Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

Women of Islamic Studies

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Women of Islamic Studies by Dr. Kristian Petersen.

From the webpage:

Women of Islamic Studies is a crowdsourced database of women scholars who work on Muslims and Islam. This ongoing project is in its beta version. Once sufficient data has been collected I will partner with a university for a more stable home.

Women of Islamic Studies is intended to contest the prevalence of all-male and male dominated academic domains, such as editorial boards, conference panels, publications, guest speakers, bibliographies, books reviews, etc. and provide resources to support the recognition, citation, and inclusion of women scholars in the field of Islamic Studies. Anyone who identifies as a woman, gender non-conforming, or non-binary is welcomed on the list. The scholars listed come from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. “Islamic Studies” is meant to be as inclusive as possible, meaning anyone whose expertise is related to the understanding of Muslims and the Islamic tradition, and intended to demarcate a disciplinary boundary. Please feel free to list any relevant scholars who work on Islam and Muslims in any capacity. The crowdsourced contents are made possible by many contributors. Please add to our list and help spread the word.

I have contacted my graduate school Arabic professor to ask if she wants to join this list.

Who are you going to ask to join? Failing that, spread the word!

Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI)

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI)

From the description (Annotation) of the project:

Books are grouped into authors. All authors are grouped into 25 AH periods, based on the year of their death. These repositories are the main working loci—if any modifications are to be added or made to texts or metadata, all has to be done in files in these folders.

There are three types of text repositories:

  • RAWrabicaXXXXXX repositories include raw texts as they were collected from various open-access online repositories and libraries. These texts are in their initial (raw) format and require reformatting and further integration into OpenITI. The overall current number of text files is over 40,000; slightly over 7,000 have been integrated into OpenITI.
  • XXXXAH are the main working folders that include integrated texts (all coming from collections included into RAWrabicaXXXXXX repositories).
  • i.xxxxx repositories are instantiations of the OpenITI corpus adapted for specific forms of analysis. At the moment, these include the following instantiations (in progress):
    • i.cex with all texts split mechanically into 300 word units, converted into cex format.
    • i.mech with all texts split mechanically into 300 word units.
    • i.logic with all texts split into logical units (chapters, sections, etc.); only tagged texts are included here (~130 texts at the moment).
    • i.passim_new_mech with all texts split mechanically into 300 word units, converted for the use with new passim (JSON).
    • [not created yet] i.passim_new_mech_cluster with all text split mechanically into 900 word units (3 milestones) with 300 word overlap; converted for the use with new passim (JSON).
    • i.passim_old_mech with all texts split mechanically into 300 word units, converted for the use with old passim (XML, gzipped).
    • i.stylo includes all texts from OpenITI (duplicates excluded) that are renamed and slightly reformatted (Arabic orthography is simplified) for the use with stylo R-package.

A project/site to join to hone your Arabic NLP and reading skills.

Enjoy!

Message of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei To the Youth in Europe and North America

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

#LETTER4U Message of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei To the Youth in Europe and North America

Unlike many news sources I will not attempt to analyze this message from Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

You should read the message for yourself and not rely on the interpretations of others.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s request is an honorable one and should be granted. You will find it an exercise in attempting (one never really succeeds) to understand the context of another. That is one of the key skills in creating topic maps that traverse the contextual boundaries of departments, enterprises, government offices and cultures.

It isn’t easy to stray from one’s own cultural context but even making the effort is worthwhile.