Thursday, March 5, 2015

Open Access Journal: Türkiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi (HÜTAD)

Türkiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi (HÜTAD)
ISSN: 1305-5992
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Türkiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi 2004 Güz döneminden itibaren yayımlanan, Hacettepe Üniversitesi Türkiyat Araştırmaları Enstitüsünün yayın organıdır. Dergi hakemli, süreli ve yerel nitelikte olup, disiplinler arası bir yaklaşımla Türklük bilimi alanı ile bağlantılı sosyal, kültürel, ekonomik, politik vb. içerikli, tarihsel veya çağdaş konularda özgün nitelikte, kuramsal ve/veya uygulamalı araştırma ve incelemelere yer verir.  Kısaltılmış adı HÜTAD olan dergi, Bahar ve Güz sayıları olmak üzere yılda iki kez yayımlanır.

Open Access Journal: Makalid: Revues académique semestrielle dans la critique littéraire et sa terminologie édité par L'université Kasdi Merbah Ouargla Algérie

Makalid: Revues académique semestrielle dans la critique littéraire et sa terminologie édité par L'université Kasdi Merbah Ouargla Algérie 
ISSN: 2253-0029

The Digital Orentalist: Full-Text Online Arabic Sources: A Preliminary List

The Digital Orentalist: Full-Text Online Arabic Sources: A Preliminary List
A truly epic amount of Arabic books, both classical and modern, have been scanned already. But what is the status of digitized texts, that is, where one does not look at an image of a page, but where the text of that page has been faithfully typed out? I am not aware of a list of online resources available, let alone a comprehensive analysis of them. If you do know of such or if you are able to contribute other sources or if you can give detailed information on one of these sources, please do contact me!
I here present my first findings of my inquiry. The restrictions I applied are:
  • Arabic texts
  • Exceptions only for those texts clearly pertaining to the Islamic civilization or modern Muslim world.
  • Online
  • Large quantity
  • True text (not images)
  • Free access
So far I found 27 websites that agree to these restrictions. I suspect that many of them contain the same sources. This in itself is not bad, it will help with assuring the continued existence of these digital resources. I only have cursory first-hand knowledge of a couple of them. I would really like it if people with experience with these websites could share their insights!
Here is the list. I hope to continue my investigation in this important topic.
    1. Works with Shamela.
    1. Works nicely, except for print function. Some overlap with noorlib.
    • Excellent resource. Account required (free).
    1. Search function is flaky but the interface for books is nice.
    • Copy of
    • Copy of
    1. Partly Shamela. Some magazines. Search function flaky.
    • Different languages, including English and French!
    • Restricted to tafāsir.
    • Very slow.
    1. Claims to be a crowd-sourced project currently containing about 12.000 titles.
    1. I find this to be a rather exciting website: it features Arabic books on European culture and translations of books in European languages.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Online Bibliography of Ottoman-Turkish Literature - Osmanlı Edebiyatı Bibliyografyası Veritabanı

The Online Bibliography of Ottoman-Turkish Literature - Osmanlı Edebiyatı Bibliyografyası Veritabanı
Welcome to The Online Bibliography of Ottoman-Turkish Literature, a free and extensive database of references to theses, books, articles, papers and projects relating to research into Ottoman-Turkish culture. Please visit the Turkish version of this site if your first language is Turkish. 

The bibliography aims to serve as the principal reference for scholars working on Turkey and the Middle East, and for specialists studying other medieval and early/modern literatures. It is open also to record-submissions from visitors, and we invite all relevant scholars and researchers to post entries relating to their works. Such submissions become available publicly following review. 

To get started, click the Search button now or press the Enter key. This will retrieve the entire contents of the database, and will cause this introduction to disappear automatically. Please refresh this page in your browser should you wish to view this text again. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the Information section for detailed explanations of all aspects of this site.

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Note that the Turkish and English versions of this site differ in the language in which they deliver their static content (labels, button-legends, etc.), but not in the language in which a given record was submitted. Note also that this site employs JavaScript extensively, such that disabling JavaScript in your browser renders the database-functionality inoperable. Nevertheless, this site is safe to use in that it does not employ ActiveX technologies, nor JavaScript from external sources.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A History of Palestine: Feature Articles from the Journal of Palestine Studies

A History of Palestine: Feature Articles
For the first time in the Institution for Palestine Studies' history, we are pleased to present online all of our Feature Articles from the Journal of Palestine StudiesA scholarly collection that greatly expands our knowledge of Palestine and amplifies discussions and debates surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict.
These Feature Articles, spanning 173 issues from our very first publication in 1971 to our most recent quarterly published this winter, serve as an unparalleled chronicle of the struggles that have defined the Palestinian cause. Published in every issue of the Journal, these Feature Articles cover moments of crisis and hope, opportunities and setbacks, history and contemporary affairs, and culture and politics from countless angles.
All Feature Articles may be found by accessing our Back Issues of the Journal and selecting any Journal issue. Below is a sample of some of the articles. 

China and the Palestinians
by John Cooley 
JPS 2 Vol. 1, No. 2 (Winter 1972)

The Palestinian Identity among Camp Residents
by Rosemary Sayigh
JPS 23 Vol. 6, No. 3 (Spring 1977)

Palestinians in the Aftermath of Beirut
by Edward Said: JPS 46 Vol. 12, No. 2 (Winter 1983)

The American Experience: Palestinians in the U.S.
by Kathleen Christison
JPS 72 Vol. 18, No. 4 (Summer 1989)

Israeli Settlement in the Old City of Jerusalem
by Michael Dumper
JPS 84 Vol. 21, No. 4 (Summer 1992)

Al-Aqsa Intifada and the U.S. Media
by Seth Ackerman
JPS 118 Vol. 30, No. 2 (Winter 2001)

Notes from the Field: Return to the Ruin that is Gaza
by Jennifer Loewenstein
JPS 143 Vol. 36, No. 3 (Spring 2007)

The Mavi Marmara at the Frontlines of Web 2.0
by Diana Allan and Curtis Brown
JPS 157 Vol. 40, No. 1 (Autumn 2010)

Palestinians in Latin America: Between Assimilation and Long-Distance Nationalism
by Cecilia Baeza
JPS 170 Vol. 43, No. 2 (Winter 2014)

Open Access Journal: Türk Tarih Eğitimi Dergisi - Turkish History Education Journal

Türk Tarih Eğitimi Dergisi - Turkish History Education Journal
ISSN: 2147-4516

TUHED, Türkiye’deki tarih eğitimcilerin odağında uluslararası düzeyde yayın yapan ve kâr amacı gütmeyen disiplinler arası, bilimsel, akademik bir dergidir. 

Ekim ve Mayıs aylarında olmak üzere, yılda iki kez, çevrim içi (online) yayınlanan TUHED'in ilgi alanı tarih eğitimi/öğretimi, tarihyazımı ve tarih-sosyal bilimler ilişkisidir. Tarih eğitimi/öğretimini temelden etkileyen tarihyazım süreçleri ve tarih alanının sosyal bilimlerle ilişkili durumlarını dikkate alan çalışmaları önemser. TUHED, Türkiye’deki tüm tarih severlerin ve tarih eğitimcilerinin dergisi olmaya çalışmanın yanısıra tarih eğitimi alanında ulusal ve uluslararası gelişmelerin paylaşıldığı, tartışıldığı ve kritik edildiği bir platform olma amacını taşır.

al-Raqmiyyāt: Digital Islamic History

al-Raqmiyyāt: Digital Islamic History

Reading Traditional Sources with Nontraditional Methods

Maxim Romanov is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Classics and the Perseus Digital Library Project, Tufts University. His dissertation (Near Eastern Studies, U of Michigan, 2013) explored how modern computational techniques of text analysis can be applied to the study of premodern Arabic historical sources. In particular, he studied “The History of Islam” (Taʾrīḫ al-islām), the largest of surviving biographical collections with over 30,000 biographies, written by the Damascene scholar al-Ḏahabī (d. 1348 CE). He is continuing his research and develops methods of computational analysis for other genres of premodern Arabic literature, mainly large volume collections—bibliographical collections, collections of traditions (ḥadīṯ), collections of legal decisions (fatwás), interpretation of the Qurʾān (tafsīr), etc.—that can offer insights into long-term and large-scale developments that took place during the pre-modern period of Islamic history. He is working on two book projects: (1) “The History of Islam”: An Essay in Digital Humanities continues the study of al-Ḏahabī’s tremendous collection of biographies, while (2) The Gift to the Knowledgeable 2.0, explores cultural production in the Islamic world until the beginning of the 20th century through the study of the Hadiyyaŧ al-ʿārifīn, a bibliographical collection composed by Ismāʿīl Bāšā al-Baġdādī (d. 1920).