Saturday, April 18, 2015

Newly Open Access Journal: JMEWS: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies

JMEWS: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 
ISSN: 1552-5864 
e-ISSN: 1558-9579
JMEWS is the official journal of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies.

This interdisciplinary journal advances the fields of Middle East gender, sexuality, and women's studies through the contributions of academics, artists, and activists from around the globe working in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. JMEWS publishes area-specific research informed by transnational feminist, sexuality, masculinity, and cultural theories and scholarship. It is particularly interested in work that employs historical, ethnographic, literary, textual, and visual analyses and methodologies. The journal also publishes book and film reviews, review essays, and dissertation abstracts that highlight theoretical innovation in gender and sexuality studies focused on the Middle East.

Full Text and Abstracts: January 2015 - Present  
March 2015; 11 (1) : 1 - 137 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Open Access Journal: Kafa`ah: Journal of Gender Studies

Kafa`ah: Journal of Gender Studies
Print ISSN: 2356-0894
Online ISSN: 2356-0630
Kafa’ah (Print ISSN 2356-0894 Online ISSN 2356-0630) is an open-access and peer reviewed journal published by Center for Gender and Child Studies, State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) Imam Bonjol Padang. This journal covers key issues on gender studies, including: place of women in society, empowering women, and government policies on women empowerment. The objective of the journal is to promote the sharing of knowledge and understanding on the gender issues. It then welcomes contributions from experts, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers around the world. This journal is published twice a year.



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

قول Qawl 1.0

Qawl is a free computer program for searchers, teachers and students in the fields of Arabic studies.
The program offers:
  • a large library of Arabic texts (around 2000)
  • a research algorithm enabling one to find any word or sequence of words matching a given query
  • the automatic identification of parallel passages (sources, quotations, etc.) of any given selection of text by comparing it to the entire library
  • a handy help for the translation and analysis of Arabic words and sentences via various webtools (Aratools, Google Translate, Bing Translator)
Sébastien Moureau
Chargé de recherches au F.R.S.-FNRS
Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Qawl Copyright (C) 2014-2015 Sébastien Moureau

Friday, March 27, 2015

Partially Open Access Journal: Journal of Levantine Studies

Journal of Levantine Studies
Journal of Levantine Studies (JLS) is an interdisciplinary academic journal dedicated to the critical study of the geographical, social, and cultural settings which, in various periods of history, have been known as the "Levant." The journal is published biannually in English in print and online by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. 

JLS aims to reclaim the Levant as a historical and political concept and as a category of identity and classification. The notion of the Levant has undergone a dynamic process of historical evolution in usage, meaning, and understanding. While the term "Levantine" originally referred to the European residents of the eastern Mediterranean region, it later came to refer to regional "native" and "minority" groups. As it developed alongside colonial practices and Eurocentric attitudes, the notion gradually acquired derogatory connotations in its everyday and academic usage. Intellectuals and social thinkers from the region renounced the term while simultaneously embracing and rejecting Western prejudices and attempting to avoid identification with larger regional units, which directly contradicted twentieth-century attempts to build nation-states. Meanwhile, in academia, the term has been largely relegated and confined to the fields of archaeology and literature. 

Current trends in scholarship investigating various social and political "peripheries" have favored the development of internal discourses that originate within so-called margins and define themselves in their own cultural terms. (In this reorientation, terms with pejorative connotations, much like the Levant, have often been reclaimed). At the same time, scholars of postcolonial and subaltern theory have also suggested overturning the dominant discourse and even provincializing Europe itself. Similarly, rethinking regions such as the Levant as central to academic inquiry and re-conceptualizing Europe and other historically dominant regions as provinces may prove worthwhile. This reformulation may prove relevant to the Levant, whose geographical and conceptual maps, boundaries, and groupings have long been drawn with a Eurocentric pencil. Framing the Levant as a category of analysis creates a unique platform with novel possibilities for academic discussion and can trigger productive debate and theoretical and empirical scholarship on the Levant and Levantines in various geographical and historical contexts. 

Re-conceptualization of the Levant as a useful category of analysis and classification could problematize and possibly reshape conceptual maps of the region by taking various subaltern perspectives into consideration, and posit the Levant as an active agent rather than as a passive object.
The Editorial Board welcomes scholarly debate on the symbolic and theoretical significance of the Levant as well as on the political, social, and cultural manifestations of reality for the people of the region. The journal looks to publish articles that engage contemporary academic discussions on relevant socio-political topics including (but not limited to) processes of religion and secularization, the construction of memory, literary and linguistic streams, the migration of knowledge and people, consumerism and commercial networks, globalization, and the study of nationality and trans-nationalism. 

JLS publishes articles focused on the modern era, which begins, symbolically, with the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. This date symbolizes the realization of Western fears of a clash with the Muslim and Eastern (Oriental) world on the one hand, and on the other the diverse and symbiotic social processes between religions and people—including the migration of ideas, art, people and goods—which continue to define the development and character of the Levant. As such, we adopted a chronological focal point that pays tribute to the history of the region and avoids the traditionally Western notion of 1492 as the watershed moment for global diffusion.
Volume 1
Summer 2011
Winter 2011  
Volume 2
Summer 2012
Winter 2012

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Open Access Journal: Kurdish Studies: International peer-reviewed journal of Kurdish Studies

Kurdish Studies: International peer-reviewed journal of Kurdish Studies
ISSN: 2051-4883
e-ISSN: 2051-4891
Kurdish Studies  journal is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality research and scholarship. Kurdish Studies journal is initiated by the members of the Kurdish Studies Network (KSN) and supported by a large group of academics from different disciplines. The journal aligns itself with KSN's mission to revitalize and reorient research, scholarship and debates in the field of Kurdish Studies in a multidisciplinary fashion covering a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, economics, history, society, gender, minorities, politics, health, law, environment, language, media, culture, arts, and education.


Vol 1, No 1 (2013)

Kurdish Studies, Volume 1, Issue # 1, October 2013


Vol 2, No 1 (2014)

Kurdish Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, May 2014
Open access to the articles in this issue are sponsored by Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies (USA).

Vol 2, No 2 (2014): Kurdish Linguistics: Focus on Variation and Change Guest edited by Geoffrey Haig & Ergin Öpengin

Kurdish Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, October 2014
Special issue:
Kurdish Linguistics: Focus on Variation and Change
Guest edited by Geoffrey Haig & Ergin Öpengin

Open Access Journal: MELA Notes - The Journal of the Middle East Librarians Association

[Originally posted in AMIR 19 February 2011. Updated 26 March 2015]

MELA Notes The Journal of the Middle East Librarians Association
ISSN 0364-2410
It is the purpose of the Middle East Librarians' Association to facilitate communication among members through meetings and publications; to improve the quality of area librarianship through the development of standards for the profession and education of Middle East library specialists; to compile and disseminate information concerning Middle East libraries and collections and to represent the judgment of the members in matters affecting them; to encourage cooperation among members and Middle East libraries, especially in the acquisition of materials and the development of bibliographic control; to cooperate with other library and area organizations in projects of mutual concern and benefit; to promote research in and development of indexing and automated techniques as applied to Middle East materials.
©2001 Middle East Librarians Association

MELA Notes is also accessible in JSTOR

The Clarion Project: Challenging Extremism, Promoting Dialogue

The Clarion Project: Challenging Extremism, Promoting Dialogue
 The Clarion Project
Founded in 2006, Clarion Project (formerly Clarion Fund Inc) is an independently funded, non-profit organization dedicated to exposing the dangers of Islamic extremism while providing a platform for the voices of moderation and promoting grassroots activism. 

Clarion’s award-winning movies have been seen by over 50 million people. They grapple with issues such as religious persecution, human rights, women’s rights, the dangers of a nuclear Iran and what the concept of jihad means for the West. Our dynamic website, viewed by 1.1 million unique visitors in 2014, covers breaking news, provides expert analysis on relevant issues and acts as a platform for Muslim human rights activists. 

Clarion Project draws together Middle East experts, scholars, human rights activists and Muslims to promote tolerance and moderation and challenge extremism.

The Clarion Project archives scans of Dabiq: The Islamic State's (ISIS) Magazine