Friday, 2 December 2011

Limited-time database trial

The SOAS Library has signed up for a two weeks trial (finishing  9th December) of the

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database

This comprehensive database provides access to citations for US dissertations and theses since 1627, with full-text for most titles since 1997.

Please give your feedback to our electronic team.

Monday, 21 November 2011

FREE BRILL E-BOOKS TRIAL till 23rd January 2012

Dear SOAS staff and students,

We have a free trial of the following e-book packages from Brill until 23rd January 2012
Middle East and Islamic Studies 2007
Asian Studies 2007
Global Oriental 2010 (link on left hand side)
You can access them at: (on-site).

Have a try and let the Electronic Resources team ( know what you think!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique - Free online

Previously available only on a CD with periodic updates, the 10th edition of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique is now available free online. Registration required. (Note: the interface and application are in French).

[from H-TURK post]
"PUBL.- 2011 Issue of Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique online
Thesaurus d'├ępigraphie islamique is now available on the Web and free!
Just go to
Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique (formerly on CD-Rom, now online), new issue :
No. 10 : Inscriptions from South-East Asia (Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam)

In the same issue are also included, updated:
No. 1: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya;
No. 2: Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain);
No. 3: Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan);
Nos. 4 and 5: Egypt;
No. 6: Indian world (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives);
Nos. 7-9 : Sub-Saharan Africa, Irak, Western Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta, France)
Now altogether almost 23,000 inscriptions, with 6,000 photos of inscriptions.
The Thesaurus d'epigraphie islamique is designed and compiled under the direction of Ludvik Kalus, Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and Directeur d'Etudes at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

Carried out by Frederique Soudan, Chargee de recherche de la Fondation Max van Berchem.
Developed under the patronage of the Fondation Max van Berchem (Geneva).
The goal of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique is to bring together all of the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish (as well as in other "small" languages) from the Muslim world up to the year 1000 of the Hegira.

The Thesaurus d'epigraphie islamique is a vital resource for historians, art historians and other specialists of the region.
Operating under the major Web browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet explorer) , it performs searches quickly and easily by various criteria such as date, current location, kind of inscription, site, type of support, material and more. By doing a word search in the Arabic text, it is possible to locate every inscription containing a particular word, in couple of seconds.

For epigraphical and technical questions, please contact: (Ludvik Kalus and Frederique Soudan)"

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

CRL webinar on Middle East resources

A useful presentation of resources for Middle Eastern studies (including a webinar) by the Center of Research Libraries :

"The Fall issue of the CRL online publication FOCUS on Global Resources spotlights the Middle East and Islam. Learn more about Middle Eastern resources available at CRL or online, a professor’s use of provincial newspapers to explore the emergence of Turkish national identity, and documentation of the Arab Spring uprisings in and through various media.

FOCUS is available at"
(Judy Alspach, Center for Research Libraries)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

When a blog is so good...

Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

This regularly updated blog offers plenty of news regarding academic resources on the Middle East. 
It includes among other valuable information: a list of Journals in Open Access and a list of blogs with sources and scientific secondary texts (carnets de recherche), without journalistic or polemical blogs. 


Monday, 3 October 2011

Framing the Arab Uprisings: a historical perspective

Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture

Date: Thursday 6 October 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Juan Cole
Chair: Professor Kimberly Hutchings
Juan Cole is Richard P Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of the blog Informed Comment.
This lecture is funded by the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Foundation and is part of The Fred Halliday Distinguished Lecture Series.
Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #lsemiddleeast
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email or call 020 7955 6043.
Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email
From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The London MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Film Festival

Launch - October 2011

Festival - November 2011 

The London MENA Film Festival aims at being the platform for cinematic expression from the MENA region and her UK Diaspora. LMFF will be accessible to everyone. It will be launched on 14th October 2011 with four film screenings and talks with Directors. 

Keep up to date on Facebook (The London MENA Film Festival) or Twitter (#menafilmfest) and via their website 

For tickets email

The Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies and the London Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies present:

The Shi’a in the 20th and 21st Centuries

A joint CASS/LMEI conference on Shi’I identity in the 20th and 21st Centuries,
analysing the religious and secular divide, as well as the issues concerning Shi’I living in non­Shi’i environments.

9.00am-4.20pm, Saturday 1 October 2011

Venue: Al-­Khoei Foundation, Chevening Road, NW6 6TN London UK.
Free Admission.
For further information and registration:

SOAS workshop

Centre for Media and Film Studies at SOAS, University of London

Islamist communication strategies and practices in the Middle East

2:00pm-6.00pm, Friday 23th September 2011

 Half-day Workshop

The workshop will explore the communication strategies of a range of Islamist actors in the Middle East, and aims to address the following questions:
how do Islamist groups communicate with their various audiences? What channels do they use?
What is the impact of context and conjuncture on the their respective discourses?
What is the relationship between cultural production and Islamist discourses?
The workshop will provide an opportunity for question-and-answer sessions with the speakers,
a more general discussion on key methodological and empirical issues,
as well as open up the debate on rethinking old paradigms and approaches to understanding the relationship between culture, politics and communication.

Venue: Room 116, Russell Square Campus, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

Tickets: free event

For further information: E: Atef Alshaer, Dina Matar
International Translation Day: Adhaf Soueif in conversation with Amanda Hopkinson
30 Sept 6.30pm – Free Word Centre

On 30 September, English PEN and Free Word will be hosting a celebration of the art of literary translation. The day will culminate with British-Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif discussing her role as an internationally translated author at the heart of the Arab Spring. 
Can translation change the world?
From novelist to journalist, Ahdaf Soueif is here to discuss shifts in register and in genre, and her particular blend of the personal with the political, fiction and history. Come and see the mirror image reversed to reveal a Middle Eastern reality confront its often pale or distorted western reflection. 
With time for a Q&A session to follow Andaf's Soueif's presentation.
Book tickets for the event here.

International Translation Day: Evening Special with Ahdaf Soueif and Amanda Hopkinson (6.30pm) £10; £5 concessions. Free Word centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Call 020 7324 2570 or book online

Monday, 6 June 2011

Podcast - Iran Heritage Foundation: Making Connections

This 8-mins film showcases some of IHF's programmes on Persian language, including the 2010 Shahnameh exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and IHF's Institutional Partnership Programme, which supports Persian studies teaching and curatorial posts at universities and museums. It also describes IHF's digitisation programmes which include the Golha Digitisation Project and a new programme to catalogue and digitise some of the major works held in the Persian manuscript collection at the British Library.

The Shubbak Festival 4-24th July

Shubbak : A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture

The Mayor of London presents Shubbak, the capital’s first ever celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world, showcasing over seventy events in more than 30 venues throughout the city from 4 – 24 July 2011.

Shubbak (Arabic for 'window') offers a wide-ranging programme of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, lectures and discussion.

The festival will feature work by contemporary Arab artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers and architects based in London and around the world including Algeria, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, India, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Lecture: Special Maps of Persia

Special Maps of Persia

27 January 2011
7 - 9 pm

Brunei Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London, Russell Square, London

A lecture by Dr. Cyrus Alai, focusing on the history of the political
maps of Persia up to the early parts of the 20th century.
Organised by

Iran Heritage Foundation & London Middle East Institute at SOAS

Friday, 14 January 2011

New resource - The Sudan Open Archive

Aims to provide free access to a digital archive of materials about Sudan. It is a special project of the Rift Valley Institute with support from UNICEF, UNEP and the Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation. Topics covered include: economic, social and political development in the region, the civil war and peace process; conflict in Darfur. There is also general country information about the history, culture, politics and economy of Sudan. Materials published between 1920-2009.
See more on the Sudan referendum

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

SOAS Report on Forced Child Labour in the Cotton Harvests of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Click on the picture above to go to the website of the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, where you can download the report.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Arabic Youtube video about ICONEA conference

An Arabic-language video about the recent ICONEA conference held at Senate House, University of London.