Style guidelines for KITAB blog and other publications

In general, KITAB publications follow the style guidelines of Edinburgh University Press (available at https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/publish-with-us/writing-your-book/style-sheets), supplemented by the Oxford Style Manual.

Contents

  1. General principles
  2. Finer details

General principles:

He uses the phrase ‘he told us’.

Savant, ‘People vs. Books’, 2–3.

She said, ‘Show me the data.’

Finer details:

Format:

Numbers:

1. numbers

2. without parentheses

Punctuation:

cats, dogs and mice

He cites his teachers, Dāwūd al-Ẓāhirī, and Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal.

Reference examples

(in bibliographies the name of the initial author is inverted):

Treatment and spelling of specific terms:

ʿAbbāsids

blog (a specific area of the website); blog posts (individual articles in that area)

c. for ‘circa’

csv file

Dash Bio

data set

EditPad Pro

file types: csv, xml, yml

folders: author folder, book subfolder

GitHub

Hadith; plural either Hadith or Hadiths (‘X was an expert on Quran and Hadith and transmitted many Hadiths’)

hemistich: plural hemistichs or hemistiches

imam, imams

initials: spaced (C. E. Bosworth)

isnād, isnāds (‘s’ is not italicised)

Kitāb: next word capitalised, unless not a proper title (Kitāb al-Futūḥ, but kitābuhu fī al-taʾrīkh)

Maghreb

mARkdown

Neoplatonists

NgramReader+; the reader; Lite, Medium and Full versions

Optical Character Recognition, OCR, OCR’d, OCR’ing

passim (algorithm): capitalised only in titles or when starting a sentence

Power BI

predate, premodern (but: post-date, post-classical)

program (computer software); programme (conference agenda, etc.)

prophetic; the Prophet

Python

Quran

regular expressions

reuse, reinvent, reappear

sg. for ‘singular’

Shāfiʿī (adj.)

Shamela/al-Maktaba al-Shāmila

shaykh, shaykhs

Shiʿi, Shiʿis

so-called: not followed by quotation marks

subgenre, subproject, subset

subjects and areas of research usually lowercased: natural language processing, Islamic studies, computer science/scientists (but: NLP, Digital Humanities)

Sunni, Sunnis

titles lowercased when not followed by name: postdoctoral research fellow, principal investigator (but: PI, Professor Savant)

tree map

Twelver Shiʿis

unique resource identifier, URI

xml files

yml files