sara.yontan | 3 Jul 15:10 2015
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Call for informal contributions

Dear Colleagues,

As some of you probably know, next Monday afternoon is the opening session of a three-day workshop and discussion series organised by the CNRS ( =Centre national de la recherche scientifique) group (in fact GIS = groupement d'intérêt scientifique) Moyen-Orient et mondes musulmans = The Middle East and the Muslim world (plural in French to indicate the variety of course).

http://majlis-remomm.fr/(see "Congrès du GIS"

On the third day, that is on July 9th, we are organizing a Round table entitled "Le Moyen-Orient en bibliothèque(s) : collecter comment et pour qui?" = roughly The Middle-East in libraries : how to collect and for whom.  

The round table will be conducted by a university professor, Eric Vallet, copied on this message, and the participants are (in alphabetical order) : Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb from SOAS London, Olivier Dubois from MMSH, Aix-en-Provence,  Francis Richard, freshly retired from Bulac, Paris, Anaïs Salomon, McGill, Montreal --who will not be able to make it in person but who has sent all the necessary contribution -- , Philippe Vézie from IFPO, Amman-Beyrouth-Damascus and myself.

Some 200 students professors and professionals will be attending.  After a short presentation of our libraries (really short), we shall be dealing with roughly four topics which may be summed up as:

1) collection development policy
2) conservation and preservation
3) how to make them known
4) follow up of the production of traditional and innovative material

A two page text has been posted and circulated among the participants of the conference --and beyond-- so that they contribute their remarks, suggestions, complaints, wishes etc. via e-mail to bibliogis-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org.  Eric Vallet who has compiled a very  useful "Livre blanc" on the topic would like to sum up these "contributions" and ask us to respond.

Of course this has been done in view of improving things and  making the French libraries holding collections of interest known to all.  Anaïs and Dominique who know the situation in France very well are our windows to Europe and North America where things are both different and similar.  You may contribute yourselves and ask your patrons, professors and PhD students alike to do so, via your own means of communication and networks such as H-somethings, if interested.  Some of them may have worked or researched in France and can compare the situation to other countries.  Some of you have had a chance to visit or work in French libraries ; others have heard about us from colleagues in international meetings.  Feel free to write to bibliogis <at> gmail.com!

I am attaching the text as circulated initially and indeed it is in French.  However the informal contributions may be in English.  They do not have to be long, nor deal with all the issues.  Just a chat-like response could do.  And anytime until July 8th evening.  Professor Vallet will know how to synthesize them.



I thank you in advance for your patience and for reading this long e-mail on the eve of the 4th of July!  

Best wishes from an extraordinarily hot Paris,

Sara Yontan, BnF


Exposition Piaf - du 14 avril 2015 au 23 août 2015 - BnF - François-Mitterrand

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Dagher, Iman | 30 Jun 23:11 2015

ALCTS - Mann Citation awarded to Magda El-Sherbini

Congratulation to Magda El-Sherbini on receiving the ALCTS Margaret Mann Citation for 2015, Saturday, June 27 2015,  San Fransisco.

Iman

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CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Magda El-Sherbini is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS). The Mann Citation will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, June 27, 2015.

The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice.  Magda has chosen that it be split between two library schools, her alma mater, the Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science, and Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science, where she is currently an adjunct professor. 

Magda’s accomplishments to the library profession are numerous. Her dedication is reflected in her outstanding contributions in teaching, research, and service. Her most recent publication, "RDA: Strategies for Implementation," received excellent reviews and numerous citations. It is used in many library school programs that instruct the new cataloging standard. One of the supporting letters notes, “Ms. El-Sherbini is passionate about sharing her knowledge of cataloging and technical service issues with the next generation of library professionals.” It is evident that she has an outstanding record as adjunct professor at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science where she is known for her ability to engage her students in an active or virtual classroom environment.

She is actively involved with numerous professional organizations and committees on all levels: international, national, state, and local. Her publications, research, presentations, teaching, and active service are outstanding. Involved with ALCTS for decades, Magda has been on various committees in the roles of member, chair, and editorial board member. Particularly noteworthy is her outstanding contribution as chair of the ALCTS Steering Committee to Oversee the Implementation of the Non-English Task Force Recommendation. Her contribution to this group was acknowledged with the 2009 ALCTS President’s Citation. 

Since 1996, Magda has worked as the Head of the Cataloging Department at The Ohio State University Libraries. In this capacity, she oversees the department’s cataloging activities. She supervises the department's four cataloging units as well as four faculty members and their respective staffs.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association

 

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Dougherty, Robin | 30 Jun 21:54 2015
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job opening: cataloger for Hebrew & Yiddish, LOC Judaica Section

Dear friends,

 

LOC has an opening for a cataloger for the Judaica Section; posting below.

 

Apologies for any cross-posting.

 

Best,

 

Robin D.

 

 

Librarian

Job Title: Librarian (Israel and Judaica Section)

Agency: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Job Announcement Number: 150066

SALARY RANGE:  $52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:  Monday, June 29, 2015 to Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:  GS-1410-09

POSITION INFORMATION:  Open - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 13

DUTY LOCATIONS:   1 vacancy in the following location(s):  Washington , DC  20540   U.S.

WHO MAY APPLY:  Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

SUPERVISORY STATUS:  No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. Often there will be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. This position will require the incumbent to have knowledge of the Hebrew language.  A knowledge of Yiddish is also desirable.

This position is located in the Israel and Judaica Section, Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 058498.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

•Not Required

 

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

•No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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DUTIES:

Catalogs various materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloger's reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the ordering process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries.

Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accord with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collections development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships to provide or exchange information. Consults with Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Team Leader on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to communicate in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. **

Knowledge of library acquisitions and cataloging rules, practices, and procedures. **

Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies. **

Knowledge of Judaism, Jewish culture and/or civilization, as well as Israel.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to effectively communicate other than in writing.

No additional requirements to those listed above.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

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The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

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A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate an employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

 

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For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Ali Houissa | 29 Jun 19:51 2015
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[MELANET-L] ?Magazines: Egyptian Police & Customs administration [Majallat al-jamārik & Majallat al-shurṭah]

Hi—

We’re looking, on behalf of a Ph.D. student, for a couple of Egyptian serial titles (Majallat al-jamārik & Majallat al-shurṭah). Apparently, there are no holdings in CRL or WC.  A Wikipedia page provides the following:


Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks

-A.

 

Hi Ali,

 

I hope this message finds you well!

 

A few weeks ago I heard a student mention a "police magazine" (magalat al-shurta) at a Cairo workshop and am wondering if you've heard of it.

 

One of my dissertation chapters concerns crime and I think a periodical on the police in Egypt would be a particularly useful source.

 

I also have the feeling that the periodical may be rare….

 

 

p.s. I would also be interested in hearing about any other police/crime-related magazines, published in Egypt, that you may know of.

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Riedlmayer, Andras J. | 26 Jun 14:52 2015
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Crimea: Fines for forbidden books

    On 3 April, police in Simferopol [in Russian-occupied Crimea] 
    raided a hostel for students of a medical academy. They found 
    in a prayer room two Muslim books which are on Russia's
    Federal List of Extremist Materials: "Muhammad: May God 
    bless him" by the late Indian Muslim theologian Safi-ur-Rahman 
    al-Mubarakpuri (banned by a Penza Region court in 2008) and 
    "Instruction to Rulers" by the medieval mystic and scholar 
    Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (banned by an Orenburg Region court 
    in 2012).

    Prosecutors insisted that the two books had been in the prayer 
    room and accessible from 18 March to the day of the raid, 
    according to the subsequent court decision seen by Forum 18. 
    They brought a case under (Russian Administrative Code 
    Article 20.29 against the warden of the hostel, V. Berezyak.

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FORUM 18 NEWS SERVICE, Oslo, Norway
http://www.forum18.org/

24 June 2015
CRIMEA: FINED FOR BOOKS THAT "HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MUFTI"

http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2075
By Felix Corley, Editor, Forum 18 News Service

The chief mufti of one of Crimea's two main Muslim bodies - Ruslan
Saitvaliyev, mufti of the Tavrida Muftiate - insists that the fine on him
handed down in late May for alleged possession of "extremist" material is
unjust. "The books have absolutely nothing to do with the mufti or the
Muftiate," one local Muslim familiar with the case told Forum 18 News
Service on 24 June. Saitvaliyev says he has no control over the mosque
where the books were found during a Prosecutor's Office raid. His appeal is
due at Crimea's Supreme Court in the capital Simferopol on 2 July.

The Tavrida Muftiate, of which Saitvaliyev is a leading figure, has again
been denied state registration under Russian law, following a Justice
Ministry "expert conclusion" in Moscow which made "observations" on the
application. Other "expert conclusions" on Crimean religious communities
seen by Forum 18 show that some - including the Crimean Muftiate and
Catholic parishes - have had to change their structures and activities to
Russian requirements to gain state registration (see F18News 26 June 2015
<http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2076>)..

The fine on Mufti Saitvaliyev is the latest in Crimea under Russia's
Administrative Code Article 20.29. This punishes "Production or
distribution of extremist materials" recorded on the Russian Justice
Ministry's Federal List of Extremist Materials with, for individuals, a
fine or imprisonment of up to 15 days and confiscation of the banned
literature.

Prosecutions have mostly followed raids on mosques, madrassahs (Islamic
schools), homes, libraries, bookshops, politicians' offices, hostels and
Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Halls since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in
March 2014 (see Forum 18's Crimea religious freedom survey
<http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2051>).

Meanwhile, the eighth member of a group of Council of Churches Baptists who
held an outdoor religious event in a village in central Crimea has been
fined. Appeals by the other seven are being heard by Crimea's Supreme Court
(see below).

The fines come as a proposed new administrative offence of "religious
agitation in public places" in Crimea has been dropped (see below).

Mosque raided

Simferopol Prosecutor's Office official Anna Ober led a police raid on the
morning of 19 May on an independent mosque in Kamenka on the north-eastern
edge of the Crimean capital. "Violations occurred during the search," the
Muslim complained to Forum 18. "Officers went into all rooms in the mosque
at once, and mosque representatives didn't have the chance to bring in
their own witnesses. The police had brought their own witnesses. Besides,
no record of a search was drawn up."

Officers claim to have found four extremist books, related to "Wahhabi
Islam and the Hizb ut-Tahrir movement", the Muslim noted. "Who knows if
they were there in the mosque or if anyone planted them there? Anyone can
have access to a mosque and leave materials there." He insisted that the
Tavrida Muftiate has repeatedly spoken out against radicalism as "it is not
in accord with Islam".

That same morning, the Prosecutor's Office official phoned Mufti
Saitvaliyev from the mosque, even though it is an independent community and
not part of the Tavrida Muftiate. The Mufti was then summoned and shown the
books the police claim to have found.

Reached on 24 June and asked why Mufti Saitvaliyev had been prosecuted,
Ober of the Prosecutor's Office claimed it was a wrong number and put the
phone down.

Fine

A record of an "offence" was drawn up only against Mufti Saitvaliyev under
Administrative Code Article 20.29. On 26 May, Judge Viktor Mozhelyansky of
Simferopol's Kiev District Court found him guilty and fined him the maximum
3,000 Russian Roubles (1,200 Ukrainian Hryvnias, 430 Norwegian Kroner, 50
Euros or 55 US Dollars), a chancellery official told Forum 18 from the
court on 16 June. This is nearly a week's average local wage, according to
Crimean residents.

Protesting his innocence, Mufti Saitvaliyev's appeal against the fine
reached Crimea's Supreme Court on 10 June, according to court records. The
appeal was assigned to Judge Natalya Mostovenko and is due to be heard on
the afternoon of 2 July.

Fined for books in prayer room

Another individual has been fined for religious books which the Russian
authorities deem "extremist" which were found in a location under their
authority.

On 3 April, police in Simferopol raided a hostel for students of a medical
academy. They found in a prayer room two Muslim books which are on Russia's
Federal List of Extremist Materials: "Muhammad: May God bless him" by the
late Indian Muslim theologian Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri (banned by a
Penza Region court in 2008) and "Instruction to Rulers" by a medieval
mystic and scholar Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (banned by an Orenburg Region court
in 2012).

Prosecutors insisted that the two books had been in the prayer room and
accessible from 18 March to the day of the raid, according to the
subsequent court decision seen by Forum 18. They brought a case under
Administrative Code Article 20.29 against the warden of the hostel, V.
Berezyak.

At her trial at Simferopol's Zheleznodorozhny District Court on 25 May,
Berezyak confirmed that the books had been in the prayer room. But she
insisted that "access to it by women is restricted". Judge Vasili Zlotnikov
found that as the person responsible for the institution, she was thus
responsible for the "offence". He fined her 2,000 Russian Roubles,
according to the court decision.

Berezyak did not appeal against the decision and has paid the fine, an aide
to Judge Zlotnikov told Forum 18 from the court on 24 June.

Three other administrative cases under Article 20.29 have been heard in
Simferopol District Court, an official of the court chancellery told Forum
18 on 16 June. Akim Islamov was fined 2,000 Russian Roubles on 7 May. Sabri
Aslanov was fined 1,000 Russian Roubles on 8 May. Rifat Osmanov was fined
1,000 Russian Roubles on 9 June. Forum 18 was unable to find out if the
fines were imposed for religious literature, or for other literature on the
Federal List promoting racism, violence or xenophobia.

Eighth fine for outdoor religious event

Seven of nine Council of Churches Baptists from Saki who conducted an
outdoor religious meeting in the village of Maryanovka in Krasnogvardeiskoe
District of central Crimea on 10 May were fined later that month. District
Police detained "and subjected them to protracted interrogation", fellow
Baptists complained. "Then records of an offence were drawn up against
them, they were fingerprinted and photographed, and their vehicle,
literature and equipment were examined."

The seven were found guilty of violating Administrative Code Article 20.2.
This punishes "violation of the established procedure for organising or
conducting a gathering, meeting, demonstration, procession or picket". The
leader, Sergey Shokha, was fined 20,000 Russian Roubles. The others were
each fined 10,000 Russian Roubles (see F18News 2 June 2015
<http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2068>).

The case under Administrative Code Article 20.2, Part 5 against the eighth
of the Baptists, Kristina Matafonova, was finally heard on 24 June at
Krasnogvardeiskoe District Court after several postponements. Judge Irina
Shevchenko similarly fined her 10,000 Russian Roubles (3,900 Ukrainian
Hryvnias, 1,400 Norwegian Kroner, 165 Euros or 185 US Dollars). This is
about three weeks' average local wage, according to Crimean residents.

"As with the other trials, our church members were there today in court to
support Kristina," a church member told Forum 18 from Saki the same day.
Judge Shevchenko's assistant confirmed to Forum 18 during the trial that
fellow church members were present.

The other seven of the Baptists - Shokha, as well as Anatoly Gerasimenko,
Semyon Vinnikov, his brother Denis Vinnikov, Mark Dombrovsky, Yelena
Kuskova and Galina Romanovich - all appealed against their fines to
Crimea's Supreme Court.

However, on 22 June, Gerasimenko's appeal at the Supreme Court was
postponed until 6 July, as were Denis Vinnikov's and Dombrovsky's appeals
to 9 July the following day, Baptists told Forum 18. "The judges said they
wanted to invite the police to the appeal hearings to justify their
accusations," a fellow church member told Forum 18 from Saki.

Four other church members' Supreme Court appeals have also been scheduled:
Romanovich's on 30 June; Shokha's and Semyon Vinnikov's on 1 July; and
Kuskova's on 7 July.

Proposed "religious agitation" offence dropped

Meanwhile, a proposed "offence" of "religious agitation in public places"
has now been abandoned. The proposed "offence" - to be punished by small
fines - had been included in the draft Law on Administrative Offences in
the Republic of Crimea approved in its first reading in Crimea's
parliament, the State Council, on 20 May (see F18News 3 June 2015
<http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2069>).

However, following its first reading, State Council Deputy Viktor
Shapovalenko proposed that the "offence" of "religious agitation" be
deleted from the original Article 24, Part 2 (renumbered to Article 7.2,
Part 2). His proposal was approved by the State Council's Legislative
Committee on 16 June, according to the State Council website. The law was
approved in the second reading the following day.

The State Council is still considering a proposed Crimean Religion Law (see
F18News 3 June 2015 <http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2069>).

Discussion of the draft was on the agenda of the 16 June Culture Committee
meeting. The draft was not presented to the State Council session on 17
June, the last one before its summer break. The State Council website notes
that the proposed Law "is under consideration by State Council Committees".
(END)

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A printer-friendly map of the disputed territory of Crimea, whose extent is
not marked, can be found in the south-east of the map entitled 'Ukraine'
<http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/outline-map/?map=Ukraine&ar_a=1>.

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RIFAT BALI | 26 Jun 06:48 2015
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"stolen manuscript returned to Turkey"

http://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2015/06/25/stolen-manuscripts-returned-to-turkey

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Riedlmayer, Andras J. | 26 Jun 05:13 2015
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Egypt to ban Muslim Brotherhood books and others that contradict 'the teachings of Islam'

International Business Times
June 25, 2015

Egypt to ban Muslim Brotherhood books and others that contradict 'the teachings of Islam'

By Tim Marcin

The Egyptian government plans to remove books and literature that don't promote a moderate version of Islam. The move could up the pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group labeled as a terrorist organization after a 2013 coup headed by current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Books or digital material that disagree with "the leniency of Islam," will be [purged] and [confiscated]," the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments announced Tuesday, according to Daily News Egypt. The administration will be investigating small libraries within mosques, looking for literature that promotes a more extreme version of Islam.

The move comes "in order to purge them of books that call for fundamentalism and extremism, and call for the opposite of moderate Islam," Ashraf Fahmy, a preaching official in the ministry, told Daily News Egypt. The outlet reported that local news stations had suggested that Muslim Brotherhood literature was being targeted in the investigations. Ministry Undersecretary Gaber Tayee said that officials had been told to check all books in mosque libraries to see if they align with "Islam's tolerance," Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah reported.

"Any book authored by an extremist or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya will be removed," he said, according to Daily Sabah. The outlet reported that works from popular authors associated with the Muslim Brotherhood like Sayyed Qutb, Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Hassan al-Banna would be part of the purge.

The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments insisted that it was not specifically targeting Muslim Brotherhood books, but rather a certain type of subject matter. "Any book, irrespective of its author or publishing house, that contradicts the teachings of Islam, will be confiscated," Fahmy said to Daily News Egypt. [ ... ]

Read more at:
http://www.ibtimes.com/egypt-ban-muslim-brotherhood-books-others-contradict-teachings-islam-1983681
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The Cairo Post
June 23, 2015

'Radical material' banned from Egypt's mosques

CAIRO -- Minister of Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar ordered Monday to remove any material, books, cassettes or C.D.s, that incite violence or bear radical thoughts from mosques, Al-Ahram newspaper reported Monday.

Mokhtar called on mosques' administrators to provide the ministry with a list of the books they have in their libraries to get inspected and approved.

In a similar development, the Ministry of Endowments instructed mosques to remove books authored by Hassan el-Banna, 19th-century founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, and other "radical books."

"We have not directed any mosques to burn any books, but to inspect all of them and put radical books in the warehouses of the directorates," Gomaa said in a Monday statement, denying rumors he ordered to set "radical books" to fire. [ ... ]

Read more at:  
http://www.thecairopost.com/news/156796/inside_egypt/radical-material-banned-from-egypts-mosques

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pm2650 | 25 Jun 22:37 2015

How Well Are Arabic Websites Archived? - Article

This article is rather technical but is likely of interest to the group :

Lulwah Alkwai, Michael L. Nelson and Michele C. Weigle, "How Well Are Arabic Websites Archived?" In Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). Knoxville, TN, June 2015.
http://www.cs.odu.edu/%7Emln/pubs/jcdl-2015/jcdl-2015-arabic-sites.pdf


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Rachel Simon | 25 Jun 19:35 2015
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Book for review in MELA notes

I received the following book for review in MELA notes. Please contact me directly if you are SURE you can return a review WITHIN SIX MONTHS:

 

Terri Deyoung, Mahmud Sami al-Barudi: Reconfiguring Society and the Self. Syracuse UP, 2015

 

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John Eilts | 25 Jun 16:03 2015
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Minority choices

I am forwarding this interesting piece from our friend Mike Albin.  I repost with his permission. 


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michael albin <michael.albin-H+0wwilmMs3R7s880joybQ@public.gmane.org>



 All,
 
 Here are a few links for those following the situation of non-Muslim minorities.  There are so many advocacy groups around town that I can't keep track of them all. Last week, I sent links to the panel conducted by the six-year-old Coptic Solidarity association.  This group reflects one side of the well-known diversity of opinion (to put it diplomatically) among Copts.
 
The concerns of the southwestern Asia churches are different. Internal dissent over personal status laws or secularization would be a luxury in Iraq or Syria, where survival is the priority. The choices for the tens of thousands of refugees are two: emigrate or stay. Church leaders have consistently called for their flocks to wait out the storm, make common cause with Muslim neighbors against the IS, and perhaps work toward the establishment of special cantons for Christians and other minorities.
 
Meanwhile, the faithful themselves in surviving towns and villages, IDP camps and other temporary lodgings, are deciding otherwise. They are leaving for the West. Just yesterday I met a young Syrian Christian who told me that five families of his relatives have given up on Assad and have moved to Europe.
 
Everyone, clerical and lay, calls for increased support from the US and its coalition allies. These links give the flavor of what many advocates are currently saying. The preponderance of opinion seems to lean toward staying and praying. Easy to say. The majority is making other plans.
 
 
Regards,
Mike
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Bill Hickman | 24 Jun 02:39 2015
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recent post on new Turkish magazine

It's interesting that the spelling used in the title--Konstantiniyye--is historically incorrect.
Today's Istanbul was of course otherwise known as Kostantiniyye.

bill hickman

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