Hirsch, David | 3 Dec 12:13 2006

The Islamic Manuscript Association


Dear All-

Here is the website for the Islamic Manuscript Association that I mentioned at the MELA business meeting in November.

http://www.islamicmanuscript.org/


A membership application is available on the website.

David

David G. Hirsch
Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies
Charles E. Young Research Library 11630C
UCLA
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
email: dhirsch-pJ6Lu2hYgzjHDPtHwZCLWA@public.gmane.org
Tel: +1-310-825-2930
Fax: +1-310-825-6795
efax: +1-707-313-7712

Ali Houissa | 4 Dec 19:25 2006
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2006 Annual Meeting in Boston

 
MELA Members--
On behalf of the MELA Executive Board I would like to thank all of you who were able to attend this year's meeting in Boston, which proved a success in terms of attendance, member satisfaction (from everything I have heard) and overall organization. Credit is due to our Harvard colleagues, especially Michael Hopper and Lesley Wilkins, MELA Secretary William Kopycki and all the others who volunteered to serve our association. Boston proved to be a very popular site, offering a venue rich in history and culture; (the weather was excellent). The official minutes of the Business meeting will be distributed at a future time, but here's a recap:

The MELA Program this year was, by many accounts, one of the best ever. The six presentations were fascinating. Most MELA committees either met or sponsored discussion groups, all were well attended and productive. As usual, there was an array of well attend ancillary meetings: MECAP, MEMP, and OCLC, etc. This year the RLG-OCLC Transition Forum RLIN organized an informal group discussion that included two Arabic-script users of OCLC's Connexion. The Collection Development Workshop (Turkish Materials), the first of several planned workshops, can be counted as a success and I hope we can do more workshops on a variety of other topics.
 

ATTENDANCE FIGURES:
We had 76 attendees who registered for one or more MELA-related activities (lunch, business meeting, program)
There were 59 persons who signed the attendance sheet for the Business meeting.

THIS YEAR'S AWARDS WERE:
David H. Partington Award, 2006
Abazar Sepehri

George Atiyeh Prize, 2006
Jodi Goodman

THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS WERE:
MELA Elections, 2006
*Kris Kern, elected Vice President / Program Chair,  2006-2007 [Replacing Michael Hopper]
*Joyce Bell, elected Member at Large, 2006-2008 [Replacing Shayee Khanaka]

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE MELA EXECUTIVE BOARD
*Annual Meeting Duration.
Starting next year in Montreal MELA will meet for TWO days, Thursdays and Fridays immediately preceding the MESA Conference.
*Annual Meeting Dues Increase.
Registration cost for the Montreal meeting will be $30.
*George Atiyeh Prize.
The Prize will be doubled to $500.
*Mentorship Program.
Any MELA member, new or continuing, is eligible to participate in the Mentorship Program, either as a mentor or a mentee. The Board will develop this new program in the coming year and it shall be ready to go prior to Montreal.
*MELA Registry of Membership.
We need to create an historical list--NOT just a current list of paid-up members but of all members since the inception of the association--that will be maintained by and transferred among the various secretaries. (Yes, it turned out that we lack such record).
 *Officers' Manual.
Current MELA office holders (President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Editor, List Manager, Webmaster Member at Large) will write up an outline and explanation of their activities, and practical hints for the benefit of newly elected officers succeeding them in their respective offices. That information will be kept in a separate file of the MELA Website. 

Again, thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for your support and participation in the annual meeting. This year we received contributions from IranFarhang, Suleiman, and MECAP. Many thanks also to everyone who shared suggestions.
We look forward to seeing you at our next annual in Montreal.


Ali Houissa
Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian
President, Middle East Librarians' Association, 2005-2007
509 Olin Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5301
Tel. (607) 255-5752
Fax (607) 255-6110
http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast

 
Thomas Izbicki | 4 Dec 20:09 2006

Ottoman judicial records

Dear colleagues,

One of our students would like to use Ottoman court / judicial records
of the 19th century in a research project.  He reads Turkish & Arabic.

Are there repositories that have copies, original, microformed or
digitized?

Tom Izbicki

Thomas Izbicki
Research Services Librarian
 and Gifts-in-Kind Officer
Eisenhower Library
Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410)516-7173
fax (410)516-8399

John Eilts | 5 Dec 00:25 2006
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[Fwd: North African Newspapers]

gmane.education.libraries.mela
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From: gmane.education.libraries.mela <amy.heath@...>
Subject: North African Newspapers
Date: 2006-12-04 23:19:40 GMT
Hi,
I'm a student at Middlebury College searching for some Tunisian and
Moroccan newspapers for my thesis.  Gamil Youssef at the New York
Public Library suggested I send my question to this list serve, but it
appears I'm not authorized to do that.  Do you think you could forward
the following message for me?  I'd very much appreciate it.

Thanks!
Amy Heath
Middlebury College '07
amy.heath@...

____________________

I'm sorry for the repeat for those of you I've already emailed, and
thanks very much for your help.

I'm a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont writing an International
Studies thesis about North African Arabic- and French-language
newspapers.  I would like to compare coverage across languages of the
Israel-Hezbollah conflict and several domestic events as well, so I'm
looking for a number of Tunisian and Moroccan papers from the last two
weeks in July 2006, Tunisian papers from April 2002 and Moroccan
papers from May 2003.
The titles I'm looking for are:
from Tunisia:
Le Quotidien
Le Temps
La Presse

Al-Shourouq
Al-Sabah
Al-Sahafa

>From Morocco:
Aujourd'hui Le Maroc
Le Matin

Al-Ahdath Al-Maghribiya
As-Sahara Al-Maghribiya

Ideally I'd love to have those titles for those times but if anyone
knows of a way to get access to any of the papers either on
microfiche, .pdf files or the originals I'd be so appreciative to hear
from you! (I am familiar with the papers' websites but most do not
have .pdf files)

Once again, thanks for your time and I'd love to hear any suggestions.
Amy Heath

Ali Boutaqmanti | 5 Dec 17:26 2006
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Re: [Fwd: North African Newspapers]

Hi Amy,
Here is a link to a  newspapers database that might help you with your thesis:
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/
>From the drop down menu "Africa"  you can choose Tunisia or Morocco and will take you to a list of  newspapers from each country; the list for Tunisia  includes 2 titles from your list: La Presse  and Le Temps.  You can access the back issues by using the calendar under "Nos archives" located at the very bottom of the left hand side bar in the case of "Le Temps" (also use the back arrows on the calendar to get to their archives );   "Nos archives" link is located on the tool bar at the top of the home page for the newspaper "La presse".  The list under Morocco includes all of your titles but only "Le Matin" and  "As-Sahara Al-Maghribiya" have online archives for their back issues; the archives for "As-Sahara Al-Maghribiya" in PDF format  is even more limited.
You might want to ask a reference librarian at your library to help you navigate the web sites. Good luck,
Ali Boutaqmanti
Widener Library

John Eilts wrote:


Subject:
North African Newspapers
From:
amy.heath-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org
Date:
Mon, 4 Dec 2006 18:19:40 EST
To:
ah16-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org, jeilts-FGKo4X94FMn2fBVCVOL8/A@public.gmane.org
To:
ah16-HmMyXyqgL2CVc3sceRu5cw@public.gmane.org, jeilts-FGKo4X94FMn2fBVCVOL8/A@public.gmane.org

Hi,
I'm a student at Middlebury College searching for some Tunisian and
Moroccan newspapers for my thesis.  Gamil Youssef at the New York
Public Library suggested I send my question to this list serve, but it
appears I'm not authorized to do that.  Do you think you could forward
the following message for me?  I'd very much appreciate it.

Thanks!
Amy Heath
Middlebury College '07
amy.heath-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org

____________________

I'm sorry for the repeat for those of you I've already emailed, and
thanks very much for your help.

I'm a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont writing an International
Studies thesis about North African Arabic- and French-language
newspapers.  I would like to compare coverage across languages of the
Israel-Hezbollah conflict and several domestic events as well, so I'm
looking for a number of Tunisian and Moroccan papers from the last two
weeks in July 2006, Tunisian papers from April 2002 and Moroccan
papers from May 2003.
The titles I'm looking for are:
from Tunisia:
Le Quotidien
Le Temps
La Presse

Al-Shourouq
Al-Sabah
Al-Sahafa

From Morocco:
Aujourd'hui Le Maroc
Le Matin

Al-Ahdath Al-Maghribiya
As-Sahara Al-Maghribiya

Ideally I'd love to have those titles for those times but if anyone
knows of a way to get access to any of the papers either on
microfiche, .pdf files or the originals I'd be so appreciative to hear
from you! (I am familiar with the papers' websites but most do not
have .pdf files)

Once again, thanks for your time and I'd love to hear any suggestions.
Amy Heath


gyoussef | 5 Dec 19:01 2006

North African Newspapers


Dear Amy,
Sorry. I was under the impression that you could send your inquiry to our
list serve-Good luck.
gamil

Gamil   Youssef
Head,
Middle East Section
The NY Public Library
Asian & Middle Eastern Division.
NY, NY 10018
Tel.: (212)  930-0616
Fax: (212)  930-0551
e-mail:  gyoussef@...

William Kopycki | 6 Dec 20:06 2006

"Bedros"--derogatory term for Armenians?

Hi all,

A researcher asks:

"I have heard that the Armenian name "Bedros" was used by Turks in 
Constantinople during (or prior to?) WWI as a derogatory word for 
Armenians. Is there any source [dictionary, historical narrative, 
biography, etc.] which can be used to verify this usage?" .

thanks for any info,

william.

--

-- 
William J. Kopycki
Middle East Studies Bibliographer
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
tel 215.898.2196
fax 215.898.0559
kopycki@...

Brenda Bickett | 7 Dec 14:29 2006
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[Fwd: FW: Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies]

Hi,
forwarding to MELANET-L, as I have not seen it there.  Apologies if this is a duplication.
The publisher website is kind of a mess to navigate; can't determine the subscription price for this.  Issue #1 is free online.
best, Brenda

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Ali Houissa | 7 Dec 16:53 2006
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Online Bibliography of the Mathematical Sciences in the Medieval Islamic World

Bibliography by Topic of the Mathematical Sciences in the Medieval 
Islamic World (Including works published in Western European 
languages since 1950.)
  http://facstaff.uindy.edu/~oaks/Biblio/Intro.htm

Ali Houissa | 7 Dec 17:35 2006
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The Treasures of Timbuktu

FYI-- In the Dec., 2006 issue of the Smithsonian magazine:

The Treasures of Timbuktu

Scholars in the fabled African city, once a great center of learning and trade, are racing to save a still emerging cache of ancient manuscripts
http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/issues/2006/december/timbuktu.php

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SEE ALSO:
Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu, Library of Congress [Exhibitions] http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/mali/

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