MENAdoc - Digital Collections
The Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle (ULB Halle) holds responsibility for the German Middle East and North Africa Collection as sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 1998. Digital services of this collection and of other information providers in the field of Middle East, North African and Islamic studies are coordinated in the Middle East Virtual Library MENALIB which ULB Halle started to develop in 2000. MENALIB provides access to a number of bibliographic databases. At the same time, one of the main objectives of the further development of MENALIB is the integration of electronic fulltext resources into MENALIB's fulltext repository MENAdoc. Electronic titles include the Journals of the Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft (German Oriental Society - DMG), selected titles from the Turkish studies library of Prof. Jacob M. Landauand a constantly growing number of individual digital publications related to Middle East and Islamic studies.
Journals of the Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft
The Deutsche Morgenlaendische Gesellschaft (DMG -German Oriental Society) which was founded in 1845 started to publish a periodical focused on the history of Oriental cultures and languages in 1847.
The Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlaendischen Gesellschaft (ZDMG) is still today one of the leading scientific periodicals in the field of Oriental and African studies.
In addition to the ZDMG the society published for a certain period of time 3 other scientific journals which dealt with particular aspects of Oriental studies: The Zeitschrift fuer Assyriologie und verwandte Gebiete was published from 1886 until 1938, the Zeitschrift fuer Indologie und Iranistik was published from 1922 until 1936, and the Zeitschrift fuer Semitistik und verwandte Gebiete was published between 1922 and 1935. These journals represent valuable contributions to the scholaly discourse on the history of Asian and African cultures and societies and are, at the same time, an important source for the history of and current research in Oriental studies.
Turkish Studies Library of Prof. Jacob M. Landau
In 2003, the Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt (ULB Halle) purchased parts of the private library of Prof. Jacob M. Landau. The collection comprises 3.000 volumes of original source materials and secondary literature on the history of the late Ottoman Empire and modernTurkey. The collection was catalogued with support from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Also with support by the DFG, parts of the collection, comprising ca. 400 volumes, have been transferred into electronic format.
The Middle East and North Africa Collection of ULB Halle collects and catalogues in the context of MENALIB open access fulltext publications releated to Middle East, North African and Islamic studies and makes the accessible through its electronic catalog.
Islamic studies digital
The series "Islamkundliche Untersuchungen" which is published by the Klaus Schwarz Verlag since 1970 is one of the outstanding publications of Islamic studies in Germany. Klaus Schwarz Verlag and Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle plan to publish digital versions of titles that are no longer available in print in the electronic fulltext repository MENAdoc of the Middle East Virtual Library MENALIB in the future. 10 titles have been digitised in April 2009 and are being made available in a first step towards a more comprehensive presentation of Islamkundliche Untersuchungen on the WWW.