Friday, August 11, 2017

Scribes of the Cairo Geniza Crowdsource Project

Scribes of the Cairo Geniza
The purpose of phase I of Scribes of the Cairo Geniza is to sort Cairo Geniza fragments in order to prepare them for transcription in phase II (launching Spring 2018). In this phase, you will sort fragments into different categories based on their script types: whether they are written in Hebrew or Arabic scripts and formal or informal scripts, and whether they contain specific visual characteristics.
This information offers clues to the type of text a fragment contains. Having this information for the entire corpus will allow us to sort the fragments into workflows for the transcription tasks in phase II. For more on the characteristics you’ll be looking for and what they can tell us, see the Field Guide.
The results from Scribes of the Cairo Geniza have the potential to rewrite the history of the premodern Middle East, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean trade, and the Jewish diaspora. Until now, most of the information has remained locked away in undeciphered manuscript fragments; less than one-third of the 350,000 items have been catalogued in the 120 years that the cache has been known to exist. Virtually all scholars who have studied these texts have come away with a transformed sense of the history of the region and the long ties of intimacy among its people. Students and the general public will have the opportunity to benefit from encountering these fragments online and from learning how to sort and eventually transcribe them as members of this citizen scientist community. We see this project as a way for people with shared interests and different skill levels from around the world to meet in a common endeavor and unlock this storage chamber of ancient fragments.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Open Access Books from Brill Publishers

 
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004310483


Tense and Text in Classical Arabic : A Discourse-oriented Study of the Classical Arabic Tense System
Author: Michal Marmorstein

Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017.
Series: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics , vol. 85
eISBN:     9789004310483 



http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789047441465



Islamic Reformism and Christianity : A Critical Reading of the Works of Muḥammad Rashīd Riḍā and His Associates (1898-1935)
Author: U. Ryad
Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
Series:  The History of Christian-Muslim Relations , vol. 12
E - ISBN : 9789047441465




http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004192119



The Mongols and the Armenians (1220-1335)
Author: Bayarsaikhan Dashdondog
Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Series:  Brill's Inner Asian Library, vol. 24
E-ISBN : 9789004192119



http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004190962



The Ottoman Crimean War (1853-1856)
Author: C. Badem
Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Series:  The Ottoman Empire and its Heritage, v. 44
E - ISBN : 9789004190962



http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004203976


Principles of Islamic International Criminal Law : A Comparative Search
Author: F. Malekian
Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011
Series:  Brill's Arab and Islamic Laws Series, vol. 5
E - ISBN : 9789004203976


Monday, June 12, 2017

Crafts of Syria

http://craftsofsyria.uvic.ca/


Crafts of Syria

"... Many of the monuments and archaeological sites have been looted, with some deliberately destroyed during the conflict. The crafts are another significant component of the rich cultural heritage of Syria, and this site is intended to preserve information on aspects of traditional manufacturing practices of urban and rural areas. It is hoped that this will be a resource for students and researchers working on the material cultures and socio-economic life of Syria and the surrounding regions of the Middle East.
This site is organized according to the cities, towns, and other settlements of modern Syria. Within each of these you will find primary written sources, secondary historical studies, ethnographic and archaeological research, and photographs that provide evidence for craft activities conducted in these locations across Syria from the seventh century to the present. The site will also be complemented by a range of resources designed to aid in the study of the craft traditions of this region. Some are already available on the site, and others will be added soon. These comprise: essays dealing with specific aspects of the crafts of Islamic Syria, links to related archives and collections, maps, short biographies of major primary sources, a glossary of technical terms, and a bibliography."

Saturday, June 3, 2017

PAVONe: Platform of the Arabic Versions of the New Testament

PAVONe: Platform of the Arabic Versions of the New Testament
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Since 2012 our Digital Humanities Centre at the University of Balamand has been developing an online database for the Arabic text of the Gospels. The database is accessible online and it's open for scholars.
The database contains the following sections/services:
  1. The "About" section: It includes a presentation of the project and the methodology used.
  2. The "Manuscripts" section: It allows the user to browse the Gospels manuscripts transcribed in the database. Two browsing modalities are offered: the first one allows the scholar to visualize the manuscripts in their geographical location using a geotagging feature; the second one allows the filtration of the manuscripts by a variety of parameters (date, language...). Both modalities lead to the same resources and give the researcher the possibility of displaying some codicological and paleographical properties of the manuscripts and their content as well.
  3. The "Lectionary" section: It gives the liturgical structure of the lectionary as used by the Rum Orthodox Church and allows the researcher to browse the corresponding pericopes in the lectionary manuscripts. All the transcribed texts are published with a copy of the manuscript containing the reading. This allows the scholar to examine the original digital photo of the text and to compare it with our reading.
  4. The "Citations" section: In this section, we identified all the citations and allusions of the Gospels verses in the literature produced by Christians and Muslims in the first millennium. We limited our sources to the works mentioned in  the monumental work: "Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History". This section enables the researchers to browse all these citations and allusions and to compare them with their parallels in the lectionaries and/or continuous texts of the Gospels.
  5. The "Search" section: this module allows the researcher to look for a specific verse in all the contents of the database regardless of the type of the source. The user can search, for example, for a verse in the "Muslim-Christian citations" and lectionaries at the same time...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Photorientalist: A website dedicated to exhibiting 19th and 20th century photographs of the Middle East and North Africa

Photorientalist: A website dedicated to exhibiting 19th and 20th century photographs of the Middle East and North Africa
Photorientalist.org is a website created by Norbert Schiller to exhibit 19th and 20th century photography from the Middle East and North Africa. The site is not limited to his collection, but open as a venue for other collectors to share their treasures.

Photographic exhibitions will be regularly displayed on the website. These exhibitions are open for contributions from parties who share a similar interest in historic images from the Middle East. 
 
Contributions may be submitted in the form of information or photographs that complement featured themes or topics. All submissions will be appropriately credited. The website’s success depends on valuable contributions by interested parties.

If you want to share photographs that are relevant to exhibitions on Photorientalist.org or have exhibition ideas, please contact me at nschiller@photorientalist.org.