Digital Printing of Arabic: explaining the problem

Representing Arabic script on a computer has been problematic from the very beginning. In this series, we shall explore some of the solutions offered. First, we need to understand what is so problematic about Arabic script in a digital world.

Digital Printing of Arabic: explaining the problem

Representing Arabic script on a computer has been problematic from the very beginning. In this series, we shall explore some of the solutions offered. First, we need to understand what is so problematic about Arabic script in a digital world.

Suleymaniye Manuscripts now come with a Watermark

I regret to inform you that when you procure digital photos of Turkish manuscripts, at least those who fall under Suleymaniye kutuphanesi, you will now get them with a watermark embedded. This, apparently, is true whether you get them for

Suleymaniye Manuscripts now come with a Watermark

I regret to inform you that when you procure digital photos of Turkish manuscripts, at least those who fall under Suleymaniye kutuphanesi, you will now get them with a watermark embedded. This, apparently, is true whether you get them for

Improved Keyboard Layout for Mac!

The Digital Orientalist presents… a new way of painlessly typing Arabic on a Mac! After the success of the keyboard layouts published in 2014, and with the feedback you gave, I developed an improved version of Or A, the keyboard layout

Improved Keyboard Layout for Mac!

The Digital Orientalist presents… a new way of painlessly typing Arabic on a Mac! After the success of the keyboard layouts published in 2014, and with the feedback you gave, I developed an improved version of Or A, the keyboard layout

What to do with “Digital Humanities”?

DH is a buzzword that many are not sure what to do about. It is in general agreed upon, by hiring and funding committees, that it is ‘important’. But what about a scholar or student like you and me? The

What to do with “Digital Humanities”?

DH is a buzzword that many are not sure what to do about. It is in general agreed upon, by hiring and funding committees, that it is ‘important’. But what about a scholar or student like you and me? The

Explaining the cover of my new book

In before centuries, it was common for a book to have a lavishly illustrated cover which, through signs and symbols, told the prospective reader what the book is about. For my new book, The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy

Explaining the cover of my new book

In before centuries, it was common for a book to have a lavishly illustrated cover which, through signs and symbols, told the prospective reader what the book is about. For my new book, The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy

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.

Using graphic design software to unravel ancient mysteries

In a little article I recently published, I show how modern graphic design software can be used to analyze symbols from medieval texts. The article is available here in PDF, and can also be accessed on the magazine’s website. The

Using graphic design software to unravel ancient mysteries

In a little article I recently published, I show how modern graphic design software can be used to analyze symbols from medieval texts. The article is available here in PDF, and can also be accessed on the magazine’s website. The