Links to Projects and Online Resources in Middle East Studies and History

These sites give details on different projects, centers, and institutes working on various topics related to the Middle East and history. Some of these links simply give detailed information about the work of the centers, while others have helpful information for researchers and may even include links to papers, publications, and databases.

DYNTRAN: Dynamics of Transmission - Families, Authority, and Knowledge in the Early Modern Middle East (15th-17th Centuries)

I'm putting this first for self-promotional reasons; this is the project page for the research group with which I am involved. The DYNTRAN project is attempts to study various aspects related to the transmission of knowledge among different family groups during the 15th to 17th centuries. In doing this, the project hopes to not only better understand the ways in which knowledge was transmitted, but also to further make sense of the idea of the family during these centuries and help to bridge the gap of knowledge relating to the transition between the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. You can find out more about my role within this project on the research page. On the DYNTRAN's project page, you can find working papers from its members as well as more information about its activities and workshops.


Islamic History Commons

An online scholarly community focused on Islamic history, the Islamic History Commons is a great resource for students and scholars alike. In addition to offering working papers, the commons also hosts the Middle East Medievalists, a group which publishes the journal al-'Usur al-Wusta, which is openly available on the site. Another great resource hosted on the site is a sharing of various syllabi corresponding to different course types and levels.


AMIR - Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources

This site collects, assembles, and offers up various online resources and open access material related to Middle East and Islamic studies. A really indispensable resource, check back often as new material is posted regularly.


Cornell University Library - Middle East and Islamic Studies: Subject Bibliographies and Indexes

An excellent and well organized collection of links to other resources. Grouped by category, this is a very easy way to start a research project or to explore other online research outlets.


The Oriental Institute's Open Access Publications

This is a great blog post from "The Ancient World Online" that hosts a list of all of the open-access publications of the Oriental Institute in Chicago.

Additionally, here is a link to the Oriental Institute's publication page.


Islamic Heritage Project (IHP) - Harvard University

Harvard's Islamic Heritage Project offers over 280 manuscripts, 275 printed texts, and 50 maps online and available for all. With over 156,000 pages, the material covers the geographical span of the Middle East as well as chronologically from the 10th to the 20th century. Materials are organized topically, chronologically, and geographically making the site easy to use and search.



A open-access resource for those interested in the art and architecture of the Middle East. It includes an "Introduction to Islamic Architecture," syllabi, publications and working papers, as well as many other resources critical to the study of Islamic art and architecture. With a new interface, the site is easier than ever to search and use.


Cairo Geniza Projects - Princeton, Penn/Cambridge, and Friedberg

The Cairo Geniza is a collection of over 200,000 fragments of documents found in Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue at the end of the 19th century. These documents provide a glimpse into the life of Cairo's Jewish community during the 11th to 19th centuries. Famously worked upon by Shelomo Goitein at Princeton, the documents are continuing to be studied and various project groups at Princeton, Penn/Cambridge, and Friedberg have excellent sites detailing their work. These sites also variously include databases of fragments as well as working papers.

Princeton Geniza Project -

Penn/Cambridge Genizah Fragment Project -

The Friedberg Genizah Project -


Mamluk Studies Resources at the Univ. of Chicago

As part of MEDOC, the Middle East Documentation Center at the University of Chicago, the Mamluk studies resources on this site are excellent, including open-access to all issues of the Mamluk Studies Review and a very user-friendly and searchable Mamluk studies bibliography. Additionally, there is information here about the School of Mamluk Studies and its activities.


MEDOC - The Middle East Documentation Center at the University of Chicago

In addition to the Mamluk studies resources mentioned above, MEDOC also hosts a number of other great resources for Middle East researchers and students. Among these are the MEDOC Catalog of Microform Projects and the Middle East Research Guide. Check out this great site and look through its resources!


Annemarie Schimmel Mamluk Kolleg and the Islamic Archeology Research Unit at the University of Bonn

I have had the great opportunity to work closely with both the Mamluk Kolleg and the Islamic Archeology Lab at Bonn, and the two are doing great things in the furthering their respective fields. The Mamluk Kolleg's website includes working papers and other publications as well as details about Mamluk studies events. On the Islamic Archeology Lab site, you can find out more about this one-of-a-kind in Europe program, with links to its events, working papers, information about field work, and other resources. 

Annemarie Schimmel Mamluk Kolleg -

Islamic Archeology Research Unit -


Mamluk History and Culture at the University of Ghent

Led by Jo Van Steenbergen, this research unit includes a number of interesting research projects including a digital Mamluk studies project that has searchable prosopography database of the Mamluk political elite. Also, the site includes more information about a number of other ongoing research projects at Ghent, such as a project on the development and state formation of the Mamluk regime and work related to cultural issues within the Mamluk Sultanate.


Historians of the Ottoman Empire

The Historians of the Ottoman Empire site, also hosted by the University of Chicago, seeks to fill a bio-bibliographical gap by offering information on the lives of various historians who have written on the Ottoman Empire. A rich contribution that will serve to enhance any scholar's historiographical work, the site already has an impressive amount of information and is still growing.