Oriental Christianity Studies and Byzantium on YouTube

The seminar of Oriental Christianity Studies and Byzantium at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg has opened a YouTube channel.

The team of Prof. Dr. Horn offers an audiovisual insight into the work of the seminar and its guests to a broader public. It presents recordings of lectures and talks as well as interviews with experts.

To the YouTube Channel

The channel conveys current and historical perspectives and scholarly content on Oriental Christianity. The regional focus is on the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and the wider Oriental region particularly on North Africa, Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia as well as their intersections.

Palestinian Oral History Map

Palestinian Oral History MapThe project Palestinian Oral History Map presents oral testimonies from Palestinia on historic maps.

The result is an interactice map that allows you to explore the testimonies based on the historic landmarks they describe: Schools, hospitals, factories, rivers, valleys and mountains – all can be seen in the context of detailed historic maps from the 1940s.

The platform combines data from the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) at the American University of Beirut with Palestine Open Maps (POM). The mesh-up of these sources turn the stories and places into a much more vivid user experience.

National Licence Intended: “Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) 1941-1996”

Screenshot: Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) 1941-1996A group of Specialized Information Services and the Berlin State Library are attempting to acquire a national licence for the database “Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941-1996”.

Access to this database should be highly interesting for all Continue reading

Ottoman documents from the Franciscan monastery


Fojnica: Osmanski dokumenti iz arhiva Franjevačkog samostana

Prof. Dr. Michael Ursinus - FojnicaBosnia was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1463, and with it the Franciscan monastery of the Holy Spirit of Fojnica, founded in the 14th century.

Due to its eventful history, the monastery archive offers very special treasures such as the caftan of a sultan and over 3000 original documents in Turkish. Continue reading

Bamberger Einführung in die Geschichte des Islams (BEGI)

Screenshot: Bamberger Einführung in die Geschichte des Islams (BEGI) The “Bamberger Einführung in die Geschichte des Islams (BEGI)” (The Bamberg Introduction to the History of Islam) has been online for a few weeks now. This is an interactive overview of the history of Islam in 14 chapters in German by Prof. Dr. Patrick Frank.

The text contains links to larger images, maps, digitised material, selected Wikipedia articles and Qur’anic quotations from the Corpus Coranicum database.

The presentation can be used as a free online course by educational institutions or in self-study.