16 Arabic Lithographs digitized

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!

Arabic resources

Hi friends!

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.

Dr. Walter Young “Uṣūl al-fiqh”

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

OISO, a major reference tool for Islamic Studies as it covers the whole Muslim world from Indonesia to Morocco and everything in between. The reference tool’s usefulness just increased with the recent publication of Dr. Walter Young, a recent IIS graduate. His article entitled “Uṣūl al-fiqh” provides a concise overview of the subject as well as a splendid bibliography for further reading.

To access the article you must login to your McGill account (or your local institution): Uṣūl al-fiqh.

Walter’s PhD thesis The Dialectical Forge: proto-system juridical disputation in the Kitāb Ikhtilāf al-’Irāqiyyīn (2 vols.) is freely accessible via McGill’s escholarship platform.

Congratulations, Dr. Young!

McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Tehran Branch publications now online!

Institute of Islamic Studies Tehran Branch publications

  • Qazwīnī, ʻAlī ibn ʻUmar, 1203 or 4-1276 or 7. Ḥikmat al-ʻayn. Tihrān : Anjuman-i Ās̲ār va Mafākhir-i Farhangī, 1384 [2005 or 2006].
  • Quṭb al-Shīrāzī, Maḥmūd ibn Masʻūd, 1236 or 7-1310 or 11. Sharḥ Ḥikmat al-ishrāq Suhrawardī.Tihrān : Muʼassasah-ʼi Muṭālaʻāt-i Islāmī, Dānishgāh-i Tihrān, Dānishgāh-i Makʹgīl, 2001.
  • Tabrīzī, Rajabʻalī, d. 1669 or 70. al-Aṣl al-aṣīl : uṣūl-i āṣifīyah. Tihrān : Anjuman-i Asār va Mufākhir-i Farhangī, 1386 [2007].
  • Turkah Iṣfahānī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad, 1368 or 1369-1431 or 1432. Kitāb al-Manāhij fī al-manṭiq. Tihrān : Muʼassasah-ʼi Muṭālaʻāt-i Islāmī, Dānishgāh-i Tihrān ; Kuwālā Lāmpư̄r : Muʼassasah-ʼi Bayna al-Milalī-i Andīshah va Tamaddun-i Islāmī, 1376 [1997]
  • Ṭūsī, Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, 1201-1274. Maṣāriʻ al-muṣāriʻ. Tihrān : Intishārāt-i Muʼassasah-ʼi Muṭālaʻāt-i Islāmī-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān, Dānishgāh-i Mīkgīl, bā hamkārī-i Markaz-i Bayn al-Milalī-i Guftugū-yi Tamaddunhā, 1383 [2004 or 2005]
  • Ṭūsī, Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, 1201-1274. Talkhīṣ al-Muḥaṣṣal : bi-inz̤imām-i rasāʼil va favāʼid kalamī. Tihrān : Intishārāt-i Muʼassasah-ʼi Muṭālaʻāt-i Islāmī, Dānishgāh-i Mīkgīl, Shuʻbah-ʼi Tihrān, bā hamkārī-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān,   1980.

Ottoman Postcards

A recent ‘discovery’ in the Islamic collection in Rare Books and Special Collections, is a set of Ottoman-French postcards named Medjmouaï teçavir (Collection de costumes). There are 22 postcards with each image portraying a different cultural aspect of Ottoman customs and dress attire. Unfortunately, there is no date on the cards themselves but we can assume these date from the late 19th or early 20th centuries.Ottoman PC3For further reading on Ottoman costumes, have a look at:

Salman, Fikri. 2012. Türk kumaş sanatı. Erzurum: Atatürk Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi.

Fenerci Mehmed. 1986. Osmanlı kıyafetleri: Fenerci Mehmed albümü = Ottoman costume book. İstanbul: Vehbi Koç Vakfı.

Hamilton, Alastair. 2001. Arab culture and Ottoman magnificence in Antwerp’s Golden Age. London: Arcadian Library.

Ottoman PC1Sevin, Nureddin. 1973. On üç asırlık Türk kıyâfet târihine bir bakış. [İstanbul]: Devlet Kitapları.

Yılmaz, Hale. 2013. Becoming Turkish nationalist reforms and cultural negotiations in early republican Turkey, 1923-1945. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.

As well as: http://www.midafternoonmap.com/2014/02/ottoman-hats.html

Ottoman PC