On-Line Resources


This site was created to allow access to all information available about one of the most spectacular historic buildings of the world, the Mausoleum of Uljaitu in Sultaniyya.

Yasser Tabbaa Archive, Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT
International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) Abstracts available on Archnet
Mosques in the United States: A Tribute to Dr. Omar Khalidi

Museums With No Frontiers
Sharing History: Arab World-Europe: 1815-1918

Archnet is a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. Archnet’s mission is to provide ready access to unique visual and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality. Officially launched in 2002 as a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Archnet has since evolved into the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. Its digital archives form a comprehensive resource on architecture, urban design, landscape, development, and related issues. Archnet provides a bridge for interested persons to learn how to enhance the quality of the built environment, to compensate for lack of resources for students and faculty in academic institutions, and to highlight the culture and traditions of Islam.

The ambition of Archnet 2.0 is to be the authority in the field of architecture and the built environment in Muslim societies today by providing an unparalleled resource featuring vetted and refereed articles, data, and research. Through contributions from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, and donated collections of historic archives and documentation on contemporary building trends shaping the built environment today, Archnet continues to grow and is well positioned to realize this ambition.

Version 2.0 of Archnet, developed in 2013 and launched in 2014, is a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Libraries. Together, these two institutions established over three decades ago, share an integral education mission to generate and disseminate knowledge and resources; provide fora for debate and discussion; showcase best practices and lessons learned; and, present Muslim visual and material culture with historic, cultural, and geographic specificity.

Persian Painting
The website is devoted to the collection and dissemination of information, visual and otherwise, about historical Persian painting of Greater Iran.

It is attempting to virtually "reassemble" the complete works of individual painters, one artist at a time.


First Images from TALIM’s Collection of Glass Negatives Made Available on Archnet
The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT) has recently made available via Archnet, a first batch of scans from TALIM’s collection of glass negatives dating back to the first decades of the 20th century and depicting various locations in the Mediterranean. The collection of approximately 2,000 images is believed to be the work of photographer Paul Ruedi, a Spanish resident of the city of Tangier between 1900 to 1930. The collection of slides features more images of Tangier than any other city, but there are also numerous photographs of locations throughout Morocco, as well as sites in Algeria, France, Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean.

Islamic Painted Page
The Islamic Painted Page database at www.islamicpaintedpage.com has been substantially upgraded. The support of the Iran Heritage Foundation for this site is gratefully acknowledged.

A Practical Introduction to Muqarnas
This video tutorial demonstrates how a simple muqarnas composition is structured and can be built. The construction method used is typically associated with Iran. One of the objectives of the tutorial is to show the relationship between two-dimensional Islamic geometric design and muqarnas (three dimensional Islamic geometric design).

Simpson Islamic Manuscript Record Archive
The Simpson Islamic Manuscript Record Archive is now fully digitized and available online. Please see:

Encounters with Islamic Art: Reception, Revival, and Response – Papers Available Online

Panel 1 (Greco-Balkan Encounters)

Panel 2 (Museum Encounters)

Panel 3 (Architectural Encounters) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8mbmYluOqU&list=PLhs2tMYJ4-YVqYTJImGtp-GfvTTUQ1zW9&index=3

Getty Publications Newly Available Online
The following publications on subjects of concern to list members are now available for download (at no cost) at the Getty's website:

The Ardabil Carpets, Rexford Stead, 1974 http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/0892360151.html?imprint=jpgt&pg=5&res=20

Book Arts of Isfahan: Diversity and Identity in Seventeenth-Century Persia
, Alice Taylor, 1995

Mounted Oriental Porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Gillian Wilson, with an introduction by Sir Francis Watson, 2000

Mounted Oriental Porcelain in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Sr. Francis Watson, Gillian Wilson, Anthony Derham, 1983

British Library Online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts via AMIR
Welcome to the Online Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, a searchable database of some of the western illuminated manuscripts in the British Library. The Library holds one of the richest collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the world, and aims to provide access to images and information about its manuscripts to students, scholars, and the general public.

The Catalogue includes descriptions and images of western manuscripts with pictorial and decorative embellishments, from fully painted miniatures to decorated initials. Because it includes such a wide range of material, it serves as a useful resource for those working in a variety of disciplines. In order to maximize the number of images, the Catalogue includes digital scans of existing slides as well newly-commissioned digital images. As a result, the image quality can vary.

Users can devise their own search criteria in using the Catalogue. For details of how to use the system, see Search tips

Manuscripts included in the Catalogue:
The illuminated manuscripts in the following collections are included in the Catalogue: Additional, Arundel; Burney; Egerton; Hargrave; Harley; Henry Davis; Hirsch; King's; Lansdowne; Sloane; Royal; Stowe and Yates Thompson (Oriental, for Hebrew illuminated manuscripts).

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World in AMIR

Muqarnas 29 features a subset of articles involving cross-cultural interactions between East and West as manifested in the visual culture of the region. Articles addressing this theme include "Visual Cosmopolitanism and Creative Translation: Artistic Conversations with Renaissance Italy in Mehmed II's Constantinople," by Gulru Necipoglu, and "The Bride of Trebizond: Turks And Turkmens on a Florentine Wedding Chest, circa 1460," by Cristelle Baskins. The "Notes and Sources" section highlights new research on the medieval town of Hulbuk in Central Asia.

Contributors include: Gulru Necipoglu, Cristelle Baskins, Ana Pulido-Rull, Matt D. Saba, Jasmin Badr, Mustafa Tupev, Unver Rustem, Ethem Eldem and Pierre Simeon.

Open Access Journal: The Silk Road, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Publisher: Saratoga, Calif. : Silkroad Foundation, 2003-

ISSN: 2153-2060
"The Silk Road Journal is dedicated to public education about the history and cultures of Eurasia, especially in pre-modern times. While we invoke the historic "Silk Road" in our title, our view of the Silk Roads is an expansive one, encompassing pre-history, the era beginning with the establishment of trans-Eurasian trade and cultural interaction some two millennia ago, and the subsequent history of those interactions down through the centuries. Modern evocations of cultural traditions are of interest, especially in the areas which historically have been the domain of pastoral nomads. We publish articles by well known scholars and those who have other expertise on the regions and material of interest. Where possible we are communicating the results of the latest research, including new archaeological investigations. The journal also serves as the means to alert readers about upcoming programs connected with Silk Road topics."

Med-Mem: Mediterranean Memory , via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

MeD-MeM: Sharing our Mediterranean Audiovisual Heritage

Initiated by Ina under the auspices of COPEAM (Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators) at the request of the holders of audiovisual archives in the Mediterranean region, "Sharing our Mediterranean Audiovisual Heritage (Med-Mem)" offers the general public some 4000 audiovisual documents from the countries in the Mediterranean area. The TV and radio archives, set into their historic and cultural context, are accompanied by a trilingual documentary note (in French, English and Arabic).

Co-funded by the European Union as part of the Euromed Heritage IV programme, Med-Mem strives to raise the profile of a common heritage, and underpins the drive to safeguard Mediterranean audiovisual archives.



The Laboratory for the Archaeology and Architecture of the City (LAAC) (code HUM-104 of the Andalusian Program for Research) is a multidisciplinary group whose components pertain do the Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and, for the most part, the Universities of Granada and Seville. Staff pertaining to the CSIC is based at the Carmen de los Mínimos, part of the School of Arab Studies (EEA) of Granada. Archaeologists, art historians, architects, building technicians, and historic preservationists work in cooperation on the archaeological and historical investigation of Islamic architecture and urbanism, broadly defined, and more narrowly, in the urban and archaeological aspects of Al-Andalus. Many publications of the LAAC researches are available on the LAAC website.

University of Utah - Marriott Library Arabic Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper, http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/az?page=61 or
via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

The Arabic Papyrus, Parchment & Paper Collection at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah is the largest of its kind in the United States. It contains 770 Arabic documents on papyrus and more than 1300 Arabic documents on paper, as well as several pieces on parchment.

Professor Aziz Suriyal Atiya, founder of the Middle East Center and the Middle East Library, compiled the collection. Dr. Atiya and his wife, Lola, purchased the collection over a period of several years from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. The bulk of the collection originated in Egypt, in addition to a small group of fragments from the University of Chicago. A large number of pieces date to the period between 700 and 850 CE. The collection includes a significant number of documents from the pre-Ottoman period and thus offers unique source material on the political, economic, religious and intellectual life of Egypt during the first two centuries of Islamic rule and the period up to Ottoman domination.

King-Crane Commission Digital Archival Collection, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Oberlin College Archives
"During the summer of 1919, a delegation under the leadership of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King and Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane travelled to areas of the former Ottoman territories. Their mission was to determine the wishes of the people of the region as their future was being determined by the major powers at the Paris Peace Conference. The King-Crane Commission, as it became known, met delegations and invited written petitions from various religious and political groups. This digital collection unifies the archival records of Commission members for the first time. It also includes resources on conducting research in the collection.
To learn more about the collection, please read the full introduction to the King-Crane Commission digital collection."

Journal of Muslims in Europe is a new journal published by Brill.
Free access to full text content of the first issue is currently available at:

Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints Online, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

The Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints digital collection includes indexes to journal articles, books chapters, and portions of larger works. Generally printed at the same time as the book or journal, offprints are printed for the author's use. The indexes from the Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints offer a comprehensive look at the articles and book chapters in the collection. Topics covered include Arabic literature, Islamic philosophy, Arab medicine, and Muslim scholarship.

The offprints were originally collected by Paul Kraus, an Arabist born in Prauge in 1904. Kraus was educated in Europe and spent several years in Cairo and the Middle East before his death in 1944. The collected offprints feature scholarship authored by German opthamologist, author, medical historian Max Meyerhof. Dr. Max, as he was referred to by patients, was born in 1874 and died in 1945 in Cairo where he helped establish medical care in Egypt.

The indexes to the Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints Collection were compiled sometime during the time ranging from the 1960s to the 1980s. During this time, the collection would have been held by Special Services in the Library or in the Creswell Library, precursors to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. The indexes of the Kraus-Meyerhof Offprints were digitized and described by the Rare Books and Special Collections Library in October 2012.

Open Access Journal: Africa: Revue des Études et Recherches préhistoriques, antiques, islamiques et ethnographiques , via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Tunis : Institut national du patrimoine

Urban Research eJournal

The Penn Institute for Urban Research is excited to announce the launch of the Urban Research eJournal published through the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). We invite you to subscribe to this free weekly eJournal, and to submit your urban-focused working papers and recently-published articles. The primary goal of the Urban Research eJournal is to gather and distribute new research that addresses the governance, policy, economics, design and social issues that surround global urbanization. The first issue is scheduled for release on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012!
The Urban Research eJournal will include our Penn IUR White Papers on Urban Sustainability, the refereed series that we inaugurated last year. We welcome submissions to the series. We are especially interested in submissions from emerging (doctoral and post-doctoral) scholars and works in progress from all of our Penn IUR Fellows and Scholars.

How to submit
We invite you to submit abstracts, working papers, and recently published articles focused on urban research to the Penn IUR Urban Research eLibrary. You can submit here by choosing the 'submit' tab at the top of the page. You will be prompted to log into your SSRN account. If you're not a member of SSRN already, you will be prompted to create a free membership. Once you do so, you will be directed to the submission form. Below the 'Abstract' section, select 'eJournal Classifications', select 'Sustainability Research & Policy Network', select 'SRPN Subject Matter eJournals' and, finally, select 'Urban Research eJournal'.

How to subscribe
You can subscribe here. You will be prompted to log into your SSRN account. If you're not a member of SSRN already, you will be prompted to create an account. As a member, you will have access to Penn IUR's Urban Research eJournal, which will be distributed on a regular basis.

About SSRN
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a website dedicated to early and rapid dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. SSRN is the premier open access repository for social science research, and contains abstracts on over 446,800 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and over 360,800 downloadable full text documents.
We hope you'll join us, by subscribing and contributing to the Urban Research eJournal. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Monuments of Syria, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Posted: 14 Oct 2012 07:05 AM PDT
Monuments of Syria: A Window on Syria's Past by Ross Burns
This website is a visual introduction to the writer's two books on the history and archaeology of Syria. Few countries can match Syria in the richness of its historical remains. In the zone west of Aleppo, for example, over 600 Byzantine-era villages survive, often with multiple churches with walls up to their rooflines. There is practically no era not represented in Syria. Palmyra, the great caravan city at the westernmost point of the Silk Road, still slumbers in the desert, its beautifully carved limestone as crisp and dramatic as 2000 years ago. Magnificent reminders of the folly of past confrontations, including the Crusades, survive in the great fortifications that are scattered across the country — the Krak des Chevaliers; the great Islamic citadel that crowns Aleppo; the refuges of the 'Assassins' hidden away in the coastal mountains; or the Damascus Citadel that sustained the long Muslim resistance to the Crusades. Not to be overlooked are the many mosques and madrasas, often tucked away quietly in backstreets or buried within the busy suqs (markets) of the major centres.

MetPublications - new online publications from Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is proud to announce the launch of MetPublications, a new online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum's publications. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, each offering a variety of features and functions, this unique portal is established to provide scholarly information and enjoyment to a broad audience.

Press release


Open Access Newsletter: PHAROS: The Newsletter of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Open Access Journal: Miscelánea de Estudios Árabes y Hebraicos. Sección Árabe-Islam, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

American Board Pamphlet Collection, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

The American Board pamphlet collection was incorporated into the ARIT Istanbul (ARIT-I) Library in January 2011. It contains roughly 1000 brochures, booklets, leaflets, flyers, and off-prints that date from the mid-1800s to the present, with close to one-third from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Approximately 85% of the materials focus on the operations, institutions, or affiliate organizations of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) that were located in Turkey and the Balkans.

American Board Periodical Collection, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

The American Board periodical collection was incorporated into the ARIT Istanbul (ARIT-I) Library in January 2011, when ARIT received the library of the Western Turkey Mission of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), one of the chief Protestant missionary agencies in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The core of this collection includes a number of rare serials issued locally by the Board and its affiliates, as well as other American organizations.

Open Access Journal: Cahiers Balkaniques, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Cahiers Balkaniques
ISSN électronique: 2261-4184
Les Cahiers balkaniques sont nés en 1981 à l'INALCO.
Cette revue est destinée à publier des travaux de recherche effectués par les membres des différents groupes constitués à l'intérieur du Centre d'études balkaniques.

Open Access Journal: CEMMIS Centre for Mediterranean, Middle East and Islamic Studies: Middle East Bulletin, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
Middle East Bulletin

Established in June 2006, Middle East Bulletin is CEMMIS's quarterly publication. The primary aim of the Bulletin is to encourage the Greek public and the foreign policy community to show more interest in the affairs of the Middle East, and to present analyses and research that is useful for the academic community. With this goal in mind, Middle East Bulletin publishes expert work by professional researchers who are knowledgeable in their fields and who closely observe political, social, economic, military and diplomatic developments in the region. Considering the significance of the Middle East in international politics and its interrelation with other neighboring regions, essays on other events and processes that have an impact on the Middle East are also published in the Bulletin.

Middle East Bulletin is Greece's first and only publication publishing professional research on, and analyses of, the politics and contemporary affairs of the Middle East.

Encyclopédie berbère Online, via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

L'équipe de l'Encyclopédie berbère est heureuse de proposer, à travers ce site, un nouveau regard sur les 1283 notices qui la constituent actuellement.

Paru en 1984, le premier volume est le fruit d'un prototype, pensé dès 1970 par Gabriel Camps et son équipe. À cette époque, les grands axes de cet ambitieux projet éditorial étaient déjà programmés avec, pour objectif, l'idée de rassembler, de synthétiser et de répertorier un savoir sur le monde berbère jusque-là dispersé et fragmenté.

Aujourd'hui, soutenue par l'INALCO, l'IREMAM et l'AIBL, l'Encyclopédie berbère se dote d'un nouvel espace éditorial électronique. Le site permet de consulter toute la collection en PDF et, du volume 12 au volume 29, en texte intégral.

Une barrière mobile de cinq volumes a été fixée, en accord avec les Éditions Peeters qui assurent désormais la vente des exemplaires imprimés (les volumes 33 et 34, pour la lettre N, sont actuellement sous presse). Le traitement de la collection se poursuit afin que l'ensemble soit disponible en mode plein texte au début de l'année 2013. Enfin, un ultime travail de mise en relation des notices permettra de naviguer aisément au fil de cette collection, unique de par son objet et son angle d'approche pluridisciplinaire.

Nous tenons également à remercier, ici, l'équipe du Centre pour l'édition électronique ouverte (Cléo/OpenEdition).

En attendant la lettre Z... bonne lecture à tous !

"Project Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900)"
Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO, Berlin) published online the research tool "Project Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900)." The list contains bibliographical data for 847 titles, including availabilities of extant copies, and a number of indexes. This research tool may be of interest to students and researchers of Arabic printing in particular and the modern history of the Middle East in general.

For the list of contributors and further details, please visit: http://www.zmo.de/jaraid/index.html.

We wait your suggestions, corrections, comments, criticism or additions. Your contribution will be acknowledged. The next step is to publish this site in Arabic (subject to funding).

Adam Mestyan
Faculty of Oriental Studies
University of Oxford

Images from Ullens collection at AKPIA/FAL Harvard available on-line

The Fine Arts Library and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at Harvard University are pleased to announce that the entirety of the Baroness Marie-Thérèse Ullens de Schooten Archive slide collection has been digitized and is now available on-line. Over 4,600 images are freely accessible in Harvard's Visual Information Access (VIA), <http://via.lib.harvard.edu>, for scholarly and research purposes. For more information, or to enquire about publication, please contact Joanne Bloom, Photographic Resources Librarian,617-495-4656, <toplyn@fas.harvard.edu>.

Baroness Ullens (1905-1989), wife of a Belgian diplomat, spent several months every year from 1951 to around 1970 in Iran documenting visual and material culture. In 1991, Baroness Ullens' work was donated to the Harvard Semitic Museum. More information on the entire collection at Harvard can be found at <http://hollis.harvard.edu/?itemid=|library/m/aleph|005381702

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: SLUB Dresden

"Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) manuscript collection contains over 448 Islamic manuscripts (196 Ottoman, 184 Arabic, 68 Persian). Following clashes with the Ottomans in the Baltic region, these manuscripts arrived in Europe and were acquired in the 18th and 19th centuries from collections of nobility and scholarly estates. In the 19th century, a large number of Tibetan (438) and Mongolian (58) manuscripts were purchased. Other Oriental manuscripts, i.e. Chinese (18), Japanese (3), Indonesian (9), Sanskrit (1), Hebraic (10) and Ethiopian (4), were bestowed upon the library by private persons.

With the exception of a few recent acquisitions, most of the Islamic manuscripts are registered in the "Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium Bibliothecae Regiae Dresdensis", which was published in Leipzig in 1831 by the Orientalist Heinrich Leberecht Fleischer (1801-1888). This index is available digitally at diglib.hab.de/wdb.php.

A complete list of the Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese, Hebraic, and Ethiopian manuscripts as well as a partial list of the Indonesian manuscripts can be found in the "Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland" (Index of Oriental Manuscripts in Germany, VOHD; Wiesbaden / Stuttgart 1961ff.)."

Noteworthy examples: Princeton University Libraries has shared the good news that a digitized Persian manuscript -- the so-called Peck Shahnama -- is now available online. You can read about it in this "blog post," which provides a link the right place in the Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts. http://blogs.princeton.edu/manuscripts/

AMAR: Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Site Reports
[archaeological site reports describing archaeological excavations both in Iraq and in the immediately surrounding areas (Turkey, Syria, Iran and the Gulf)] now includes 581 items. http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2009/07/open-access-digital-library-amar.html

Grey Art Gallery's Enhanced Database of Modern Art from Iran, with annotated bibliography

The Grey Art Gallery at New York University is pleased to announce the publication of an enhanced database of modern art from Iran with annotated bibliography. This collection database features Iranian works from the Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection. In addition to endowing the gallery, which opened to the public in 1975, Mrs. Grey donated some 1,000 works of art that she acquired during her frequent travels in Asia and the Middle East. She was especially supportive of Iranian art, which comprises one-fifth of her collection at NYU. The collection includes works by Iranian artists working in the period before the revolution of 1979, with examples by many well-known figures such as Siah Armajani, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Faramarz Pilaram, Parviz Tanavoli, and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi.

The database is available on the Grey Art Gallery's website at http://www.nyu.edu/greyart/collection/iranian%20art/iranian.html. List members may also be interested in a two-part blogpost discussing the project on The Grey Area, the blog of NYU's fine-arts museum, found at http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/fap2/thegreyarea/2012/02/grey_art_gallerys_enhanced_dat.html and http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/fap2/thegreyarea/2012/02/grey_art_gallerys_enhanced_dat_1.html

German National Middle East and North Africa Collection

In 2010, the German National Middle East and North Africa Collection at the University and State Library (ULB) in  Halle has added an open access electronic version of vols. 1 (1847)to 155 (2005) of the Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlaendischen Gesellschaft (ZDMG) to the fulltext repository MENAdoc (http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/doc/home?lang=en) which is a module of the MENALIB (http://www.menalib.de) portal. Following an agreement with the Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft and the Harrassowitz Verlag, further volumes of ZDMG will published in MENAdoc with a delay of 5 years in the future. Today, volume 156 (2006) has been made accessible to interested users - cf. http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/dmg/periodical/structure/883662. Currently, MENAdoc provides open access to ca. 5.000 monogaphic titles and reports,  and ca. 9.000 articles from the periodicals of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft. Lists of digitized /digtial monographic titles and volumes of periodicals can be viewed after clicking on the various projects mentioned on the MENAdoc homepage (http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/) or by going to the homepages of these various projects directly:

- National Middle East and North Africa Collection digital  -http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/ssg/doc/home?lang=en
- Periodicals of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft  http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/dmg/doc/home?lang=en
- Turkisch studies Library Prof. Jakob M. Landau -http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/landau/doc/home?lang=en
- MENAdoc Single Documents -http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/singledocs/doc/home?lang=en
- Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Digital -http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/iud/doc/home?lang=en

ULB Halle works on adding records for these open access titles also to its OPAC and  and other electronic catalogs. Information on digitzation efforts and other activities of the National Middle East and North Africa Collection is published in a MENALIB newsletter. Subscription to this newsletter is possible on the MENALIB website (http://www.menalib.de).

Middle Eastern Manuscripts

Leiden University Libraries and Brill digitize 110,000 Pages of Middle Eastern Manuscripts
Description: Brill and Leiden University Libraries are proud to present the publication of 110,000 pages of Arabic manuscripts under the title Pioneer Orientalists: The Manuscript Collections of Scaliger, Raphelengius and Golius from Leiden University Libraries. Contact: boogert@brill.nl URL: brill.nl/memo

"Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin" at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

An online version of the exhibition "Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin" at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford is available at the following link: http://jameelcentre.ashmolean.org/welcome

Websites of institutions offering a database on Islamic art objects, manuscripts, or monuments:


Maps and cartographic studies on Iran and the Iranian world; Irancarto. http://www.irancarto.cnrs.fr/
Published in Paris by the research team "Iranian world" (« Mondes iranien et indien » CNRS, Sorbonne Nouvelle, INALCO, EPHE) Scientific editor: Bernard Hourcade. Offers more than 600 maps and trilingual analyses (French, English, Persian) about population, education, housing, economy, culture, gender, languages, politics, environment, urban studies. Three languages search available by subject, key-word, place name, period, scale, author. Volumes already available on line: Atlas of Iran (1998), Atlas of Tehran metropolis (2005), Ethnology of Zâgros (1974), Politics economy Society, Bazarcarto (maps on Iran on the Web). Contact: Irancarto@ivry.cnrs.fr

Alphons Stuebel Collection of Early Photographs from the Orient 1850-1890

Online Jena University's photographic  collection http://www.museen.thueringen.de/index/MuseumSingleView/isil/dicu-200.6889345

Speak Memory: Online Publication of the "Archive Map"

We are happy to announce the online publication of the "Archive Map"research project, which can be downloaded at www.speakmemory.org
Born out of the "Speak, Memory" symposium on archives and other strategies of (re)activation of cultural memory that took place at the Townhouse Gallery on October 28 -30, 2010, the "Archive Map" seeks to create a growing database of archival collections and other resources that contain material relevant to the Middle East's modern and contemporary art history. Lead researchers include Clare Davies for Egypt, Anneka Lenssen for Syria, Sarah Rogers for Lebanon and Saleem Al-Bahloly for Iraq. The Archive Map chapters are merely a starting point, a first step towards a more comprehensive overview of each country's research resources. We encourage other researchers to contact laura@thetownhousegallery.com to add information about the listed archives and share any additional resources they know, so that the Archive Map can continue to grow and serve as a valuable and updated resource for researchers. The Archive Map wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of the Bohen Foundation, the Prince Claus Fund, and Arts Collaboratory.

Islamic Manuscripts – Cambridge Digital Library

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce the release of the first items within the Foundations of Faith collection: a selection of digitised Islamic Manuscripts from its Near and Middle Eastern Department. Our initial selection of manuscripts includes several important early Qurʾāns. The Digital Library provides excellent quality images that constitute an invaluable teaching and research resource in the fields of Qurʾānic Studies, Codicology, Calligraphy and History of the Book. Images can be downloaded and reused under a CC non-commercial licence. The link to the Islamic Collection is: http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/islamic

Institut français du Proche-Orient
Open Access Publications of the Institut français du Proche-Orient: "Quatre vingt quinze titres épuisés du catalogue des Presses de l'Ifpo sont désormais en libre accès sur le site e-corpus..." See the entry in AWOL http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2011/12/open-access-publications-of-institut.html

Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online

The Arabic manuscripts collection of the Wellcome Library (London) comprises around 1000 manuscript books and fragments relating to the history of medicine. For the first time this website enables a substantial proportion of this collection to be consulted online via high-quality digital images of entire manuscripts and associated rich metadata. http://wamcp.bibalex.org/en/home

Guide to Research in Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard University
You can find it at: Guide to Research in Islamic Art and Architecture <http://guides.hcl.harvard.edu/islamic-art>

Islamic Manuscripts

A useful compilation of links to institutions' sites with digitized images of Islamic manuscripts: http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/11445658/

The Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA) Online Archive

Educates and Encourages Public Participation to Trace Lost Works The Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA), located at http://artiraq.org/maia/, was made public. MAIA started as the result of a long-term effort to document and preserve the modern artistic works from the Iraqi Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, most of which were lost and damaged in the fires and looting during the aftermath of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. As the site shows, very little is known about many of the works, including their current whereabouts and their original location in the Museum. The lack of documentation about modern Iraqi art prompted the growth of the project to include supporting text. The site makes the works of art available as an open access database in order to raise public awareness of the many lost works and to encourage interested individuals to participate in helping to document the museum's original and/or lost holdings...Read more at http://amirmideast.blogspot.com/2011/03/modern-art-iraq-archive-maia.html

Freidrich Sarre's Denkmaler Persischer Baukunst
The Boston Public Library is in the process of scanning all three volumes of Freidrich Sarre's Denkmaler Persischer Baukunst. Volume 3
(plates) are already available on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/sets/72157626063180603/

Al-Qazwini's "The Wonders of Creation"
NLM Adds Rare Persian Manuscript, al-Qazwini's "The Wonders of Creation," to Turning the Pages Interactive Interface The National Library of Medicine announces the release of a new Turning the Pages virtual book on its Web site <http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/books.htm>. The new virtual book is the Kitab Aja'ib al-makhluqat wa Gharaib al-Mawjudat, literally "The Wonders of Creation," compiled in the middle 1200s in what is now Iran or Iraq. The vibrantly illustrated work is considered one of the most important natural history texts of the medieval Islamic world. The author, Abu Yahya Zakariya ibn Muhammad ibn Mahmud-al-Qazwini (ca. 1203-1283 CE), is known simply as al-Qazwini. One of the most noted natural historians, geographers and encyclopedists of the period, he was born in the city of Qazwin in Persia and received much of his education in Baghdad, the cultural center of the region. Al-Qazwini wrote most of his works in Arabic. This beautifully illustrated Persian translation was created in 1537 in the Mughal Empire, corresponding to what is now Pakistan and northern India. "The Wonders of Creation" is divided into two sections, focusing respectively on celestial phenomena, including the planets, stars, and angels, and the terrestrial world, including geography, ethnography, zoology, and botany. Al-Qazwini was primarily a compiler of information from different authors, both ancient and medieval, and made few original observations of his own. However, his flowing and understandable writing style and thoroughness on different topics made his texts popular and often quoted. The manuscript copy itself consists of 335 leaves of paper with more than 150 illustrations, in opaque watercolors and ink, of constellations, mythical figures, and various plants and animals placed throughout the text. The Web exhibition contains a selection of these pages, accompanied by explanatory text. The text is viewable by clicking the "T" in the upper left corner of the virtual book page. For more information see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/turn_pages_persian.html

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
ISSN 2160-3049
This project began as a consequence of a series of conversations in 2010 between Charles Jones and Peter Magierski at NYU about the need for a tool to assemble and distribute information on open access material relating to the Middle East. It uses Jones' Ancient World Online (AWOL) [http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com] as a model. We welcome and encourage active participation and will add interested parties to the authors' list upon request. Notable entries include the Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals, which includes 256 titles as of May 2, 2011, and the Alphabetical list of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections with 26 entries. You may subscribe (free of charge) to receive updates by email.

The Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts

The Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce that The Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts can now be viewed at the
following url, http://library.brown.edu/quran. The collection, published out of the Brown Digital Repository (BDR),features 200 Qur'anic manuscript folios dating from the 9th to the 16th centuries. The flowering of Arabic calligraphy has its origins in the efforts of Muslim societies to preserve and disseminate thescriptural verses of the Qur'an. It is possible to browse the folios according to the name of the Qur'anic chapter represented, as well as by the date attributed to the item based on stylistic considerations. You may search these items by keywords that could include calligraphic style, techniques of illumination, materials, size, number of lines,and known parallels in other collections.Several of the items in this collection have been identified as belonging to manuscripts with folios to be found in other prominent collections. Consequently, a major impetus for the undertaking of this project is to foster the possibility for other such identification, a process of reuniting these manuscripts currently physically scattered around the world virtually through the digital medium. The digitization of this collection also opens up some alternativepossibilities for the visual and intellectual engagement with the objects. The high resolution of these scans allows the viewer to inspect the pen stroke and the way in which it manages to ink the page and leave its traces. Projects await students to cut up these images,overlay them, make them transparent and otherwise engage in creative juxtapositions and rearrangements. While the learning and studying of the Qur'an has been at the forefront of Muslim engagements with digital technology, what we hope to offer here is a way to reflect on a history of technology as it intersects with that foundational text as part of Islamic spiritual and cultural life.

The App "Oriental Books. Oriental treasures of the Bavarian State Library"

Since the summer of 2010 the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been present in the mobile Internet, presenting an innovative offer: the App "Famous Books". It was the world's first library to present digital copies of most valuable, outstanding items from its collections in the form of an App for iPads and iPhones. In 2011, one year later, the library presents the new App "Oriental Books. Oriental Treasures of the Bavarian State Library", containing precious and remarkable books and manuscripts of the library's famous and internationally renowned oriental collection. 20 items can be downloaded free of charge in the Apple App store and can be browsed from the first to the last page on the brilliant colour displays of iPads and iPhones. Oriental treasures which so far were hidden in vaults and usually were accessible for the interested public only rarely in exhibitions can now be admired anytime and anywhere. With the App "Oriental Books" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has achieved a further milestone on the way to the virtual library and again gives proof of its competence as innovation centre for digital information technology and services. We invite you to browse "The wonders of creation", an Arabic illustrated manuscript, which is dated to 1280, "The prayer book of Düzdidil", a Turkish and Arabic manuscript from 1845 or the renowned "Book of King", written in Shiraz between 1550 and 1600. Welcome to the App "Oriental Books. Oriental Treasures of the Bavarian State Library"!

MENAdoc - Digital Collection of Middle East and North African Studies

The German National Middle East and North Africa collection at the University and State Library Saxony Anhalt (ULB) in Halle has digitzed all volumes of the series BiIbliotheca Islamica with permission of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft and provides open access to the the respective volumes in the document repository MENAdoc http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/ which is maintained as a module of the Middle East Virtual Library MENALIB. http://www.menalib.de/ Vol. 19 of Safadi's "Lexikon" is accessible under http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/ssg/content/titleinfo/702637 MENAdoc currently provides open access to 4.800 electronic fulltext documents/titles/volumes including all volumes of the Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft published before 2006 (a continuation of this is planed with a moving wall of 5 years). Updates on the digital contents accessible through MENALIB and MENAdoc Are announced in the MENALIB newsletter to which you can subscribe on the MENALIB website. The project of which Bibliotheca islamica (BI) online is part will be finished by the end of October. Then for all electronic copies also respective electronic catalog entries will be published and searchable in the lectronic catalog of ULB Halle, probably then also in Worldcat. Also, we hope to be able to have the BI online as searchable Arabic fulltext ready by then.

Filaha Texts Project
The launch of the Filaha Texts Project and website at http://www.filaha.org which focuses on medieval Arabic farming manuals and their manuscripts. The FTP should be of interest to those engaged in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Environmental History, Medieval History, Agricultural History and Traditional Knowledge. The FTP sets out to publicise the latest research on the Arabic Books of Filaha, providing bio-bibliographic profiles on each of the authors, including notices of all existing manuscripts, published editions, etc. Also provided are a number of Arabic texts and English translations, as well as various scholarly resources (bibliography, glossaries, articles, etc). At the heart of the Project lies a collaborative translation platform that allows a text to be translated by multiple translators at the same time. Ultimately, we hope to be able to publish facsimiles of the manuscripts themselves and full English translations. We encourage all those interested to register as members of the FT Network (see Community page) allowing them to participate in the Forum and Translation Platform. The FTP is conceived as a collaborative project. Any corrections/suggestions and contributions in terms of articles, images, content, etc. will be most

New homepage for the MWNF Portal
Our portal homepage has been entirely redesigned to allow us to integrate new sections and improve orientation. Main updates and new components:
Virtual Museum: The Discover Islamic Art and Discover Baroque Art databases are now accessible directly from the portal homepage.
Discover Islamic Art: a spell check facility has been added to the Database entrance page listing all spellings used in Western languages for transliterated Arabic terms. The facility also allows access to the Virtual Museum's glossary.Partnership with the League of Arab States: Further to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the League of Arab States, a specific section has been created to introduce our visitors to the League's history, objectives and activities. This section is available in Arabic and English.
MWNF Travel: Links from the portal homepage provide direct access to our tour programmes and local partner travel agent pages.
MWNF Books: Our entirely redesigned book platform offers a series of new products and services:
The Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Travel Books are now available also as eBooks in English, French, Italian and Spanish. A Print on Demand service is in preparation for titles that are out of stock.

MWNF new online program

New Program EXPLORE with MWNF is now online!
www.museumwnf.org or directly www.explorewithmwnf.net
Explore by Country for
Czech Republic
Italy (Province of Rome and Sicily)
Palestinian Territories
Our Special Programmes
Explore the Islamic Heritage of the Mediterranean
Explore Baroque
Explore Portugal
Special Programmes in Preparation
Explore the Great Collections of Islamic Art
Explore the Arab World (in cooperation with the League of Arab States)
Explore Tyrol (Austria)

The Yemen Manuscript Digitization Project
The electronic version of the bilingual booklet "Preserving Yemen's Cultural Heritage: The Yemen Manuscript Digitization Project" (Hefte zur
Kulturgeschichte des Jemen) by Jan Thiele and Sabine Schmidtke is now available online: http://fu

Websites and Online Resources for Persian Miniature/Shahnameh Studies
Compiled by Jaimee.K.Comstock-Skipp@williams.edu
Instructions: you can search by languages of documents, and a new version of e-corpus will be available at the beginning of March with new possibilities and corrections of small informatics problems.
Walters Art Museum: http://art.thewalters.org/viewgallery.aspx?id=1254http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/ ; http://poetryprayer.thewalters.org/
Instructions: navigate through the "Classement thematique" link. Bibliothèque nationale in Paris: http://mandragore.bnf.fr/html/accueil.html
Instructions: click on "Oriental Manuscripts". Some manuscripts are listed with "illustrations" (and many others have never been reproduced). The search is by
shelfmark or by keyword. The best way is to use the "classement thématique". The British Library's "Images Online" database: http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/
Instructions:-- search using keywords (e.g. Persian - 156 images; Nizami – 60 images; Shahnama - 45 images; etc.)-- registering on the website allows access to non watermaked preview images-- images are of selected pages; no whole manuscripts Bibliothèque nationale de France (B.n.F.) Mandragore, database of illuminated manuscripts of the B.n.F.: http://mandragore.bnf.fr/jsp/rechercheExperte.jsp Instructions: A search under country of origin (nom de pays): Iran turns up 185 manuscripts from Iran (incl. Arabic and Armenian MSS as well as Persian), each one represented by multiple images of illuminated pages.For searching the database, keep in mind that French romanization differs from the Anglo-American usage: Persian: French romanization: Chamseh English romanization: Khamsa(h) Clicking on the option "plein ecran" allows one to see full-screen versions of the images.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database
Instructions: A search under the category Islamic art brings up 12,350 items. Refining the search can be tricky "miniature" brings up 15 items "painting" brings up 313 items (most but not all from manuscripts) "manuscript" brings up 712 items (not all of them illuminated); "codices" brings up 1,169 items (most entries with scanned images of at least a few pages)
The Freer/Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian (Washington):http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/search.cfm
The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, Md.): http://art.thewalters.org/viewgallery.aspx?id=1254
(scans of 58 complete Islamic manuscripts, viewable cover-to-cover & downloadable)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art: http://www.lacma.org/collection/index.html
Museum of Fine Arts Boston:http://www.mfa.org/search/collections?culture=7764&objecttype=10
Harvard Art Museums: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collection/
Princeton University Library - Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts: http://library.princeton.edu/projects/islamic/index.html
Harvard University Library - Islamic Heritage Project: http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ihp/manuscripts.html (scans of more than 280 complete Islamic manuscripts, viewable cover- to- cover & downloadable)
University of Michigan Library - Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan: http://www.lib.umich.edu/islamic/
Yale University Library: http://www.library.yale.edu/neareast/exhibitions/exhibit20071.html
The Vatican Library: http://luxmentis.com/blog/?p=1249
Shahnameh Project at Princeton University: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/shahnama/start.epl
Fitzwilliam Museum on the Epic of Persian King: the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: http://www.iranheritage.org/shahnameh_of_ferdowsi/default.htm
Bodleian Library: http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/OrientalSelectMSS2.htm
Heroes and Kings of the Shahnama-Chester Beatty Library: http://www.cbl.ie/ http://www.cbl.ie/getdoc/978b4189-77e2-43d0-ad1f-10282c74f7ea/Temporary-Exhibitions.aspx

Les manuscrits arabes, géorgiens et syriaques du Monastère Sainte-Catherine du Sinaï (Egypte)

www.e-corpus.org est une bibliothèque numérique patrimoniale collective coordonnée par le Centre de Conservation du Livre (Arles, www.ccl-fr.org) et co-financée par la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur et l'Union Européenne. Il ya désormais plus de 1 000 000 de pages ou fichiers élecroniques à consulter sur E-CORPUS. ET plus 1 100 000 notices de Gallica (BNF) par le moissonnage OAI.PMH(après avoir lancé une recherche et lorsque les résultats sont affichés, vous pouvez élargir la recherche par moissonnage OAI.mph. Voir à gauche "élargir ma recherche : cliquer surGallica.OAI.pmh). Si vous voulez moissonner l'entrepôt OAI.PMH de E-corpus par votre bibliothèque numérique, nous contacter. Des nouveautés dans la bibliothèque numérique de E-CORPUS
Les manuscrits arabes, géorgiens et syriaques du Monastère Sainte-Catherine du Sinaï (Egypte) sont désormais consultables sur e-corpus. Ce travail a été réalisé par l'Université Catholique de Louvain dans le cadre du projet Manumed (numérisation des microfilms) ; les notices détaillées sont en cours de saisie avec saisie des titres et incipit etc.
MSS Arabes : 202 manuscrits / 50 987 images
MSS Syriaques : 130 manuscrits / 27806 images
MSS Géorgiens : 12 manuscrits / 3099 images
TOTAL: 344 manuscrits ; 81 892 images
contact: info@e-corpus.org

This site contains scanned copies of many of the most popular dictionaries, studies and Manuscripts in Oriental languages. The site itself is in Turkish.

The Virtual Museum Of Architecture from Turkey
(www.archmuseum.org / www.mimarlikmuzesi.org).
The Virtual Museum of Architecture created on the internet by the Building Information Centre constitutes the first step towards the creation of a real life Turkish Museum of Architecture, a project which has been on the agenda for many years but which has never come to fruition. This on-line Museum of Architecture consists of a comprehensive selection of the available documents and evidence illustrating the Turkish and global architectural heritage, making it possible to examine on the internet a great variety of documents once hidden away in the archives of various individuals and institutions and only now brought out into the light of day, thus creating a comprehensive inventory placing a valuable reference library at the service of students and researchers. It has been adopted as a matter of principle that the architects, buildings and various works in the Museum of Architecture exhibitions are chosen from sources recognised as basic reference sources and written by experts of the subject. Thus the aim is to make the Museum of Architecture a museum to be "read" as well as a museum to be "visited". 

Tavoos Online
The first bilingual quarterly art Magazine. Tavoos - is a kind of mini-encyclopedia about Iranian arts: from architecture, archeology, cinema, and theater, to painting and sculpture. Tavoos Online also covers artistic activities of Iranian artists both inside and outside Iran. The art news section is regularly updated while the newsletter is sent to subscribers on a monthly basis. For more information see www.tavoosonline.com.

Ernst Herzfeld Samarra Excavation
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives: Announcing the 100th anniversary of the Ernst Herzfeld Samarra Excavation! (http://si-siris.blogspot.com/2011/01/100th-anniversary-of-samarra-excavation.html) It has been 100 years since German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld began his groundbreaking excavation work on Samarra. In honor of the famous archaeologist's work, the Freer|Sackler Archives will chronicle specific sites and discoveries he made in his first campaign with material excerpts and links to digitized content. To get this exciting year-long celebration started, we are unveiling the new Samarra Resource page: http://www.asia.si.edu/research/archivesSamarra.asp This page contains quick links to all of our collection items from the 19 archaeological sites of Samarra, and provides an eight minute tutorial on how you can use the Collections Search Center to search Herzfeld Samarra records. While you're browsing the images, make sure you look at the newly added Samarra Photographs!

Ernst Herzfeld cataloging project
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives would like to announce the imminent completion of the Ernst Herzfeld cataloging project and the subsequent availability of additional online resources. (http://si-siris.blogspot.com/2010/01/ernst-herzfeld-online-resources.html)
The records primarily relate to Herzfeld's work from 1903 to 1947, in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria; and particularly to his excavations at Samarra, Pasargadae, Persepolis, and Sistan. From the original record content, the Archives utilized social media and basic web skills to produce and promote online resources. The post highlights several of these products including: an Image Gallery on Herzfeld (with geo-mapping in-progress), a Youtube video on how to search the records online, and a cache of previously written online articles and related resources.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Islamic Art Online

In recent months the team of the Islamic Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has worked without rest to update the present database on our collections. Since December 21, 2010 the entire collection – all 12,335 accessioned objects - are online, searchable with brief 'tombstone' data, and about 90% of them with photos: from miscellaneuos beads to the famous Nur al-Din Room; from unglazed 7th century Sasanian pottery sherds to 20th century Moroccan jewelry. Also all other collections of the MMA are also now on the web. While our masterpieces are for the most part well known, this new tool allows a far better and faster research on the mass products of material culture, such as textiles, oil lamps, beads, archaeological household items, and all the objects that need large numbers to work with. Our section of manuscript paintings allows one to browse through all what we have. Pay our new site a visit. This database will certainly change the way we work in the future: http://bit.ly/hJ6p8v If this link does not work please go http://www.metmuseum.org, "Works of Art", "Collections Database", "Islamic Art."

"Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan" project extended

The University of Michigan Library's "Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan" project staff are pleased to announce that our collaborative project to fully catalogue our IslamicManuscripts Collection has been officially extended through December 2012. This extension will allow us to complete the time-consuming physical examination of those manuscripts that have thus far only been examined in the digital environment by the project cataloguer, Evyn Kropf, and by our generous colleagues around the world. To date, this extensive digital examination - combined with physical examination efforts on the part of the project cataloguer and her cataloguing assistants, has resulted in 812 of the roughly 880 previously uncatalogued manuscripts being fully or near fully catalogued with detailed, data-rich records in our online library catalogue. 136 of these are in fact manuscripts for which digitization is not possible at this time.The extension will also allow us to continue receiving and archiving your contributions to enhance the cataloguing as you interact with the manuscripts and their descriptions via the project website http://www.lib.umich.edu/islamic  We greatly appreciate your support for the project thus far, and would be especially grateful for any further contributions you could make to the cataloguing of the remaining manuscripts, including review of existing descriptive data where available. These manuscripts still to be catalogued are listed on the project site here: http://www.lib.umich.edu/islamic/archives/category/notyetcatalogued
Your expertise remains an invaluable complement to our local cataloguing efforts. Treasures from the collection are still being unearthed, and we appreciate your continued participation in the cataloguing endeavors. We look forward to seeing your comments posted to the project site and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution to this project. As always, please feel free to forward any questions, comments and/or  
suggestions to project staff at islamic.manuscripts@umich.edu

Echo (Sada) for Contemporary Iraqi Art

We are delighted to announce the initial launch of the website for Echo (Sada) for Contemporary Iraqi Art. Visit www.echoiraq.org to learn about our programs, mission, and new developments. Echo (Sada) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support  
the generation, presentation, and preservation of contemporary Iraqi art. It was established to expand artistic possibilities through the support of new works, education programs, documentation and research. Echo's long-term vision seeks to: organize exhibition and exchange programs for artists in Iraq and internationally; use digital and physical platforms to address new geographies of practice that integrate dispersed populations; facilitate trans-global learning and production; and build an archive of Iraq's contemporary artistic work and related documentation.


is a new E-journal in English published twice a year by  
MEISAI and the Department of Middle East and African History at Tel  
Aviv University. The journal is edited by research students and  
invites faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to take  
part in a new and unique undertaking in the field of Middle East and  
African studies and history. Sharqiyya's fall 2011 spacial issue on the Arab Spring is now available:

Thesaurus d'épigraphie islamique

Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique (formerly on CD-Rom, now on Web), new  
issue : No. 10 : Inscriptions from South-East Asia (Burma, Brunei, Cambodia,  
China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam)
In the same issue are also included, updated:
No. 1: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya;
No. 2: Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain);
No. 3: Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,  
and Turkmenistan);
Nos. 4 and 5: Egypt;
No. 6: Indian world (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives);
Nos. 7-9 : Sub-Saharan Africa, Irak, Western Europe (Spain, Portugal,  
Italy, Malta, France)
Now altogether almost 23,000 inscriptions, with 6,000 photos of  
inscriptions. The Thesaurus d'epigraphie islamique is designed and compiled under  
the direction of Ludvik Kalus, Professor at the University of Paris-
Sorbonne and Directeur d'Etudes at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes,  
Paris. Carried out by Frederique Soudan, Chargee de recherche de la Fondation  
Max van Berchem. Developed under the patronage of the Fondation Max van Berchem (Geneva).
The goal of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique is to bring together all of the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish (as well as in other "small" languages) from the Muslim world up to the year 1000 of the Hegira. The Thesaurus d'epigraphie islamique is a vital resource for historians, art historians and other specialists of the region. Operating under the major Web browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet explorer) , it performs searches quickly and easily by various criteria such as date, current location, kind ofinscription, site, type of support, material and more. By doing a word search in the Arabic text, it is possible to locate every inscription containing a particular word, in couple of seconds. For epigraphical and technical questions, please contact epigraphie.islamique@noos.fr (Ludvik Kalus and Frederique Soudan).

A Catalogue of Islamic Manuscripts in Belgrade, Serbia
We are honoured to present you an electronic publication of a catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in Belgrade, Serbia. It has been a result of five years researching, identification and cataloguing more than 600 works written in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Persian. A great amount of various relevant information has been incorporated within this catalogue still unknown to scholars, experts and other individuals worldwide. It has been accomplished in English with ZDMG transliteration of Islamic terms and names. More than 400 images of various manuscripts facilitate a better insight of all manuscripts in the collection. The catalogue has been created as an electronic book, very easy to manage, to pass from one page to another and all connected with indexes of places of accomplishment, chronology, authors and copyists, and subjects according to which it is divided. Great attention has been dedicated to graphic design, as well, with an intention that a reader gain richer experience of the manuscripts. Oriental Culture Heritage Society. Please, take a look of this website: http:/sites.google.com/site/acatalogueofislamicmanuscripts/home

The digital library www.e-corpus.org (coordinated by the Centre de Conservation du Livre, Arles, France) provides access to more than 1 300 000 pages of books, manuscripts and archives directly  accessible on Internet.  Most of the documents are related to the Mediterranean and Arabic-speaking worlds. Recently, the large archives collection of the French general Paul Levé (1859-1937) has been digitalized.  P. Levé lived in Maghreb, he produced and collected many papers, and its collection is kept in the library of the Catholic University in Paris. It contains more than 40, 000 pages and has been completely digitalized and described for the e-corpus digital library project. http://www.e-corpus.org/fre/ref/83954/ms_français_374_à_420/
The whole inventory can be downloaded at http://1.static.e-corpus.org/download/notice_file/422662/inventaire_des_archives_du_general_leve.pdf

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for iPad

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has a fabulous iPad application called "Oriental Books" available for free download at the Apple Application Store.  It provides wonderful digital photographs of every page, including covers and doublures, of 20 of the most important manuscripts in their collection, including the 1227 Koran manuscript from Seville, the 1280 Qazwini, a Javanese- Arabic romance from 19th century Indonesia, etc.  The images are so good that they can be enlarged to show tiny details, like laid lines, etc. For more information and links visit

The Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative YMDI

http://ymdi.uoregon.edu is a collaborative endeavor of research libraries
and leading scholars of classical Islam, Middle Eastern history, and  
Arabic Literature whose mission is to preserve and make accessible the Arabic
manuscripts in the private libraries of Yemen.  YMDI's first project  
is a freely accessible, online archive of digitized Zaydi manuscripts  
hosted by Princeton University Library, to be integrated as part of the Princeton
Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts (http://library.princeton.edu/projects/islamic/index.html).  When complete, this YMDI archive will include all the manuscripts of three private libraries in Sana'a as well as additional Yemeni Zaydi manuscripts from the collections of Princeton University Library and the Staadtsbibliothek, Berlin. http://pudl.princeton.edu/collections/pudl0079

Islamic Seals Database
The Chester Beatty Library is pleased to announce the launch of its Islamic Seals Database, an online, interactive database of seal impressions found in Islamic manuscripts. The site can be located at www.cbl.ie/islamicseals or through the link on the Islamic Collections page of the Library's website (www.cbl.ie). Visitors to the site are invited to participate in deciphering the seals, identifying the individuals or institutions named, and providing information such as other sources of seals that name the same individual or institution. The database currently contains 150 seal impressions found mainly in the manuscripts of the Chester Beatty Library's Arabic Collection but also in manuscripts from its Persian, Turkish and Indian Collections. New images will continually be added to the site until all seals in the Library's Islamic manuscripts are included. We are happy to include seals from other collections if proper permission to do so and photographs are provided. The database has been set up as part of the Library's Arabic Manuscripts Project, which aims to produce a comprehensive catalogue of the Library's more than 2600 non-Qur'anic Arabic manuscripts (to replace Arthur J. Arberry's existing eight-volume handlist produced in the 1950s and 60s). The usefulness of the site depends on your participation. So, after a long day of teaching, writing, studying, etc., why not relax by deciphering and identifying a few seals?

The Islamic Manuscripts of the Walters Art Museum: A New Digital Resource

A New Digital Resource for Historians of Islamic Art and Culture: The Islamic Manuscripts of the Walters Art Museum
With the help of a Preservation and Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and with additional funding from an anonymous donor, the Walters is pleased to announce the completion of its program to create digital surrogates of its collection of Islamic manuscripts and single leaves. All the data is licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 UnportedAccess Rights, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/legalcode Images are free for any noncommercial use, provided you follow the terms of the license. There is no need to apply to the Walters prior  
to using the images. Highlights of the collection include a fifteenth-century Timurid  Qur'an (Ms. W.563); a late seventeenth-century copy of the Book on Navigation by Piri Reis (Ms. W.658); and a sixteenth-century de luxe Mughal manuscript of Amir Khusrau Dhilavi's Khamsa (Ms. W.624).  As you will see, images were taken of all parts of the manuscript, including the binding, fore-edge, and spine.  Text pages were imaged  at 600 dpi; illuminated pages were taken at up to 1200 dpi.  The manuscripts have been catalogued by Adam Gacek (Principal Cataloguer) and Amy Landau. The details are as follows. The data is up at: http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/ 

The general ReadMe file is at: http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/03_ReadMe.html
The technical ReadMe file is at: http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/04_TechnicalReadMe.html
The easiest way to access the raw data is at: http://www.thedigitalwalters.org/01_ACCESS_WALTERS_MANUSCRIPTS.html

As you will see, the Islamic Manuscripts are fully catalogued in XML according to  TEI P5 guidelines. You will see English, German, Dutch, Armenian, Byzantine, and Ethiopian Manuscripts up there as well, but these have not yet been fully catalogued, so don't expect any TEI for them yet: we are in the middle of that process. Obviously, although this is our core data, this presentation of the material is not primarily for the general public.  We have two main portals for user-friendly derivatives of our data.  All our illustrated pages we post on Flickr, for which check out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/medmss/sets/
We also publish full PDFs for download of all our manuscripts on the Walters Website:  For example: http://art.thewalters.org/viewwoa.aspx?id=23935
Just under the title of the manuscript, you will see that you can download the PDF. The PDF begins with a full human readable catalogue description of the manuscript, transformed as part of the PDF from the TEI XML.

Premodern Islamic cartography in the "History of Cartography"
Series (vol. 2 book 1: Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies) is now freely available online: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/HOC_V2_B1/Volume2_Book1.html Three other volumes (vol.1 , and vol. 2 books 2 and 3) are also available: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/HOC/index.html