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

CREATIVE DISSENT: ARTS OF THE ARAB WORLD UPRISINGSCreativeDissent_Poster_smallExhibition:

February 1 – February 26, 2016

School of Architecture

Exhibition Room

McGill University
Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal

Opening Reception:

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

Curators:

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.

http://artsofthearabworlduprisings.com

Susan Sheikh and the Calligraphy Workshop: Pictures

Hi friends, on Wednesday the 28th day of July 2015 the ISL hosted a workshop led by Persian calligrapher, Susan Sheikh. 20 participants were fortunate to attend this workshop which was divided into 3 sections.

Susan_calligraphySusan led a short lecture on the history of calligraphy from it’s beginning through to the present. This was followed by a hands-on experience in which the participants were guided through the basic steps of writing nastaʿlīq and shikaste.Susan_calligraphy2 Finally, a question and answer period in which participants were free to ask any and all questions.

If you’re interested in learning more about calligraphy and, especially seeing some examples McGill has many exquisite calligraphic panels, manuscripts and related materials. Further information is provided on the Islamic Manuscripts subject guide.

Many thanks to everyone for attending and a special thanks to Susan Sheikh.

Photos courtesy of Sean E. Swanick, 2015.

Workshop with Sussan Sheikh

On Wednesday, 29th of July 2015 the Islamic Studies Library will host a workshop with Sussan Sheikh.

Calligraphy- Sussan Sheikh_ISL_2015“Susan Sheikh was born in the city of Hamedan, Iran in 1961. She started practicing Iranian calligraphy in 1982 under Iranian calligraphy masters Abdollah Foradi and Yadollah Kaboli. In 1988, Ms. Sheikh obtained the rank of “excellent calligrapher” from the Iran’s Association of Calligraphers and started her career as an art instructor. In years, she has trained several calligraphy apprentices who are in turn disseminating this revered form of Iranian art throughout the country. Ms. Sheikh has participated in more than twenty solo and group exhibitions and her artworks have been published in multiple calligraphy collections. She received an honorary excellence art award in 2007.”

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me (sean.swanick [at] mcgill . ca) to reserve a spot for space is limited.