Welcome to KITAB’s blog! This is the space where we give air to ideas as they arise, share some of what we are finding with our digital methods, and pose and answer questions. The themes will generally be academic and we invite responses that inform and challenge. We view this as an informal and experimental space, where we can all take risks – as is far too rare in typical research. And we take inspiration from many Digital Humanists outside our own field.

OpenITI release 2021.1.4

The KITAB team has released a new version (2021.1.4) of the OpenITI corpus at Zenodo. The release is open access and freely available. It is our fourth release (first release in 2021) You can also access the release through our GitHub repository.  The release features...

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Al-Maktaba al-Shāmila: a short history

(This is the first blog post in a longer series of posts about the sources of OpenITI) Al-Maktaba al-Shāmila (“The comprehensive library”, often referred to simply as Shamela) is a free software that aims at providing a digital research environment for Islamic...

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OpenITI release 2020.2.3

A new version (version 2020.2.3) of the OpenITI corpus is available at Zenodo, an Open Science platform that supports Open Access. This is the third release (second release in 2020) developed by the OpenITI organization. It is also accessible at GitHub. The current...

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Mapping Who’s Who in Isnads – First Steps

Sarah Savant and Masoumeh Seydi, as co-authors One of the major challenges for those working with historical Arabic texts is the names, and the variety of ways that authors might refer to the same person. An author might, for example, refer to someone as ‘Hisham’, or...

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