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Bibliotèque numérique de l'IMA (Institut du Monde Arabe)

The digital collection of the IMA is a service offered by the Institut du Monde Arabe in cooperation with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Over 1000 Arabic books and periodicals were already published on this website, among them al-Ǧinān.

Diese digitale Sammlung ist ein Angebot des Institut du Monde Arabe. In Kooperation mit der Bibliotheca Alexandrina konnten bisher über 1000 arabische Bücher und Periodika veröffentlicht werden, u.a. al-Ǧinān.

BSB München - Oriental Collection

The Oriental collection provided by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich/Germany includes printed volumes of original-language literature and manuscripts in the languages Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Turkic languages, Pashto, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ethiopian, Armenian, Coptic, Syrian, Armenian and Middle Persian (Zend) and languages of the ancient Orient. Digital copies of Oriental printed works can be searched via the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue.

Cambridge Digital Library

The Cambridge University Library's collections have grown into one of the world's great libraries, with an extraordinary accumulation of material. The collections cover every conceivable aspect of human endeavour, spanning most of the world's cultural traditions.

The digital collections include plenty of projects, not only collaborations with research projects based here within Cambridge University Library, such as the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit and the Darwin Correspondence Project, but also those from further afield such as the Newton Project and the Darwin Manuscripts Project, which is based at the American Museum of Natural History. The Sanskrit Collection, Spanish Chapbooks collection and Board of Longitude collection have all been significantly enriched through major AHRC research projects.

Chester Beatty

The Chester Beatty is the pre-eminent Irish museum promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. An engaging and welcoming space, visitors from Ireland and overseas will find permanent and temporary displays, an intercultural learning programme and a broad variety of public activities for all ages and backgrounds. The Digital Collections of the museum offers, among others, an Arabic, Persian and Turkish Collection.

Cross Asia

Cross Asia offers access to specialized information from the entire spectrum of humanities and social sciences from and about Asia. The portal has been set up by the East Asia Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Moreover the CrossAsia Search provides central access to Asia-related original-language bibliographic records in catalogues of national and international libraries.

Endangered Archives Programme’s Library

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme comprises different projects for the preservation and protection of endangered documents. Project 119 makes accessible and digitalizes the periodicals dating from around 1900 kept in the al-Aqsa Mosque library in Eastern Jerusalem – as of now, about 25 periodicals and newspapers are digitally accessible.

Das Endangered Archives Programme der British Library umfasst verschiedene Projekte zum Erhalt und Schutz von gefährdeten Dokumenten. Das Projekt 119 erschließt und digitalisiert die in der Bibliothek der Al-Aqsa Moschee in Ost-Jerusalem aufbewahrten Periodika aus der Zeit um 1900 zum Ziel. Zur Zeit sind rund 25 Zeitschriften und Zeitungen online verfügbar.

Europeana Newspapers

The Europeana Newspapers project, funded under the European Commission’s CIP 2007 – 2013 programme, digitized 10 million newspaper pages to full text. This helps users quickly search for specific articles, people and locations mentioned within the the newspapers.

Im Rahmen des CIP 2007-2013 Programms der Europäischen Kommission wurde ein dreijähriges Projekt namens Europeana Newspapers gegründet. Bis Januar 2015 sollen 10 Millionen Seiten historischer Zeitungen digitalisiert und zu einem Volltext konvertiert werden. Diese werden sich auf den Webseiten der Europeana und der European Library finden lassen. Kooperationspartner sind u.a. die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, die Königliche Bibliothek der Niederlande und die Universität Insbruck.


The Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World is a free on-line catalogue for manuscript descriptions. The rich collections of manuscripts bear witness to the linguistic, religious and cultural diversity of what commonly features as the Islamic world. The combined holdings of the contributing Libraries of the UK are of considerable intellectual and cultural significance. All participating libraries have been selectively collecting manuscripts from all subject areas, and of various geographical origins, dating from the 7th to the 19th century CE. FIHRIST is not a digital Library, if a digital copy of a works exists on-line, a link is provided and maintained by the institution holding the manuscript.

General State Archives

The General State Archives has an extensive online catalog with a number of documents digitized and freely available for viewing. The archive contains a number of Ottoman era court registers and cadastral surveys in addition to all of the archival material accumulated since the foundation of the Kingdom of Greece.

Global Journals Portal

The Global Journals Portal offers different non-European and/or diasporic critical and cultural periodicals, published in the aftermaths of the revolutionary movements at the end of the 18th century to the end of the two blocs world in 1989. The website has been developed within the framework of the "Global art and cultural periodicals" program of the "Global History of Art" research area at the National Institute for History of Art (INHA) in Paris.

Khalili Research Centre (KRC) Digital Image Archive

This project involves the conversion of the University's photographic archives of Middle Eastern art and archaeology into a modern digital resource. Of central importance to this project is the development of a tailor-made database to allow for the storage and delivery of the tens of thousands of images which make up the archives.

MENAdoc Open Access Collection

The MENAdoc Open Access Collection, provided by the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt in Halle/Saale offers free access to a large number of digital sources and publications relating to the MENA region and Islam.


Nashriyah: digital Iranian history (آرشیو آنلاین نشریات دانشگاه منچستر ) is a project by the University of Manchester. Their aim is to give free access to Iranian newspapers and journals in a digitized form to those who are interested in them. The main focus is periodicals, that were published in the time of the social and political upheavel from the rule of the Shah to the Islamic Republic and give insight into historical events like the Coup d’État in 1953 against Mohammad Mossadegh or the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Currently there are 23 periodicals in digitized form.

Nashriyah: digital Iranian history (آرشیو آنلاین نشریات دانشگاه منچستر ) ist ein Projekt der Universität Manchester. Ziel ist es Interessierten den Zugang zu iranischen Zeitungen und Zeitschriften in digitaler Form und ohne Einschränkung zu ermöglichen, da die oft nur sehr schwierig zu erreichen sind. Der Fokus der digitalisierten Periodika liegt dabei auf Periodika, die zur Zeit des Umbruchs von der Herrschaft des Shahs zur Islamischen Republik und geben Einblick in historische Ereignisse wie beispielsweise den Coup d’État 1953 gegen Mohammad Mossadegh oder die Islamische Revolution 1979. Zurzeit sind 23 Zeitungen und Zeitschriften digitalisiert. Die Seite ist vollständig auf Englisch.


In the 19th century the Damascene family Rifā‛ī treasured a great amount of Arabic-Islamic books representing a unique example of a traditional Arabic-Islamic family library. In total 488 books has been collected which are today part of a research project by the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig – called Refaiya (Rifā‛īya).

SALT Research

This project is a collaboration between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Atatürk Library, Institut Français d'Études Anatoliennes (IFEA), and Bibliothèque nationale de France. Dating from the second half of the 19th century to the 1930s, the collection provides access to the periodicals published in French in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic, as well as the Young Turks’ various publications in Europe. Atatürk Library’s collection of Franco-Ottoman press was digitized by SALT Research. The related collection at the Bibliothèque nationale de France is available through Gallica