Monday, September 21, 2015

Paulys Realencyclopädie ist now available through Wikipedia

All the volumes of Pauly's famous Realencyclopädie of the Ancient World are now available through Wikipedia in German Wikisource here. To know more about this German encyclopedia of classical scholarship, see the English article of Wikipedia about it here.

The First Historical Thesaurus of Arabic is to be produced in Doha

Inspired by HTOED or The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies is preparing the the first Historical Thesaurus of Arabic. An academic linguistic institution with corporate personality under the authority of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, which is lead by Azmi Bishara,  was established specifically for this purpose.  It's Aims, according to their website are:

  1. To produce a Historical Dictionary of the Arabic language.
  2. To create a comprehensive Corpus of Arabic.
  3. To derive sub-dictionaries from the Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language.
  4. To publish lexicographical research and studies.​​​
A very much needed Dictionary indeed, but a huge task, I have to say.They are however taking it seriously. This is evident by their publication of a book called Towards an Arabic Historical Dictionary ​(439 pages).

To learn more about this project, s. here

Saturday, September 19, 2015

El-Messiri's Encyclopedia of "Jews, Judaism and Zionism" in 8 Volumes

Even if not strictly classics, but this publication has to do with Greek and Latin. In the link below El-Messiri's eight-volume Encyclopaedia of "Jews, Judaism and Zionism", written in Arabic with an analytical/methodological form rather than an encyclopedic collection of information, is intended to provide analysis of the middle east crisis, the history of Jews and the history of Zionism, as well as an in-depth analysis of Zionism, its Ideology and beliefs, and ultimately the goals of such movement.

Friday, September 18, 2015

BMCR Reviews of some Graeco-Arabicum Books

1- Review of Dimitri Gutas, Theophrastus, On First Principles (known as his Metaphysics), Philosophia Antiqua 119. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2010. Pp. xxiii, 506. ISBN 9789004179035. $169.00.

Reviewed by Adam McCollum, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota (, s. here    31.html.

2- Leonardo Tarán​, Dimitri Gutas, Aristotle Poetics: Editio Maior of the Greek text with Historical Introductions and Philological Commentaries. Mnemosyne supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 338. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2012. Pp. 99. ISBN 9789004217409. $226.00.

Reviewed by Michael McOsker, University of Michigan (, .

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Manar al-Athar open-access photo-archive

Manar al-Athar open-access photo-archive
 with over 17,000 photos for teaching, research, and heritage

The Manar al-Athar open-access photo-archive (based at the University of Oxford) aims to provide high resolution, searchable images, freely-downloadable for teaching, research, heritage projects, and publication. It covers buildings and art in the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule (e.g. Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, and North Africa), from ca. 300 BC to the present, but especially Roman, late antique, and early Islamic art, architecture, and sacred sites.

Many of the monuments are now inaccessible to the West making this archive an important long-term resource for research, with downloadable high resolution images which are not watermarked. The records of monuments which are damaged or destroyed will also play a vital role in future restoration. Low resolution copies of these photographs for Powerpoint make them readily suitable for classroom use and demonstrating the shared heritage of the regions covered and the West. The images download with the caption, etc. and credit line in the metadata.

The archive has over 17,000 images already online, as of September 2015. Material is labelled in both English and Arabic to facilitate regional use, with the main instructions also available in some other languages.

يهدف موقع منار الآثار الإلكتروني، التابع لجامعة أكسفورد، إلى تزويدكم بصور عالية الجودة للغايات العلمية والتعليمية والبحثية؛ إذ تحتوي الصور على نماذج معمارية وفنية لمواقع أثرية كانت ضمن مناطق الإمبراطورية الرومانية السابقة والتي وقعت لاحقاً تحت الحكم الإسلامي: مثل بلاد الشام وبعض أجزاء الجزيرة العربية ومصر وشمال أفريقيا وأسبانيا. تمتد الفترة الزمنية لهذه المواقع الأثرية من أيام الإسكندر المقدوني (حوالي 300 قبل الميلاد) والفترة الإسلامية إلى الوقت الحاضر. يعد موقع منار الآثار الإلكتروني الأول من نوعه الذي يزود روّاده بمواد معنونة باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية معاً.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Scholarships for Egyptians to study/research in Germany

I've just received this announcement in my email. It could be of interest to Egyptians who want to study/research in German universities.


Autumn Call 1 September till 15 October 2015

The German Egyptian Research Short term Scholarship GERSS is a program jointly funded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn (DAAD) in order to finance short term scholarships for young Egyptian scientists to travel to Germany. The target groups of the program are researchers enrolled in MSc, PhD programs and young Post-Doctoral candidates. The scholarships may be awarded for a period from three to six months.

The scholarship shall enable advanced graduate students and young scientists to pursue part of their master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral research in a specific research project at German universities, archives, libraries or research institutes.

There are two calls for applications annually, namely the Spring Call (15.03. – 30.04) and the Autumn Call (01.09. – 15.10.)

Kindly note, application is only possible through the following link

For more information, please find attached the GERSS info sheet.

For inquiries, please contact Mr. Adel Younis
Phone +20 2 2735 27 26 +20 2 2735 27 26 Ex: 146