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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

Al Jazeera

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-Bab

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 etc. It has an Audio Library which can be listened to online.



Al-Tafsi

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.



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.



Date Conversion Resources

There are a variety of online date converters which will be of use to many of our students. 



Early Western Korans Online

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. 

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.



Ectaco Dictionary

English-Arabic online dictionary. 



Encyclopaedia Iranica

It 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. Free to access.



Encyclopaedia Judaica

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.

Provides an overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple Period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from 'Kabbalah' to 'Americana', and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.



Encyclopaedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online

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.

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 of Islam

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.
 



Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an

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.



Farsidict.com

English-Farsi online dictionary. 



Fihrist

The catalogue provides a searchable interface to basic manuscript descriptions from some of the major manuscript collections in the UK. With the continuing contribution of manuscript records from UK libraries, Fihrist aims to become a union catalogue for manuscripts in Arabic script. Fihrist was first developed by the OCIMCO project, with the aim of improving access to the valuable Islamic texts held in the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford and Cambridge University Library.



Harvard University Libraries

Harvard University library has various resources which may be of interest to our students, including their own research guides with reccomended materials. 



Index Islamicus

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. 

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.



Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals

Full-text database of all scholarly journals published by Iraqi universities and research institutions. All journals in IASJ are peer-reviewed. At the moment IASJ is launched in a Beta version and is being further developed.



Iraqi Academic Scientific Journals

Full-text database of all scholarly journals published by Iraqi universities and research institutions. All journals in IASJ are peer-reviewed. At the moment IASJ is launched in a Beta version and is being further developed.



Jara'id

A chronology of nineteenth century periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900). Open access research tool. 



Kotobarabia

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.

Provides access to c. 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.



Lane Arabic-English Lexicon

Regarded as the best Arabic-English lexicon, and available free. Includes OCR, making the English word-searchable (NB: not 100% accurate). Contains all 8 volumes, with 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.



Lingvosoft Dictionary

English-Persian online dictionary. 



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.



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.



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.



Oxford Dictionaries Online

English and foreign language dictionaries, searchable online. 

Available on and off campus (you may have to login using RAVEN).



Semitic Roots Index

Contains definition and entomology.



Steingass' Persian-English Dictionary

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.



Wellcome 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.