History of philosophy in the Islamic World: a collection of podcast episodes

The series of podcasts on the history of philosophy in the Islamic World is one of the collections constituting the “History of philosophy without any gaps“, a website created and maintained by Dr. Peter Adamson (Professor of philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München). The website includes approximately 260 episodes of which 76 focus on a variety of topics in the history of philosophy in the Islamic World. The episodes can be browsed and accessed by period (Classical philosophy, Later antiquity) or by geographical area (the Islamic World, India).

Philosophy in the Islamic World History of Philosophy without any gapsAs described on the website, in the episodes about philosophy in the Islamic World “Peter examines the thought of Muslim, Jewish and Christian philosophers, writing in Arabic, Hebrew and Persian, from the 9th century down to modernity. Islamic theology (kalam) is also considered. Major figures covered include al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Avicenna, al-Ghazali, Averroes, Ibn ‘Arabi, Suhrawardi, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, and Mulla Sadra, but as always considerable attention is devoted to lesser-known figures and movements.”

The website also links to a blog, and a series of links including RSS feeds for podcast episodes in the different collections.

The website is in English.

Digital Vatican Library

Started in 2010, this massive digitization project of the Vatican Library aims to scan the entire library’s collection of manuscripts (80,000 codices), as well as other materials such as incunabula. The Vatican Library’s collection include a number of manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.

In August 2016, 5267 manuscripts and 658 incunabula were accessible on DigiVatLib:

Digitized Manuscripts (Vat.turc.) DigiVatLibAs explained on the “About” page, “DigiVatLib is based on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) technology, making digital materials easily accessible and usable.”

The DigiVatLib book reader not only allows users to zoom, browse and ‘turn pages’, but also to compare digital objects from different IIIF repositories of other digital libraries. It is possible to search, and discovery the digital collections using the simple and advanced search features. The guided navigation (‘faceted search’) relies on metadata elements to refine queries. The next release of DigiVatLib will include enhanced search functions,  digital galleries, and a news section.

The interface is available in English, Italian and Japanese.

Ali Jahanshiri’s Persian grammar, vocabulary and verb conjugator

Ali Jahanshiri’s website offers resources for learning Persian in six different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Basic resources include grammar lessons, a phrasebook and vocabulary, as well as articles on Persian language. Programs for Persian language include a verb conjugator, and guidelines for setting up and using applications such as a Persian word builder or a Persian phonetic keyboard layout that can support Persian language learning.

As shown on the screenshot below, the website in multilingual:Ali Jahanshiri's web site - Persian grammar, vocabulary and verb conjugator


Codicologia: glossaires codicologiques

Codicologia is an online tool providing multilingual vocabulary for the description of manuscripts which aims to support manuscripts catalogers, critical editors, and more widely anyone interested in manuscripts. Launched in 2011, the website is the result of the merging of three existing databases:

  • Vocabulaire codicologique, an index of French terms used to describe manuscripts, with a translation in English, Italian, and Spanish, established in 2003 based on the work of Denis Muzerelle published in 1985 (Paris : Editions CEMI, 1985)
  • Lexicon, a work by Philippe Bobichon focusing on the manuscripts page layout in various linguistic and cultural traditions (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Roman and Arabic ) published in 2008. (Paris : IRHT, 2008 ; Ædilis, Publications pédagogiques, 5)
  • المعجم الكوديكولوجي العربي, a glossary compiled by Anne-Marie Eddé (Paris1 University), Marc Geoffroy (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Marie-Geneviève Guesdon (Bbibliothéque Nationale de France), in collaboration with Youssef Baratli

Glossaires Codicologiques

The glossary can be interrogated by Theme, browsed by Index, or fully searched. At the time of our visit, however, the Index page was not accessible and the Index feature only available via the search box located at the top right corner of each page. An additional Help tab explains in great detail how to best use Codicologia. And the Colophon page is under construction.

Gathering the works of prominent scholars in the field of manuscripts edition, this website is a wonderful tool for manuscripts specialists. The website interface is fully bilingual French-Arabic.

Ottoman History Podcast

Ottoman History Podcast is a website launched in March 2011. First aimed at trying alternative forms of academic production, it’s now become one of the largest online platform where worldwide Ottoman Empire historians have academic discussions and exchanges.

Ottoman History Podcast- Türkçe

Ottoman History Podcast provides free access to more than 250 recorded lectures and interviews, in English and in Turkish, feeding a continued historiographical conversation on history in the Ottoman Empire and its past. Here is the complete list of episodes.

In addition, Ottoman History Podcast is part of a consortium of websites including :

  • The Afternoon Map, a cartography blog posting high definition scans of historical maps with extensive descriptions
  • Stambouline, an art and architecture blog exploring the stories behind architectural and artistic remains of the Ottoman Empire
  • HAZİNE, a guide to archives and collections pertinent for the history of the Ottoman Empire

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New Islamic & Middle East studies subject guides

Over the Summer (2016), the Islamic Studies Library is reviewing, and updating, all of the Islamic and Middle East studies subject guides, in the hope to have fully functional, relevant, and easy to navigate subject guides for the new academic year.

Digital collections - Middle East studies - Guides at McGill University

As part of this project, numerous new guides were developed and launched:

We would love if some of you were to get involved: have a look at the guides, and let us know what you think! We’ll be happy to hear any suggestions or comments you may have!

Onomasticon Arabicum-online

Onomasticon Arabicum is an online database compiling biographical information on more than 15 000 scholars and personalities from the first thousand years of the Muslim Era.Initiated in the 60s by the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes Section arabe (CNRS/France), this biographical dictionary was launched online between 2010 and 2012, and is regularly being improved.

Onomasticon ArabicumOA gives access to individual entries in Arabic compiled from the ancient biographical literature which is an invaluable treasure of Islamic culture. The Advanced search feature allows to interrogate separately any of the different elements of the persons’ names, dates of birth/death, and places of activity, reconstructing not only their identity, but also tracing the transmission of knowledge, and framing the historical context.

The website interface is bilingual Arabic-English.

Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR) Journal now in Open Access

icrjournalThe International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) in Malaysia has now made all issues of its e-journal Islam and Civilisational Renewal available in open access.

“Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR) is an international peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by IAIS Malaysia publishing articles, book reviews and viewpoints on civilisational renewal and aims to promote advanced research on the contribution of Muslims to science and culture. The journal seeks to propagate critical research and original scholarship on theoretical, empirical, and comparative studies, with a focus on policy research.  It plans to advance a refreshing discourse for beneficial change, in the true spirit of the Islamic principles of tajdid (renewal) and islah (improvement and reform) through exploring the best contributions of all school and currents of opinion. Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR) centers around a number of selected areas: Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic finance and banking, Islamic family law, politic, philosophy, Halal standards, inter-faith harmonisation, science & technology and social aspects of Islam in modern Muslim societies.”*

Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR) Journal can be accessed at www.icrjournal.org.

For more information about the journal, or the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) you may contact Razi Ahmad at razi@iais.org.my.

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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