Middle Eastern, Near Eastern and North African Studies

Jewish Heritage Collection

Description

The University Library and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies were the joint beneficiaries of a generous gift from Constance and (the late) Theodore Harris of Beverly Hills, California, who in 2003-04 gave an extraordinary collection of some 2,000 items to the University of Michigan. The Jewish Heritage Collection was formed to reflect Jewish life, and it does so in an unusual assemblage of artwork, books, printed ephemera such as pamphlets and postcards, and objects of everyday and religious significance.

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/33335
Access
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Simpson Islamic Manuscript Record Archive

Description

"The Visual Resources Collections at the University of Michigan houses the Islamic manuscript record archive of Dr. Marianna Shreve Simpson (PhD, Harvard University, 1978). Dr. Simpson served as Curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art at the Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum, and Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (2005). She specializes in the arts of the Islamic book and illustrated Persian manuscripts in particular. She has lectured, taught, and published widely in these fields. She is the author of numerous articles and her books include: Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's Haft Awrang: A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-Century Iran (1997); Arab and Persian Painting in the Fogg Art Museum (1980); and The Illustration of an Epic: The Earliest Shahnama Manuscripts (1979).

The Simpson collection encompasses the history of Islamic book arts, with a particular focus on illustrated manuscripts produced between 1300 and 1600 CE.

Containing over 500 documentation records and approximately 4,800 images (prints, color slides, digital images, and microfilms), the archive represents almost four decades of manuscript study in libraries, museums, and private collections throughout the world. The collection also expands the Islamic Art Archives at the University of Michigan, which encompasses 10,000 photographs of manuscripts, paintings, monuments, and decorative arts. At present, the Islamic Art Archives is comprised of four series: black and white negatives of photographs by Arthur Upham Pope (1881-1969), black and white negatives of photographs by Donald Wilber (1907-1997), Oleg Grabar’s (1929-2011) archives for the Qasr al-Khayr East excavations, and Grabar’s photographic print collection of illustrated Maqamat and Shahnama manuscripts. The Simpson material thus comprises the fifth series in the Islamic Art Archives, which now spans a century of scholarship on Islamic art, painting, architecture, and archaeology.

The Simpson archive is organized by repository name and manuscript accession number or shelf mark (for example, “British Library Add. 7622”). Each file contains its own documentation template, which provides a detailed record of the title(s) of each manuscript, name(s) of calligrapher, painter, and patron, date and place of production, dimensions of folios and text blocks, paratextual information (paintings, seals, endowment notes, etc.), and other key data for every manuscript that Dr. Simpson has examined throughout her distinguished career as an academic, scholar, and curator of Islamic art."

Type
Images
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31828
Subjects

Historical Atlas of Islam

Alternative Titles
An historical atlas of Islam
Atlas historique de l’Islam
Brill Online Reference Works
Encyclopaedia of Islam Online
Description

Collection of maps illustrating the history of Islam, some carried over unchanged from the 1st ed., others reworked and updated, and many new.

Type
Encyclopedia
Map(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31506
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

History of Afghanistan

Alternative Titles
Sirāj al-tavārīkh
Sirāj al-tawārīkh
Description

Translated and edited by R. D. McChesney and M. M. Khorrami

The most important history of Afghanistan ever written (originally written in Persian), Sirāj al-tawārīkh or The History of Afghanistan. It was commissioned as an official national history by the Afghan prince, later amir, Habib Allah Khan (reigned 1901-1919). The author, Fayz Muhammad Khan, better known as “Katib” (The Writer), was a scribe at the royal court. For more than twenty years, he had full access to government archives and oral sources and thus presents an unparalleled picture of the country from its founding in 1747 until the end of the nineteenth century. The roots of much of the fabric of Afghanistan’s society today—tribe and state relations, the rule of law, gender issues, and the economy—are elegantly and minutely detailed in this immense work.

Full-text searchable with links to the original Persian text to be added in the future.

See the User Guide for advice on how the online edition compares to the print with respect to page numbering, footnotes, and layout. See the Preliminaries for advice on the transliteration scheme employed.

Type
E-Book(s)
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30922
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
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U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009

Description

Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half-dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

Type
Database
Text Collection
Coverage
1945-2009
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30920
Access
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Subjects

American Jewess

Description

A digital reproduction of the 8 volumes of The American Jewess, the first English-language periodical targeted to American Jewish women, covering an evocative range of topics that ranged from women's place in the synagogue to whether women should ride bicycles.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30848
Access
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Turkologischer Anzeiger = Turkology annual

Alternative Titles
Turkology annual
Description

The Turkology Annual

The Turkologischer Anzeiger/Turkology Annual (TA), founded by Andreas Tietze (†) and György Hazai, is an indispensable systematic bibliography for Turkology and Ottoman Studies. Experts from all over the world contribute to its compilation, which is funded by several institutions including the UNESCO. The volumes edited by the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Vienna have until now only appeared in printed form.

Type
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
V. 1-26 (1976-2006)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30757
Access
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Dictionary of Qurʾanic Usage

Description
The Dictionary of Qur'anic Usage is the first comprehensive, fully-researched and contextualised Arabic-English dictionary of Qur'anic usage, compiled in accordance with modern lexicographical methods by scholars who have a lifelong immersion in Qur'anic Studies. Based on Classical Arabic dictionaries and Qur'an commentaries, this work also emphasises the role of context in determining the meaning-scatter of each vocabulary item. Illustrative examples from Qur'anic verses are provided in support of the definitions given for each context in which a particular word occurs, with cross-references to other usages. Frequently occurring grammatical particles are likewise thoroughly explained, insofar as they are used in conveying various nuances of meaning in the text. The online version of the Dictionary of Qur'anic Usage is full-text searchable in Arabic and English. 
Edited by: Elsaid Badawi and Muhammad Abdel Haseem
 
Type
Dictionary
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30397
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Nubian Letters

Description
Nubian Letters is an independent biannual bulletin for Nubian history and archaeology, published under the auspices of the International Society for Nubian Studies and the Department of Early Christian Art at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.
Edited by Elizabeth de Ranitz and Karel Inemmée
 
Type
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
1983-1984, subsequent issues to appear as they are digitized.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30339
Access
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Keilschriftbibliographie

Alternative Titles
KeiBi
Description

Die in der Zeitschrift Orientalia des Päpstlichen Bibelinstituts in Rom erscheinende Internationale Keilschriftbibliographie (KeiBi) ist seit ihrer ersten Ausgabe im Jahre 1940 (Orientalia N.S. Bd. 9) zu einem unentbehrlichen Hilfsmittel für Forschung, Lehre und Studium der altorientalistischen Disziplinen geworden. Jedoch - wie in allen gedruckten, über einen längeren Zeitraum hinweg erscheinenden Bibliographien - ist die Recherche darin nicht ohne Mühe. Um dies zu erleichtern, präsentieren wir die KeiBi-Daten in Form einer Datenbank, in der alle erschienenen Ausgaben gleichzeitig durchsucht werden können.

Type
Database
Coverage
1939-current (2009)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30337
Access
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