Islam and Data Science Roundup

  • In their article titled “Early Manuscripts of Quran Through Data of Hijazi Calligraphy and Archaeological Evidence” (Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists 5, no. 1 (2020)), Adnan Mohammed Al-shareef and Yasser Ismail Abdul Salam take a closer look at five of the earliest manuscripts of the Qur’ān. Drawing on “the data of Hijazi calligraphy and archeological evidence,” the authors aim to document that the early manuscripts were written using the calligraphy peculiar to the Ḥijāz region, which includes Mecca and Medina. The authors further contend that their research confirms prior research that attributes greater importance to “technical” and “linguistic standards,” in addition to radioactive carbon examination, in dating early Qur’ān manuscripts.
  • On November 18, 2020, the Islamicate Digital Humanities Network is organizing a conference titled the “4th Islamicate Digital Humanities Conference,” which will feature contributions from scholars working in “Islamicate Studies” and in the humanities more broadly, who employ digital methods in their research. The organizers plan to hold four to six meetings of twenty minutes each. Please visit the link above for more information.


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