A hazine or a khazina خزينة is a repository. It is where you put things. Accordingly, Hazine began as an archives review site in 2013, producing content relevant to Ottoman, Middle East and North Africa studies. Since ‘relaunching’ in 2018, with new editors, Heather Hughes and N.A Mansour, Hazine has continued to provide the research community with archive reviews, but the site was also reworked to be more broadly inclusive of cultural heritage and information science professionals and highlight their contributions to research on the Islamicate world across time. We introduced our new resource lists (including for visual sources and digitized collections), as well as interviews and essays, as we saw increased opportunities for Hazine as a publishing platform. We began to rethink the website’s visual identity. We have also added two editors, Shabbir Agha Abbas and Marwa Gadallah, to our team to support the demand for diverse content.
Hazine is not supported by any university, research center, or think tank. It is not funded by a private individual who has their own agenda. Its contributors and editors are all volunteers. To continue producing material responsibly, inclusively and ethically, we need funding. We accept donations to give us a budget to support our expansion. Funding allows Hazine to
Pay our contributors –many of whom are graduate students– an honorarium, in line with the ethics we hope to embody; provide a small stipend to our editors; compensate any experts we may consult with.
Continue to produce content more regularly and in other languages; expand our offerings, including digital humanities tools.
Translate existing content into other relevant languages using professional academic translation services.
Incorporate more materials for the general public, in collaboration with the public.
Employ a freelance graphic designer to produce a new logo and visual identity for Hazine.
Eventually apply for a 501 C3 license, which will allow us to apply for further funding and help with taxes.
Continue to build collaborative relationships across our many overlapping, shared communities.
Fundraising allows Hazine to continue to operate independently and allow us the freedom that institutional ties might not be able to give us. We hope to be able to, funding permitting, send a small token of thanks to our funders.
(Special thank you to Neelam Hussain, Marcia Lynx Qualey, and Marc Reyes for their advice on fundraising)