The literary and cultural journal al-Adab was founded in 1953 by the famous Lebanese novelist, short-stories writer, journalist and translator Suhayl Idris (1925-2008). A monthly periodical, Majallat al-Adab is still considered one of the leading literary journals.Since 2015, al-Adab has been published electronically. But back issues (1953-2012) are now also available online, on the al-Adab Archives website. Issues can be browsed by date of publication, and articles can be individually downloaded and saved as PDF, or printed.
The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI), a strategic multi-year program, launched in 2009 aiming to raise awareness about the value and importance of preservation of the region’s photographic heritage. Since then, it developed into a multi-faceted initiative expanding over research and capacity building objectives.
The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative consist of 3 parts:
- MEPPI courses
Since the beginning of this program, three introductory photograph preservation courses have been held to train collection personnel in the region. Up until now, more than 60 professionals from institutional and private collections in the Middle East benefited from the training. Topics covered are as follow: an overview of the technical history of photography and photographic processes; an introduction to the history of photography; digitization fundamentals; emergency preparedness and response; preservation planning and the care, handling and storage of photographic materials
- MEPPI survey
The MEPPI survey focus is on identifying signification photograph collection in the Middle East and North Africa in order to develop an online directory of collections
- MEPPI Symposium
Between 2015 and 2017, MEPPI focused on the long-term preservation of photographs in the Middle East. Intensive workshops, and a symposium were held in 2017 on the photographic legacy of the Middle East and North Africa.
The Digital South Asia Library makes openly accessible digital materials for reference and research on South Asia. DSAL is a collaborative program of the University of Chicago and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), built upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries’ Global Resources Program and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in DSAL include leading American Universities, CRL, the South Asia Microform Project (SAMP), the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia. More details on the program are outlined in the grant proposal available in PDF or HTML.
The Digital South Asia Library can be searched and/or browsed according to the following categories:
- Scholarly reference books with a link to full text dictionaries at Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA)
- Images organized by the original collections
- Maps ranging from historical to topographic
- Statistical data from the colonial period through the present, available in a variety of formats
- Electronic catalogs and finding aids for dispersed resources and collections
- Periodical indexes and document delivery mechanisms
- Pedagogical books, general scholarly titles, journals and newspapers
- Other Internet resources.
When complete, Jerusalem Maps should include not only original maps of the city but also links to existing collections of both historical and contemporary maps of Jerusalem. Currently, the website “contains five maps based on a ten-year survey of the old city undertaken by Riwaq: The Centre for Architectural Conservation” which can be downloaded and used by researchers as long as properly referenced.Jerusalem Maps is another of the numerous resources accessible on Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies website, along with Families Interrupted, Al-Quds Archive, or Dreams of a Nations.
Since 2007, the University of Arizona Libraries has been collaborating with the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) to preserve, catalogue and digitize Afghan Literature from the Jihad Period (1979-1989). Initially supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) until 2012, the project is now jointly funded by the University of Arizona Libraries and ACKU.
The Afghanistan Digital Collections website includes unique documents in English, Pashto and Dari about Afghan history and culture, and the development of Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989. Among the important titles, readers will find:
- Established in 1927, Anis is a newspaper in Dari and Pashto still currently published with approximately 2,500 copies circulated daily
- Established in 1962, the Kabul Times was the first English language printed newspaper in Afghanistan. After 1978 and the Coup d’Etat, and its renaming New Kabul Times, the editorial line of the newspaper changed for Communist and anti-Western culture rhetoric
- Published by the Government from 1932 to 1990, Da Afghanistan Kalanay -also known as Salnamah-i Afghanistan- is both an almanac and yearbook covering political and economic history and activities of the country. Texts are mostly in Dari/Persian and Pashto, but some issues have added titles and notes in English or French.
The website is in English.
Families Interrupted presents a series of anonymous but intimate portraits of Palestinian families living under the Israeli Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law. This Law, passed in 2003, prevents Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) married to Israeli citizens from obtaining a legal status in Israel, violating their right to a family life in Israel.
Photographs and related testimonies of Rawiya, Yara, or Kifah, provide invaluable insight into how the Israeli Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law makes their family life extremely difficult if not impossible, and give snapshots of their daily human existence.
Initially produced for Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Families Interrupted is one of the numerous resources available on Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies website. The photographs are taken by professional photographer Jenny Nyman, and the collection is curated by Rula Makram Khoury, art historian and art critic.
The website is trilingual English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project (DILP) was originally launched in 1995 by a registered Non Profit Organisation operating through the collaborative effort of volunteers based in many countries around the world. The goal of DILP is to digitize, and make available on the internet a growing number of materials related to the history, law, practices, and societies across the Muslim world or areas where Islam is present, with a particular focus on Twelver Shiism.
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library includes over 1,800 textual, audio and video documents in twelve different languages (Arabic, Bengali, English, French, Gujarati, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish and Urdu). Audio materials can be downloaded in MP3, Video can be shared (vimeo), and textual documents can be saved in PDF, and printed.
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project is not a scholarly website and should be used as such. If “all reasonable attempts have been made to prevent inauthentic information from being carried on this site” (…) Ahlul Bayt does not “guarantee the absolute authenticity of all of the data (…).”
The website interface is available in the same twelve languages mentioned above.
Initiated in 2016, Bibliothèque d’Orient is a collaborative effort of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) and seven heritage and research libraries based in Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Istanbul, and Jerusalem. Bibliothèque d’Orient is an ever-growing digital collection that currently (Sept. 2017) includes over 7,000 textual documents, photographs, maps, etc. covering the Levant including Iraq and Arabia Petrea from 1798 (i.e. Expedition of Bonaparte to Egypt) to 1945.
- Crossroads includes photographs, travel accounts, travel books, maps, etc.
- Communities includes documents relating to the everyday life of people and their traditions
- Religions focuses on the religions present in the area as well as holy places
- Knowledge gathers a variety of documents about libraries, research institutions, and languages studies
- Politics is further divided in four themes: Wars and conflicts, Treaties and borders, Reforms, and Nationalisms
- Imaginery focuses on literary sources
- Personalities (incomplete section) presents people identified as important.
All documents are accessible full-text, and can be either read online, downloaded (PDF), printed, or shared. It is also possible to order art reproductions for a fee.
The website is available in Arabic, French, and English, but the online reader interface is only in French.
Hikmat is an academic blog about “Texts, Translations, Thoughts, Philosophy, Literature, Shi’i Islam, Urdu, Persian, Iran, India” active since October 2007.
The owner of the blog, who calls himself Mulla Sadra, is a British historian of intellectual life with particular interests in philosophy and literature, in both the past and contemporary Muslim world.
Hikmat publishes primarily academic books and articles reviews. But the blog also includes some research notes, and basic bibliographies. As such, it is a valuable research tool, and will appeal to anyone working on Shi’i and Iranian studies.
Al-Quds open archive is the result of a collaboration between the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University (CPS) and the Institute for Palestine Studies in Ramallah. Since its foundation in 2010, to honor the legacy of Professor Edward Said who taught at Columbia University for forty years, the Center for Palestine Studies has been involved numerous projects including the publication of the Jerusalem Quarterly, a film based project called Dreams of a Nation, and Al-Quds open archive.
Al-Quds open archive includes 392 issues published between 1908 and 1914. The Index allows visitors to access the scanned issues by number. Documents first display in a reader, and the PDF file opens when clicking on the pop-out icon located at the top right hand side of the document. Those high definition PDFs can be downloaded and printed.
The website is in English.