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/.

Check it out and let us know what you think!


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.

And as usual, we thank you for sending any feedback you might have!

New digital collections: Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library

The Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library digital collections is now available to McGill users!

Early Arabic Printed Books - HomeThis full-text searchable digital library of early printed books in Arabic is divided in three subject modules:

  • module 1 entitled Religion and Law focuses on The Qu’ran, traditions (Hadith), tafsir, theology, commentaries on religious texts, religious teaching and practice, biographies of religious figures; law, fiqh and statutes, fatwas and rulings
  • module 2 entitled Sciences, History and Geography offers resources on Natural history, medicine, physiology, other science, classical sciences, philosophy, logic, politics, ethics, mathematics, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, astrology, chemistry; history, early caliphs and conquests, modern history, genealogy, biographies; geography and travel, regional geography, and topography
  • module 3 entitled Periodicals, Literature. Grammar, Language, Catalogues and General Works covers Periodicals, folktales, pre-Islamic literature (Antar, Bani Hilal, Imru’l qays), Islamic poetry and prose (al-Burdah), poetry and prose (maqamat), Kalilah wa-dimnah, Luqman, proverbs and sayings, Thousand and one nights, later literature, poetry and prose, general literature; language and lexicography, dictionaries, grammar, syntax, rhetoric, ‘ilm al-bayan, catalogues, manuscript catalogues, etc.

This unique historical collection includes books published over a period of 400 years (1475-1899) and aims to “exemplify the long exchange of ideas and learning between Europe and the Arabic-speaking world”.

Database trial: Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1974

McGill Library is currently trialling the Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1974 database. The trial will end on May 3rd, 2016.

Archives Direct - Adam Matthew DigitalThis collection includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles covers events in the Middle East during the 1970s: conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia. Commercial interests are also examined, with in-depth analyses of Middle East nations’ economic stability and reviews of international arm sales policies. The activities of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are closely monitored, with particular reference to the Gulf States and members of OPEC.

To gain access, please click on this URL, and if necessary enter the log-in details listed (please note that details are case sensitive): Username: McG8973 / Password: AM1699a. You can also gain access via the ‘trial access login’, which is located on the homepage and throughout our website at www.amdigital.co.uk. Simply select the name of the resource from the drop-down list, enter your username and password, and click ‘login’. If you experience any access difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us.

And as usual, your feedback is greatly appreciated!

New exhibition: Creative Dissent, 1-26 Feb. 2016


February 1 – February 26, 2016

School of Architecture

Exhibition Room

McGill University
Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke Street West

Opening Reception:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5 pm – 6 pm


Christiane Gruber, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Visual Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nama Khalil. Artist and cultural anthropologist, Ph.D. Candidate,  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn. Support for the McGill University, School of Architecture installation is provided by the Yan P. Lin Centre’s Research Group on Democracy, Space, and Technology, the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill Libraries, and Gilgamesh Society.