Sunday, 16 October 2011

Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique - Free online

Previously available only on a CD with periodic updates, the 10th edition of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique is now available free online. Registration required. (Note: the interface and application are in French).

[from H-TURK post]
"PUBL.- 2011 Issue of Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique online
Thesaurus d'├ępigraphie islamique is now available on the Web and free!
Just go to
Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique (formerly on CD-Rom, now online), new issue :
No. 10 : Inscriptions from South-East Asia (Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam)

In the same issue are also included, updated:
No. 1: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya;
No. 2: Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain);
No. 3: Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan);
Nos. 4 and 5: Egypt;
No. 6: Indian world (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives);
Nos. 7-9 : Sub-Saharan Africa, Irak, Western Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta, France)
Now altogether almost 23,000 inscriptions, with 6,000 photos of inscriptions.
The Thesaurus d'epigraphie islamique is designed and compiled under the direction of Ludvik Kalus, Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and Directeur d'Etudes at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

Carried out by Frederique Soudan, Chargee de recherche de la Fondation Max van Berchem.
Developed under the patronage of the Fondation Max van Berchem (Geneva).
The goal of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique is to bring together all of the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish (as well as in other "small" languages) from the Muslim world up to the year 1000 of the Hegira.

The Thesaurus d'epigraphie islamique is a vital resource for historians, art historians and other specialists of the region.
Operating under the major Web browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet explorer) , it performs searches quickly and easily by various criteria such as date, current location, kind of inscription, site, type of support, material and more. By doing a word search in the Arabic text, it is possible to locate every inscription containing a particular word, in couple of seconds.

For epigraphical and technical questions, please contact: (Ludvik Kalus and Frederique Soudan)"

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

CRL webinar on Middle East resources

A useful presentation of resources for Middle Eastern studies (including a webinar) by the Center of Research Libraries :

"The Fall issue of the CRL online publication FOCUS on Global Resources spotlights the Middle East and Islam. Learn more about Middle Eastern resources available at CRL or online, a professor’s use of provincial newspapers to explore the emergence of Turkish national identity, and documentation of the Arab Spring uprisings in and through various media.

FOCUS is available at"
(Judy Alspach, Center for Research Libraries)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

When a blog is so good...

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

This regularly updated blog offers plenty of news regarding academic resources on the Middle East. 
It includes among other valuable information: a list of Journals in Open Access and a list of blogs with sources and scientific secondary texts (carnets de recherche), without journalistic or polemical blogs. 


Monday, 3 October 2011

Framing the Arab Uprisings: a historical perspective

Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture

Date: Thursday 6 October 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Juan Cole
Chair: Professor Kimberly Hutchings
Juan Cole is Richard P Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of the blog Informed Comment.
This lecture is funded by the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Foundation and is part of The Fred Halliday Distinguished Lecture Series.
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