Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Historiography of Early Modern Ottoman Europe (HOE) Database

HOE is a collection of meta-data focusing on historiographical writing of Early Modern Ottoman Europe (1500-1800). It brings together published and unpublished primary sources (chronicles, histories, hagiographies, inscriptions, maps…), as well as secondary material (“Main Section”). It also offers information on specific collections, as well as a wide variety of references to tools and resources useful to those navigating the research questions of Early Modern historiography (“Tools Section”).

HOE provides information on the author(s), title(s), contents, manuscript(s) and edition(s) of the main sources related to the topic. Regarding these sources, it offers bibliographical meta-data in the form of both library-specific and internationally recognized identifiers. This information is augmented by links to online resources and related literature. Thus, HOE allows for quick and comprehensive overview of where to find primary sources, who was/is connected to their generation and proliferation, which secondary sources in which editions, printed and online there are, etc.… It is a research tool for easy, comprehensive, quality reference.

You can switch between the Main Section and the Tool Section at will. Different facets and filters will help you refine your search.

If you are looking for specific works, you can use the search function to find its title, transcribed title or translated title. In each entry, different pieces of related information and links are made available, depending on the type of source you have selected. And in every case, there will be links to its related sources, which allow you to quickly and precisely access a source’s siblings or derivates.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mediterranea: International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge

Publisher: UCOPress. Cordoba University Press (UCOPress Editorial Universidad de Córdoba) ISSN: 2445-2378

Mediterranea is an international journal focusing on various areas of knowledge transfer from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period, covering the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin, and paying special attention to philological, philosophical, scientific, cultural and religious fields of research. Mediterranea publishes original papers relating to all aspects of the knowledge transfer from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period. All submissions from Arts and Humanities, Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences and Experimental Sciences are welcome.


Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Friday, April 6, 2018

E-book: Arabic manuscripts of the Thousand and One Nights

Title: Arabic manuscripts of the Thousand and One Nights :presentation and critical editions of four noteworthy texts observations and some Osmanli translations
Author:   Aboubakr Chraïbi; Ibrahim Akel; Jean-Patrick Guillaume; Ulrich Marzolph; Arianna D'Ottone Rambach

Publisher:     Paris : Espaces & signes, impr. 2016.
Description:     1 vol. (564 p.) : ill.  ; 25 cm.
ISBN :                     9791094176115  

Access to E-book requires registration.

Monday, April 2, 2018

West African Arabic Manuscript Database

West African Arabic Manuscript Project

[First posted in AMIR 5 May 2012, updated 30 March 2018]
UPDATE: The database platform has been updated. First several thousand digital copies of manuscripts will go on-line this summer [2018]

AMMS is a bi-lingual database that was developed at the University of Illinois in the late 1980s to describe a collection of Arabic manuscripts in southern Mauritania (Boutilimit). It subsequently has been used to catalogue seven other West African collections including the manuscript libraries at the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University, and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuctu.  Currently (during 2011-2) print catalogues from West Africa published by al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation are being added to it. For more information on the activities and publications of the Foundation and these catalogues visit
The database has a search engine designed to identify manuscripts and authors when only fragmentary information is available, in Arabic or Roman script, for records now in excess of 23,000. Experimental linkage of digital images of manuscript texts to the records is currently underway.
The database and the AMMS cataloguing tool are publicly available at no cost to users. The AMMS software for cataloging is free and can be downloaded for local use. Thirty-odd fields in Arabic and English cover all the descriptors normally employed in manuscript work and users may customize the input fields for the needs of particular collections. We encourage the inclusion of newly-catalogued material into the main data base; please contact the editors.

إن نظام إدارة المخطوطات العربية ثنائي اللغة-عربي/إنجليزي- المعروف بال AMMS (إختصاراً من الحروف الأولي للبرنامج the Arabic Manuscript Management System) قد تم تطويره من قبل جامعة ألينوي the University of Illinois في الثمانينيات لتوصيف مجموعة من المخطوطات العربية من بوتيلمت بجنوب موريتانيا، و من ثم فقد لََمَت الإستعانة بهذا النظام لفهرسة سبعة مجموعات أخرى من غرب أفريقيا، بما في ذلك المجموعات الخطية لمعهد الأبحاث العلمية بموريتانيا Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique ، وجامعة نورث وسترن Northwestern University ، و مركز أحمد بابا بتمبكتو. و خلال عامين 2011-2 سيتم إضافة الفهارس المطبوعة التي أصدرتها مؤسسة الفرقان للتراث الإسلامي للنظام. و للإطلاع على المزيد من العلومات عن إصدارات و أنشطة المؤسسة بالإضافة إلي هذه الفهارس يمكن تصفح الموقع الإلكتروني:

إن قاعدة معلومات البرنامج قد تم تصميمها خصيصاً لتعيين المخطوطات أو المؤلفين حتى عند وجود معلومات جزئية، سواءً بإستخدام الحروف العربية أو الرومانية، ضمن سجل يربو على 23,000 مدخل. و حالياً، فهناك عمليات تجريبية لربط بعض المخطوطات بنسخها الضوئية.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Open Access Journal: Nidaba

Nidaba Interdisciplinary Journal of the Middle East
This interdisciplinary Journal of Middle East Studies is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal published digitally by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. The journal is published bi-annually, and features original multi-disciplinary articles related to the study of the Middle East (broadly defined). Reflecting the general mission of CMES, the journal aims to publish articles that are theoretically informed, methodologically sound and analytically innovative. Nidaba’s goal is to contribute to informed public debates and policy formulations related to the Middle East. The journal welcomes submissions with a broad perspective. Interdisciplinary submissions are strongly encouraged.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

SALT Araştırma: Digitized French Press in the Ottoman Empire

SALT Araştırma: Digitized French Press in the Ottoman Empire.

"This project, a collaboration between İstanbul Atatürk Library, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes, aims to digitize newspapers and magazines published in French from the second half of the 19th century to the 1930s. More than a hundred titles, including periodicals printed in the Ottoman Empire as well as media published by the Young Turks of Europe, are now accessible. İstanbul Atatürk Library’s collection of Franco-Ottoman press has been digitalized by SALT Research, while the collection of Bibliothèque Nationale de France can be accessed through Gallica."

Available journals include:
Alem (1)
Ameli Elektrik (10)
Bulletin Commercial d'Orient - Eastern Commercial Bulletin (1)

Bulletin de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Constantinople - Bulletin of the Chamber of Com (2)

Bulletin de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Smyrne (6)

Bulletin Médical de Constantinople (2)

Byzantia (2)
Chambre de Commerce Française d'Izmir - French Chamber of Commerce of Izmir (1)

Correspondance d'Orient (7)

Crédit Lyonnais Revue Mensuelle (4)
Djem (6)
Echos d'Orient (3)

El Üfürük (1)
Felek (1)

Gazette Médicale d'Orient (39)
Génie Civil Ottoman (2)

Hamenora (11)
Hokkabaz (1)
Journal Asiatique de Constantinople (1)
Journal de Constantinople (17)

Journal de la Chambre de Commerce de Constantinople (2)
Kalem (4)

Küçük Gazete (3)

L'Echo de Turquie (2)
L'Economiste d'Orient (16)

L'Illustration de l'Orient (5)

L'Information d'Orient (18)
L'Orient (3)
L'Orient et l'Abeille du Bosphore (1)
L'Orient Illustré (2)
L'Orient Illustré, Littéraire, Artistique et Scientifique (2)
L'Orient Illustré, Pour et Par L'Orient (1)
L'Osmanlı (4)
L'Univers Revue Orientale (2)
La Défense - Müdafaa (1)
La Défense Financière et Economique (1)
La Défense Nationale - Müdafaa-i Milliye (2)
La Dépêche (2)
La Gazette Financière (6)
La Pensée Turque (1)
La Pédiatrie en Turquie (3)
La Revue Financière (2)
La Revue Littéraire Persane - Pars (1)
La Revue Orientale (2)
La Turquie (26)
La Turquie - Türkiye (3)
Le Film - Film Mecmuası (3)
Le Moniteur Oriental - Oriental Advertiser (30)
Le Publicateur (2)
Le Sans Fil - Telsiz (1)
Levant Herald (13)
Maarifet (1)
Malumat (9)
Meşrutiyet - Mècheroutiette (16)
Meşveret - Méchveret (9)
Mi'rat-ı Sanayi-i İslamiyye - Le Miroir de l'art Musulman (1)
Muahadat Mecmuası (0)
Pages Médicales de Constantinople (2)
P’ST (3)
Revue Bibliographique de Philologie et d'Histoire (1)
Revue Commerciale d'Orient (1)
Revue Commerciale du Levant (2)
Revue de Constantinople (2)
Revue de l'Exportation Allemande (2)
Revue de Thérapeutique et Expérimentale (1)
Revue de Turcologie (5)
Revue des Annonces (1)
Revue Poul Derneghi - Poul Derneği Mecmuası (1)
Revue Technique l'Orient (5)
Servet-i Fünun (3)
Telegraf ve Posta Mecmuası - Bulletin Télégraphique et Postal (1)
Tout Péra (2)
Türk Antropoloji Mecmuası - Turkish Journal of Anthropology (7)
Türk Mühendisler Ocağının Fen Mecmuası - Revue Technique des Ingénieurs Turcs (1)
Türk İktisad Mecmuası - Revue Économique du Turquie (2)
İctihâd (25)
İhsaiyat-ı Maliye Mecmuası - Bulletin of Statistics (6)
İktisadiyat Mecmuası - Iktissadiat Medjmouassı (2)
İstanbul Piyasa Gazetesi - Stamboul Piassa Gazettassi (2)
See: Digitized French Press in the Ottoman Empire

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

KITAB: Knowledge, Information Technology, and the Arabic Book

KITAB: Knowledge, Information Technology, and the Arabic Book: Studying the formation and development of the written Arabic tradition with digital methods
KITAB provides a digital tool-box and a forum for discussions about Arabic texts. We wish to empower users to explore Arabic texts in completely new ways and to expand the frontiers of knowledge about one of the world’s largest and most complex textual traditions.
We are leading with a tool that detects how authors copied from previous works. Arabic authors frequently made use of past works, cutting them into pieces and reconstituting them to address their own outlooks and concerns. Now you can discover relationships between these texts and also the profoundly intertextual circulatory systems in which they sit.
Our most recent work has involved gathering statistics on such reuse across the tradition. This includes the extent and precision of reuse, and where it does and does not occur. We are also developing new visualisations that show the relationships between authors, books, and the ideas that they contain. Equally importantly, we are building the corpus of texts upon which our research is based, and making use of our recent and pioneering work on Optical Character Recognition...