Virtual & Digitised Collections
Virtual and digitised collections have multiplied and grown since MELCom International decided to dedicate a page to them. Those who are willing to enrich this list and update the information are welcome to contact MI secretary who will forward. In fact you are invited to do so!
Resources of Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries:
a) Archnet.org – an Open Access library focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture and conservation issues related to the Muslim world.
b) Aga Khan Visual Archive which consists of over 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment of Muslim societies, donated by students and scholars, affiliated with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard, as well as academics, scholars, cultural institutions, and architects from around the world.
AMIR, Access to Middle East and Islamic Resources (ISSN 2160-3049) is an international collaborative project aimed at collecting and sharing information about Open Access, scholarly material for teaching and study of the Middle East and Islam. The project collects and publishes information about reliable Open Access journals, e-books, archives and manuscript collections, images, data and other related resources. AMIR encourages active participation by anyone who is interested in the project. AMIR itself is Open Access, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
The American University in Cairo Board of Trustees Meetings Minutes digital collection primarily includes meeting agendas and minutes, as well as additional meeting documentation such as budgets, correspondence, reports, and memoranda. The collection includes minutes ranging from the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of Cairo Christian University on November 30, 1914 to the American University at Cairo’s meeting on December 19, 1959. This collection will continue to grow as minutes are digitized.
Djazairiates: Digital library of hundreds of monographs, periodicals and theses as well as old works kept in the university library.
Duke University Library is digitising their Ottoman Turkish collection and more than 200 titles have been made available so far.
Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation’s Digital Library Portal is an Open Access platform that provides free access to a variety of material and a continuously growing repository of bibliographic information about manuscripts and manuscript collections worldwide. The portal allows cross searching and the interface is available in English as well as in Arabic.
The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB) provides access to the holdings, offers and services of the Specialised Information Service (FID) Middle East-, North Africa- and Islamic Studies. This Specialised Information Service (FID) has been maintained by the University and State Library Saxony-Anhalt since 2016.
In 2008 Princeton University Library acquired an Arabic movie poster and lobby card collection. Both collections have been digitised and are now accessible via Princeton University Digital Library.