Resources

More and more information becomes available in digital, searchable form. Check the categories below and find useful links and tools for the modern student of Abbasid Studies.
Transliteration Tools

Transliteration tools

Arabic Scripts Unicode Fonts
Gentium
Charis SIL
TITUS Cyberbit
Jaghbub Unicode

Desktop layouts

Mac: Useful resources to transliterate Arabic with detailed installation instructions can be found on The Arabic Macintosh.
PC: Keyboard layouts can be created and modified using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

Manuscripts

On-Line Catalogues

Fihrist, catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in UK libraries (in development)
Agabozorg, catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in Iranian libraries
Yazma Eser Kütüphaneleri, catalogue of Islamic manuscripts in Turkish libraries
Handschriften Katalog Online
Harvard Islamic Heritage Project

Digital Libraries

Alfabetical List of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections
Cambridge Digital Library (includes several examples of Abbasid Qur’ans)
The Minassian Collection of Qur’anic Manuscripts (includes several examples of Abbasid Qur’ans)
Library of the Iranian Parliament (30000 digitised manuscripts)

Latest news

Journal of Abbasid Studies

JAS

Now available:
Journal of Abbasid Studies 7/1 – 2020
With contributions by Rana Mikati, Mohsen Zakeri, and Ahmad Ighbariah

Journal of Abbasid Studies 7/2 – 2020
Special Issue: Organizing and Finding Knowledge in the Fourth/Tenth Century
Edited by Letizia Osti and James Weaver

Coming soon:
Journal of Abbasid Studies 8/1 – 2021
Special Issue: Animals, Adab, and Fictivity
Edited by Matthew L. Keegan

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Light Abbasid

Join a round table!

Journal of Abbasid Studies Round Tables provide the opportunity for participants to move outside their areas of specific expertise and challenge established approaches within their field.
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New publication

Popeye and Curly: 120 Days in Medieval Baghdad
Written and Illustrated by Emily Selove

Popeye and Curly is a book of cartoons about Abbasid Baghdad, starring book-loving author Popeye (al-Jahiz) and winebibbing poet Curly (Abu Nuwas), along with their friends Coral (a singing girl) and the Caliph of one of the world’s most influential empires in history. Each episode is derived from historical sources, and designed to entertain, educate, and amaze.

It includes a short preface by Geert Jan van Gelder, as well as a bibliography and index. The full-colour pictures are inspired by illustrations of al-Hariri’s Maqamat.

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