The KITAB project is chiefly engaged in the study of book history. We employ data such as text reuse evidence and patterns in isnads to address questions such as

  • How were books written?
  • How did writing practices change over time?
  • How was the reuse of text valued by contemporaries and what kinds of reuse might have been considered intellectual theft?

We invite you to read our latest blog posts on the subject:

OpenITI and the Fihrist: Analysis

18 minute read

This is the third blog in a short series of blogs on the overlap between the OpenITI corpus and Ibn al-Nadim’s Fihrist. Please refer to the first part for a ...

OpenITI and the Fihrist: Methodology

14 minute read

This is the second blog in a short series of blogs on the overlap between the OpenITI corpus and Ibn al-Nadim’s Fihrist. Please refer to the first part for a...

OpenITI and the Fihrist

3 minute read

The corpus of texts the KITAB project uses as the basis for its research is a subsection of the OpenITI corpus. It contains Arabic-language texts of the firs...