Category Archives: Islamic Studies

Some Thoughts about Arabic-Script OCR

Recently, as a result of my current research project —an edition and translation of al-Maqrizi’s fifteenth-century chronicle al-Suluk for the Ayyubid period (1171-1193) — I have been pondering issues related to Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Part of my work involves investigating from

Some Thoughts about Arabic-Script OCR

Recently, as a result of my current research project —an edition and translation of al-Maqrizi’s fifteenth-century chronicle al-Suluk for the Ayyubid period (1171-1193) — I have been pondering issues related to Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Part of my work involves investigating from

Some notes on the usability of the Zotero Reference Manager for Historical Research

This post was written by guest contributor Jasper Bernhofer. Bernhofer received a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and is currently writing his Master’s thesis in Semitic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His thesis includes

Some notes on the usability of the Zotero Reference Manager for Historical Research

This post was written by guest contributor Jasper Bernhofer. Bernhofer received a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and is currently writing his Master’s thesis in Semitic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His thesis includes

Review: Among Digitized Manuscripts by L.W.C. van Lit (Leiden: Brill, 2020)

For this post, I will be reviewing the new book Among Digitized Manuscripts by C. van Lit (Leiden: Brill, 2020), authored by the founder of this website and the summation of the work he has done on it and since handing over

Review: Among Digitized Manuscripts by L.W.C. van Lit (Leiden: Brill, 2020)

For this post, I will be reviewing the new book Among Digitized Manuscripts by C. van Lit (Leiden: Brill, 2020), authored by the founder of this website and the summation of the work he has done on it and since handing over

Databases and Repositories for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations in East Asia: A Preliminary List (Part 2)

In the first part of this post, I provided readers with a list of resources for discovering texts and authors that are potentially relevant to Christian-Muslim Relations (CMR) in China and Japan. In this part, I will provide a list

Databases and Repositories for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations in East Asia: A Preliminary List (Part 2)

In the first part of this post, I provided readers with a list of resources for discovering texts and authors that are potentially relevant to Christian-Muslim Relations (CMR) in China and Japan. In this part, I will provide a list

Using Kraken to Train your own OCR Models

This is a contribution by Christine Roughan of NYU. Connect with her on Twitter @cmroughan Over the summer of 2019, inspired by the promising results in articles like Romanov et al. 2017, I set out to use the Kraken OCR software on a variety of texts. Kraken, see their website or their repository, is open-source command line software that is capable

Using Kraken to Train your own OCR Models

This is a contribution by Christine Roughan of NYU. Connect with her on Twitter @cmroughan Over the summer of 2019, inspired by the promising results in articles like Romanov et al. 2017, I set out to use the Kraken OCR software on a variety of texts. Kraken, see their website or their repository, is open-source command line software that is capable

GSM: A Lesson for Beginners, by a Beginner

Composing a text for a website such as this requires a balancing act between the website’s likely readership. Some readers will be highly skilled in the field of digital humanities as it relates to Islamic Studies while there may be

GSM: A Lesson for Beginners, by a Beginner

Composing a text for a website such as this requires a balancing act between the website’s likely readership. Some readers will be highly skilled in the field of digital humanities as it relates to Islamic Studies while there may be

Databases and Repositories for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations in East Asia: A Preliminary List (Part 1)

Those familiar with my work may be aware of my research on Christian-Muslim Relations (CMR) in China and Japan which has been published in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and Brill’s Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. As one of the few scholars

Databases and Repositories for the Study of Christian-Muslim Relations in East Asia: A Preliminary List (Part 1)

Those familiar with my work may be aware of my research on Christian-Muslim Relations (CMR) in China and Japan which has been published in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations and Brill’s Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. As one of the few scholars