Islam and Data Science Roundup

  • In the article “Statistical analysis about the order of Quran’s revelation” (Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 34, no. 1 (2019)), Mohammad Reza Mahmoudi and Ali Abbasalizadeh apply statistics to religious study with the aim to provide new approaches for extracting knowledge from Islamic data. They consider thirteen different orders of the Qur’an’s revelation and use regression analysis to investigate the similarity between these orders, followed by a  hierarchical clustering method to cluster the orders. They conclude that the results indicate two dominant clusters with highly similar orders among these groups.
  • Software developers look to offer virtual hajj as a viable alternative for pilgrims despite the Muslim Council of Britain stating that it is generally accepted that a virtual hajj is not the same as performing hajj in person.

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