playlist ‘The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music’, featuring 103 of the songs mentioned in the book

  • Analyses the contribution of popular music to the development of contemporary interpretations of Islam
  • Uses Awakening as a case study to explore the relationship between Islamic popular music genres and wider Islamic discourse
  • Supported by fieldwork (following tours), content analyses (of songs, videos, promotion material and social media) and interviews (with artists, business people and musicians)
  • Includes new perspectives on celebrity culture among Muslims and its connection with ethical Muslim masculinity

Awakening – an Islamic media company formed in London – has created the soundtrack to many Muslim lives during the last two decades. It has produced three superstars (Sami Yusuf, Maher Zain and Harris J.) among a host of other artists. As the company celebrates their first 20 years in the industry, Jonas Otterbeck examines their remarkable rise to success and their established reputation as one of the most important global enterprises producing pop music inspired by Islam.

  1. Hi and Welcome to the Field
  2. Awakening to the Music
  3. Awakening Takes to the Stage
  4. Setting the Stage, Ideas in Progress
  5. The Message and Its Media
  6. Performing an Ethical Islamic Masculinity
  7. The Politics of Entertainment
  8. Carefully Pushing Ahead
  9. Islamic Discourses on Popular Music: A Historical Footnote




Women’s Political Representation in Iran and Turkey: Demanding a Seat at the Table

Women’s Political Representation in Iran and Turkey 

Provides a comparative study of women’s political participation and representation in contemporary Iran and Turkey

  • Draws on 140 interviews with past and present female politicians and candidates, party elites, and women’s rights activists in Iran and Turkey between 2009 to 2019
  • Investigates women’s political underrepresentation in Iran and Turkey by examining each respective country’s electoral system, political party structure, government framework and state gender ideology
  • Includes the voices, experiences and approaches of women’s groups and political parties across the ideological spectrum in its analysis – from the Justice and Development Party and Women and Democracy Association in Turkey, to the Zeinab Society and Islamic Women’s Coalition in Iran
  • Highlights Islamic women’s agency as they challenge the gender discriminatory behaviours and attitudes of their male party leaders
  • Includes data and statistics related to the rate of women’s candidacy and election to political office at the national level

How have women in many Muslim-majority countries been able to achieve surprising success despite the significant constraints imposed by conservative gender ideology and authoritarian political parties and systems? Through a comparative focus on Iran and Turkey, Mona Tajali examines the activities and strategies of women’s rights groups across the ideological spectrum. She explores how various groups have negotiated with political elites in order to bolster female political representation and identifies the conditions that stimulate greater support to ease women’s path to political office. Studying how women’s groups manoeuvre within these structures is important to help our understanding of the gendered politics of autocratic regimes.

  1. Introduction: Women and Politics in Muslim Countries
  2. Opportunity Structures: Strategizing for Women’s Political Representation in Turkey and Iran
  3. Turkish Women as Political Agents: Between Secularism and Islamic Revivalism
  4. Strategic Interactions: Multi-party politics and the lobby for female representation
  5. Framing for Political Inclusion: The Demand for Headscarved Women’s Candidacy
  6. Women and Politics in Iran: From Revolutionary to Reformist
  7. Organizing Against All Odds: Iranian Factionalism and Women’s Political Representation
  8. Piety and Agency: Framing Women’s Political Rights in a Theocratic State
  9. Conclusion: Demanding a Seat at the Table





Owning Books and Preserving Documents in Medieval Jerusalem: The Library of Burhan al-Din

Owning Books and Preserving Documents in Medieval Jerusalem 

Explores the only known private book collection from medieval Jerusalem

  • Translates, edits and discusses the most important Arabic medieval book list for Jerusalem – the largest known dataset on book prices
  • Rethinks the notion of archival and documentary practices in the Mamluk period
  • Provides a new angle on the economic history of the book in the late-medieval period
  • Combines social history and material philology in the field of Middle Eastern history

In the late medieval period manuscripts galore circulated in private collections and in educational libraries in the cities of the Middle East. Yet very few have left a documentary trail or have survived as an easily identifiable compact corpus. Writing their histories, understanding their social settings and comprehending their intellectual profiles is therefore a challenge.

This book discusses the only known private book collection from pre-Ottoman Jerusalem for which we have a trail of documents. It belonged to an otherwise unknown resident, Burhān al-Dīn; after his death, his books were sold in a public auction and the list of objects sold has survived.This list – edited and translated in this volume – shows that a humble part-time reciter of the late 14th century had almost 300 books in his house, evidence that book ownership extended beyond the elite. Based on a corpus of almost fifty documents from the Ḥaram al-sharīf collection in Jerusalem, it is also possible to get a rare insight into the social world of such an individual. Finally, the book gives a unique insight into book prices as it will make available the largest such set of data for the pre-Ottoman period.

List of Illustrations

Argument and Historiographical Setting: Books, Documents and
Social Practice

Part I The Narrative

1 Making a Living in Endowments

2 Beyond Endowment

3 Archival Practices and Pragmatic Literacy

4 Lists and Inventories: The Sale Booklet’s Documentary Logic

5 The Making and Unmaking of a Prestige Library

6 Book Prices

Looking Beyond Jerusalem: The Dynamics of the Written Word and
its Materiality

Part II The Documents

7 Analysis and Edition of the Sale Booklet

8 Analysis and Edition of the Documentary Network around the
Sale Booklet

Appendix 1 Overview of Documents Linked to Burhān al-Dīn’s Life
 and Estate
Appendix 2 Edition of Sixteen Documents Linked to Burhān al-Dīn’s
 Life and Estate
Appendix 3 List of Edited Ḥaram al-sharīf Documents

General Index
Index of Authors in Burhān al-Dīn’s Library
Index of Book Titles in Burhān al-Dīn’s Library
Index of Buyers in the Auction of Burhān al-Dīn’s Estate
Index of Subjects in Burhān al-Dīn’s Library
Index of Objects Other than Books in Burhān al-Dīn’s Estate
Index of Ḥaram al-sharīf Documents

Monday, February 20, 2023

Islamic manuscripts

Islamic manuscripts

This site is dedicated to the world of the Islamic manuscript. The manuscript literature of the Islamic world is a vast area of study. Islamic manuscripts contain an as yet almost untapped source of the rich Islamic heritage. Islamic manuscripts have been studied for quite a while and many are well-known. However, even more are as yet unknown or at least insufficiently appreciated. This site's ambition is to provide students and scholars, librarians and collectors, in short everyone who is interested in Islamic manuscripts, with a professional and functional platform of their own. The website maintains a scholarly level and applies academic ethics.

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

Die Residenz des Kalifen Hārūn Ar-Rašīd in Ar-Raqqa / Ar-Rāfiqa (Syrien)


Ulrike Siegel
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Mit der Publikation, die sich mit der Residenz des Kalifen Hārūn ar-Rašīd (reg. 786–809) in ar-Raqqa/ar-Rāfiqa in Nordsyrien befasst, werden neue Erkenntnisse zur frühislamischen Architekturentwicklung vorgelegt und eine fast ein Jahrhundert umfassende Überlieferungslücke (Mitte 8. bis Mitte 9. Jh. n. Chr.) zu einem großen Teil geschlossen.
Die Untersuchung arbeitet das Notgrabungsprojekt des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts auf, das aufgrund der Entwicklung der modernen Stadt ar-Raqqa von 1982 bis 1994 im akut gefährdeten Ruinengelände durchgeführt wurde. Forschungsschwerpunkt ist die Auswertung der feldarchäologischen Ergebnisse am Ostpalast, Ostkomplex, Nordkomplex und Nordostkomplex. Mit den Methoden der archäologischen Bauforschung werden die Baubefunde analysiert, die Bau- und Nutzungsgeschichte herausgearbeitet, die Gebäudekonzeptionen und funktionalen Bestimmungen geklärt sowie eine architektonische Wertung vorgenommen. Darüber hinaus werden anhand der Verknüpfung von historischen Luftbildern, Schriftquellen und bauforscherischen Einzelergebnissen Erkenntnisse zum Konzept der Residenz vorgelegt und die vier Gebäudekomplexe nicht als isolierte Baukörper, sondern als Teil eines städtebaulichen und architektonischen Großprojekts betrachtet. Die Untersuchung leistet somit Grundlagenforschung für die frühislamische Architekturgeschichte, deren frühabbasidischen Bauten bislang nur in geringer Zahl untersucht worden sind.




  • Vorwort
  • Vorbemerkungen
  • 1 Einleitung
    1.1 Ziel und Methodik der Arbeit –1.2 Zur Lage von ar-Raqqa/ar-Rāfiqa – 1.3 Zur Geschichte von ar-Raqqa/ar-Rāfiqa
  • 2 Forschungsstand und Grabungsgeschichte
    2.1 Archäologische Ausgrabungen zwischen 1944 und 1970 – 2.2 Archäologische AUsgrabungen zwischen 1982 und 1994
  • 3 Quellen
    3.1 Historische Bilddaten – 3.2 Schriftquellen
  • 4 Die Residenz des Kalifen Hārūn ar-Rašīd
    4.1 Größe und Infrastruktur – 4.2 Aufbau der Residenz
  • 5 Ostpalast
    5.1 Grabungsgeschichte – 5.2 Baubeschreibung – 5.3 Baukonstruktion und Ausstattung – 5.4 Kleinfunde – 5.5 Metrologische Grundrissanalyse – 5.6 Baugeschichte und Rekonstruktion – 5.7 Interpretation – 5.8 Zusammenfassung
  • 6 Ostkomplex
    6.1 Grabungsgeschichte – 6.2 Baubeschreibung – 6.3 Baukonstruktion und Ausstattung – 6.4 Kleinfunde – 6.5 Metrologische Grundrissanalyse – 6.6 Baugeschichte – 6.7 Interpretation – 6.8 Zusammenfassung
  • 7 Nordkomplex
    7.1 Grabungsgeschichte – 7.2 Baubeschreibung – 7.3 Baukonstruktion und Ausstattung – 7.4 Kleinfunde – 7.5 Metrologische Grundrissanalyse – 7.6 Baugeschichte und Rekonstruktion – 7.7 Interpretation – 7.8 Zusammenfassung
  • 8 Nordostkomplex
    8.1 Grabungsgeschichte – 8.2 Baubeschreibung – 8.3 Baukonstruktion und Ausstattung – 8.4 Kleinfunde – 8.5 Metrologische Grundrissanalyse (Bau NOK I) – 8.6 Baugeschichte und Rekonstruktion (Bau NOK I) – 8.7 Interpretation (Bau NOK I) – 8.8 Zusammenfassung
  • 9 Baugeschichtliche Einordnung der Kalifenresidenz
    9.1 Städtebauliche Charakteristika – 9.2 Grundfläche und -form – 9.3 Äußere Erscheinung – 9.4 Grundrisskonzeptionen – 9.5 Zusammenfassung
  • 10 Zusammenfassung und Ausblick
    Summary – ملخص البحث
  • Literaturverzeichnis
  • Abbildungsnachweis
  • Tafelteil



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