BLOGS, E-ZINES, AND PODCASTS TO FOLLOW:
REGARDING THE MIDDLE EAST, ARABIC LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND HISTORY:
CURIOSITIES: عجاﺋب وغراﺋب
A blog by my good friend Raphael Cormack (Univ. of Edinburgh), Raphael shares English translations of various interesting tidbits from multiple Arabic sources - excerpts from texts, newspaper articles, and just about anything else he finds interesting. Raphael also has posts on various topics related to his research and other "curiosities" that he comes across.
ADAM TALIB'S BLOG
Another blog by a friend, and mentor, Adam Talib (American Univ. in Cairo) posts links to recent talks, updates on the courses he teaches, translations of short Arabic texts, and other interesting material. Prof. Talib's talks are excellent and well worth watching, so check them out on his blog and its affiliated website.
PAUL M. COBB'S BLOG
With Professor Paul Cobb (Univ. of Pennsylvania), you get two for the price of one. Prof. Cobb has a blog in which he posts regularly on topics relevant to academics broadly - his recent set of posts about recording an audiobook was a lot of fun - and those relevant to his own particular research. Additionally, Prof. Cobb has separate blog on his website where he writes about films he's recently watched. This second blog, while not related to his research and the topic of the Middle East, is immensely interesting and has led me to watch a number of movies about which I wouldn't have otherwise known.
TEACHING HISTORY IN CAIRO - REFLECTIONS BY PROFESSOR AMINA ELBENDARY
A new blog by one of my former professors and mentors, Professor Amina Elbendary (American Univ. in Cairo) regularly posts about topics related to teaching Arab/Islamic history. Additionally, she shares reflections on current events and relates this to the teaching of history. This blog is a very important read for anyone interested in teaching, Arab/Islamic history, or some combination of the two.
KITCHENING MODERNITY IN NORTH AFRICA
Exploring everything food in the Middle East, Anny Gaul (Georgetown Univ.) posts about a large array of food related topics. Looking at cook books, recipes, and many interrelated topics, Anny piques the readers appetite for knowing more about food and its connections to culture, politics, and society. This is a very interesting and insightful blog for readers curious about food, the Middle East, and modernity.
ARABIA AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD
Timothy Power (Zayed Univ.) created this blog "to explore the marvels and wonders of 'that great civilization which we are wont to call Islamic.'" In doing this, Prof. Power discusses various topics including archeological fieldwork, new texts related to the field, upcoming events, and more. His blog covers a broad scope and is interesting to readers of various backgrounds.
ARABIC LITERATURE (IN ENGLISH)
This blog give excellent coverage to a wide array of topics related to Arabic literature, in and of itself, and translation. Edited by M. Lynx Qualey (writer and reader in Cairo), "Arabic Literature" has posts for the scholar of Arabic literature and the occasional dabbler alike. This is a great blog for those with a passion or just a passing interest.
OTTOMAN HISTORY PODCASTS
"Ottoman History Podcasts" is a collaborative project that brings together various scholars to discuss topics related to Ottoman history. Ranging from lectures to interviews, this site has helped to make Ottoman history more broadly accessible while also staying relevant to an academic audience. Podcasts cover a wide spectrum of topics: politics, economics, the environment, gender studies, and many others.
Blogging about everything related to Medieval books, Prof. Erik Kwakkel (Leiden Univ.) has posts on medieval readers, book culture, the book as an object, and medieval book decorations. All-encompassing and very interesting, Prof. Kwakkel's blog is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the book.
IAN D. MORRIS'S BLOG: TIDBITS ON THE ORIGINS OF ISLAM
Ian D. Morris (Univ. of Amsterdam) writes on a variety of topics related to the early period of Islam. His blog discusses an assortment of subjects from the early period of Islamicate history. Also, Morris's website includes a great running bibliography of relevant texts in translation with their bibliographic information - a great resource for students of Islamic studies.
The ultimate website for anyone interested in Cairo, Cairobserver has everything from urban studies to Cairo's heritage. This is the must-read website for all Cairo lovers. With guest posts on a number of topics, host, contributor, and editor Mohamed Elshahed (Forum Transregionale Studien - recently PhD from NYU) guides a discussion on the urban study of the city of Cairo. One of my favorite sites.
An e-zine for anyone interested in anything related to the contemporary Middle East. With articles written by academics, activists, and others with intimate knowledge of the region, Jadaliyya has something for everyone. The site includes pieces on specific countries, regional issues, media roundups of local news, and more.
Hazine is a guide to researching the Middle East. Recently, it has posted on the digital archives of Morocco, other digital collections available to scholars of the region, and even those of Bulgaria (which has quite a large collection of Ottoman sijjilats). This site is a great place to start for scholars and will help to acquaint the reader with all sorts of resources about which they may not have already known.
NY PUBLIC LIBRARY'S BLOG POSTS BY SUBJECT: HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
This page gives the reader a list of blog posts done for the library, by a variety of authors, on topics related to the History of the Middle East. The blog posts cover topics ranging from "Meet the Author", resource guides, and even guests posts on various relevant topics. This is an excellent collections of postings for anyone interested in Middle East history to check out.
WEBSITE AND PODCASTS - NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES
Presenting new books in Islamic Studies, this website has audio interviews with the authors of major works in the field. Featuring topics from Islamic law to medicine and everything in between, the interviews introduce readers to new scholarship in the discipline. The interviews are in-depth and really allow listeners to delve into the books' topics. This site also has podcasts available for listening on the go; search for "New Books in Islamic Studies" in your podcast app, and subscribe.