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‘A Poet and Bin Laden’, or Islamic militancy in Central Asia and Afghanistan

The latest set of CamCREES bibliographical notes look at Hamid Ismailov’s talk on 21 January 2014 about his novel Doroga k smerti bol’she, chem smert’ which has recently been published in translation (as A poet and Bin-Laden).  They look at … Continue reading

Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize

Brill supports early-career scholars with the new Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize.

To encourage and support early-career scholars seeking to publish in leading academic journals, Brill is awarding an annual prize for an outstanding article in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies. Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize is made possible by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for publishing.

The author of the winning article will receive a €750,- cash prize and the article will be published in one of Brill’s leading journals.

The Paper Prize is open to students who are currently registered for doctoral research at a higher education institution, or have obtained their doctoral degree after 1 January 2011. Any eligible article should be full-length (8.000-12.000 words) and an original contribution to the field of Islamic and/or Middle East Studies. Each year the competition will be hosted by one of Brill’s journals. Die Welt des Islams has kindly agreed to host the 2014 competition.  Submissions should thus fit the scope of that journal. For more information on the journal and its scope, please visit this link.
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Journal of Near Eastern studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Near Eastern studies

Relief showing king ahur- bani- apli killing a lion by Aiwok, Wikimedia Commons

Devoted to an examination of the civilizations of the Near East, the Journal of Near Eastern Studies has for 125 years published contributions from scholars of international reputation on the archaeology, art, history, languages, literatures, and religions of the Near East.

Founded in 1884 as Hebraica, the journal was renamed twice over the course of the following century, each name change reflecting the growth and expansion of the fields covered by the publication. In 1895 it became the American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, and in 1942 it received its present designation, the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. From an original emphasis on Old Testament studies in the nineteenth century, JNES has since broadened its scope to encompass all aspects of the vibrant and varied civilizations of the Near East, from the ancient to pre-modern Near East.

Previously only available with archival access via JSTOR, the Journal of Near Eastern studies is now available up to the present via this link.

Knovel training

We’re currently trialing Knovel, a database that’s designed to help you quickly find the answers you need in Engineering and is widely used in Engineering companies and other universities.

We’re deciding whether or not to subscribe to it, so your feedback would be invaluable.

*Want to find out more about it?*
Training session Monday 10th at 2pm in LR6 (Department of Engineering)

*Any other questions? *
Email Niamh Tumelty – – or ask at the Department of Engineering Library

For more details on the trial go to

Sandars Lectures 2013-14: Professor Nigel Morgan

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A late fifteenth-century Italian Book of Hours bequeathed to the University Library by Samuel Sandars

The Sandars lectures for this year will be given by Professor Nigel Morgan, Emeritus Honorary Professor of the History of Art in the University of Cambridge.

The lectures were instituted in 1895 following a bequest from Samuel Sandars (1837-1895), a great bibliophile and benefactor to several Cambridge institutions. Sandars stipulated that there should be one or more lectures on ‘Bibliography, Palaeography, Typography, Bookbinding, Book Illustration, the science of Books and Manuscripts, and the Arts relating thereto’ and particularly desired these topics to be illustrated by examples from Cambridge libraries.

It is highly appropriate that the theme of Professor Morgan’s lectures is ‘Samuel Sandars as collector of illuminated manuscripts’, drawing on the materials that Sandars donated to the University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum and his old college, Trinity. Although the printed books that Sandars bequeathed to the University Library are grouped together under the classmark SSS and thus easy to survey, there has not previously been an attempt to evaluate Sandars’ achievements as a collector (and donor) of illuminated manuscripts.

Professor Morgan is a distinguished scholar of many of the Arts dear to Sandars. He is the editor, with Dr Stella Panayotova, of the series Illuminated Manuscripts in Cambridge, an ongoing multi-volume catalogue covering the collections of the colleges and Fitzwilliam Museum; he edited, with Professor Rodney Thomson, the second volume (1100-1400) of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain; his other recent publications range from editions of monastic litanies to commentaries on spectacular thirteenth-century psalters and apocalypses. He was the recipient of a Festschrift in 2010, Tributes to Nigel Morgan: contexts of medieval art: images, objects & ideas.

Professor Morgan’s Sandars lectures will take place on three consecutive Wednesdays: 26 February, 5 March and 12 March. The venue is the Milstein Seminar Room in Cambridge University Library and all are welcome to attend.


SAALG 90th Conference - Friday 21st February - University of Cambridge Library

Join us for the 90th SAALG Conference which will take place on Friday 21st February at the University of Cambridge Library. The theme for the day will be 'Archives' and we will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of collections and projects - there will also be a chance to visit the new Centre of South Asian Studies building in Cambridge.  

Image: Cambridge University Library Faoch via Flickr
The full programme is as follows: 

Image: Cambridge University Library - RCS QM 8/123 - From the Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Queen Mary Collection.  A view showing crowds of people watching the arrival of the Royal Party at a palatial building, Calcutta.

The fee for the day is £20 including lunch, full directions to the Library will be sent out before the day. Please email Helen Porter, SAALG Chair or telephone 020 78984153 to make a booking or for more information. The final day for registering is Wednesday 12th February. 

Trial access to Sovetskaia kul’tura digital archive in February 2014

The current weekly Russian newspaper Kul’tura (Culture) was published during the Soviet period under a variety of titles, the longest-standing of which was Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991). The latest database from EastView is a digital archive of the newspaper, from its … Continue reading

The moving word : new exhibition at the University Library

A 13th-century manuscript of Arthurian legend once owned by the Knights Templar is one of the star attractions of the new exhibition at Cambridge University Library. An important manuscript of the Lancelot-Grail, it lay forgotten and unopened for five centuries … Continue reading

BrillOnline Primary Sources platform

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Brill (with Semantico) have launched BrillOnline Primary Sources. This new platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world.  Collections subscribed by the University of Cambridge on the new platform are:

Early Russian Cinema

Mass media in Russia Online

Screen and stage

Soviet cinema

Primary Sources offers access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, illustrative images and associated metadata in over 70 collections in 9 different subject areas.

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Early Western Korans Online

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New resource on BrillOnline : Early Western Korans online

This collection contains all Arabic Koran editions printed in Europe before 1850, as well as all complete translations directly from the Arabic (until about 1860).  Among the secondary translations, only those into German and Dutch are offered completely.  Of the partial editions, only the typographically or academically most interesting ones are presented here. 

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