'Afghanistan's website' is a collection of articles, links, images and audio files relating to Afghanistan's history and its present. The site has well-maintained links to news articles and a long list of businesses that are members of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce. There is also, however, an interesting explanation of Afghanistan's history, a page laying out the Dari and Pashto alphabets (with audio files giving the sound of each letter), an excellent collection of photographs and links to other photographic sites, pages about music, flags, proverbs - a wide range of subjects are covered. Some of the links no longer work: the discussion forums, for example, seem to have been taken offline, and some of the music links are broken. This remains, however, a valuable and useful site for those studying Afghanistan.
The American institute of Afghanistan studies, of which this is the website, is a part of Boston University, with an office in Kabul as well. The institute promotes the study of Afghanistani culture and society, supports students in their field work and organises a range of lectures, conferences and other events relating to its activities both in the US and Afghanistan. All of these events are advertised on the website and many of the papers featured are given with a brief abstract. Some are also made available afterwards by means of a video stream. The site also contains articles about matters of interest to Afghan scholars raised by its work, details of fellowships and a number of links and resources.
Iqbal-Namah is a quarterly bulletin published jointly by the Center for Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University and Iqbal Academy Pakistan. It aims to introduce the works of the South Asian poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) to a wider constituency. Within its pages, readers will find extracts from and studies of Iqbal's writings. They are also apprised of critical and interpretative works about him and of other relevant information. All issues are available online and can be downloaded as portable document format (PDF) files.
'Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions (8th - 17th centuries)' is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is based at the Warburg Institute of the University of London and is headed by Charles Burnett, Professor of History of Islamic Influences in Europe. The project aims to study the cultural interactions between the Islamic and Tibetan cultures, and examines how religious ideas of the two cultures developed. This website contains: background information about the project and the people behind it; details of past and forthcoming events connected to the project (e.g. presentations; lectures; seminar training; conferences; and workshops); a thematic bibliography of print-based works on Islam and Tibet; images; and links to relevant websites. This resource should be of interest to those researching on the interactions between the Buddhist and Islamic traditions in Tibet, as well as to those with a general interest in inter-faith work. The website will be continuously updated as the project develops.
Khyber gateway is a website dedicated to the promotion of poetry, music, art and culture in the Pashto language or originating in the Afghan/Pakistan border areas in which the language is predominant. Many of these pages, particularly those featuring poetry, are in Pashto, for which readers will need a plug-in (available from the BBC via a link on the website). The site has sections, all in English, giving news, information about cultural events, the history of the region and many other aspects of life in Waziristan, Chitral, and the Pakistan border regions, along with pages of images, videos, articles about the history of the area and maps. There are also links to other sites of interest to scholars, and to works of poetry and literature available elsewhere on the internet.
The Islam pages of the Overview of World Religions website provide introductory articles on many aspects of Islamic belief and practice. Topics include the historical development of Islam and the spread of Islamic civilization as well as more specific traditions within Islam. The site is divided into four main sections: Islam; Sunni tradition; Shi'a tradition; and Sufi orders. Each section includes a general introductory article as well as articles on specific schools of jurisprudence, sects, or traditions. The articles are accessible and well-cited, and will be most appropriate as introductory texts for students or as a basis for further research. The site is part of PHILTAR (Philosophy, Theology and Religion), a project of the Division of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Cumbria. Other sections of the main site provide links to articles and further resources on Islam.
This site gives a bibliography of printed materials for the study of religion in South Asia. The site is divided into nine different sections: eight giving resources available for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism and one final section which features works in which two or more of these religions are compared. The list is not at all comprehensive, but determinedly selective. Entries have, on the whole, been quite stringently assessed before inclusion using book reviews, other bibliographies and the 'World bibliographical' series. The bibliography is further restricted based on the holdings of the various libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is, however, a worthwhile list and useful for anyone studying the religions of South Asia.
The website for the journal Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée makes available abstracts and some full-text articles from the journal, published by the Institut de recherches et d'études sur le Monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM) in Aix-en-Provence. The journal publishes thematic issues on the Muslim world, broadly defined, in two different series: History and the Contemporary World. Each issue includes a number of articles on a general theme, including contributions from scholars of the Muslim world beyond the Middle East and North Africa; an introductory article; independent studies; book reviews; and lists of bibliographic and electronic resources. The journal is an important source for contemporary scholarship on the Muslim world, and its online version makes much of its text available to a broad public. The website also includes further electronic resources, in collaboration with the Bibenligne site, that will be of use to all those interested in the Mediterranean and the Muslim world. Abstracts are published in French and English, though most of the full-text articles are available only in French.
Transoxiana is a refereed electronic journal on Asian Studies, published online twice a year. The articles are published in Spanish, English and Russian. Articles are reviewed by the editorial team, all from leading Spanish universities. Book reviews are also included in the journal. Some pages are also available in English. There is an archive of past issues, the articles of which can be fully accessed. There are also some reviews of articles and details of contributors. Articles are submitted by academics - both staff and graduate students. A statistics page on the number of visitors to the ejournal indicates that this site is increasing in popularity and relevance. The site hosts its own newsletter, which can be subscribed to through the site or through Yahoo Groups. The newsletter is in Spanish. It is also possible to subscribe to two other newsgroups through this site, the Estudios-Orientales - a discussion group on the whole of Asia, and ALADAA - newsgroup of the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Estudios de Asia y Africa.