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- Abduh Hamid II Collection - "1,800 photographs mounted in albums
ca. 1880-1893. Photographic survey of the Ottoman Empire, showing educational, military, and other government facilities as well as historic sites." Images viewable via the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Select Preview: All the Images to see thumbnails. A search for mosque, for example, in this collection will retrieve over 200 images while a search for mosque in ALL of the categories/collections listed below will retrieve over 600 records.
- The Adventures of Hamza - Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "A popular collection of action-filled stories that recount in straightforward language the colorful adventures of Hamza, the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, and other legendary heroes as they travel the world spreading the teachings of Islam."
- Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) - "Focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender."
- Aga Khan Visual Archive - MIT
- Al-Islam - Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project. With Subject Index.
- Al-Khazina: the Treasury - Edited by Jerome W. Clinton, the site has sections on Fundamentals of Islam, al-Qur'ân, Traditions, The Hajj, Dimensions of the Empire, People and Places, and a Timeline.
- Arabic/Islamic Mathematics - MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.
- Arabic Literature - From the Columbia University Libraries subject directory, Middle East Studies Internet Resources.
- Archnet - This is an extraordinarily rich resource provided by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, an "endowed centre of excellence in the history, theory, and practice of Islamic architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology" and described as an "online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and scholars, with a special focus on the Islamic world." In the Digital Library you can view architecture by country, place, building type, century, decade, and site name. There are, for example, over 100 images of the Fatehpur-Sikri Palace. There are a large number of full-text Publications, including books, journal articles and reference resources. A keyword search for landscape design, for example, retrieves a number of articles and books including
The Umayyad Garden: Its Origin and Development by Vincenzo Strika,
Environmental Design: Journal of the Islamic Environmental Design Research Centre, 1 (1986), 72-75, and
Gardens in the Time of the Great Muslim Empires: Theory and Design edited by Attilio Petruccioli, Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1997. The Academic and Institution Directory is organized by institution, area of study, degree program and country. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was "established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture as expressed through architecture."
- L'art du Livre Arabe - Bibliothèque Nationale de France exhibition (9 October 2001 to 13 January 2002). In French only. There are sections on
papyrus, parchment & paper,
illustration. This is site rich in images from the medieval to the contemporary.
- ArtServe: Art & Architecture of Islam - Australian National University.
- Basic Reference Tools in Islamic Art & Architecture - Fine Arts Library, Harvard College.
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Alexandria, Egypt
- British Library - Their Turning the Pages - Provides access to Sultan Baybars' Qur'an. (British Library Additional MSS 22406-22412), produced in Cairo between 1304-1306.
- British Museum - Search for Islamic art in Compass.
- Core Bibliography on Islam the Middle East & North Africa - Ali Houissa, Middle East & Islamic Studies Bibliographer, Cornell University Library.
- Council on Foreign Relations
- U.S. Relations With The Muslim World (Audio) - January 30, 2009
- The President's Inbox: The Greater Middle East (Audio) - January 23, 2009
- Muslim Life in America
- Creswell Archive - Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford. Also available via Archnet.
- Damascene family library Refaiya - University Library of Leipzig. The Refaiya contains 487 manuscripts, seven dating from the 10th to the 19th century; digital access is provided to a group of about 55 Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscripts. See Project for the Cataloguing and Digitising of 55 Islamic Manuscripts. “A key place in the collection will be taken by one of the oldest known Ismaili manuscripts in the world, the Kitāb al-Zīna by the Ismaili author Abū Hātim al-Rāzī (d. 322 H. / 934 AD).
The manuscripts contain texts in Arabic, Persian and Ottoman-Turkish and show an amazingly broad spectrum as far as the content is concerned, which comprises almost all traditional Islamic fields of knowledge. With a few exceptions, the manuscripts are mostly complete and well preserved. That many of these manuscripts came from the libraries of private scholars or families is suggested in several manuscripts by the many comments, some of which span over several generations, from the previous owners. The place of origin seems to be the gulf region, Yemen and Iran.” You can browse the index and there is a Keyboard for Arabic and transliteration. “The project aims at the scholarly exploration, database development and digital presentation of the private Arab-Islamic library of the Damascene Rifā'ī family. This library, called “Refaiya” (Rifā'īya), comprising 458 carefully preserved volumes, handed down over several centuries until the 19th Century, is the precious core of the approximately 3,200 Oriental manuscripts, that are being kept at the University Library in Leipzig. It is probably an unique example of a cohesive, traditional Arab-Islamic family library. It could be secured undamaged in its historical condition due to the purchase by the Prussian Consul and Arabist Johann Gottfried Wetzstein from its last owner, 'Umar Efendi al-Rifā'ī al-Ḥamawī, in 1853.” See Brinkmann, Stefani. From Codicology to Technology: Islamic Manuscripts and Their Place in Scholarship, Verlag Frank & Timme, Berlin 2008, 215 p. (ISBN-10: 3865961711; ISBN-13: 978-3865961716). See p. 200 - The Outside View: Using the Database. Examples:
- Ms. or. 379b - Persian poetry. “calligraphic style; tiny; delicate; densely written.” See illumination
- al-Qur’ān القرآن Quranic text - Ms. or. 322 - “symmetrically illuminated opening double page in gold, blue, red and green with a horizontal panel above and below the central area, and the whole surrounded by a broad frame with a lobed outline.”
- Early Islamic Tile - Images of 102 tiles from the collection of Lockwood de Forest II (1850-1932) currently owned by dealer Anthony Slayter-Ralph of Santa Barbara.
- Fiqh Council - "Body of qualified Islamic scholars who live in the United States or Canada."
- Gallica - Text and image digitization project undertaken by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Among the digitized images are Richelieu Manuscrits Arabe & Persan. Example: Hâfiz à la fête 1309, Fol. 23 Hâfiz, Dîvân, Iran, Shîrâz, XVIe siècle.
- Gardens of Islam / Les Jardins de L'Islam - 2nd International Symposium on protection and restoration of historic gardens, Granada, Spain, 29 Oct. - 4 Nov. 1973. 282 p (pdf), International Council on Monuments and Sites.
- Gardens of the Mughal Empire - This Smithsonian Productions web site recreates and studies the gardens and architecture of the Islamic dynasty that ruled between 1526-1858 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kasmir and Northern India. "The project was initiated in Pakistan by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and became a fully collaborative joint venture with the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Pakistan and the School of Architecture at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore."
- Getty Resource Library - Provides access to online catalog. Try searching for any of the following subject headings related to Islamic art, architecture and civilization: Africa, North; Alhambra (Granada, Spain); Andalusia (Spain); Arab Countries; Arabian Peninsula--History; Arabic Language; Arabic Literature; Arabic Poetry; Arabs - History; Arabs--Spain; Architecture, Islamic; Architecture, Mogul; Art--Egypt; Art, Iranian; Art, Islamic; Art, Medieval--Islamic Empire; Art, Ottoman; Art metal-work, Islamic; Bazaars (Markets; Book industries and trade--Islamic Empire; Bookbinding, Illumination of books and manuscripts, Islamic; Buildings--Islamic countries; Caravansaries; City planning--Islamic countries; Islamic art and symbolism; Calligraphy, Arabic; Calligraphy, Islamic; Civilization, Islamic; Coins, Arab; Córdoba (Spain); Costume, Islamic; Courtyards--Islamic countries; Decoration and ornament, Islamic; Decorative arts, Islamic; Excavations (Archaeology)--Middle East; Gardens, Islamic; Geography, Arab; Historiography--Islamic Empire; Isfah¯an (Iran); Illumination of books and manuscripts, Islamic; Islam--Relations--Christianity; Islamic Empire; Islamic silverwork; Jewelry, Islamic; Koran--Illustrations; Koran--Manuscripts; Granada (Spain)--Buildings, structures, etc; Lacquer and lacquering--Islamic countries; Mathematics, Arab; Middle East Antiquities; Miniature painting--India; Miniature painting, Islamic; Mosques; Navigation--Islamic Empire; Painting, Indic; Painting, Mogul; Palestine Antiquities; Pottery, Islamic; Rugs, Islamic; Rugs, Oriental; Rugs, Prayer; Science--Islamic Empire; Textile fabrics, Islamic; Tiles, Islamic; Travelers--Islamic Empire.
- Gertrude Bell Project - Robinson Library, University of Newcastle. 29 photograph albums have been digitized. "There are also about 7000 photographs, taken by her c.1900-1918. Those of Middle Eastern archaeological sites are of great value because they record structures which have since been eroded or, in some cases, have disappeared altogether, while those of the desert tribes are of considerable anthropological and ethnographical interest." A few examples of the collection contents:
- Ruined House in Surkanya - Syria - April, 1905 (from Album C)
- Muhammad el 'Abdullah ed Deleim [Duleim Arab sheikh] at Themail - Iraq - March, 1909 (from Album K and described in her diary entry for 22 March 1909.
- Gold Koran - Pages from a ninth century Qur'an written in early Arabic Kufa script, with lettering made of gold leaf. Originally a section of this manuscript was in the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries but in February 2000 it was returned to Turkey's Nuruosmaniye Library.
- Harvard University Institute of Politics Forum Video Archive
- Holy Qur'an Resources on the Internet - Dar al Tableegh
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Islam - Paul Halsall
- Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith - Vartan Gregorian, President's Essay — From the 2001 Annual Report, Carnegie Corporation of New York.
- Islam and Islamic Studies - Alan Godlas, University of Georgia.
- Islam: Empire of Faith - PBS. With site index
- Islamic Architecture - MIT Rotch Library and Rotch Visual Collections. Includes an excellent collection of links to other resources.
- Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts - National Library of Medicine
- Islamic Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Islamic Family Law - Law and Religion Program, Emory University.
- Islamic Heritage Project - "Digital copies of over 260 manuscripts, 270 printed texts, and 50 maps, totaling over 145,000 pages - with more items to be added in coming months. Users can search or browse online materials that date from the 13th to the 20th centuries." (Harvard Digital Collections) Provides access to page images of entire work. See, for example,
Risālah dar ʻilm-i khaṭṭ: manuscript, undated created by Mashhadī, Sulṭān ʻAlī and Firdawsī. Shāhnāmah : manuscript, 1718-1721. See sequences 33, 38, 462, 710-719. See Sequence 5 for the following hand-written note: "Part I has 53 miniatures, various sizes, not counting headbands. Part II has 62..." "Said by Richard N. Frye to have been written in Lahore, India."
- Islam Research Directory - Created by the German Orient Institute (Deutsche Orient-Institut) in Hamburg and the Goethe Institute, the site provides information on and links to, when available, scholars/exprests, libraries, institutions, documentation centres, periodicals, and projects.
- Islamic Studies, Islam, Arabic, and Religion - Comprehensive collection of links created by Alan Godlas, a professor of religion at the University of Georgia.
- Islamic World to 1600 - Applied History Research Group, University of Calgary
- Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Arab Manuscripts
- Koran - Searchable by keyword and browsable by chapter. Electronic version of M. H. Shakir's translation of the Holy Qur'an, as published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia.
- LIBRO: Library of Iberian Resources Online - Among the full-texts in this collection is The Royal Treasure: Muslim Communities Under the Crown of Aragon in the Fourteenth Century by by John Boswell, Yale University Press, 1977 and Islamic and Christian Spain in the Early Middle Ages by Thomas F. Glick, Princeton University Press, 1979.
- MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive - Has a section on Arabic/Islamic mathematics. See also The Islamic World - Mathematics and the Liberal Arts
- Mamluk Bibliography - Project of the Middle East Documentation Center at the University of Chicago "to compile all research and discussion, scholarly and popular, germane to the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria." Has a Subject Guide.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York. Has a collection of Islamic Art. Check, too, the current and past exhibitions.
- Middle East Network Information Center (MENIC) - Comprehensive collection of resources from the University of Texas, Austin. Includes links to Islamic Resources.
- Musée du Louvre - Paris. There is a Département des Arts de l'Islam (see Département Arts de l'Islam, Histoire des collections). Search the collection in Atlas, a database of nearly 20,000 images. Fruitful search terms include: Islam, Égypte, Iran, Syrie, Palestine, Proche-Orient, Damas, Turquie, Iznik, Mosquée, Sultan, Shah, Arabe, Mekke etc. For example, a simple search (recherche simple) for Islam, (check the box Seulement les œvres illustrées), retrieves over 1000 results including:
- L'ange Gabriel révèle la surate VIII du Coran á Muhammad Siyar-I Nabi
- Plaque représentant la mosquée de la Mekke
- Museum of Islamic Art - Doha, Qatar. See Art's New Oasis by Kelly Crow, Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2008. "The architect Mr. Pei, inspired by the geometric forms of a 13th-century fountain at a mosque in Cairo, shaped the five-story museum like a staggered set of creamy building blocks, each cube adjusted just enough to catch a triangle of harsh light or deep shadow. Visitors can reach it by boat -- there is a dock for dhows, an Arabian-style fishing vessel made of wood -- or by traveling a palm-lined path and crossing a small bridge."
- Muslim Student Association - University at Buffalo
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - With maps of Asia and the Middle East.
- Sacred Texts: Islam - Includes A Manual of Hadith by Maulana Muhammad Ali, Lahore  and several versions of the Qur'an.
- Sindibad Films and Multimedia
- Thais: Islamic Architecture - With Localities Index and Subject Index.
- Treasures of Islam: Art & Design in Islamic Manuscripts - Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University. Also available in French and Arabic.
- U. S. Postage Stamp Clebrating Muslim Holiday
- Wahhabism Past and Present: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad - Talk given by Natana Delong-Bas, December 9, 2004, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program, Boston College (Boston College Front Row)
- The Window - Philosophy on the Internet - Chris Marvin and Frank Sikernitsky. Has an Islamic Thinkers section.
- World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists (wCOMLIS)
- World Wide Web Virtual Library: Islamic and Middle Eastern Law - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London