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The Al-Aqsa Mosque Library Collection of Historical Manuscripts (12th-19th century)

This project is part of the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) of the British Library. The main goal is to preserve the historical manuscript collection housed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in Jerusalem. The library’s rare and most valuable collection consists of approximately 2000 manuscripts. Digital Persian Archive is a research project of the Chair of Iranian Studies at the University of Bamberg (Germany). It offers a database of Persian Historical Documents from Iran and Central Asia up to the 20th Century which includes "public" and "private" documents: royal decrees and orders, official correspondence, and shari'a court documents, such as contracts of sale and lease, vaqf deeds, marriage contracts, and court orders. It also serves as a bibliographic reference tool, being a continually updated repertoire of published historical documents.

Brindging the Gap: Digital humanities and the Arabic-Islamic corpus

Bridging the gap is a project of Utrecht University that seeks to harness Digital Humanities approaches and technologies to make pioneering forays into the vast corpus of digitized Arabic texts as well as developing a web-based application.

The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)

The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) of the British Library facilitates the digitization of archives that contain thousands of newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts and photographs from around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. Especially from countries where their persistence can’t be guaranteed.

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.


The project Jara'id, funded by the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), provides a chronology of nineteenth-century periodicals in Arabic (1800-1900). The core data are offered in a table containing information on titles, dates of first and last issue published, place(s) of publication, names of publishers and editors, language(s) of publication, and available collections.

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.


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.

Sharing History - Museum with no Frontiers (MWNF)

The Sharing History is a Virtual Museum and Virtual Exhibition cycle exploring the relations between the Arab and Ottoman world and Europe between 1815 and 1918. As the result of a joint effort of partners – museums, archives, libraries, universities – from 22 countries, the MWNF offers ten themed Exhibitions, a searchable Database, Collections, a Timeline and historical backgrounds.

Sharing History was set up under the umbrella of partnership between MWNF and the League of Arab States, which promotes awareness about the Arab world’s history and cultural legacy.

Uskudar kültür-sanat

Uskudar kültür-sanat gives an overview of women journals and journalism in the Ottoman period.

Vezvez-e kandū

Vezvez-e kandū is a research database for Iranian studies to find literature, sources and more. The digital toolbox collects literature and media, search engines, catalogs, databases and bibliographies, encyclopedias, publication platforms, digital archives and full-text repositories, dissertations and theses, and scholarly reviews.