Welcome to Images & Visuals (Mideast & Islam)

Images: a guide to finding visual resources [CORNELL] This guide will help you find the images you need! Interested in finding digital images? This guide will lead you through the process of identifying image collections, searching for images in licensed and Cornell-built image collections, and finding images on the open web.

 

The Jadaliyya Photography and Visual Narratives Page is an online space to showcase and discuss visual narratives from and/or about the Middle East and North Africa. The page serves both as a knowledge resource about visual production in the region, and also as a platform through which to expand perspectives related to how the region is represented, how communities see themselves, and one another.

Select Bibliography * Images & Visuals

A Guide to Online Visual Sources in Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies / Hazine ; Amanda Hanoosh Steinberg.

This Who's who in Turkish Culture and Art is a database provided by the Turkish Cultural Foundation. "Artists and experts are included in this database based on a variety of criteria and are gathered from different sources through a TCF managed search process. The final selection is made by the selection committee. This online resource is constantly updated, and includes brief biographies and contact information for each individual, along with selected images of their art." The database also includes a section on Turkish academics.

Arabic shadow theatre, 1300-1900 : a handbook

Selected Image Collections, Archives & Databases on the Web

The Middle East Digital Humanities Digest    [BLOG]

Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative  [MEPP] - MEPPI is led jointly by the Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute. The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) is a strategic multi-year program designed to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the region’s photographic heritage. Launched in 2009 with a pilot workshop, it has grown into a multi-faceted initiative with an ambitious program of complementary research and capacity-building objectives.


https://visualizingpalestine.org/?locale=en#visuals

Visualizing Palestine

"Visualizing Palestine creates data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Our researchers, designers, technologists, and communications specialists work in partnership with civil society actors to amplify their impact and promote justice and equality."

 

 

The Not-So-Funny Papers  Explore Cold War Propaganda, Afghanistan, and more! The Not-So-Funny Papers - By Matthew Trevithick | Foreign Policy.

Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan : Mapping migration, social media and topography
Authors: Wolfgang Taucher - Mathias Vogl - Peter Webinger
Published by: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior
Date: 2017.  71 pages. ISBN: 9783950364392

Modernism in the Middle East and Arab World By Tagharobi, Kaveh; Zarei, Ali

How the CIA Secretly Funded Arab Art to Fight Communism  [Apr 21, 2017]

Mapping Islamophobia – Visualizing Islamophobia and Its Effects

"Mapping Islamophobia is a project headed by Grinnell College history and religious studies professor Caleb Elfenbein, with contributions from a number of Grinnell College students and technical support from Mike Conner. The project utilizes a series of powerful interactive maps that document incidents of violence, discrimination, and bias targeting Muslim individuals and communities in the United States. One such map, along with an accompanying interactive timeline, allows visitors to view the prevalence of Islamophobia between the years 2011 and 2018. In addition, these maps allow visitors to investigate Islamophobic incidents by incident type (including legislation, public campaigns, and crimes against people) and the gender of the targeted individual. The team behind Mapping Islamophobia collected information about these incidents from a variety of "media outlets with clear editorial oversight." By selecting individual pins on these maps, visitors can learn more about specific incidents and news sources. The Mapping Islamophobia project also contains Countering Islamophobia, an interactive map that documents "how American Muslim communities have responded to the increasing presence of anti-Muslim hostility in American public life over time." This map highlights community outreach activities, interfaith initiatives, and more."
[Description from Scout Report]

"Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, is home to an archive of the photographic heritage of the Middle East and North Africa. The Center is dedicated to documenting and preserving the diverse histories and practices of photography from the region, and our growing archive contains at present over 60,000 images."

The Bavarian Air Force World War I Aerial Photography of Palestine = Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv: Bildsammlung Palästina. "The 2,872 photographs, comprising both aerial and ground photographs that are
now available on the website of the Central State Archive of the Bavarian State Office
for Surveying, constitute an important resource for the study of many aspects of the
landscape of Palestine and other territories at the end of Ottoman rule in the region.
These photographs offer an overview of the region’s topography as it was almost one
hundred years ago, and as such are of great significance to geographers, historians, and
researchers working on urban cultural history "
Mapping Palestine: The Bavarian Air Force WWI Aerial Photography

 

Islamic Painted Page: A database of Islamic Arts of the Book Islamic Painted Page database - a huge free database of references for Persian paintings, Ottoman paintings, Arab paintings and Mughal paintings. This site enables you to locate printed reproductions, commentaries and weblinks for thousands of Islamic paintings, including illuminated "carpet" pages, decorated Quran pages, and book bindings from over 230 collections all over the world.

Ottoman-Era Photographs Take on New Meaning in Their Digital Life  Thousands of images from the Pierre de Gigord Collection are now accessible online [The Getty Research Institute]

Digital History of British Colonial Cairo: Media and the Potentialities of History The project aims at developing a site to publish electronic articles that use various audio-visual media to reconstruct an understanding of the history of Cairo under British occupation. It is based on the employment of media and maps in order to achieve two objectives: 1) overcome publication barriers that prevent the optimal use of the possibilities of Digital Media, 2) provide a new style of critical historical writing about Cairo to readers in Arabic.

Exhibition: Arab Cinema Posters -   Yale University Library, December 2008 to February 2009

The Ellen-Fairbanks D. Bodman Collection of Middle Eastern and Islamic World Films @ UNC Over 500 films and willing to lend to other academic institutions with two week notice. Please contact your librarian to arrange such a loan.

The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar.

Visual Arts, Art & Architecture Bibliography

Manazir Journal Published by the University of Bern.  vol. 1; 2019-   ISSN:  2673-4354.  "Manazir Journal is a peer-reviewed academic Platinum Open Access journal dedicated to visual arts, architecture and cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Every.

Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. It is sponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) at the University of Michigan through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In its initial stage, the platform provides original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art, which is intended to aid educators in the creation of an interactive learning environment and to contribute to new ways of teaching in general, bringing new voices, perspectives, and materials into our classrooms.

Open Access Sources for Images & Visuals

  • Aga Khan Library Digital Collections  The Aga Khan Library, London, a world-class resource for Islamic studies, houses an invaluable collection of rare books, manuscripts, and artefacts produced in different regions of the Muslim realm, part of which we present in digital format for the first time. The Aga Khan Library has digitised its extensive special collections to offer a wide range of research materials on the history, politics, customs, and beliefs that have shaped the contemporary global Muslim community. 

  • American Center Of Oriental Research Photo Archive The ACOR Library holds a remarkable photographic archive related to its role in preserving and promoting the country’s heritage. The complete collection, estimated to number more than 100,000 images, provides primary visual documentation of Jordan, including the major archaeological and cultural heritage projects that the center has sponsored across the country over the decades.

  •  Arab Image Foundation المؤسّسة العربيّة للصورة The Arab Image Foundation is a non-profit organization established in Beirut in 1997. Its mission is to collect, preserve and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora.

  • MEPPI is led jointly by the Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative  [MEPP] - MEPPI is led jointly by the Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute. The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) is a strategic multi-year program designed to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the region’s photographic heritage. Launched in 2009 with a pilot workshop, it has grown into a multi-faceted initiative with an ambitious program of complementary research and capacity-building objectives.

  • Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. It is sponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) at the University of Michigan through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In its initial stage, the platform provides original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art, which is intended to aid educators in the creation of an interactive learning environment and to contribute to new ways of teaching in general, bringing new voices, perspectives, and materials into our classrooms.Islamic Painted Page: A database of Islamic Arts of the Book Islamic Painted Page database - a huge free database of references for Persian paintings, Ottoman paintings, Arab paintings and Mughal paintings. This site enables you to locate printed reproductions, commentaries and weblinks for thousands of Islamic paintings, including illuminated "carpet" pages, decorated Quran pages, and book bindings from over 230 collections all over the world.

  • Digital Muṣḥaf "The Digital Muṣḥaf Project aims to create a database of images of early Qurʾānic fragments from dispersed muṣḥafs or codices of the Qurʾanic text and, as far as possible, virtually re-create the original codices so that they are available for scholars and the public in one place together with descriptions and metadata.

  •  Landscapes and monuments: Iran to Spain

    Landscapes and monumentsGarth Fowden is a historian of first millennium CE Eurasia, who in pursuit of his interests has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa. For the greater part of his career he has lived and worked in Greece. This site presents a digitized version of the photographic archive he developed while conducting research on the landscapes and monuments of these regions. . The main regions covered are Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran and Yemen, and less extensively Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt. Within each site, the photographs are arranged in a sequence designed to convey some sense of a physical visit, sometimes starting and/or ending with more general shots of the surrounding landscape and of the routes that traverse it. Photographs taken on site are occasionally supplemented by items from museums or print publications designed to make the collection more suitable for teaching purposes.

  • AUB Libraries Digital Collections is a gateway to our digitized and preserved collections featuring manuscripts, maps, photos, posters, books, multimedia and other resources. This online growing repository aims to continuously disseminate knowledge about AUB, the region, our history and cultural heritage for the purpose of research, teaching and education. It is also a hub for collaboration with other departments, faculties, scholars in addition to external partners libraries and institutions to support digital scholarship initiatives.

  • Postcards  [AUB Libraries Digital Collections] The postcard played a crucial role in 20th c. visual culture, tourism and global exchanges, defining modern national topographies and iconic ways of seeing (and being in) the world. Postcards contribute to place and sight making and to constructing visual as well as nationalistic and cultural discourses, travel networks ...

  • Manazir Journal Published by the University of Bern.  vol. 1; 2019-   ISSN:  2673-4354.  "Manazir Journal is a peer-reviewed academic Platinum Open Access journal dedicated to visual arts, architecture and cultural heritage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Every.

  • Abdul Hamid II Collection (Library of Congress) : This monumental collection portrays the Ottoman Empire during the reign of one of its last sultans, Abdul-Hamid II. The 1,819 photographs in 51 large-format albums date from about 1880 to 1893. They highlight the modernization of numerous aspects of the Ottoman Empire, featuring images of educational facilities and students; well-equipped army and navy personnel and facilities; technologically advanced lifesaving and fire fighting brigades; factories; mines; harbors; hospitals; and government buildings. Most of the places depicted are within the boundaries of modern-day Turkey, but buildings and sites in Iraq, Lebanon, Greece and other countries are also included.
  • The American University of Beirut Jafet Library's Poster Collection

  • Arab Image Foundation

  • The Jadaliyya Photography and Visual Narratives Page is an online space to showcase and discuss visual narratives from and/or about the Middle East and North Africa. The page serves both as a knowledge resource about visual production in the region, and also as a platform through which to expand perspectives related to how the region is represented, how communities see themselves, and one another.

  • Archnet is a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. Archnet’s mission is to provide ready access to unique visual and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality. Officially launched in 2002 as a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Archnet has since evolved into the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. Its digital archives form a comprehensive resource on architecture, urban design, landscape, development, and related issues. Archnet provides a bridge for interested persons to learn how to enhance the quality of the built environment, to compensate for lack of resources for students and faculty in academic institutions, and to highlight the culture and traditions of Islam.

  •  Chusseau-Flaviens's photographs of late Ottoman Istanbul (ca. 1900-1919). 

  • Crafts of Syria / Dr Marcus Milwright, Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, Department of Art History and Visual Studies University of Victoria

    "... Many of the monuments and archaeological sites have been looted, with some deliberately destroyed during the conflict. The crafts are another significant component of the rich cultural heritage of Syria, and this site is intended to preserve information on aspects of traditional manufacturing practices of urban and rural areas. It is hoped that this will be a resource for students and researchers working on the material cultures and socio-economic life of Syria and the surrounding regions of the Middle East. This site is organized according to the cities, towns, and other settlements of modern Syria. Within each of these you will find primary written sources, secondary historical studies, ethnographic and archaeological research, and photographs that provide evidence for craft activities conducted in these locations across Syria from the seventh century to the present. The site will also be complemented by a range of resources designed to aid in the study of the craft traditions of this region. Some are already available on the site, and others will be added soon. These comprise: essays dealing with specific aspects of the crafts of Islamic Syria, links to related archives and collections, maps, short biographies of major primary sources, a glossary of technical terms, and a bibliography."

  • Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. It is sponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) at the University of Michigan through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In its initial stage, the platform provides original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art, which is intended to aid educators in the creation of an interactive learning environment and to contribute to new ways of teaching in general, bringing new voices, perspectives, and materials into our classrooms.

  • The Gertrude Bell Collection comprises books on Arabic and Persian languages and on the histories of Arabia, and the Near and Middle East which were formerly part of Gertrude's working library. 

  • Ibraaz Contemporary Visual Culture in North Africa and the Middle East

  • The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar.

  • Maps of the (Late) Ottoman Empire: especially useful for those interested in 19th-century eastern Anatolia, Greater Syria and Iraq

  • The Middle East Film Posters Digitization Initiative (Princeton University)

  • NYPL's The Middle East in Early Prints and Photographs

  • Tehran Propaganda Murals (Harvard)

  • Travelers in the Middle East (TIMEA) is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

  • The University of Chicago Library's Guide to Middle Eastern Posters Collections 1970s-1990s

  • The University of Chicago Library's The Middle East Photograph Archive

  • UNRWA Photo and Film Archive

  • Yale's The Palestine Poster Project Archives

  • Archnet Digital Library - provides images, publication information and references on architecture from around the world.

  • The WADE Photo Archive - provides images of patterns in Islamic art from diverse parts of the Islamic World (Morocco to India). Citations are included for each image giving basic information; i.e., what, where, and type of pattern.

  • The Middle East Outreach Council has an online gallery of images submitted by its members which are a part of the creative commons.  Photos are free for classroom use, but are not allowed to be used in derivative works. 

  • Title: Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections: Traces of a Colourful Past.
    Authors: Mols, Luitgard E. M., and Arnoud Vrolijk.
    Published: Leiden : Leiden University Press, 2016
    Summary:    
    "In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Dutch diplomats, scholars and travellers assembled unique collections in Jeddah, Mecca and Medina. The Dutch presence in Arabia, where they established a consulate in Jeddah, was intimately connected with the supervision of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca from the Netherlands East Indies, present-day Indonesia. Notable guests at this consulate included the formidable Dutch Islamicist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, visiting Arabia in 1884-1885. With the invaluable help of local Muslims, Dutch collectors tried to capture the essence of what they regarded as an 'authentic' Oriental culture in a period when Arabia was already looking towards modernity. These extensive collections are now preserved at the Leiden Museum of Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde, est. 1837) and Leiden University (founded 1575). Together, they allow a glimpse into a colourful and vibrant society, one virtually vanished today under ever-growing numbers of pilgrims, changing political and religious allegiances and sudden economic prosperity."

  • Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan : Mapping migration, social media and topography
    Authors: Wolfgang Taucher - Mathias Vogl - Peter Webinger
    Published by: Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior

    Date: 2017.  71 pages. ISBN: 9783950364392

  • The First Hundred Years of Iranian Photography: A Bibliography / Maria Francesca Bonetti , Khadijeh Mohammadi Nameghi & Alberto Prandi

  • Photography in the Grey Years (1920–40) Translated by Reza Sheikh Mohammad Khodadadi Motarjemzadeh.

  • Qajar Photography and its Relationship to Iranian Art: A Reassessment Layla S. Diba

Discover Egypt's Monuments
"Supported by Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Discover Egypt's Monuments invites visitors on a virtual trip through Alexandria, Aswan, Cairo, Giza, Luxor, South Sinai, Wadi Natrun, Al-Minya, and the Red Sea. Clicking "Explore Egypt's Maps" leads visitors to an interactive map where they can scroll through locations (using the Places to Visit box on the right-hand side, under Sites and Monuments) and find pinpointed sites along the way. Each site includes a brief description (available in English or Arabic). 

Digital Catalogue of a Photographic Archive of Cairo - The Photographs of Beniamino Facchinelli (1839-1895)

Open Access Digital Catalogue of a Photographic Archive of Cairo - The Photographs of Beniamino Facchinelli (1839-1895)

"I am pleased to release of the digital catalogue of views of Cairo's monumental heritage taken by Italian photographer Beniamino Facchinelli (1839-1895) after his settling in 1875 in the Egyptian capital, where he died twenty years later. The catalogue currently features 726 high-definition reproductions of images identified among the holdings of six libraries and museums across the globe; it is designed to incorporate further ones as they appear in collections willing to share their content in full Open Access mode. 

It is estimated that Facchinelli produced about 1200 topographical views during his stay in Egypt, of which 900 have been already listed and located, though not all copyright-cleared yet. All images are authenticated through cross-referencing, and their original captions are listed in the entries, as well as the albums and publications where they were reproduced. The whole represents a unique documentation on buildings which have either disappeared since then, or been radically transformed in course of restoration; it also includes rare views on their furnishings. Because the photographs of the reconstructed corpus were often commissioned by dedicated preservationists and inserted in their publications (although without any credit to their author), one can closely follow through them how a vanishing architectural, visual and material culture was then viewed, valued and defended."

[Mercedes Volait  - CNRS Research Professor at InVisu   - https://invisu.cnrs.fr/  via H-Islamart ]

Licensed Image Databases available at Cornell

Ancient Wonders of the World in the Middle East