Eastview has just provided the community with access to the database.
Some of the contents include:
“Over one million people identify themselves as Muslim in the Russian Federation, making Islam the second largest religion in Russia behind Russian Orthodoxy. With archives dating back to 2004, this unique collection delivers access to this influential community’s most important publications on:
- Islamic organizations in Russia and abroad
- Political and economic developments in the Muslim regions of Russia
- Current state of Islamic education in Russia, and more…”
Take a look at the database yourself. Click here to login. At the prompts, enter:
This free trial is valid until August 31, 2014.
Let us know your experience!
If you have some free time this Summer, you may be interested in watching some documentaries available on Films on demand.
Here is a selection of all movies about North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
Another new addition to McGill’s electronic resources is the South Asian newspapers database. Created by the Center for Research Libraries and Readex, it ” features titles published in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Languages include English, Bengali, Gujarati, and others. Titles include such key publications as: Amrita Bazar Patrika (Calcutta), Bankura Darpana (Bankura, India), Madras Mail (Madras), Tribune (Lahore, Pakistan) and the Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka). A complete list of titles is available on Readex’s site.”
For further information, read here.
South Asian newspapers.
The ISL has recently acquired a new online resource, Mideastwire.com. Established in 2005 and based in Beirut, the database covers the 22 Arab countries’ newspapers (around 50 publications) by providing translations of important and noteworthy articles. The archives only go back to 2005 but it is a highly valuable addition for students and researchers of current and contemporary events.
For further information and comparison with some other news resources on the Middle East have a read through Brian Whitaker’s 2005 article in The Guardian.
Mideastwire.com (need McGill log-in.)
Islamic and Middle East Studies Subject Guide (in the newspaper section).
Launched in February 2012, Al-Monitor features reporting from and analysis on Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey by prominent journalists and experts from the Middle East. Al-Monitor uncovers trends while covering the news. To do so, it established partnerships with two dozen regional media, including al-Ayyam, al-Hayat, al-Masri al-youm, al-Nahar, Maariv, Milliyet, etc…
If you subscribe you will receive a daily brief summarizing events in the Middle East directly in your inbox. Check it out!
In honour of this week’s New Approaches to World Islamic and Middle East Studies workshop hosted by the Institute of Islamic Studies, the ISL has a special one week exhibition. Come one, come all!
Check out this incredible selection of 40 maps explaining the Middle East, North Africa, and Central & South Asia. Enjoy!
The Islamic Studies Library is currently displaying an exhibition featuring a fascinating selection of Arabic lithographed books from McGill Islamic Rare Books Collection. This Collection includes many examples of lithographed books in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Urdu, dated from the eighteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. The Arabic lithographed books exhibition includes sixteen items encompassing the different periods, calligraphic styles, graphic designs, and publishing houses from the Muslim world and Europe.
The physical exhibition is freely accessible in the Islamic Studies Library during opening hours from April 1st to September 30th 2014. In addition, all 16 items have been digitized, and are now accessible online. Let us know what you think!
- ʻĀmilī, Bahāʼ al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn, 1547-1621. Kitāb Zubdat al-uṣūl. [Īrān : s.n., 1267 .
- Aṭṭafayyish, Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf, 1820 or 1821-1914. Risālah shāfiyah fī baʻd al-tawārīkh. [al-Jazāʼir] : [Bakīr ibn Qāsim al-Qarārī], 1299 [1881 or 1882]].
- Bakrī, Abū al-Ḥasan Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd Allāh. Hādhā Kitāb Ghazwat al-Imām ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib ; maʻa al-laʻīn al-Huḍām al-Ḥajjāfī li-sabʻ ḥuṣūn bi-al-tamām… [S.l. : s.n., 19--].
- Fattanī, Muḥammad Ṭāhir, 1504 or 5-1578 or 9. Hādhā kitāb mubārak jāmiʻ li-kashf maṭālib al-āyāt wa-al-āthār wa-īḍāḥ maʻānī kitāb Allāh wa-aḥādīth Rasūlihi al-mukhtār Majmaʻ biḥār al-anwār fī gharāʼib al-tanzīl wa-laṭāʼif al-akhbār. Lakʹhnaw : Nawal Kishawr, 1283 .
- Ibn ʻArabshāh, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad, 1392-1450. ʻAjāʾib al-maqdūr fī akhbār Tīmūr, al-maʻrūf bi-Taʾrīkh Tīmūr. Lāhūr : Maṭbaʻ Sarkārī, 1868.
- Ibn ʻĀṣim, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, 1359-1426. Ḥadāʼiq al-azāhīr fī mustaḥsan al-ajwibah wa-al-muḍḥikāt wa-al-ḥikam wa-al-amthāl wa-al-ḥikāyāt wa-al-nawādir. [Fez? : s.n., 19--].
- Ibn ʻAzzūz, Muḥammad Makkī ibn Muṣṭafá, 1853 or 4-1915 or 16. al-Sayf al-rabbānī fī ʻunuq al-muʻtariḍ ʻalá al-Ghawth al-Jīlānī. Bambay : Maṭbaʻ Datt Parshād, 1313 [1895 or 1896].
- Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ.Risālah min rasāʼil Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʼ wa-khullān al-murūwah wa-al-wafāʼ : qad ishtamalat ʻalá mā dāra bayna al-ins wa-al-ḥayawānāt min al-munāẓarah al-murattabah ʻalá badāʼiʻ al-aqwāl wa-al-mukhāṣamāt / bi-idārah Muḥammad ʻAbd al-Wāḥid. Kānfūr : Maṭbaʻah al-Intiẓāmī 1894.
- Iṣṭakhrī, Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad, 957 or 8. Kitāb al-Aqālīm. Gothae : In Libraria Beckeriana, 1839.
- Jawwānī, Muḥammad ibn Asʻad, 1131-1192. al-Shajarah al-Muḥammadīyah.[Istanbul?] : Maṭbaʻat Muḥammad wa-Burhān al-Dīn, 1331 .
- Jazāʾirī, Niʻmat Allāh ibn ʻAbd Allāh, 1640 or 41-1701. Nūr al-anwār fī sharḥ al-Ṣaḥīfah al-Sajjādīyah. [Tehran : s.n.], 1316-1317 [1898 or 1899].
- Jazūlī, Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān, d. 1465. Dalāʼil al-khayrāt ; wa-yalīhi qaṣīdat al-Burdah wa-qaṣīdat al-Munfarijah wa-bi-hāmishihi majmuʻat al-awrād wa-al-aḥzāb wa-al-adʻīyah. [Istānbūl?] : al-Maṭbaʻah al-ʻUthmānīyah, 1302 .
- Qazwīnī, Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad Bāqir, 1799 or 1800-1847 or 8. [Ḍawābiṭ al-uṣūl]. [Tehran? : s.n.], 1271 [1854 or 1855].
- Tūnisī, Muḥammad ibn ʻUmar. Hādhā kitāb Tashhīdh al-adhhān bi-sīrat bilād al-ʻArab wa-al-Sūdān. Paris Duprat, 1850.
- Walī Allāh al-Dihlawī, 1702 or 3-1762 or 3. Fatḥ al-khabīr. Lak hanaʼu : Munshī Nawal Kishūr, 1314 [1896 or 1897].
- Yūsī, al-Ḥasan ibn Masʻūd, 1630 or 1631-1691. Qānūn yashtamilu ʻalá aḥkām al-ʻilm wa-aḥkām al-ʻālim wa-al-mutaʻallim wa-mā yataʻallaqu bi-shayʼ min dhālika ʻalá wajh al-ishārah. [Fès] : ʻAlá dhimmat al-ʻArabī al-Azraq, 1310 [1892 or 1893].
2 new Arabic resources that may be of interest:
Fuzzy Arabic is a dictionary that combines Yamli and Buckwalter’s Morphological Analyzer. The dictionary allows for variant spellings of transliterated words by offering suggested Arabic versions. Fuzzy Arabic.
And the other is an app for Google Chrome which provides the researcher with popular transliterations of a name. Arabic transliterator.