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Subject:

encyclopaedia of islam

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Paul Auchterlonie <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Fri, 29 Oct 1999 08:22:32 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

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--- Begin Forwarded Message ---
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 14:01:43 -0700
From: "Edward A. Jajko" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: for lis-middle-east
Sender: "Edward A. Jajko" <[log in to unmask]>
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Reply-To: "Edward A. Jajko" <[log in to unmask]>
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The Arabic-Info list has recently carried a discussion about the CD-rom
version of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.  The most recent posting was by one
of the editors, Wolfhart Heinrichs, who has given me permission to copy his
message to lis-middle-east and melanet, since it will likely be of interest
to ME librarians.

Ed Jajko
Hoover Institution

>Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 16:31:58 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Wolfhart Heinrichs <[log in to unmask]>
>To: "Edward A. Jajko" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Encyclopedia of Islam 
>
>Dear Dr. Jajko:
>Please feel free to post my EI message on the lists you mentioned.
>With best wishes,
>Wolfhart Heinrichs
>
>Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 
>From: Wolfhart Heinrichs <[log in to unmask]>
>To: Peter Gran <[log in to unmask]>
>cc: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Encyclopedia of Islam 
>Sender: [log in to unmask]
>
>Dear Professor Gran and dear all of you who participated in the 
>exchange of opinions concerning the EI:
>
>As one of the editors of the EI, and having just returned from an
>editorial meeting in Leiden, I feel I can shed some light on the questions
>raised:
>1) The EI is indeed somewhat daunting and frustrating to use for the
>non-expert. The three indices (proper names, subjects, technical terms) go
>a long way to alleviate this situation, but there is no denying that a lot
>of information is locked away and not easily accessible for the outsider
>or the beginner. The indices are cumulative, i.e., they are up-dated after
>each volume has appeared, which also means that the most recently
>published fascicules are not covered (a vol. contains about nine [double]
>fascicules). Many subscribers of the EI resent this costly way of
>"unlocking" the EI and return the indices to the publisher. But it is
>still a money-making device for Brill.
>2) The CD-ROM of the existing EI, we were told by Brill, will now appear
>in December of this year. There was some problem with the software
>company. The CD-ROM will be a one-to-one replica of the paper version
>(including the indices), but it will also have search capability, which
>will greatly enhance its accessibility. The CD-ROM is Brill's baby; the
>editors were not involved in the decision-making process, nor in the
>actual supervision of the production. Nor did we want to be distracted
>by this project, as the ongoing production of the paper version is quite 
>sufficient to keep us busy. We would have preferred a CD-ROM at the end of
>the paper edition. However, since the Third Edition of the EI will in all
>likelihood be published only on CD-ROM, not on paper, it also makes some
>sense to start with the conversion early; the editors, therefore, did not
>withhold their blessing from Brill's baby. 
>3) The present EI is proceeding smoothly, with three (double) fascicules
>per year, in both the English and the French version (at present, there is
>a slight backlog in the French). Our target date for its completion is the
>end of the year 2003 (including the Supplement, of which three [double]
>fascicules appeared in the early eighties and four more [double]
>fascicules are anticipated, and including also the final indices, although
>that may take us into 2004). 
>I would like to take this opportunity to point out that most of the money
>in support of the EI comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
>Since the EI is an international project, not a national project of the
>US, we feel extremely lucky and grateful that NEH has not let us down for
>all these years since 1978. 
>If there are any more questions, I'll be happy to answer them, if I can.
>With kind regards,
>
>Wolfhart Heinrichs
>James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic, Harvard University
>Project Director of the EI (vis-a-vis NEH)

--- End Forwarded Message ---


----------------------
Paul Auchterlonie
Librarian for Middle East Studies
University of Exeter
Old Library
Prince of Wales Road
Exeter EX4 4PX
U.K.
Tel.: 01392 264051
Fax.: 01392 263871
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]




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