Rachel Simon | 1 Jun 18:34 2011
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Books for review in MELA notes

I received the following books for review in MELA notes.

 

Please contact me directly if indeed you can return a review within SIX months.

 

Farzaneh Milani, Words, not sword: Iranian women writers and the freedom of movement (Syracuse UP, 2011)

 

Magid Shihade, Not just a soccer game: colonialism & conflict among Palestinians in Israel (Syracuse UP, 2011)

 

Attached is the list of books which have not been sent for review yet; same conditions apply.

 

Thanks,

 

Rachel Simon

MELA notes book review editor

 

 

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Visel, Patrick E. | 1 Jun 22:42 2011
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MELA Annual Meeting - Call for Papers

The Call for Papers for the MELA Annual Meeting at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History,  November 29-30, 2011,  has been posted on the MELA website.

http://www.mela.us/annualmeetsmela.html30, 201

Proposals for papers on other subjects will also be considered.1

Patrick Visel

MELA Webmaster

 

Patrick Visel

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kristen wilson | 2 Jun 04:44 2011
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Professor's Sufism and Islamic Studies collection available

Dear MELANETters,

I was contacted by Art Buehler, lecturer at Victoria University, Wellington, who is selling much of his 5000-book collection on Sufism and Islamic studies. About half of it is in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish, and Ottoman. He can send an annotated booklist to interested parties. Please contact Dr. Buehler at banshan-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org for further details.

Thanks,
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Dinavari, Hirad | 2 Jun 22:20 2011
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Lecture: Next Wed, June 8th, On Women's Suffrage in Azerbaijan and the United States by Jennifer Krafchik


http://www.loc.gov/loc/events LC events
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The Near East Section 
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John Eilts | 2 Jun 23:16 2011
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Nostalgia

Fellow MELA members, and others,

MELA is rightfully proud of MELA Notes as it evolved from a newsletter 
to our official journal.  It is filling a need for us and others.  What 
I miss (as I reminisce) is what we had with the original MELA Notes.  It 
carried news of members, and such things as short pieces describing a 
members collection, and reports on acquisitions travel, and so forth.  
Nothing formal, but very informative.  The MELA blog does not fill this 
need, beyond not being used very much, the articles I recall were 
somewhat longer than a blog posting, but not usually as long as the 
articles we now publish in MELA Notes.

Are there others who would like to see something such as these parts 
that I miss resurrected? Is there a mechanism that we have access to 
that could recreate a venue for such things.

John

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Riedlmayer, Andras | 2 Jun 23:33 2011
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Bookstores struggle as Kosovars shun reading

In Europe's newest country, booksellers and libraries alike are having a hard time.

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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bookstores-struggle-as-kosovars-shun-reading
Balkan Insight
02 Jun 2011 / 14:55

Bookstores Struggle as Kosovars Shun Reading

The removal of VAT on books last year has failed to reignite interest in Kosovo in the written word

Besiana Xharra

While caf├ęs in Pristina are full of young people, the capital's libraries and bookstores are almost
always empty. No official statistics exist on how much people read in Kosovo, but most agree that reading
is on the decline. Booksellers complain that they are not selling books while librarians say their only
visitors are students seeking course material.

Some blame poor economic conditions, the rise of the Internet, government policies, or the destruction of
libraries and bookstores during the independence war of the late 1990s.

But a law adopted last July, exempting book sales from value added tax, VAT, hasn't made a difference,
booksellers say.

"There's been no difference in sales compared to last year, when books were a little more expensive because
of tax," Nuhredin Bashota, owner of the Albini bookstore in Pristina, says. "The level of interest among
people in buying books is extremely small."

Weak sales at May's International Book Fair in Pristina served to confirm fears of a declining interest in
books. Behxhet Bici, president of the Union of Publishers in Kosovo, which organized the fair, blames the Internet.

"Today almost everything can be found on the net, and as a result of the economic crisis, readers choose the
net and don't buy books," Bici says.

"Books in Kosovo have many problems that no one is trying to solve," Nazim Rrahmani, a prominent Kosovo
writer, says.

Kosovo's appetite for literature hasn't recovered from the destruction of libraries and bookstores
carried out by Serbian forces during the war, Rrahmani feels, while Kosovo's own institutions hadn't
done anything to revive interest in books, either.   

Ramadan Beshiri, of the promotions department in the culture ministry, disagrees. The ministry has
promoted books through various publications and helped libraries buy books - all to no avail, he says.

Too few books?

Sali Bashota, director of the National Library of Kosovo, says part of the trouble is that too few books are
published in Kosovo these days. Thousands were once published each year, but that number has dwindled to
just several hundred.

Bashota says poor distribution means that the books in print don't reach all their potential readers. "Not
enough is being done to provide readers with books," Bashota says.

Abdullah Zeneli, who owns the Buzuki publishing house in Pristina, sees the problem differently. He
laments the unavailability of new books. "Libraries don't have the new books that readers require, and
the readers cannot get them in bookstores, either, so the problem is in the supply," Zeneli says.

To that, Bashota responds that library budgets don't stretch to new titles. Many people who frequent
libraries and bookstores are students - with correspondingly thin wallets. When they come to the Fjola
bookstore, for example, they aren't usually there to shop for high-end literature.

"We have many requests - but they are for photocopies or for educational literature," Edona Peci says. "We
also sell books, but not many."

A hard sell in the rain

Librarians and booksellers aren't the only ones worried by the downturn. In the shadow of Pristina's most
recognizable landmark, the Grand Hotel, vendors peddle books from outdoor tables. They, too, are
suffering from what they feel is official disinterest in their trade, which is highly dependent on the weather.

The city government promised to build them a specialized facility fours year ago. It has yet to
materialize. "I do not understand this. We do not need to stand here in the rain and snow," bookseller
Hajredin Bajra said.

Muhamet Gashi, a spokesperson for the municipality of Pristina, had no explanation for the delay but said
the city hadn't forgotten the vendors' plight. "I understand them, and we will soon resolve the problem,"
Gashi said.

Kosovo's six bestselling books in 2010-2011

Dispute and Accident, by Ismail Kadare  Who manipulates Europe? by Ulick Varange  Men who Hate Women, by
Stieg Larsson  The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne and  The backstage crisis that ravaged the state, year 97, by Mero
Baze.  

Wartime destruction   

According to the National Library of Kosovo, Serbian forces destroyed 65 public libraries housing
968,233 copies in the war of the late 1990s. They also burned 14 special libraries with 145,105 copies, 86
school libraries housing 325,415 copies and 10 high school libraries with 226,743 copies. Serbian
military and paramilitary forces burned a total of 175 libraries containing 1,665,496 copies,

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Shahira El Sawy | 3 Jun 16:38 2011

Re: Nostalgia

Let's discuss what we can do.  Yes we do miss what we had before.

The MESA newsletter (which they have kept), has news of members and other things--which is always nice to have.  This is in addition to their Bulletin and Review, which are more formal and scholarly.

Best,
Shahira
 

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On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 12:16 AM, John Eilts <john.eilts-FGKo4X94FMn2fBVCVOL8/A@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Fellow MELA members, and others,

MELA is rightfully proud of MELA Notes as it evolved from a newsletter to our official journal.  It is filling a need for us and others.  What I miss (as I reminisce) is what we had with the original MELA Notes.  It carried news of members, and such things as short pieces describing a members collection, and reports on acquisitions travel, and so forth.  Nothing formal, but very informative.  The MELA blog does not fill this need, beyond not being used very much, the articles I recall were somewhat longer than a blog posting, but not usually as long as the articles we now publish in MELA Notes.

Are there others who would like to see something such as these parts that I miss resurrected? Is there a mechanism that we have access to that could recreate a venue for such things.

John

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William Kopycki | 3 Jun 19:28 2011
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Re: Nostalgia

Yes, all of this is something that is sorely missing in these present times. 

part of the reason might have been that for most of its life, MELA Notes was published twice a year, so there
were opportunities to fill its pages with "news of members", and even printing the membership directory
told a story of its own.

Maybe--just maybe--because MELA Notes was *the* only forum by which communications were made public to
membership outside of the meeting that it served as the best format to document news and events that are
truly "for the record". There is something to be said for the pioneers who collected, submitted, and
otherwise documented news of interest for their colleagues that were published in MELA Notes. Not only
that, but there also exists a rather rich body of correspondence between executive board members that we
thankfully have retained in the MELA archives. 

Our outgoing webmistress who created the MELA Notepad has always exhorted membership to submit content
for the blog. It may be that the current generation of membership is shy to do so, but this is a very simple
format that could accommodate such news. 

There is also no reason why MELANET could not be used for this purpose, which could in turn feed into the blog. 

It is not just a matter of nostalgia, but it is also important to document the events, developments and
changes within our profession, and it all begins at the institutional level. And it will help build for the
future. 

I think if our members have news to report, they should feel free to post it here or pass along to
webmaster@... for blog posting. 

william.

(my opinions only and not those of my employer) 

William J. Kopycki
Field Director
Library of Congress--Cairo, Egypt
US Embassy
8 Kamal al-Din Salah St.
Garden City, Cairo
Egypt
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wkopycki@...
>>> Shahira El Sawy <selsawy@...> 06/03/11 5:39 PM >>>
Let's discuss what we can do.  Yes we do miss what we had before.

The MESA newsletter (which they have kept), has news of members and other
things--which is always nice to have.  This is in addition to their Bulletin
and Review, which are more formal and scholarly.

Best,
Shahira

Shahira el Sawy
Dean of Libraries & Learning Technologies
The American University in Cairo
Phone: (20-2) 2615-3642
Fax:     (20-2) 2797-4903
email:   selsawy@...

On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 12:16 AM, John Eilts <john.eilts@...> wrote:

> Fellow MELA members, and others,
>
> MELA is rightfully proud of MELA Notes as it evolved from a newsletter to
> our official journal.  It is filling a need for us and others.  What I miss
> (as I reminisce) is what we had with the original MELA Notes.  It carried
> news of members, and such things as short pieces describing a members
> collection, and reports on acquisitions travel, and so forth.  Nothing
> formal, but very informative.  The MELA blog does not fill this need, beyond
> not being used very much, the articles I recall were somewhat longer than a
> blog posting, but not usually as long as the articles we now publish in MELA
> Notes.
>
> Are there others who would like to see something such as these parts that I
> miss resurrected? Is there a mechanism that we have access to that could
> recreate a venue for such things.
>
> John
>
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Dougherty, Roberta L | 3 Jun 20:15 2011
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Arabic newspaper from Buenos Aires: al-Zawbaah

Dear friends,

 

A graduate student here seeks the periodical “al-Zawbaah” (The Cyclone, possible parallel title “O Ciclone”), a pre-WWII publication of Khalil Saadah or Antun Saadah.  There are no holdings in WorldCat or OACIS for this title, but I wonder if it isn’t at all possible that it’s tucked away in somebody’s backlog of uncataloged materials?

 

I’ll be very grateful for any leads.

 

Best,

 

Robin

 

Roberta L. Dougherty

Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

The University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Libraries
1 University Station S5400
Austin, TX 78712

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Fatmeh Charafeddine | 6 Jun 07:36 2011

RE: Arabic newspaper from Buenos Aires: al-Zawbaah

 

Al-Zawaba’ah is available at AUB UL on microfilm, 1942-1974.

 

Regards,

 

Fatmeh Charafeddine

Reference Librarian /University Libraries

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: [MELANET-L] Arabic newspaper from Buenos Aires: al-Zawbaah

 

Dear friends,

 

A graduate student here seeks the periodical “al-Zawbaah” (The Cyclone, possible parallel title “O Ciclone”), a pre-WWII publication of Khalil Saadah or Antun Saadah.  There are no holdings in WorldCat or OACIS for this title, but I wonder if it isn’t at all possible that it’s tucked away in somebody’s backlog of uncataloged materials?

 

I’ll be very grateful for any leads.

 

Best,

 

Robin

 

Roberta L. Dougherty

Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

The University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Libraries
1 University Station S5400
Austin, TX 78712

tel.:  512-495-4257 | fax:  512-495-4569 | e-mail:  rdougherty <at> austin.utexas.edu

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