This growing new resource provides an online database of archival resources for the study of twentieth century international history which are held at Oxford University. The database is browsable by alphabetical listing, category; region; chronology or timespan; and location in Oxford. Several of these headings are broken down into sub-topics, so that categories, for example, are searchable by individuals; national institutions and organisations; international organisations; major events; international economic policy; wars; empire and colonies; and non-state organisations. Each individual collection entry provides a description of the collection, its location, and a relevant archival Web link. Scholars with an interest in British imperial history in Africa and Asia, Middle Eastern history and European studies will find this site to be particularly helpful as an initial guide to locating Oxford's wealth of twentieth century resources in these fields.
Hanif Kureishi is a contemporary British writer. The online resource Hanif Kureishi is the author's official website. It provides biographical and bibliographical information in the form of a timeline of the author's career, full versions of several short stories and essays, as well as photographs from the writer's public appearances. Famous for his screenplay 'My Beautiful Laundrette', and his novel 'The Buddha of Suburbia' (which were turned into a film and TV drama, respectively), Kureishi has been a major and controversial writer since the beginning of his career. His novel 'Intimacy' was received with a great deal of critical attention. Kureishi's works tackle important questions of sexuality, religion and tradition, as well as racial, national and cultural identity. Unfortunately, the website does not seem to be updated on a regular basis, as the Web page 'News' refers to events taking place no later that in the year 2001. Apart from these drawbacks, however, the site is a valuable and reliable source of information about the writer's life and works. This online resource will be appreciated by students, researchers, and enthusiasts of the British and postcolonial cultures and literatures.
This is the website for the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies (ISSN: 0806-198X), which is a peer-reviewed academic journal that covers all aspects of Arabic and Islamic Studies. It is published online and on paper, and accepts submission in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The journal is edited by Dr Alex Metcalfe of the University of Lancaster. This homepage allows access to all the journal's contents since the first volume was published in 1996. Articles can be viewed as PDF files. Titles featured to date include: 'Towards a Typology of Arabic Dialects: The Role of Final Consonantality'; 'A Legal Aesthetic of Medieval and Pre-Modern Arab-Muslim Architectural Space'; and 'The Notion Weapon in Arabic Idioms'. The site, which would be of interest to students and scholars of Islam, also provides: a list of FAQs; the journal's editorial policy; and submission guidelines for authors.
The Mas’ud Ahmed Khan website has evolved substantially from its early origins as a newsgroup run in the 1990s by the administrator. Its resources mainly reflect the interests and concerns of an increasingly vocal and articulate section of British Muslim society interested in reviving a traditionalist Sunni version of Islam, Sufi orientated, and keen on maintaining a strong British identity (one section is dedicated to British Muslim Heritage). Leading figures of this community (US born Nuh Ha Mim Keller and Cambridge don Abdul Hakim Murad, who both produce a bulk of the articles) have grown in importance over the last decade, particularly following 9/11 and the increasing media attention given to Muslims in the West. Therefore, this website is useful to those interesting in researching discussion among British Muslims over issues relating to citizenship and jihad, articulated not only in contemporary article form, but also in the language of classical juristic and theological scholarship. Numerous video and audio resources are also available, including lectures and radio interviews. These resources deal not only with contemporary social issues, but also long-standing theological debates that are still current in modern Muslim society.
Mohsin Hamid is a contemporary writer whose novels 'Moth Smoke' (2000) and 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' (2007) are considered to be critically acclaimed international best-sellers. The online resource Mohsin Hamid is the author's official website, and it has been created and administered by the writer himself. It includes a very brief biographical note, bibliographical information, full texts of interviews with the writer, his articles, and reviews of his books. Originally from Pakistan, Hamid had spent 15 years in the USA before he moved to London in 2001. He is thus regarded as a representative of both American and British literary tradition, including postcolonial literature. Hamid's works tackle important questions of national and cultural identity, subjectivity, representations of history, religion and tradition, as well as tease out contemporary novelistic approaches to characterization and narration. He has also published widely on a variety of political and cultural topics, his articles appearing: in The New York Times; The Independent; The Washington Post; and Time Magazine (international editions). The Web page Mohsin Hamid is an easy to navigate, reliable, and well-maintained resource. It may be of interest to students of American and British literature, researchers and general readers.
This is the homepage of The Muslim News, an independent monthly newspaper which seeks to provide objective news and views of Muslims in the UK. The site, which is updated several times a day, offers news coverage on related issues not only from the UK but also from other parts of the world. An archive of past news can also be accessed upon registration which is free. Also available are press releases; and information about forthcoming events and how to join their mailing list. Visitors are also invited to register their views on selected themes (e.g. their Hajj experiences; and their British Muslim identity). This is an interesting resource for students of Islam as well as those seeking to better understand the experience of Muslims in contemporary Britain.
Sunnipath is an online academy dedicated to providing access to traditional Sunni Muslim education to the English-speaking Muslim world. Many of the scholars associated with this institute were trained in various religious fields, and received their qualifications in traditional institutes or circles of learning (mainly based in Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen) using the personal certification (ijaza) system. Sunnipath tries to combine the benefits of such a system with the advantages of modern technology and educational forms. Attendance of most courses requires payment of fees, but free registration is also possible, allowing access to numerous free online classes and events. The website also hosts a number of features that are accessible without the need for registration. The Answers section was the original reason behind Sunnipath’s creation in 2003, and it is still a useful and regularly updated resource for those with questions about Islamic law (answers are available for two rites of law: the Shafi’i and the Hanafi), faith or practice. The Library section has numerous resources including articles, Quran recitation recordings and translations of a number of classical texts (most notable are the Hadith collections found here). The website also hosts a blog with daily comments from the many scholars affiliated with the institute.
T. E. Lawrence Studies is a website that aims to be the key biographical portal for academic and scholarly studies of T. E. Lawrence, the English author, hero and adventurer, and his role in historical events. The website is rich in content, and has biographical and reference material including maps, photographs, bibliographies and chronologies. There are also essays on such topics as collecting Lawrence items, and a scene-by-scene analysis of the David Lean film 'Lawrence of Arabia'. The website also aims to host the peer-reviewed online research journal, 'T.E. Lawrence Studies', which it is hoped will begin publication in 2007. Some of the journal contributions are already, at October 2007, available via the website in full-text form. The website also has details of the T. E. Lawrence discussion list, and links to its archives. In addition to all the other content, also available on a companion website is "a substantial proportion of Lawrence's published writing". This website and the companion websites are run by Jeremy Wilson, the authorised biographer of T. E. Lawrence.
The Zaytuna Institute is a non-for-profit educational institute which was set up in 1996. It aims to provide educational programs, materials and training in the traditional sciences of Islam through the use of the latest technology. This home page informs visitors of the courses on offer. It also provides a list of FAQs; and information about forthcoming events and works published by members of the institute. Also available are audio recordings, video clips, photographs, slide shows and articles. In addition, the site gives access to the institute's newsletter and links visitors to the home page of Seasons, their official journal. This should be an interesting resource for students of Islam.