Open access courses & lectures

Archnet syllabus repository

The Open Syllabus Project — The American Assembly


Here are some selected open access courses of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concerning the focus of Middle East & Islamic Studies:

The Arab Academy in Denmark Open access Lectures

"The mission of the Arab Open Academy in Denmark (AOA) is to develop scientific research, enrich human knowledge and accelerate the comprehensive, social and economic transformations of our society through the academic studies offered and the training of highly specialized personnel in basic and applied fields, who can implement the comprehensive development plans in our country, Iraq and in the Arab World. The studies and programs are oriented towards providing services and consultation to the public and the private sectors and to explore scientifically solutions to our problems. The AOA aims at promoting an open system of higher education that provides opportunities for professional development and lifelong learning."


Middle Ground / Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts

ArchNet is pleased to announce the video recordings of the Yale School of Architecture symposium "Middle Ground / Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts" in the Digital Library. Focused on the role of religious sites representing the three Abrahamic traditions in shaping contemporary urban environments in the Middle East, the symposium addressed questions such as:

  •  how has the persistence of religious conviction forced us to broaden our understanding of urban space in relation to social identity?
  •  how do religious sites today engage contemporary concerns regarding urban regeneration, economic growth, and cultural heritage within the region?

Recognizing that sacred buildings and sites are often representative of division, the symposium instead emphasized the importance of religious sites as an expression of a layering of religious traditions, inter-faith relationships, and long practices of learning and tolerance. 
Each of the five symposium sessions is available in high and low resolution and features talks by architects active in the design of sacred sites with responses by scholars.

Ottoman History Podcast Published by PhD students from Georgetown University this collection contains recordings of various lengths on topics related to Ottoman history, politics, and culture. Each podcast is accompanied by selected bibliography on the topic.