Author: Nadia Barclay, Director of Outreach at the Arab Cultural Trust Overview: al-hakawati.net is a virtual public library of Arab and Islamic heritage. Our purpose is to make learning […]
Mehmet Kentel and Akın Özarslantürk introduce their collection at the ANAMED library in Istanbul
Guy Burak talks to us about cookbooks, Afghanistan, and his work as librarian of Middle East collections at NYU.
We have a new person at HAZINE–Heather Hughes! Heather is a Middle East cataloger at the University of Texas Libraries and is leading the preparations for some great new content for […]
The Archives du Maroc is Morocco’s newest public archive and offers scholars the opportunity to delve into previously overlooked material. The Archives hold those records of the French Protectorate that remained in Morocco following independence, as well as a smattering of holdings from the pre- and post-Protectorate periods.
Every month new resources, archives, and databases for historians of the Middle East are coming online. Zachary Foster introduces us to the most important ones.
The library became one of the richest Ottoman archives in the world in 1931 when it acquired millions of Ottoman documents from Turkey. Today, the library’s Oriental Department contains more than 160 sijills, 1000 registers, 1,000,000 individual documents, and thousands of manuscripts, from all the provinces of the Ottoman Empire. The library is truly a hidden gem for scholars of the Middle East and the Balkans.
The John Rylands Library in Manchester is one of the best libraries in the United Kingdom, and holds more than one million manuscripts and documents, including important collections of material in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and other Near Eastern languages.
Located on the grounds of the National Garden in the Topkhane district of Tehran, the library and museum are a must-see not only for researchers but also anybody visiting Iran’s capital. While the museum holds an extensive collection of various artifacts, coins, artworks and carpets, the tens of thousands of Islamic manuscripts, many of which are rare and some unique, make the library one of the largest depositories of its kind in Iran.
The Museum of Textbooks or “Matḥaf al-Kitāb al-Madrasī” is a unique resource for historians interested in education, not only in Jordan, but also in Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Iraq. The museum is located on the grounds of the secondary school for boys in Salt, approximately twenty miles from Amman and houses textbooks used in Jordan, but written and published throughout the region. These textbooks mainly date from the 1920s through the present but also include a few Ottoman-era works, as well as documents relating to Jordanian education, particularly at the Secondary School for Boys.