The Middle East on the Internet
From 1995, the Centre has run a rapidly expanding information service
on the Web, which currently covers about 500 different documents with
a total of more than 3,000 pages of text and over five megabytes of downloadable
files relating to Arabic and the Middle East. The site is popular, there
are about 2,000 visits a week to our pages, and an average of 70 megabytes
of text or files are downloaded from them every day.
The archive is divided into four main areas of text documents.
- The Middle East Studies in
Bergen region covers a survey of research on the Middle East
in Bergen, which is also published on paper, but here with staff list
updated, and accumulated lists of publications, dissertations passed
and similar. It also contains some seminar plans and papers (in Norwegian),
catalogues of books and journals in the Centre library and other material
relevant for the local environment. There is also further information
of the various books and journals published from the Centre. It also
contains, in Norwegian, information for local students.
- The Nordic Society region archives the
on-line Nordic bulletin of Middle Eastern studies (64 issues with 400
pp. in all until mid-2003), material from the printed Members' Newsletter
(such as an evaluation of Arabic teaching programs for foreigners in
the Middle East) and information on future events organized by the Society,
as well as an extensive list of conferences and seminars on the Middle
East or Islam around the world. It also contains the full text proceedings
of the Third and Fourth Nordic Middle Eastern conferences in Joensuu
and Oslo and abstracts from the fourth in Lund.
Adjunct to the Nordic Society region is the Web archive of the
European Association for Middle Eastern studies (EURAMES) with
material from the association as well as some material from the 'Individual
and Society' European research project which ended in 2001. The
project's mailing list is also hosted at Bergen.
- The Sudanic Africa region includes the
Table of Contents of the volumes published to date. It also contains
a selection of articles from each volume, in addition to the full sections
on bibliographies; book reviews and notes and communication.
The Sudanic Africa Texts and Sources
Archive contains material relating to Sudanic Africa that
has not been published on paper or elsewhere. This includes 'The
Nuba Mountains: who spoke what in 1976?', a survey with documentation
prepared by Professor Herman Bell.
- The fourth section is related to computer questions, and constitutes
the Arabic Macintosh Information Centre.
Although informal and established from the accumulated knowledge at
the Centre, it contains the basic information material on 'Arabizing'
this computer, reviews and surveys of programs in Arabic etc.
It also discusses other computer matters relating to Arabic or other
non-European scripts. In addition to this, the archive contains software,
including Centre-created fonts for transliterated Arabic (the 'Jaghbub
package'), widely used in book production and privately across
Adjunct to this are numerous tools produced at the Centre for the
aid of Arabic or transliteration, thus for alphabetic sorting of texts
with such diacriticals, tools for converting Arabic script files between
the Macintosh and various PC / Windows formats; for converting non-compatible
files into a more modern format etc.
There is also a section on using non-European
languages on the Internet in general, with a set of
tools that will allow a common email program (Eudora) exchange
email in most languages and scripts of the world. This online information
centre / archive is internationally recognized as the most complete
of its kind, and is referenced as the Arabic resource unit from Apple
Co.'s Web server.
The Centre Web server is accessed at: http://www.smi.uib.no.