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From Dissertation Review: Jennifer Griffiths’ “Central State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan”

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A review of the Central State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Центральный государственный архив Республики Казахстан / Қазақстан Республикасы Орталықмемлекеттік мұрағаты), Almaty, Kazakhstan.   Continue reading From Dissertation Review: Jennifer Griffiths’ “Central State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan”

Hidden Treasure-Trove of Manuscripts: The Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University Library

St. Petersburg’s status as a world-class destination for the study of Islamic manuscripts is well-established.  The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Rare Books Collection of the National Library are hallowed grounds for pawing through ancient texts.  Continue reading Hidden Treasure-Trove of Manuscripts: The Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University Library

Nathan Spannaus’ Dissertation on Abu Nasr al-Qursaw

Nathan Spannaus, Islamic Thought and Revivalism in the Russian Empire: an Intellectual Biography of Abu Nasr Qursawi (1776-1812). PhD Thesis. McGill University, Montreal, 2012. 275 p. The history of Muslim communities of Inner Russia is now in the focus of international scholarship. Not only are scholars publishing and translating Arabic-script written sources, but they are also preparing fundamental monographs involving a careful discussion of various aspects of the social history of Islam in Russia.[1]  Continue reading Nathan Spannaus’ Dissertation on Abu Nasr al-Qursaw

Central Asian Digital Repositories

Digital repositories are one of the most prominent elements of the open access movement in universities today. Collecting publications, resources, and content generated by an institution and making them available to the public creates an online archive and serves as a representation of the institution. Universities, research institutions, and libraries are most often responsible for managing these repositories (for background information, Lynch). However, single university institutional repositories that are often associated with Western universities are largely absent from the Central Asian region. Continue reading Central Asian Digital Repositories