Trial for Proquest Resources on 20th century Israel / Palestine

By Mary Fisk|April 30, 2019|History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations|

Electronic trials of 2 Proquest digital archives covering the 20th century history of Israel / Palestine, (with contemporary newspaper content up to 2008)  are available until 24th May. You can link via the Library News page at Please send feedback to the named member of staff. We would like to know: 1) Is the information relevant and useful? How will you use it in your work? 2) Is it easy to

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U.S. Intelligence on Asia: new digital document collection now available

By Mary Fisk|July 27, 2017|Archival collections, China and Inner Asia, History, Japan, Korea, Politics and International Relations, South East Asia|

SOAS Library has recently subscribed to the archival document collection U.S. Intelligence on Asia (1945-1991)  from Brill Online Primary Resources. This resource is available to all Library users on-site. SOAS staff and students can also access this off-site via their institutional login. The resource can be accessed through the Library’s A-Z databases. Click here to go to the appropriate page of the index, and then scroll through the list of

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Free Trial to the FO Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan- 1947-1980

By Farzana Whitfield|May 8, 2015|Anthropology and Sociology, Archival collections, Economics, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Politics and International Relations, South Asia|0 comments

We have an exciting offer of a free trial to the FO Files for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan for the period 1947-1980! Many departments, students and researchers will find this digital archive relevant and resourceful for a number of subject disciplines, including History, Politics, Development Studies, Economics, Near Middle Eastern Studies (Afghanistan), South East Asian Studies (Burma) and South Asian Studies. Access is from this link: When off site please

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Balochistan Archives

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|March 16, 2015|Archival collections, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, South Asia|0 comments

Balochistan is the largest of the four provinces of Pakistan and possesses a rich variety of languages, resources, civilization and culture. The province is located at the geographical intersection and cultural crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. As a result, it is one of the richest areas in the country in terms of antiquities, archaeological sites, and historical archives. Balochistan Archives is the custodian of official

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Islamic Law Materialized : Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|September 25, 2014|History, Law, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

Discover this new browsable and searchable database of medieval Arabic legal documents at CALD  (Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents) is the outcome of the ERC-Project “Islamic Law Materialized” led by the Arabic section of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT – CNRS) in Paris. It presents primary sources for Islamic law and legal practice in pre-modern Muslim societies. This online presentation is the first ever collection

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Photographic archive of expedition to Iraq 1919-1920

By Mary Fisk|March 25, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Archival collections, Art and Archaeology|0 comments

Photographs of James Breasted’s photographs documenting his journeys through the Near East in the period immediately following the First World War to record archaeological sites for the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago) have recently been added to the Oriental Institutes’s open-access photographic archive. Click here to go to the photographic archive page on the Oriental Institute’s website Clicking on the map allows you to select a site from those visited

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Digital Persian Archive

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|June 20, 2013|Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

An Image Database of Persian Historical Documents from Iran and Central Asia up to the 20th Century This project has been developed since 2008 by the Iranian Studies Division at the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany). The database includes about 1000 “public” and “private” documents: royal decrees and orders, official correspondence, and shari’a court documents, such as contracts of sale and lease, vaqf deeds, marriage

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