Discussion lists

Discussion listsLis-Middle-East deals with concerns common to librarians, archivists and academics with responsibility for or interest in Middle Eastern and Islamic collections and bibliography. It is used by MELCOM UK, Middle East Libraries Committee in UK and MELCom International for announcements and information exchanges.  This forum is unable to accept commercial messages promoting individual books, publishers or subscription-based sources of information.  For general queries about Jiscmail go to  http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/
N.B. Conference circulars as well as any relevant information on MELCom International that will be posted on its website will be announced via the Lis-Middle-East mailing list.

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MELA-Net is the discussion liste of  MELA,  the Middle East Librarians’ Association (see “Professional associations“)

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This discussion list aims at following up work on Arabic author and title authority records in library catalogues, and at making progress on issues that concern professionals such as defining and promoting bibliographic standards, i.e. choice of headings, romanization systems, conditions and tools favouring exchange and re-use of national authority headings.

The list welcomes and encourages exchange of information among subscribers on issues related to the theme of the list and announcement of projects, work in progress, publications, national and international working groups.

AuteursArabes is open to professionals from all over the world, may they be cataloguers, curators of special library collections or multiscript ILS designers.

The working languages of AuteursArabes are French and English.

Other scholarly lists of interest


ADABIYAT is an email list dedicated to the scholarly discussion of the literary traditions of the Middle East, both modern and medieval, including especially (but not exclusively) Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Hebrew. ADABIYAT includes about 725 subscribers in approximately 25 different countries. Subscribers include academics professionally concerned with the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia, librarians, students, authors, publishers and booksellers. ADABIYAT does not accept postings from non-subscribers, and does not normally accept subscriptions from free domain addresses (such as freemail, gmail, gmx, hotmail, yahoo, etc.), except in cases where it is possible to independently verify the identity of the user. If you wish to subscribe, please subscribe from an institutional email address, or from a paid email service that guarantees your identity.


The following are networks of interest to Middle East studies, affiliated to H-NET whose aims are to enablescholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.


H-AMCA is a moderated e-mail list devoted to the study of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey. We aim to foster an academic community for the field by creating a network of interested scholars and organizations; enabling historians and other scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; and promoting scholarly cooperation among both persons and organizations.


H-Levant is a moderated e-mail list for those interested in the scholarly discussion of the modern history and culture of the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. Called “the Levant” in English and “al-mashriq” in Arabic, the region today includes Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and parts of Turkey. While most of the inhabitants are Arabic-speaking Muslims, there are significant populations of Jews and Christians. And although the peoples of the region are diverse, they possess a shared history stretching back millenia. H-Levant welcomes research queries, book reviews, calls for academic conferences and papers, and announcements of interest to its subscribers.


H-ISLAMART is sponsored by the Historians of Islamic Art Association [HIAA], an international professional organization for the study of Islamic art. The mission of HIAA is to promote high standards of scholarship and instruction in the history of Islamic art; to facilitate communication among HIAA members through the association’s website, listserve, meetings, and other programs; and to promote scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations interested in and involved with the study of Islamic art.


H-MEDITERRANEAN : The aim of this network is to provide researchers with information about publications and congresses regarding the mediterranean area in modern and contemporary history. We strive to be a discussion space for researchers coming from different research fields. Instead of only promoting discussions about each single country, or only discussing the concept of mediterranean history, the aim is to facilitate circulation and confrontation of ideas, methods, and theories.


H-MidEast-Medieval is a discussion network for scholars and others interested in the study of the Islamic lands of the Middle East during the medieval period (defined roughly as 500-1500 C.E.).


H-Mideast-Politics, is an academic discussion forum where substantive information and analysis can be presented of Middle East current affairs and of its relevance to the foreign policy of states outside the region. The list takes the entire area from Morocco to Malaysia and from Kazakhstan to Somalia as its purview. The emphasis is on contemporary politics.


H-Gender-MidEast is an international electronic network for social scientists and humanists interested in scholarly exchange on issues of gender in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. It aims to build a network in tune with shifting geographical articulations and to bring together gender-focused issues from within a wide range of (inter) disciplinary positions