Category Archives: Theory

Difficulties in Keeping a Dialogue About Digital Humanities

Talking about DH on a blog will get some people angry with you. I will discuss here some examples arising from my own experience, making this is more of a meta-post about my weblog, than a post for my weblog, but the underlying

Difficulties in Keeping a Dialogue About Digital Humanities

Talking about DH on a blog will get some people angry with you. I will discuss here some examples arising from my own experience, making this is more of a meta-post about my weblog, than a post for my weblog, but the underlying

Making Sense of the Cacophony of Voices from the Post-Classical Period of Islam

This small article explains how close reading is not useful in research on post-classical Islamic intellectual history. Instead, close reading needs to be supplemented with what is called ‘distant reading.’ The article appeared last year in Sabah Ülkesi, vol. 53.

Making Sense of the Cacophony of Voices from the Post-Classical Period of Islam

This small article explains how close reading is not useful in research on post-classical Islamic intellectual history. Instead, close reading needs to be supplemented with what is called ‘distant reading.’ The article appeared last year in Sabah Ülkesi, vol. 53.

Get Out of the Cloud

I use Dropbox and Google Drive to keep a synced backup of a handful of important files. I have noticed that some people like to store all of their files in the cloud, without even having a complete copy of

Get Out of the Cloud

I use Dropbox and Google Drive to keep a synced backup of a handful of important files. I have noticed that some people like to store all of their files in the cloud, without even having a complete copy of

Why you should download now – as much as possible

Academics should ramp up downloads of valuable resources, to make them available privately, offline. Relying on them being available on the internet is changing from precarious to foolish. Here is why.

Why you should download now – as much as possible

Academics should ramp up downloads of valuable resources, to make them available privately, offline. Relying on them being available on the internet is changing from precarious to foolish. Here is why.

Does anyone have a PDF of…

It is the number one question of our days. “Does anyone have a PDF of…” What does this question mean? What are its challenges and its opportunities? Here is an attempt to make sense of it. “Do you have a PDF

Does anyone have a PDF of…

It is the number one question of our days. “Does anyone have a PDF of…” What does this question mean? What are its challenges and its opportunities? Here is an attempt to make sense of it. “Do you have a PDF

The Sony Hack: What Scholars Can Learn From It

Connectivity has been touted as an absolute good. All your data should be available on all your devices, everywhere. However, some serious counter-examples have become clear. Perhaps the one that is the clearest to understand is the hack on Sony Entertainment’s

The Sony Hack: What Scholars Can Learn From It

Connectivity has been touted as an absolute good. All your data should be available on all your devices, everywhere. However, some serious counter-examples have become clear. Perhaps the one that is the clearest to understand is the hack on Sony Entertainment’s

To Scan or Not To Scan

Scanning a book by hand is time-consuming. However, there are good reasons to keep scanning books. Many books are only available as hard copy, and scanning is one way to obtain a digital copy of it. Even when a book

To Scan or Not To Scan

Scanning a book by hand is time-consuming. However, there are good reasons to keep scanning books. Many books are only available as hard copy, and scanning is one way to obtain a digital copy of it. Even when a book