Welcome to the Middle East Virtual Library
The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) is an information portal for Middle East, North African, and Islamic Studies. It provides access to electronic fulltext materials or electronic bibliographical records of printed materials and manuscripts.
The technical basis for this Virtual Library is maintained by the State- and University Library Saxony-Anhalt in Halle (Germany). At the same time, MENALIB integrates the efforts of many institutions and individuals in order to provide information as comprehensive as possible.
On 24 - 26 September 2015, DAVO and the Islamic Studies Section of the German Oriental Society (DMG) will hold a Joint International Conference at the Ruhr University Bochum.
International Symposium “Studies on Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905): Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies" 19. - 21. Februar 2015", Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
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5.1.2015 Volume 159.2009 of the Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft ZDMG online
1.12.2014 More than 4000 titles digitized since 2009 have now been catalogued as electronic ressources and the records are retrievable via the GVK: Sammlung Vorderer orient digital
11.11.2014 Call for papers: The peer-reviewed open access journal "Middle East - Topics & Arguments" (META) is calling for submissions for its next issue. Deadline for full paper submissions is 31 January, 2015
Orient-Digital: The Database of Oriental manuscripts at the Berlin State Library is online since March 2013. At present the database provides access to all recently acquired manuscripts from 2010 up to the present day (about 480 volumes) and all digitised manuscripts (about 500 volumes)
27.2.2012 Digitzation of Islamic manuscripts at Bošnjački institut, Sarajevo complete
23.02.2012 Journal MELA Notes published by the Middle East Librarians Association available in JSTOR
20.02.2012 Workshop on Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscripts and other written texts form the Muslim world, Leiden Institute for the Study of Islam and Society and Sclaliger Institute, 28 May-8 June 2012
25.01.2012 International summerschool "Islamic Manuscripts" at Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig 23 - 30 September 2012
21.12.2011: Cambridge Digital Library - Islamic Manuscripts online
31.05.2011: Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts now online at http://library.brown.edu/quran
25.01.2010: Arabic edition of Encylopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures first volume online for free download
21.12.2009: Harvard Islamic Heritage Project - online
14.08.2009: African Studies Virtual Library ILISSAfrica coordinated by University Library Frankfurt (Main) online.
15.07.2009: Database of the Refaiya Manuscript Collection at Universität Leipzig online
14.07.2009: Oriental Manuscript Resource (OMAR) Database produced at the Universität Freiburg im Breisgau online