Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bavarian Manuscripts

There is a new itunes app for “Oriental Treasures of the Bavarian State Library”.

As one of the world’s leading libraries the Bavarian State Library has compiled a substantial collection of 17,000 Oriental and Asian manuscripts since its foundation in 1558, 4200 of which originate from the Islamic world. The App “Oriental Treasures of the Bavarian State Library” presents an exquisite selection of these holdings…

I’ve seen people around me using the ipads and I definitely want one, but at 2000 to 3000 SAR, I can’t justify the expense just quite yet.

Unfortunately, the library’s online Oriental collection is a little harder to find.  Here is an alphabetized browsing index. There is much medieval material, some collections from monasteries, musical manuscripts, much about Russia and of course Bavaria, and manuscripts grouped by language. Here is the index to the Arabic manuscripts.

There is much gorgeous material here.  Click through a few links, and you will want to handle the books in person.

Their link to The Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB), an information portal for Middle East, North African, and Islamic Studies,  is broken.  Here is a good link.

(Thanks, Slavomír)



An Orthodox Yiddish paper has edited Hillary Clinton and “another female participant” out of the iconic White House situation room photo taken during the raid of Osama bin Laden’s headquarters.  The “female participant” is Audrey Tomason, Director for Counterterrorism for the National Security Council.

The original White House photo [source]:

Photo as published by Di Tzeitung (די צייטונג), a Yiddish newspaper coming out of the Hasidic communities of Brooklyn, NY [source]:

A non-apology has been issued by the newspaper:

The readership of the Tzeitung believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite.

Wonder why the “male participants” can’t get no respect.

[For conspiracy theorists, here is the photo they don’t want you to see.]