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New Middle Eastern Resources available for Yale

The Yale University Library has been able to gain licensed access for several key and much-desired e-resources related to study of the Middle East. These can be found in both Metalib and Orbis. The resources are:

* Bibliography of Arabic Books Online (BABO) - The Bibliography of Arabic Books Online (BABO) aims to become a comprehensive bibliographic database containing information about virtually all books published in Arabic before 1960, and then continuing up to the present. BABO contains over 60,000 bibliographical records from the National Library in Egypt, the British Library and the Library of Congress. Also data from catalogs of other participating national and research libraries of Europe, America and the Arab world, will be included in this unique bibliographical database. BABO will include Name Authority Files (NAFs) which list all the spellings variants of authors’ names found in the database. This will be an invaluable finding aid for end-users of BABO, and a practical reference for librarians cataloguing Arabic titles. In the future the spellings found in The Encyclopaedia of Islam will also be added. BABO will ultimately contain over 80,000 records and almost 35,000 unique name records. The resource is searchable in English, transliterated Arabic, and in Arabic script.

* Encyclopaedia Islamica Online - The Encyclopaedia Islamica is a projected 16-volume publication, consisting of an abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dā’irat al-Ma’ārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. In addition to providing entries on important themes, subjects and personages in Islam generally, it offers the western reader an opportunity to appreciate the various dimensions of Shi’i Islam, the Persian contribution to Islamic civilization, and the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic tradition. New content will be added every year in alphabetical order. In 2008 the work started with the "A" and is expected to finish in 2023.

* Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics - The EALL Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches to be as objective and versatile as possible. The online edition contains all content of the print edition and new content will be added on a regular basis as of 2010. New articles will be elaborations or updates of themes already discussed in the EALL, or will be new entries that are relevant to the field. The editorship of the dynamic online edition will be in the hands of two new general editors and a largely renewed editorial board.


In addition, we've been granted, by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, a year of free access to 24 Iranian movies based around the theme "Understanding Persian Culture Through Film." In fact, the grant is also sponsored by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and AsiaPacificFilms.com. Each film includes a video introduction by a scholar who will discuss the film's cultural and historical significance. There are also essays, guides, interviews, and a bibliography. This can be a unique opportunity to learn more about the culture of this important country.