|Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon
||This PDF document describes an AHRC-funded research project into the experiences of Palestinian women refugees in Lebanon. The project aims to explore the women's sense of 'Palestinian-ness' and how this differs from male refugees. This paper outlines the methodological approach taken as well as the context of study - in terms of the history and status of Palestinian refugees.
|Palestine c/o Venice : collateral event of the 53rd international art exhibition, La Biennale de Venzia
||This website, Palestine c/o Venice, documents the Palestine representation at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. There is a statement from the curator on the website who states that the title of this collateral event at the biennial, housed in the Monastery SS. Casma e Damiano "underscores the chronic impermanence faced by Palestinian artists". The website has information about each of the exhibiting artists, with a short biography and images of featured and previous work. Palestinian venues will be exhibiting works by the same artists concurrently to allow Palestinian audiences to take part, these places are listed on the website. A video tour and catalogue section are being developed and the events section will have images added as they take place. A links page has the websites of Palestinian organisations on and the press section has information about the artists (Word document) as well as a general press release (PDF document) in English, Italian and Arabic.
|Temehu : Libya's first online museum
||The Temehu Tourism Services website has a special and substantial section on the museums in Libya, and also provides a directory of the little-known museums in that country. This new 2009 website also aims to make scholarly information and images freely available. The website includes "detailed reviews and analysis of all the museums of Libya, a photo gallery about the whole country, organised by town, a video gallery, a Libyan jewellery & traditional crafts gallery, and prehistoric art galleries". Details of opening times and museum entrance fees are also given, along with other practical details. Travel without an approved guide and planned route is still forbidden in the country, so the website has suggestions for its own Libyan tours, routes, and hotels. There is an associated weblog, which currently has details of the new (June 2009) changes in the Tourist Visa Law in Libya, advice on driving in Libya (apparently it is rather dangerous), and other useful current advice. This website would appear to be an important resource for archaeologists and historians planning to visit Libya, although other scholarly tour guides and resources may be available.
|MOFA : magazine of performing arts
||'MOFA: magazine of performing arts' is a full-text refereed ejournal. MOFA is published in English by IATR, The Israeli Association for Theatre Research. At June 2009 there are two issues online, although the first issue seems to have consisted of only one article. Articles are presented in HTML. Example article titles, from an international range of contributors, include: 'A Confined Amorous Being: The Eastern Woman between Travel Literature and English Drama'; 'Queer in the Holy Land: Gay and Lesbian Cinema in Israel'; and 'Teaching, Acting and Directing In Israel', among others. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial and Advisory Boards, and details of how to submit an article.
|Orient : report of the society for Near Eastern studies in Japan
||This Web page gives access to the full-text of 'Orient: Report of the Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan' (1960-2004), and despite the word 'report' in the title this is actually a substantial academic journal. Tables of contents, abstracts, and PDF files of articles are all freely available online. The journal was published in English, with occasional articles in German and French, and was devoted to reports and scholarly articles on archaeological and historical topics, with forays into linguistics. Example article titles include: 'Historical problems of the early Achaemenian period'; 'Hadiths as historical sources for a biography of the prophet'; 'A Japanese view of Lord Cromer's rule in Egypt'; and 'A Century of Turkish Studies in Japan', among many others. The latest issue available at 2009 is the 2004 issue, a special on the history of glass and glass-making. This will be a useful full-text resource for those engaged in the historical study of the Near East. The journal issues are held on the Japanese central online archive of ejournals (which is presented in English, but which otherwise contains only scientific journals), and as such the page does not have details of editors and Editorial Board - but these may be found by browsing the preface of recent issues or by searching Google.
|Assaph : studies in art history
||Assaph: Studies in Art History is the partial archive of a scholarly full-text ejournal in art history published from 1980 to 2003. At June 2009 there are six full issues online (1996-2001), and tables of contents for three more. The journal was published by the Department of Art History at Tel Aviv University, in English. Example article titles include: 'C.R. Ashbee’s Jerusalem Years: Arts and Crafts, Orientalism and British Regionalism'; 'The Non-Presence of People in David Hockney's Painting of Nouveau Riche Houses'; 'The New Images of Women in Early Christian Art'; and 'Medieval Images of Sacred Love: Jewish and Christian Perceptions', as well as many scholarly articles on Israeli art and artists. This archive is a welcome addition to the small number of free art history journals available online.
||Pages magazine is an Iranian contemporary arts ejournal, published partly online and also distributed in paper form from The Netherlands. The journal is published in English. At May 2009 there are tables of contents for seven issues online, with many articles from the print edition freely available online in HTML format. Issues are themed. Example free online article titles include: 'Cultural Identity or National Modernism?'; 'The Font Crisis
A conversation between Farhad Fozouni, Hamed Yousefi and Pages'; 'Pathology of art space [an Iranian case]'; and 'The Labour of the Larynx: Leveraging Performance Across Space', among others. The website and articles are illustrated. Pages will be a valuable publication for those seeking an insight into the contemporary art world that manages to exist inside Iran, and art contacts among Iranian exiles. This is a welcome addition to other online Iranian art publications such as Tavoos.
|Expeditions and discoveries : sponsored exploration and scientific discovery in the modern age
||Expeditions and discoveries is a series of online collections of materials from expeditions between 1626 and 1953 that have been housed at Harvard University. Encompassing digital reproductions of: maps; photographs; published materials; field notes; letters, and manuscript materials the collections cover expeditions from the Arctic; Antarctic; Americas; Africa; Asia; the Middle East; and more. Nine major expeditions are particularly featured. Each expedition provides access to the full text documents that Harvard holds, as well as links to other, related collections, such as photograph collections, and a bibliography. Researchers may also search or browse material by discipline, region or notable people. This is a clear and very complete website with a wide range of historical documents and primary sources. Materials would be of interest to researchers from a wide range of fields, including anthropology; archaeology; astronomy; botany; geography; geology; medicine; oceanography; and zoology.
|Estudios de dialectología Norteafricana y Andalusí (EDNA)
||The academic journal for 'North African and Andalusian Dialectological Studies' (EDNA) is a publication from the Spanish 'Institute of Islamic and Near Eastern Studies'. The journal is devoted to the study of the Arabic language in the Western regions of Maghreb and Alandalús, thus combining studies on contemporary and historical issues of Arabic dialects in these regions. Available on the site is the full-text content for all issues published between 1996 and 2004. Although Spanish is the main language of the publication, there are also articles in English, French and German. As part of the Institute of Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, the user may also browse the website and access relevant information about the institute: publications; cultural activities; and the library.
||The 'Language Box' is an online resource whereby teachers and students will be able to share their learning materials for any language. The site has been developed by the Faroes project team at the the University of Southampton and the University of Portsmouth, with the financial support of JISC. The site is very easy to navigate, and in most cases users can view previews of the materials before downloading them. Sometimes free registration is necessary to be able to download files. Materials can be browsed by: type; language; or tags. Activities cover a wide range of languages such as: Chinese; English; French; German; Arabic; etc. Likewise, activities are of a wide range and they include: videos; computer applications; texts; and exercises. Although this site is of recent creation, it is growing gradually and is being updated regularly. This all is the result of the collaboration between students and teachers, as they share the resources which they have found useful for language learning. Anyone interested in learning a language will therefore find this resource useful.
||'Art Israel' is an online arts magazine/directory published by the Contemporary Israeli Art Fund and run by Artis. Art Israel is produced in English, and is free. At April 2009 there are 13 artist profiles and short interviews. The website lists exhibitions and events in Israel, New York, and elsewhere. There is a useful 'Israeli Art Guide' page with details of art galleries in Israel, accompanied by a map and external links to websites. The 'News' page tracks and links to profiles and interviews with Israeli artists in fine arts publications such as ArtForum, New York Times, Frieze, Art in America, and many others. Video is also linked to from the 'News' page. The website has details of the staff and editorial board. This will be a useful resource for those interested in Israeli arts, and for artists visiting Israel.
|Global media journal : Mediterranean edition
||The 'Global Media Journal: Mediterranean edition' is a full-text scholarly ejournal. The journal is published by the Global Communication Association, and supported by Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana. This is the Mediterranean edition of the journal, which has its own Editor, Advisory Board and content. This edition is published in English. At April 2009 there are six issues freely available online, with articles available in PDF format. Example article titles are: 'The First Cypriot Newspapers and the British Administration'; 'Women's Representation in the Israeli Press During the Yom Kippur War'; and 'Reshaping the Agenda for Media Training and Research', among many others. The website also has details of the Editorial and Advisory Board, and details of the submissions process. This is a well-designed and easy to naviagate website, and the journal will be of special interest to those interested in media issues in the Mediterranean region.
||'Mediterranean Yearbook' (Med) is a full-text scholarly ejournal. The bulk of the articles here are not relevant to the arts and humanities, but there are occasional themed sections on cultural and media issues. Of particular note is the themed section 'The Role of the Media in the Mediterranean' (four articles in the 2003/2004 issue). Other articles of interest include: 'Summer Festivals in Morocco: International Influence and a Factor of Social Cohesion'; 'The Influence of Arab Information Channels on Arab Identity'; 'The Difficult Construction of a Mediterranean Cinematic Area'; and 'Partnerships' Failure to Effectively Improve Press Freedom in North Africa', among others. This is a useful resource for those seeking academic papers on contemporary media and cultural issues in the Mediterranean and North Africa. The journal is published in English by the Institut Europeu de la Mediterrania, based in Barcelona, Spain.
|Archnet-IJAR : international journal of architectural research
||'Archnet-IJAR : International Journal of Architectural Research' is a full-text ejournal on topics in contemporary architecture and urbanism. It is published by the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At April 2009 there are seven issues online, with articles freely available in PDF format. The journal ranges widely, but also places a very notable emphisis on new architecture and cities in the Arabian Peninsular. Example article titles include: 'Polemics in Arab Architecture: Theory versus Practice'; 'Hyper-Identity: The Case of Kuwaiti Architecture'; 'Hakim's Work on Traditional Islamic and Mediterranean Urbanism'; 'Contemporary Qatari Architecture as an Open Textbook'; 'The Impact of War on the Meaning of Architecture in Kuwait'; and 'Emerging Cities on the Arabian Peninsula', among many others. The journal also features book reviews. The website contains basic details about the Editors, the Archnet-IJAR Board, and a contact email address for enquiries about submissions.
|Egyptian economy and non-royal women: their status in public life
||The online version of a lecture given 21 June, 1995, at Brown University, by William A. Ward deals with the status of women in ancient Egypt society. Although pharaonic Egypt was in most respects a male society, with men holding positions in public life while women dominated the private life, Ward points to the fact that there is plenty of evidence that women, throughout ancient Egyptian civilisation could own, bequeath and inherit land. Furthermore women seem to have been able to hold positions of some importance in administration and there are examples of female scribes. Ancient Egypt was not an egalitarian society in any modern meaning of the word but it seems as if women were not barred from public life or prevented from getting education or owning land. This site is of interest to anyone interested in ancient Egyptian civilisation and the status of women in particular.