This is the homepage of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement (CMJE) at the University of Southern California (USC). Established in 2008, the center is a partnership between USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC), the Omar Al-Khattab Foundation and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It seeks to promote dialogue and understanding between the adherents of Judaism and Islam in the United States and around the world. This website informs visitors about the initiatives they engage in, and of recent news and events. It provides access to resources like papers/articles; video recordings; theses; an annotated bibliography of suggested reading; religious texts (e.g. the English translation of the Quran; the Hebrew Bible; and the Hadith); and an alphabetical annotated listing of Muslim and Jewish groups.
'The Forum for the Comparative Study of Jews and Muslims in Britain, Europe and North America' is the homepage of a project led by Humayun Ansari, Professor of Islam and Cultural Diversity at Royal Holloway, University of London. The initiative was funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)'s Diasporas, Migration and Identities research programme. It aimed to: study the experiences of Jewish and Muslims as members of minority faith groups in the West; enhance understanding of Jewish-Muslim relations in the contemporary era; and use the findings from the above two aims to lay the foundation for a fruitful dialogue between members of the 2 groups in the future. To meet these objectives, an academic workshop and a practitioners workshop were held in 2006. This website provides the names and biographies of the participants; and the reports or abstracts of papers presented at the workshops. It also permits access to the contents of a book jointly edited in 2007 by Professor Ansari and David Cesarani. The book, entitled 'Muslim-Jewish Dialogue in a 21st Century World' (ISBN: 9781905846122), was published by the Department of History at Royal Holloway. Links are provided to the homepages of relevant organisations.
The Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies website gives information on the work and activities of the Institute, which is based at the University of Durham. It gives full details of staff and their specialisms, and the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the Institute. It also lists the Centre's publications, which include the Durham Middle East Papers. Information is given on the Middle East Documentation Unit (MEDU), which was founded in 1970 and provides important research material for those interested in the region's security, politics, economics, social developments and international relations. This site will be of particular interest to students interested in undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Middle Eastern studies.
This is the homepage of the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) based in London. It was established to promote scholarly work on the heritage of Muslim societies and to enhance the standard of teaching on the subject. This website contains information about: the academic programmes and short courses on offer; news and events; research activities undertaken by its staff; the institute's publications; conferences, seminars and workshops organised by the institute; and job vacancies. The site offers a search engine.
This is the website of the Islamic Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (ISESCO) which was established in Rabat, Morocco. It has 51 members from different Arab and Islamic countries. It is specifically concerned with the development of education, science and culture by making use of current advanced technology and through cooperation with other institutions. This site can be viewed in Arabic, English and French. It includes some information on Arabic and Islamic culture such as: Arabic handwriting; ancient and historical monuments; and profiles of some countries with the focus on their prominent religious and Islamic landmarks. There is also a list of publications issued by ISESCO, which includes a number of books and the journal Islam Today. All these publications can be displayed online as HTML files. The publications cover such issues as: Islamic civilisation; the Arabic language; Palestine; and women and education. The website also provides information on: previous conferences; lists of the partners of the organisation with links to their websites; and current activities and news related to Islam and culture. ISESCO is of value to researchers as well as interested public users. The website is easy to navigate although downloading graphics may be slow.
Quran explorer provides access to interactive streaming audio of Qur'anic recitations and translations in Arabic, English and Urdu. The main page of the site also contains basic information about the Qur'an as well as links to live online Qur'an tutoring (by subscription) and further Web resources on Islam. The main attraction of the site, however, is the Quran explorer interface, which provides easily navigable recitations and translations of the full text of the Qur'an. Users can decide what to listen to by chapter and verse, and can choose between six different reciters as well as audio of translations in English and Urdu. The Arabic text of the passage is highlighted on screen as the recitation plays, and users can opt for the Arabic text only or side-by-side text translations in English, Urdu, German, French, Indonesian, Malay and Turkish. Although the site is mainly designed for Muslims interested in reading and reciting the Qur'an and does not provide further interpretation of the text, it will be of interest to students and researchers who would like to read the Qur'an and get a sense of the sound and rhythm of the Arabic text.
'West-Islamic World Dialogue' is a Web page maintained by the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based international organisation dedicated to improving the state of the world. This is the home page of an initiative the Forum is involved in to promote dialogue and cooperation between the West and the Islamic world. The work is jointly chaired by Princess Lolwah Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Lord Carey of Clifton of the UK, and is coordinated by Saman Ahsan. Resources available on the site include: background information about the project; official reports; press releases; video interviews; summaries of debates; and newsletters. Most of the documents are presented in PDF. Adobe Acrobat Reader is therefore required. A search engine is available.