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Middle Eastern and Islamic selected online resources

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Last updated September 2015

 

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED E-RESOURCES

Arabic manuscripts online
The Arabic manuscripts collection of the Wellcome Library (London) comprises around 1000 manuscript books and fragments relating to the history of medicine. For the first time this website enables a substantial proportion of this collection to be consulted online via high-quality digital images of entire manuscripts and associated rich metadata.

These manuscripts are part of the Wellcome Library's Asian Collection, which comprises some 12,000 manuscripts and 4,000 printed books in 43 different languages. The Islamic holdings include Arabic and Persian manuscripts and printed books, and a small collection of Ottoman manuscripts and Turkish books. The core of these collections relates to the great heritage of classical medicine, preserved, enlarged and commentated on throughout the Islamic world, stretching from Southern Spain to South and South-east Asia.

Brockelmann Online (Brill)
Brockelmann Online consists of both original volumes Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL) by Carl Brockelmann (1868-1956), as well as the three supplement volumes, including the indexes. Brockelmann’s Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur offers bio-bibliographic information about works written in Arabic and their authors, with an emphasis on the classical period. This originally multivolume reference work is divided in chronologically organized sections, which are subdivided by literary genre. Individual entries typically consist of a biographical section and a list of the author’s works in manuscript and print, with references to secondary literature.

Cambridge Companions Online
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Click on 'Cambridge Companions Online' and search for the books below. You can also retrieve these e-books via iDiscover.
In the field of Middle East the collection contains:
1. Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy
2. Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology
3. Cambridge Companion to Modern Arabic Culture
4. Cambridge Companion to Muhammad
5. Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an

Cambridge Histories Online
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Click on 'Cambridge Collections Online' and search for the book. You can also retrieve these e-book via iDiscover.
In the field of Middle East the collection contains:
1. Cambridge History of Arabic Literature
2. Cambridge History of Iran
3. Cambridge History of Islam
4. Cambridge History of Turkey
5.New Cambridge History of Islam

Early Western Korans Online
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The collection demonstrates the impact of the holy book of Islam in Europe. Long before printing with movable type became common practice in the Islamic world, Korans had been printed in Arabic type in several European cities. The collection includes Korans and Koran translations, printed between 1537 and 1857, and is of interest to book historians, theologians, philologists, and scholars of Islamic Studies alike.

Encyclop(a)edia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online
Covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches in order to be as objective and versatile as possible. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online is cross-searchable and cross-referenced, and is equipped with a browsable index.

Encyclopaedia Iranica
The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.  The academic reference work will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures, facilitating the whole range of Iranian studies research from archeology to political sciences.

Encyclopaedia of Islam
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Encyclopaedia Judaica
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It covers all aspects of Jewish history and culture in the Diaspora and in Israel.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an
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Index Islamicus
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International classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world (monographs, articles and reviews). Printed version is published annually. Searchable by keywords etc.. Indispensable tool for libraries, graduates and undergraduates alike. The Index Islamicus Online provides the reader with an effective overview of what has been published on a given subject in the field of Islamic Studies in its broadest sense.

Kotobarabia
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Provides access to ca 5,000 arabic ebooks. The database is a compendium of early works of a variety of disciplines from important Arab writers, spanning fields from feminism and social theory, to classics of literature, history, and the sciences. Includes works by the Four Imams of the Sunni Sect, the Al Azhar Modern Sheikhs, various authors of the Modern Arab Enlightenment, and rare works by the former Egyptian royal family.

Michaelides Fragments
Ongoing project of digitising the collection owned by Cambridge University Library. Cambridge University Library bought the collection in 1977 from the heirs of the antiques dealer Georges Anastase Michaelides (1900-1973). At the time of his death he was in possession of over 1,700 fragments of papyri, paper and other materials in the ancient Egyptian languages, Coptic, Greek and predominantly Arabic. This collection comprises personal letters, legal texts, accounts, literary texts, recipes and other documents. Only a small number have been subject to academic study.
In this first phase of the project, the Universitry Library is making available on-line the Arabic papyri together with the descriptions.

Middle East Report (MERIP)
Online journal (ISSN 0899-2851). Available from 1988 to present via Cambridge University Library e-journals website.

MERIP was founded in 1971 by activists for peace and social justice to bring to the U.S. public critical analysis of Middle Eastern political economy and US policy toward the region. MERIP publishes an award-winning magazine, Middle East Report, distributes Press Information Notes via e-mail, maintains a website and produces primers. MERIP neither solicits nor accepts financial support from government and corporate sources. This independent stance is an essential part of MERIP's mission to document and support popular struggles for peace and social justice in the Middle East, and to promote progressive change in U.S. policy toward the region.

Oxford Arabic Dictionary Online
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Fully searchable in both languages. Contains 330,000 words, phrases and translations. Gives 70,000 real-life example sentences.

 

FREE ON-LINE DICTIONARIES

Arabicorpus & International Corpus of Arabic
These are large corpora of texts which can be searched to check contemporary word and phrase usage.

Ectaco English-Arabic Online Dictionary

English-Farsi Dictionary from farsdict.com

English-Persian (Farsi) Online Dictionary (from Lingvosoft)

Lane, (Edward William) Arabic-English Lexicon (dictionary)
Regarded as the best Arabic-English lexicon is available free. Including OCR, making the English word-searchable (NB: not 100% accurate). Contents: all 8 volumes. One large word-searchable file for each volume. Arrangement by root, exhaustive meanings including derivatives, comments on grammar, examples of usage in Al Quran/Koran & other sources.

Lisān al-ʿArab by Ibn Manẓūr
Free digital copy of this well-known, comprehensive Arabic dictionary. It follows the Ṣiḥāḥ in the arrangement of the roots: The headwords are not arranged by the alphabetical order of the radicals as usually done today in the study of Semitic languages, but according to the last radical - which makes finding rhyming endings significantly easier. Furthermore, the Lisan al-Arab notes its direct sources, but not or seldom their sources, making it hard to trace the linguistic history of certain words.

Online English-Persian Dictionary

Oxford Arabic Dictionary Online
Subscription-based dictionary. ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.

Fully searchable in both languages. Contains 330,000 words, phrases and translations. Gives 70,000 real-life example sentences.

Semitic Roots Index
Contains definition and ethimology.

Steingass' Persian-English dictionary, Francis Joseph
Francis Joseph Steingass' comprehensive Persian-English dictionary, including the Arabic words and phrases to be met with in Persian literature. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1892.

 FREE E-RESOURCES

Al-Bab's Online Newspaper Links
Large newspaper directory web site. Provides links to over 8000 daily online newspaper and magazines published across the Arab world in Arabic, French, Hebrew or English.

Al-eman
Islamic website. Searchable in Arabic by keywords or full sentences. Provides ebooks on different Islamic topics, such as the Qu'an, the Hadith, Arabic linguistics, literature, religion, classical dictionaries etcIt has an Audio Library which can be listened to online.

Al Jazeera Online : Arabic version ; English version
AL Jazeera is an independent broadcaster owned by the state of Qatar and headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty TV channels in multiple languages.

Al-Tafsi.com
Free, non-profit website providing access to the largest online collection of Qur’anic Commentary (tafsir or tafseer), translation, recitation and essential resources in the world. In addition to presenting the standard Classical and Modern Commentaries on the Holy Qur’an (tafsir or tafseer) texts of all eight schools of jurisprudence, the site also contains works of various mystical, philosophical, linguistic and theological currents. Moreover, the first time in one place, comparative studies between the Shafi‘i, Hanafi, Maliki, Hanbali, Ja‘fari, Zaydi, Ibadi and Thahiri schools can be carried out complete with multi-screen displays and search programs.

Al-waraq
High quality, scholarly full text database. The use of some parts of the database is free but registration is required . Its digital library contains ebooks, Qur'anic texts, biographies, classical literature, language, philosophy and religion, dictionaries and much more.

Arabic resources - Wordreference.com
Contains online resources on Arabic language: dictionaries, alphabet and writing, pronunciation, grammar, basic words and phrases (standard and colloquial), free e-books with audio-visual material, links to news channels).

Brockelmann's Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (GAL)

EThOS Digital Islam
Contains 971 Ph.D. Islamic Studies theses online from UK universities. Available for downloading.

Iraqi Academic Scientific journals
Full-text database of all scholarly journals published by the Iraqi universities and research institutions are. All journals in IASJ are peer-reviewed. At the moment IASJ is launched in a Beta version with only 71 journals published by 18 institutions. The service will be further developed and will cover all journals, more than 200 journals publisher by 40 academic institutions in Iraq. The database can be also browsed.

Jara'id
A chronology of nineteenth century periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900). OPen access research tool. 

Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB)
An information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies. It provides access to online information and to digital records of printed and other offline media and thus supports the concept of a hybrid library for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Parstimes Guide to the Middle East

Parstimes Iran Index

Salam Biographical Dictionary
Contains 2460 biographical entries.The selection is wide-ranging, spanning a period from early Islamic history to the Twentieth Century. It includes short accounts of men and women who have emerged from a Muslim milleau to influence the cultural, political and intellectual life of the society around them.

 

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