The University of Hamburg’s Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures and Islamic Painted Page are pleased to announce the launch of a new version of the Islamic Painted Page website to help users locate paintings, illuminations and bindings, and to signpost them onward to authoritative online and print publications.
As well as some refinements to the site, we are proud to report the database is now expanded to 42,000 references, of which 21,000 now include images. Altogether, the database now includes works from over 270 collections worldwide, and image facilities are now included for 50% of the content. Everything remains fully searchable by picture description as well as by place, date, accession number and other metadata.
Very grateful acknowledgement is made to the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Galleries; The Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Harvard Art Museums; Copenhagen David Collection; the Geneva Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, and Chester Beatty Library, for permission to include images from their collections on this latest version of the database. Together with previous permissions and Creative Commons policies, this enables the database to display images for works from twenty major collections so far.
The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures aims to enable the continued development of the Islamic Painted Page database, and the site is now hosted and supported by the University of Hamburg, although the database ownership and maintenance remain unchanged.
The Dallas Museum of Art has made the Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art available on its website (https://collections.dma.org/topic/departments/keir). For the first time, new digital, color photography of the majority of the objects in the collection is freely available for study and download. This project is the culmination of four years of admirable work behind the scenes at the DMA, for which the museum’s staff deserves much praise.
The collection is searchable both by the published Keir catalogue numbers and by the new loan numbers assigned by the DMA. In any new publications, please use the credit line “The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, XXX” where XXX is the new loan number. If you wish, you can follow this with the published, catalogue number.
The Keir Collection online project is a work in progress—please bear with us as we continue to improve our online presence. The cataloguing is minimal and not yet updated—there are many gaps and there may be some errors. The digitisation of objects continues. Most of the manuscripts have been digitised and are being coded so that they can be viewed with the pages properly sequenced—these will be uploaded on a rolling basis as soon as they are ready. Finally, some objects are not yet present on the website.
The aim of the Crossroads Aleppo project is to reach Aleppans in their mother tongue and to draw attention to the importance of the old town and its own cultural heritage as well as to lay the foundations for reconstruction. The first three monuments are now extensively documented in Arabic and English - including the famous Umayyad Mosque. Crossroads Aleppo allows a discussion around the understanding of the Old Town and its reconstruction. The documents directly support the local actors. Scientific documentations on the reconstruction on site are in many cases not accessible, or were looted. The project is part of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project (https://syrian-heritage.org/en/start/), located at the Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum and has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation since 2017. The next phase of 25 catalogue entries is in preparation.
The Berlin Museum of Islamic Art's object database includes over 11,000 objects and is now available online, at www.smb-digital.de.
Please look for „Museum für Islamische Kunst“. Currently the descriptions are only available in German. However you may search the collection in a special search form („Advanced Search“) according to date, material, object/term and geographical reference and enjoy the multiple views of the objects featured under the headline „Multimedia“.
The Manar al-Athar website, based at the University of Oxford, aims to provide free, downloadable, high resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, and publication. These images of archaeological sites, with buildings and art, will cover the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain. The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e., from about 300 BC) through, the Islamic period to the present. It is the first website of its kind providing such material labelled jointly in both Arabic and English. There are currently over 30,000 images online.
The 3271 inscriptions from 509 monuments, 3395 bibliographic references from 63 bibliographic items, 12,107 photographs and 1425 drawings are now searchable in English and Arabic (the latter for the Arabic text field only).
“Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums”, aims to facilitate the interchange of diverse cultural and historical experiences. Multaka (Arabic for “meeting point”) aims at an active cultural participation through a process of appropriation of cultural institutions. Through experiencing the appreciation which the museum shows towards cultural artifacts from their homelands, we hope to strengthen the self-esteem of refugees and allow for confident and constructive connection with our cultural institutions. To cover the great interest of the German audience, Multaka organized in addition 18 intercultural workshops in 2016 that address refugees as well as German speaking natives to meet directly.
An announcement of Marcus Milwright's new online teaching and research resource: http://craftsofsyria.uvic.ca
The site is devoted to the crafts of Syria and records evidence for traditional modes of manufacturing across the country. I have been developing this site over the last year with the assistance of students in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies (University of Victoria).
The Crafts of Syria website is organized according to the cities, towns, and other settlements of modern Syria. You will find primary written sources, secondary historical studies, ethnographic and archaeological research, travellers’ accounts, and photographs that provide evidence for craft activities conducted in these locations from the seventh century to the present. Searches can also be made via a map or by craft type.
The site is in its early stages of development, and the coverage (geographical, historical, and the range of crafts) is still uneven. My team will continue to add new entries in the coming years. We also plan to extend the geographical scope of this study to encompass other regions of the Middle East.
If you have additional material relating to crafts activities across Syria, I would be delighted to receive it. Please send this information, as well as comments about the site to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit resources to the HIAA webmaster including the resource name and type, and several sentences about its nature, and a link to further information.