Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) is an online Open Access journal started in 2012 by the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (CIMELS) at University of Zurich (Switzerland).

UZH - Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern LawEJIMEL publishes articles, primarily in English and German, focusing on : democracy, constitutional law, Islamic law theory, family law, human rights, as well as the relations between Islam and national and international law orders. As explained on EJIMEL’s website: “the editors aim is to foster a vivid debate focusing on the correlation between Islam as a religion with a distinct body of legal norms and the paramount principles and guarantees of current international law, as well as to inquire into key phenomena in Muslim-majority law orders such as, e.g., “Re-Islamisation”, which have influenced both codifications and scholarly discourse in a significant way.”

Published once a year, EJIMEL is referenced in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Articles, are preserved in PDF in the University of Zurich institution repository ZORA, are given a DOI and published under the Creative Commons Licence. As long as properly cited and used, every article can be copied, shared, or printed.

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أرشيف المجلات الأدبية والثقافية العربية = Archives of Arabic cultural and literary journals

أرشيف المجلات

This digital archives of Arabic cultural and literary journals offers Open Access to no less than 179 journals, among which some of the most significant periodicals of the 19th-20th centuries from Egypt (al-Hilal, al-Manar, al-Muqtataf, etc.), Palestine (al-Karmal), Syria (Journal of the Arabic Academy of Sciences), or Tunisia (al-Fikr).

The collection can be browsed by country of publication, journal title, and author’s name. Visitors can also search for a specific journal title, author’s name of article title, as well as for any keyword in the indexes of all or one journal. Every journal can be browsed by both year and month of publication. And single issues are browsable with an interactive index that allows to open individual articles within the issue.

The reader in which articles open is the simplest tool: navigation is possible with either arrows or the scrollbar, and minus/plus signs allow to zoom-in or out.

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New exhibition: illuminated Qur’ans from the McGill collections

MS RBD Arabic 29

MS RBD Arabic 29 – Rare Books and Special Collections

The Arabic writing used for setting down the sacred text of the Qur’an went under a diffusion corresponding to the expansion of the Islamic faith and to the development of the Islamic civilization. It belongs to the family of Semitic scripts, which are consonantal scripts vocalized by means of accents. The conditions of use and development of the Arabic writing were therefore determined by its association with the language it expressed. Although Arabic became a major academic and literary language, it experienced divergences of articulation and pronunciation in the colloquial use which affected the way in which it was written.

MS RBD Arabic 18 - Rare Books and Special Collections

MS RBD Arabic 18 – Rare Books and Special Collections

The archaic or primitive Arabic writing was used in Arabia at the beginning of Islam, from the Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime and during the caliphates of his immediate successors (632-660). From the very beginning, the Arabic script was associated with the religion of Islam, and became instrumental in the materialization and transmission of the divine message. In the 7th century, the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik imposed the use of Arabic to the central and provincial administration, and for the legends on coinage with calligraphic designs. This, in turn, led to two distinct paths in the development of the Arabic writing:

  • a utilitarian cursive script marked primarily by the requirements of legibility and speed, known as Naskh was used for state documents and correspondence
  • a dignified angular form purely aimed at the requirements of prestige, known as Kufic, was used for ornamental purposes (architecture and coinage) as well as for the copy of the divine message.
MS RBD Arabic 20 - Rare Books and Special Collections

MS RBD Arabic 20 – Rare Books and Special Collections

Until the 10th century, Qur’an were mainly written in Kufic script. This exhibition intends to show the influence of other scripts, such as Syriac, Turkish and Persian, on the Kufic calligraphic style, as well as a variety of styles and decorative techniques used in different periods of time and regions of the Muslim World.

The Qur’an exhibition was curated by Anaïs Salamon, Head Librarian, and Dr. Eliza Tasbihi, Senior Library Clerk at the Islamic Studies Library. It will be accessible in the Islamic Studies Library, Morrice Hall, 1st floor, during opening hours, from June 1st to December 31st, 2016.

On trial: Al-Manhal datatabase for ebooks and ejournals in Islamic Studies

The Islamic Studies Library is trialing Al-Manhal datatabase for ebooks and ejournals in Islamic Studies from May 26 to June 25, 2016. Al-Manhal’s Islamic Studies collection includes approximately 1850 monographs, and 50 peer reviewed journals with back issues of 4 years in average.

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During the trial period, 100% of the content is available. Download, however, is subject to restrictions. The database can be accessed using the following link: http://platform.almanhal.com/.

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McGill Islamic Lithographs digital collection now online!

The McGill Islamic Studies Library Collections include over 750 lithographed volumes in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, and Urdu. These books were published between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century in the Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkey), North Africa (Morocco), and South Asia (India, Pakistan).

About The Collection

The McGill Library’s Islamic Lithographs digital Collection started with a selection of sixteen Arabic lithographed books, which were physically displayed in the Islamic Studies Library between February 1st and September 30th 2014. The collection now includes 56 titles, and is a continually updated resource.

Visitors can browse the collection by country of publication or language. All books are accessible full text, either in PDF on the McGill website, or using the online reader of the Internet Archive. Each lithograph is described in a detailed bibliographic record which includes a dynamic bibliographic citation:

Islamic Lithographs - Full RecordVisitors interested in learning more about the history of lithography in the Middle East and South Asia will find an extensive bibliography.

For more information, please contact the Islamic Studies Library, McGill University Library.

Islamic Studies Library digital collection in Internet Archive

The Islamic Studies Library is glad to announce that all digitized materials from its collections are now accessible in Internet Archive, a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

Islamic Studies Library - Free Texts - Download & Streaming - Internet ArchiveCurrently, the collection includes 395 manuscripts, lithographs, and rare books in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Urdu, published between 1488 and 2013 A.D., and is continually growing.

A course in Baluchi - Barker, Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman - Free Download & Streaming - Internet ArchiveThe materials can be opened and browsed using the Internet Archive book reader, or downloaded in PDF format. The RSS feed feature of the Internet Archive website gives you the opportunity to stay informed of new additions to our collection.

 

Middle East and North Africa Virtual Library MENALIB

home - MENAdoc-SammlungThe MENAdoc – Digital Collections was founded by the Middle East and North Africa Special Area Collection (Sondersammelgebiet 6,23) at the Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle (ULB Halle). Providing access to bibliographic databases, and full text electronic publications, MENALIB is accessible through the  Middle East Virtual Library MENALIB comprising the following collections:

MENALIB provides access to a number of bibliographic databases. At the same time, one of the main objectives of MENALIB is the integration of new electronic fulltext resources into MENALIB’s fulltext repository MENAdoc, which comprises, apart from periodicals, a constantly growing number of individual digital publications related to Middle East and Islamic Studies.

McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council Graduate Student Symposium

The 2016 McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council Graduate Student Symposium will be held on April 28th and 29th in the Post-Graduate Students’ Society’s Thomson House of McGill University, located 3650 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2.

Preliminary Program - Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council Graduate Student SymposiumThe preliminary program and information on keynote speaker can be found on the MISSCC Symposium website.

Database trial: Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994

Through May 27th, 2016, the Islamic Studies Library is trialing the Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994 database.

Search Middle East and North Africa- Global Perspectives, 1958-1994 Readex

This fully searchable digital collection from the archive of the Central Intelligence Agency spans 19 countries and four decades, including both firsthand reporting and deep analysis on global and regional issues. It is currently about 90% complete and will continue to grow over the next several months as the documents are digitized. A full description of the database can be found here.

The trial can be accessing using the following URL: http://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/readex/welcome?p=TOPMENA.

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