E-Marefah database- Islamic studies, Arabic literature & Middle Eastern Studies

From January 30 to February 28, 2017, the McGill Library is trialing E-Marefah, an integrated database of Islamic studies, Arabic literature  & Middle Eastern Studies.

E-Marefah provides acces to full text and comprehensive metadata of over 700,000 journals, research papers, theses and dissertations, conference papers, statistical reports, and e-books in all disciplines, including most recently published titles.

E-Marefah includes five databases for each specialty:

  • Islamic Studies and Arabic Language
  • Middle East Studies
  • Human science (Humanities)
  • Social sciences
  • Legal and Islamic Fiqh resources.

All databases can be searched simultaneously or separately, either in Arabic or in English, through a single search box. Search results display in a table including extensive metadata and a link to the PDF document when full-text is available:

We’re looking forward to receive your feedback!

Records of the Kurds: territory, revolt and nationalism, 1831-1979

The Islamic Studies Library is currently trialing the Records of the Kurds: territory, revolt and nationalism, 2831-1979. British documentary sources collection. This set of 13 volumes includes documents tracing “early insurgencies of the Kurdish people directed against regional and metropolitan powers, their inter-relations with neighbouring tribes and other ethnic groups, while also depicting the extent of territories pertaining to the Kurdish homeland. The period witnessed the origins of Kurdish nationalist sentiments through a series of disparate revolts in the 19th century, through to a larger, more cohesive and discernible movement launched in the aftermath of World War One.”

fireshot-screen-capture-002-welcome-to-east-view-cambridge-archive-editio_-dlib_eastview_com_browse_books_1670_searchlink%2fsearch%2fsimpleDocuments are in Arabic, English and Kurdish (Sorani). The trial will be open until January 9th, 2017: try it out and let us know what you think!

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!


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!

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!

Database trial: ATLA Historical Monographs Collection

The American Theological Library Association Historical Monographs Collection gives acces to no less than 29.000 titles focusing on religion, dating mostly from 1850 to 1922.

ATLA Monographs  Featured Archives  Digital Archives  EBSCOhost(1)To give you a chance to try this new resource, the Islamic Studies Library setup a trial running from March 9th to April 9th 2015. The collection is available in two comprehensive series:

Check them out, and let us know what you think!


Cambridge Archive Editions Online

Hi friends!

We currently have a 30 day trial of Cambridge Archives Edition Online. The trial runs from 1-31 October 2014. The CAE offers a plethora of primary sources in translation. From their website: “The collections of key documents are always made on specific and well-defined areas of research and each collection has the added value of arrangement into specific topics and document by document identification/description. The series of political reports focus on completeness and organisation of material previously unknown or scattered. Each collection is researched and edited by a professional researcher and sometimes also in cooperation with an academic specialist and presented in facsimile.”

Further information is here.

Access this incredible resource here.

Please let us know what you think!


Oxford Dictionaries: Arabic

Hi friends!
We currently have a 30-day trial with this new online resource. From their website:

Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic is a new groundbreaking resource for those with an interest in the Arabic language. Structured by Oxford’s renowned language research and compiled by an international team of expert advisors, the dictionary is based on language as it’s used today. Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic contains the latest vocabulary in technology, business, media, and the arts in both languages to ensure you have the most up-to-date words at your fingertips.

Key Features Include:

  • Over 330,000 words, phrases, and translations
  • 70,000 real life example sentences
  • Vowels in all Arabic text
  • Fully searchable in Modern Standard Arabic and English
  • Regular word and content updates to ensure this resource is the most up to date bi-directional Arabic and English dictionary available
  • Incorporates extra content including tables of Arabic verbs, numbers, and dates
  • Modern and user-friendly design is optimized for use on a phone or tablet

Click here to explore: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/arabic/

Please let us know what you think.

Free Access through August to the Universal Database of Russian Islamic Studies

Eastview has just provided the community with access to the database.

Some of the contents include:

“Over one million people identify themselves as Muslim in the Russian Federation, making Islam the second largest religion in Russia behind Russian Orthodoxy. With archives dating back to 2004, this unique collection delivers access to this influential community’s most important publications on:

  • Islamic organizations in Russia and abroad
  • Political and economic developments in the Muslim regions of Russia
  • Current state of Islamic education in Russia, and more…”

Take a look at the database yourself. Click here to login. At the prompts, enter:

 Username: ISLtrial

Password: ISLtrial

This free trial is valid until August 31, 2014.

Let us know your experience!