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McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council Graduate Student Symposium

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:26

The 2016 McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Student Council Graduate Student Symposium will be held on April 28th and 29th in the Post-Graduate Students’ Society’s Thomson House of McGill University, located 3650 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2.

The preliminary program and information on keynote speaker can be found on the MISSCC Symposium website.

Global and Regional Knowledge in the Study of Islamic Institutions and Arab Societies

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:57

The Institute of Islamic Studies will be offering a workshop entitled Global and Regional Knowledge in the Study of Islamic Institutions and Arab Societies on April 27, 2016:

For more information, go to the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies website.

Database trial: Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:56

Through May 27th, 2016, the Islamic Studies Library is trialing the Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994 database.

This fully searchable digital collection from the archive of the Central Intelligence Agency spans 19 countries and four decades, including both firsthand reporting and deep analysis on global and regional issues. It is currently about 90% complete and will continue to grow over the next several months as the documents are digitized. A full description of the database can be found here.

The trial can be accessing using the following URL: http://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/readex/welcome?p=TOPMENA.

And as usual, we thank you for sending any feedback you might have!

New digital collections: Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:48

The Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library digital collections is now available to McGill users!

This full-text searchable digital library of early printed books in Arabic is divided in three subject modules:

  • module 1 entitled Religion and Law focuses on The Qu’ran, traditions (Hadith), tafsir, theology, commentaries on religious texts, religious teaching and practice, biographies of religious figures; law, fiqh and statutes, fatwas and rulings
  • module 2 entitled Sciences, History and Geography offers resources on Natural history, medicine, physiology, other science, classical sciences, philosophy, logic, politics, ethics, mathematics, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, astrology, chemistry; history, early caliphs and conquests, modern history, genealogy, biographies; geography and travel, regional geography, and topography
  • module 3 entitled Periodicals, Literature. Grammar, Language, Catalogues and General Works covers Periodicals, folktales, pre-Islamic literature (Antar, Bani Hilal, Imru’l qays), Islamic poetry and prose (al-Burdah), poetry and prose (maqamat), Kalilah wa-dimnah, Luqman, proverbs and sayings, Thousand and one nights, later literature, poetry and prose, general literature; language and lexicography, dictionaries, grammar, syntax, rhetoric, ‘ilm al-bayan, catalogues, manuscript catalogues, etc.

This unique historical collection includes books published over a period of 400 years (1475-1899) and aims to “exemplify the long exchange of ideas and learning between Europe and the Arabic-speaking world”.

Database trial: Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1974

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 09:27

McGill Library is currently trialling the Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1974 database. The trial will end on May 3rd, 2016.

This collection includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles covers events in the Middle East during the 1970s: conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia. Commercial interests are also examined, with in-depth analyses of Middle East nations’ economic stability and reviews of international arm sales policies. The activities of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are closely monitored, with particular reference to the Gulf States and members of OPEC.

To gain access, please click on this URL, and if necessary enter the log-in details listed (please note that details are case sensitive): Username: McG8973 / Password: AM1699a. You can also gain access via the ‘trial access login’, which is located on the homepage and throughout our website at www.amdigital.co.uk. Simply select the name of the resource from the drop-down list, enter your username and password, and click ‘login’. If you experience any access difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us.

And as usual, your feedback is greatly appreciated!

New exhibition: Creative Dissent, 1-26 Feb. 2016

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:54


February 1 – February 26, 2016

School of Architecture

Exhibition Room

McGill University
Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke Street West

Opening Reception:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5 pm – 6 pm


Christiane Gruber, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Visual Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nama Khalil. Artist and cultural anthropologist, Ph.D. Candidate,  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn. Support for the McGill University, School of Architecture installation is provided by the Yan P. Lin Centre’s Research Group on Democracy, Space, and Technology, the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill Libraries, and Gilgamesh Society.


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