The al-Bab website, 'an open door to the Arab world', provides a collection of articles and outside links on a wide range of topics related to Middle East studies. It is run by Brian Whitaker, former Middle East editor for The Guardian, though the site has no relationship to the newspaper. The content is a combination of annotated links to websites, links to previously published articles or book excerpts, and original articles and commentary. It provides a large variety of reliable content appropriate for students and researchers at all levels.
The site's sections include: country briefings for the 22 members of the Arab League; news; reference; and collections of links and articles on specific topics. Along with coverage of political and economic issues, these topics include a number of subjects of interest to arts and humanities students, including: Arabic language; media; architecture; art; cinema; literature; and music. A section of articles on diversity in the Arab world also provides information about ethnic minorities like the Kurds, Berbers and Turkmen, and coverage of special topics like women in the Arab world or gay and lesbian issues. Al-Bab is an excellent source of background information for the general public and a good first stop for preliminary research for students, but even experienced researchers are likely to find useful resources on many topics.
The French journal Cahiers d'études sur la Méditerranée orientale et le monde Turco-Iranien (CEMOTI) publishes research on a broad geographical area that includes Southern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. The journal also publishes articles related to immigration and the Greek, Turkish and Cypriot diasporas in Europe. Each issue is devoted to a particular theme, with a focus on contemporary history, culture and social questions. The CEMOTI website gives access to tables of contents and abstracts for all issues published since 1985. It also provides full-text versions of selected issues. Disciplinary coverage is broad, including humanities and social sciences disciplines. The journal will be of interest to researchers in Middle East and Central Asian history and cultural studies.
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.
This is the website of the AHRC funded project 'In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Prophet: Sociality, Caring and the Religious Imagination In the Filipino Diaspora'. The Footsteps Project is a major two year research project funded within the AHRC Diaspora Programme, concerned with the experiences of Filipino carers living and working in the Middle East and the role that Filipino religious congregations play in creating sociality, community and social networks among fellow migrants, both local and transnational; the ways these facilitate relations with their hosts; how faith may empower women negotiating status and identity within and beyond the workplace.
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.
The Partners for Peace website provides information about a non-profit organisation that serves as a platform for the voices of Israeli and Palestinian women of all faiths working for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The organisation sponsors events and speaking tours to educate the American public about these issues. The website gives information on their projects, events, and media coverage, including reports on their 'Jerusalem Women Speak' tours. The site will be of interest to students and researchers interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, peace activism, and interfaith dialogue.
The pages devoted to Umm Kulthum on the al-Mashriq website provide an excellent overview of the Egyptian singer's life and work. Umm Kulthum was an influential singer and performer from the 1930s to the 1970s, and her wide-reaching legacy is broadly acknowledged. The site contains: biographical essays drawn from published work on the singer; a list of songs with links to lyrics (in Arabic) and audio files; a comprehensive discography; a list of her films and clips from films about her; and a bibliography. The site is a good resource for introductory information on Umm Kulthum and Middle Eastern music in general, and will also be of interest to students and teachers of Arabic looking for song lyrics and musical clips.