Weekend Scholarship Roundup

SCHOLARSHIP ROUNDUP On Islamic Law: In "Legal Canons—In the Classroom and in the Courtroom or, Comparative Perspective on the Origins of Islamic Legal Canons, 1265–1519" (Villanova Law Review 66, no. 5 (2022)), Intisar Rabb (Editor-in-Chief; Harvard University) traces the origins of Islamic law canons, with a focus on how those canons were utilized in Islamic … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Keynote Lecture: “Prospects of Middle Eastern Studies in the Context of Digital Humanities” by Maxim Romanov, IDHN, September 6, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

From the organizers: Abstract: Digital humanities has become a prominent part of academic life in the course of the past two decades. Nonetheless, even digital humanists do not agree among themselves when it comes to defining this new academic domain. The lecture will offer a vision of digital humanities that aims at adapting Middle Eastern … Continue reading Keynote Lecture: “Prospects of Middle Eastern Studies in the Context of Digital Humanities” by Maxim Romanov, IDHN, September 6, 2021 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Digital Gazetteer Spotlight: al-Ṯurayyā Project

By Saqib Qureshi This post is part of the Digital Islamic Law Lab (DILL) series, in which a Harvard student analyzes a primary source of Islamic law, previously workshopped in the DIL Lab. Digital gazetteers ideally allow for not only the visualization of geographic localities, but also the ability to link them with relevant attributes such as … Continue reading Digital Gazetteer Spotlight: al-Ṯurayyā Project

Maxim Romanov on “Digital Humanities for Premodern Islamic History”

In a recent post on "al-Raqmiyyāt," Maxim Romanov of the Universitätsassistent für Digital Humanities at the Institut für Geschichte offers an analysis of the overall volume of text reuse in the medieval Syrian historian Ḏhahabī’s Taʾrīkḫ al-Islām (History of Islam). In his post, Romanov notes how computational methods on digital texts allow scholars to discover connections … Continue reading Maxim Romanov on “Digital Humanities for Premodern Islamic History”

IN SUMMARY:: New Tools for Digital Islamic Law

Preceding the annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference in Boston, SHARIAsource sponsored and cosponsored three events on emerging digital research tools. Maxim Romanov, (Universität Leipzig) and his collaborative work with the Islamicate Texts Initiative (ITI) using Arabographic optical character recognition (OCR) were featured. Using self-made software, Maxim and colleagues have “achieved optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy … Continue reading IN SUMMARY:: New Tools for Digital Islamic Law