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.


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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)

30.08.2013 Holzmann in the Middle East. Picture library of the Philipp Holzmann AG - a joint project of the Fachhochschule Potsdam and of the Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie

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

16.02.2012 Leiden University Libraries and Brill digitize 110,000 Pages of Middle Eastern Manuscripts

25.01.2012 International summerschool "Islamic Manuscripts" at Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig  23 - 30 September 2012

21.12.2011: Cambridge Digital Library - Islamic Manuscripts online

30.10.2011: MENAdoc  - the electronic fulltext repository of MENALIB provides open access to 4.000 books, articles, and reports in Middle East and Islamic studies

31.05.2011: Minassian Collection of Qur'anic Manuscripts now online at  http://library.brown.edu/quran

28.03.2011: Bibliothèque universitaire des Langues et civilisations (BULAC), Paris  to be opened in autumn 2011. [more]

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

28.08.2009: Online Journal al-Kalima with Arabic Journals Digital Archive (AJDA) provides acces to electronic copies of important Arabic literary journals

25.08.2009: Digital Library on Oriental Christianity - Bibliothek Goussen - online created by ULB Bonn

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