Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt) digital assets repository gives free access to more than 137 000 ebooks full-text, among which 24 000 are in Arabic. In addition, it offers limited preview (5% of a title; minimum 10 pages) of over 230 000 copyrighted books, primarily in Arabic (200 000).
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina DAR book viewer provides very convenient features including:
- Full text search within the book’s title, subject, keywords, and content
- Highlight of search results, and the possibility to highlight, underline and stick notes
- Single page or two pages display, and one page at a time display to facilitate the opening of a book with a slow Internet connection
- Multilingual interface.
This project, initiated in 1995 was implemented in 2002. The shared catalogue was developed in 2011 in collaboration with other institutions such as Internet Archive, the Arab World Institute (Paris, France), the Biodiversity Heritage Library, etc.
The interface is trilingual: Arabic, English and French.
The holiday season is upon us and the ISL will be closed as of 3pm today only to re-open its doors on the 5th of January 2015 at 9am. This has been another successful year for the ISL in terms of attendance (over 61,700 unique visitors), collection development (close to 3,000 items added including approximately 150 reference materials) and a number of additional activities (exhibitions, talks, information sessions, etc.). It’s been a busy year! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm in the ISL’s activities!
On a different note, a new publication has been released entitled: “Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century. With a Tribute to Raymond Klibansky. Illustrated Survey of Special Collections at McGill University Library and Archives.” This collaborative effort led by Drs. Jillian Tomm and Richard Virr of McGill’s RBSC provides an enlightening survey of the magnificent collections housed in RBSC. Included in those collections are many Islamic materials inclusive of Manuscripts (the image comes from the Dalāʼil al-khayrāt, RBD A6), Calligraphy, Lithographs and Rare Books. One is able to order a physical copy through contacting Dr. Tomm but there’s also an online open access version here.
Happy Holidays from the ISL’s staff and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!
Former McGill MA student and currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto, Usman Hamid has written a scintillating article on the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The article was published in Pakistan’s The Friday Times.
Congratulations, Mr Hamid!
Hi friends! Hot off the press is the latest Pew Research Center’s “survey of Muslims around the world.” The survey notes “[i]n all but a handful of the 39 countries surveyed, a majority of Muslims say that Islam is the one true faith leading to eternal life in heaven and that belief in God is necessary to be a moral person.” Continue reading here.
Please note that as of May 1st, the ISL will be bakc to Summer hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on week ends.
More details here
A warm congratulations to Dr. Khalid Medani on his most recent publication:Teaching the “New Middle East”: Beyond Authoritarianism
Khalid Mustafa Medani April 2013
2 years ago the McLennan Library was home to an exhibition on the scholar, al-Ghazālī. The exhibition was well received and was accompanied by postcards and a booklet. The booklet includes articles by current Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, Dr. J. Ragep, past-Director Dr. R. Wisnovsky, Ghazālī scholar Rev. Dr. Y. Said, and PhD. candidates E. van Lit and E. Tasbihi. It also provides details on the most important and unique leaves and manuscripts that were on display. Recently, this catalogue became available for free thanks in large part to the Digital Team of McGill University Libraries.