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 secretary including the resource name and type, and several sentences about its nature, and a link to further information.