Friday, December 18, 2015

Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms

Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms

Professor Peter E. Pormann is currently pursuing a major research project entitled ‘Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms’, funded by the ERC (€1.5m). The project aims to examine the entire Arabic commentary tradition on the Aphorisms, from the ninth to the sixteenth century. The Hippocratic Aphorisms had a profound influence on subsequent generations; they not only shaped medical theory and practice, but also affected popular culture. Galen (d. c. 216) produced an extensive commentary on this text, as did other medical authors writing in Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew. The Arabic tradition is particularly rich, with more than a dozen commentaries extant in over a hundred manuscripts. These Arabic commentaries constituted important venues for innovation and change, and did not merely draw attention to scholastic debates. Moreover, they had a considerable impact on medical practice, as the Aphorisms were so popular that both doctor and patient knew them by heart.

More here: 

Marja Vierros, Papyrology and Linguistic Annotation

Marja Vierros presentation in  Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2014 Friday July 25th at 16:30 about the Papyrology and Linguistic Annotation, is available on the seminar's website. 

On the seminar's website ( one can find a Video recording of seminar (MP4), Audio recording of seminar (MP3) and a the Presentation (PDF).

see also Sematia here (

Friday, December 4, 2015

An Interesting New Blog: The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography

Charles Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University Libraries,  has started a wonderful blog entitled "The History of the Study of Antiquity through the Lens of Autobiography". The blog, according to its author's words, is "a component of a research project initiated by  Charles E. Jones, ... who has a long standing interest in the history of the study of the Ancient Near East and Egypt, and of old world Antiquity more generally. This blog will present the working bibliography of the project, and provide a platform for comment and discussion of autobiographical writing by students and scholars of the ancient world."

Jones also hopes that he will also "develop a venue for the publication of new autobiographical essays in the form of an online open access periodical".

The idea behind the project and the blog is amazing. Except for Taha Hussein's autobiography " The Days", which is available now in English from AUC press (2001), I don't know how many autobiographies of Arabic scholars of Altertumswissenschaften do we have, but I hope the project and the blog will include them. I would also recommend adding his book "The Future of Culture in Egypt", translated into English by Sidney Glazer and published by American Council of Learned Societies, 1954, to the working bibliography of the project/blog.

To see the blog follow this link:

Thursday, December 3, 2015


A very busy week in Leipzig !

The Leipzig Workshop Week is comprised of a series of three related workshops in the week beginning 14th of December. In addition, the Sunoikisis DC Planning Seminar will run on the 16th and 17th.

For more information see the website here: and see the full programme below.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

A new Arabic Book about Greek and Roman Mythology

I've come across a picture of the cover of a new Arabic book about Greek and Roman Mythology. The book is written by Dr. Joussif Khalil and titledقصص الأساطير اليونانية والرومانية  i.e. "Narratives of the Greek and Roman Mythology". Unfortunately, I was not able to have the content of this book. Whenever I do this I will post it here. Here is the book cover.

Index of open access Arabic Scientific periodicals

An Index of open access Arabic scientific periodical, called Directory of Free Arab Journals and abbreviated as DFAJ, is now available online (

Thursday, November 19, 2015

PELLA: Coinage of the Kings of Macedonia


PELLA is a project of the American Numismatic Society directed by Dr. Peter van Alfen. The web database, based on the Numishare platform, has been developed by Ethan Gruber.

Substantial work in developing PELLA has been carried out by Prof. Andrew Meadows (Oxford University). Cynthia Cheng, Yoorim Choi, Sylvia Czander, Clara Sanchez, and Elena Ferrero provided considerable assistance in organizing material within the ANS collection. Alan Roche is responsible for the photographs of ANS coins. At the British Museum, Martin Price, former Curator of Greek coins, was instrumental in cataloguing this material. Amelia Dowler is the British Museum's current curator of this series. Prof. Bernhard Weisser and Dr. Karsten Dahmen have done the same at the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Current contributors to the project are the ANS, the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the British Museum.

Translations have been provided by the following:
German: Karsten Dahmen
French: Frédérique Duyrat


EAGLE 1st Short Storytelling Contest | EAGLE Portal

Deadline: January 15, 2016
We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 2500 words or less? Enter the 1st EAGLE Short Story Contest for your chance to win Euro Amazon Voucher for up to 200 Euross, get published in EAGLE Portal and Storytelling Application and participate in the EAGLE 2016 Conference! Stories must be related to one (or more) of the inscriptions featured in one (or more) of the EAGLE Collections. Stories can be in English or any other European language, as long as you provide a 250 word abstract in English. Stories must be accessible to the public and must make use of as much multimedia (music, videos, interactive presentations, linked open data) as possible. Authors are strongly encouraged to make use of the Storytelling App. Examples can be found here.

Prizes and more see here, EAGLE 1st Short Storytelling Contest | EAGLE Portal

EAGLE Portal

The EAGLE, The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy, will collect, in a single readily-searchable database, more than 1.5 million items, currently scattered across 25 EU countries, as well as the east and south Mediterranean. 

More about it, see here Who we are | EAGLE Portal

Call for papers to Digital Approaches and the Ancient World

Posted in Digital classicist's email-list by Gabriel Bodard.

Digital Approaches and the Ancient World
A themed issue of the _Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies_

Gabriel Bodard (University of London)
Yanne Broux (KU Leuven)
Ségolène Tarte (University of Oxford)

Call for papers:
We invite colleagues all around the world and at all stages of their careers to submit papers on the topic of “Digital Approaches and the Ancient World” to a themed issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. The topic is to be construed as widely as possible, to include not only the history, archaeology, language, literature and thought of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean world, but also of antiquity more widely, potentially including, for example, South and East Asian, Sub-Saharan African or Pre-Columbian American history. Digital approaches may also vary widely, to include methodologies from the digital humanities and information studies, quantitative methods from the hard sciences, or other innovative and transdisciplinary themes.

Papers will be fully peer reviewed and selected for inclusion based not only on their research quality and significance, but especially on their ability to engage profoundly both with classics/history academic readers, and scholars from digital or informatic disciplines. We are keen to see papers that clearly lay out their disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodological approaches, and present and interpret the full range of scholarly and practical outcomes of their research.

We encourage the use of and direct reference to open online datasets in your papers. BICS is not currently an open access publication, but self-archiving of pre-press papers is permitted, and the editors believe in the transparency and accountability that comes with basing scientific work on open data.

To submit an article to this themed issue, please send your full paper of 4,000–8,000 words in Microsoft Word doc, docx or rtf format, to <>, along with a 150 word abstract, by January 31, 2016. You do not need to follow BICS style for the initial submission, but please note that the final version of accepted articles will need to be formatted to adhere to our style guide (

If you have any questions about this issue, please feel free to contact any of the editors informally.

Dr Gabriel BODARD
Reader in Digital Classics

Institute of Classical Studies
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

T: +44 (0)20 78628752

PhD position in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History - Uppsala University, Sweden

PhD position in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History - Uppsala University, Sweden

The successful eligible to postgraduate studies in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University has a) a first degree encompassing at least 180 credits, b) has passed and completed the undergraduate courses A, B and C in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and c) has been awarded a degree at advanced level with a major in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways in Sweden or abroad.

The application should include copies of a Master thesis, a brief CV, exam certificates, a research plan of c. 4-5 pages, and any publications.
For information and regulations, see Högskoleförordningen kap. 5, 8 och 9, the guidelines for PhD education of Uppsala University and those of the Historical-Philosophical Faculty at

Information on the PhD education programme in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History can be found at (Swedish only).

For more information, please contact the director of post-graduate studies, professor Neil Price, phone 018-471 2073, head of department Lars Karlsson, phone 018-471 7552, and the faculty head of education Anna Sofia Hedberg,, phone 018-471 6982.

Deadline for application is January 6, 2016. dnr UFV-PA 2015/3078.

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST 018-471 1997 1
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485 1
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315 1

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2015/3078

Last application date: 2016-01-06

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rachel Mairs gives a seminar about Archaeologists and Language in Petrie

Rachel Mairs (University of Reading) will give a seminar jointly organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network and the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on 19 November.


This paper explores the engagement - or lack of engagement - of nineteenth and early twentieth century archaeologists in Egypt and Mesopotamia with the Arabic language.  From Flinders Petrie, who believed that anyone who couldn't pick up Arabic simply wasn't trying hard enough, to Max Mallowan, who had to deal with a junior colleague's excuse that he had 'lost his Arabic book', attitudes to language shaped archaeologists' experience of the Middle East - and the local population's experiences of them.
All welcome!
Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Some photos of my Talk about "Eurocentricity in Papyrology" in Leipzig

Three photos from my Talk about Eurocentricity in Papyrology: the case of papyri and papyrology in Egypt in a digital age. The talk was part of #DhEgypt2015 held in Leipzig from 3-6.11.2015.

Arabic Homer's Verses (A German paper)

أبيات الشعر العربية لمنقول عن هوميروس شاعر اليونان.

I wasn't aware of this reference, but my colleague Greg Schwendner, has sent it to me. It could also be downloaded from this link.

Thanks, Greg.

The Hardt Foundation's research scholarship

.منحة بحثية قصيرة المدى. التفاصيل أنظرالرابط فى الأسفل

The Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity, in pursuit of its ambition to promote the 
study of the culture and civilization of Greco-Roman antiquity, offers young researchers an opportunity to apply for research scholarships covering stays of two to four weeks. Applications are not accepted for the months of July and August.

Areas of research supported are Greek and Latin language and literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy and ancient law. The aim of the research stay is the publication of articles, books or other written contributions.

up to 35 years of age at the time of application
PhD candidate (2nd year, at least) or post-doctoral researcher

This programme is funded by a Genevan private foundation and other sponsors.

Conditions of application for scholarships

vHMML: Resources for Manuscript Studies

vHMML: Resources for Manuscript Studies


vHMML offers researchers at every level of experience the resources and tools they need to work with manuscripts. vHMML will ultimately cover several manuscript cultures from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. It makes abundant use of high-resolution images of manuscripts from libraries around the world, many of them digitized as part of HMML’s mission to preserve and share important, endangered, and inaccessible manuscript collections through digital photography, archiving, and cataloging. To learn more about this project, please click here:

موقع "مصادر لدراسة المخطوطات" يقدم للباحثين على مختلف خبراتهم المصادر والأدوات التى يحتاجونها فى تعاملهم مع المخطوطات. سوف يغطى الموقع العديد من اللغات الممثلة فى المخطوطات سواء من أوربا أو أفريقيا أو من الشرق الأوسط أو من جنوب أسيا. ولسوف يوفر الموقع صور عالية الجودة للمخطوطات المعروضة من العديد من المكتبات حول العالم، وهى الصورة التى رُقمنت كجزء من رسالة  متحف ومكتبة مخطوطات هيل لحفظ و نشر العديد من المخطوطات العامة والمعرضة للخطر و التى لا يمكن الوصول إليها ، وذلك من خلال رقمنة هذه المخطوطات فوتوغرافيا ( أى تصويرها بتقنية التصوير عالى الجودة) وأرشفتها و فهرستها. 

للمزيد حول هذا الموقع أدخل هنا :

Friday, October 16, 2015

The FIHRIST Catalogue

This catalogue provides a searchable interface to basic manuscript descriptions from some of the major manuscript collections in the UK. With the continuing contribution of manuscript records from UK libraries, Fihrist aims to become a union catalogue for manuscripts in Arabic script.

The Islamic Manuscript Association

The Islamic Manuscript Association is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting Islamic manuscript collections and supporting those who work with them. It was formed in response to the urgent need to address the poor preservation and inaccessibility of many Islamic manuscript collections around the world.

The Islamic Manuscript Association:
  • Articulates standards and guidelines for best practice in cataloguing, conservation, digitisation and academic publishing so that Islamic manuscript collections may be made more accessible and preserved for posterity.
  • Promotes the highest ethical and professional standards in the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections.
  • Promotes excellence in scholarship on Islamic manuscripts, particularly Islamic codicology and disciplines related to the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections.
  • Provides a platform for presenting scholarship on Islamic manuscripts, particularly Islamic codicology and disciplines related to the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections, at its biennial conference at the University of Cambridge.
  • Provides a wide range of online resources about manuscripts and their care.
  • Awards grants to support the care of Islamic manuscript collections and advance scholarship on Islamic manuscripts.
  • Organises regular training workshops in cataloguing, conservation, digitisation and academic publishing as well as an annual workshop on Islamic codicology in cooperation with Cambridge University Library.
  • Facilitates dialogue between individuals with scholarly and professional interests in Islamic manuscripts and institutions holding collections of Islamic manuscripts.
The Islamic Manuscript Association includes among its members libraries and museums possessing collections of Islamic manuscripts as well as individuals with scholarly and professional interests in Islamic manuscripts. Over 600 persons from 25 different countries are members. Members have the right to vote, hold office, apply for grants and receive members' rates for the biennial conference and training workshops.
The Islamic Manuscript Association is an affiliated project of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age: Egytplogy, Papyrology, and Beyond

Altertumswissenschaften in a Digital Age:
Egytplogy, Papyrology, and Beyond

Electryone an open-access journal co-edited by Prof. Magda El-Nowieemy of University of Alexandria

Electryone is an open-access of Classical Studies and the Ancient Mediterranean World co-edited by Prof. Magda El-Nowieemy of University of Alexandria. 

According to it's homepage its is: an English-language, peer reviewed online journal devoted to ancient historical and philological issues covering the period between the 2nd and 1st millennia BC and the Roman period A.D. Electryone welcomes articles between 4,000 and 8.000 words, shorter notes, responses, etc. up to 2,500 words, and book reviews. It also welcomes presentations of new publications, announcements for conferences and information about research programs.

Three volumes (2013-2015) are online available, see more in the website of the journal here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A documentary about Ain-Shams University on Youtube

A documentary film about my alma mater  in Arabic is now available on Youtube ( 08.10.2015).  For an older film about the same university, see below the second film.

Monday, October 5, 2015

22 lectures of Edward Said on Youtube

1- The Myth of the "Clash of Civilizations.

2- With Daniel Barenboim in Weimar (Germany), 1999 (in two parts):

Part 1

Part 2

3- Interview by Salman Rushdie at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (September 1986).

4- On Orientalism

5- The Shadow of the West.

6-  Exiles: A documentary from 1986.

7- Reflections on Exile and Other Essays

8- Imperial Continuity - Palestine, Iraq, and U.S. Policy ( May 8, 2003)

9-Orientalism April 16, 2003.

10- In Search of Palestine - Edward Said's Return Home (BBC).

11- Interview for the Dutch television by Michaël Zeeman.

12-"Talking Liberties" program with Jonathan Ree.

13- The Reith Lecturer Interview: BBC Radio 1993.

14-On the Future of Arab Americans: History, Politics, Religion (1999).

15-Memory, Inequality and Power: Palestine and the Univerality of Human Rights (University of California Berkeley February 19, 2003).

16-Midnight's Children Festival Events: "A Dialogue with Edward Said" (March 5, 2003).

17- Out of Place: A Memoir - Early Years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt (1999).

18- On the Palestinian People (1989).

19- On Palestine April 9, 1999 with Noam Chomsky in Columbia University.

20-Democracy Now (1999) with Noam Chomsky.

21- UCLA Lecture (2002).

22- The last Interview.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Paulys Realencyclopädie ist now available through Wikipedia

All the volumes of Pauly's famous Realencyclopädie of the Ancient World are now available through Wikipedia in German Wikisource here. To know more about this German encyclopedia of classical scholarship, see the English article of Wikipedia about it here.

The First Historical Thesaurus of Arabic is to be produced in Doha

Inspired by HTOED or The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies is preparing the the first Historical Thesaurus of Arabic. An academic linguistic institution with corporate personality under the authority of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, which is lead by Azmi Bishara,  was established specifically for this purpose.  It's Aims, according to their website are:

  1. To produce a Historical Dictionary of the Arabic language.
  2. To create a comprehensive Corpus of Arabic.
  3. To derive sub-dictionaries from the Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language.
  4. To publish lexicographical research and studies.​​​
A very much needed Dictionary indeed, but a huge task, I have to say.They are however taking it seriously. This is evident by their publication of a book called Towards an Arabic Historical Dictionary ​(439 pages).

To learn more about this project, s. here

Saturday, September 19, 2015

El-Messiri's Encyclopedia of "Jews, Judaism and Zionism" in 8 Volumes

Even if not strictly classics, but this publication has to do with Greek and Latin. In the link below El-Messiri's eight-volume Encyclopaedia of "Jews, Judaism and Zionism", written in Arabic with an analytical/methodological form rather than an encyclopedic collection of information, is intended to provide analysis of the middle east crisis, the history of Jews and the history of Zionism, as well as an in-depth analysis of Zionism, its Ideology and beliefs, and ultimately the goals of such movement.

Friday, September 18, 2015

BMCR Reviews of some Graeco-Arabicum Books

1- Review of Dimitri Gutas, Theophrastus, On First Principles (known as his Metaphysics), Philosophia Antiqua 119. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2010. Pp. xxiii, 506. ISBN 9789004179035. $169.00.

Reviewed by Adam McCollum, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota (, s. here    31.html.

2- Leonardo Tarán​, Dimitri Gutas, Aristotle Poetics: Editio Maior of the Greek text with Historical Introductions and Philological Commentaries. Mnemosyne supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 338. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2012. Pp. 99. ISBN 9789004217409. $226.00.

Reviewed by Michael McOsker, University of Michigan (, .

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Manar al-Athar open-access photo-archive

Manar al-Athar open-access photo-archive
 with over 17,000 photos for teaching, research, and heritage

The Manar al-Athar open-access photo-archive (based at the University of Oxford) aims to provide high resolution, searchable images, freely-downloadable for teaching, research, heritage projects, and publication. It covers buildings and art in the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule (e.g. Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, and North Africa), from ca. 300 BC to the present, but especially Roman, late antique, and early Islamic art, architecture, and sacred sites.

Many of the monuments are now inaccessible to the West making this archive an important long-term resource for research, with downloadable high resolution images which are not watermarked. The records of monuments which are damaged or destroyed will also play a vital role in future restoration. Low resolution copies of these photographs for Powerpoint make them readily suitable for classroom use and demonstrating the shared heritage of the regions covered and the West. The images download with the caption, etc. and credit line in the metadata.

The archive has over 17,000 images already online, as of September 2015. Material is labelled in both English and Arabic to facilitate regional use, with the main instructions also available in some other languages.

يهدف موقع منار الآثار الإلكتروني، التابع لجامعة أكسفورد، إلى تزويدكم بصور عالية الجودة للغايات العلمية والتعليمية والبحثية؛ إذ تحتوي الصور على نماذج معمارية وفنية لمواقع أثرية كانت ضمن مناطق الإمبراطورية الرومانية السابقة والتي وقعت لاحقاً تحت الحكم الإسلامي: مثل بلاد الشام وبعض أجزاء الجزيرة العربية ومصر وشمال أفريقيا وأسبانيا. تمتد الفترة الزمنية لهذه المواقع الأثرية من أيام الإسكندر المقدوني (حوالي 300 قبل الميلاد) والفترة الإسلامية إلى الوقت الحاضر. يعد موقع منار الآثار الإلكتروني الأول من نوعه الذي يزود روّاده بمواد معنونة باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية معاً.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Scholarships for Egyptians to study/research in Germany

I've just received this announcement in my email. It could be of interest to Egyptians who want to study/research in German universities.


Autumn Call 1 September till 15 October 2015

The German Egyptian Research Short term Scholarship GERSS is a program jointly funded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and the German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn (DAAD) in order to finance short term scholarships for young Egyptian scientists to travel to Germany. The target groups of the program are researchers enrolled in MSc, PhD programs and young Post-Doctoral candidates. The scholarships may be awarded for a period from three to six months.

The scholarship shall enable advanced graduate students and young scientists to pursue part of their master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral research in a specific research project at German universities, archives, libraries or research institutes.

There are two calls for applications annually, namely the Spring Call (15.03. – 30.04) and the Autumn Call (01.09. – 15.10.)

Kindly note, application is only possible through the following link

For more information, please find attached the GERSS info sheet.

For inquiries, please contact Mr. Adel Younis
Phone +20 2 2735 27 26 +20 2 2735 27 26 Ex: 146

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jordanus, an International Catalogue of Mediaeval Scientific Manuscripts

Jordanus, an International Catalogue of Mediaeval Scientific Manuscripts, provides information about mediaeval manuscripts written in Western Europe between 500 and 1500 A.D., which deals with mathematical sciences, i.e. arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and mechanics. It is the result of research projects that were funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (1977-1985) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (1985-1989). The database was originally set up at the Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich by Prof. Dr. Warren Van Egmond and Prof. Dr. Andreas Kühne, and was later brought online by Dr. Gerhard Brey. It was provided an internet platform by King's College (London University) in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn). Jordanus is now available again on the server of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich. It was restored and reinstalled by Erwin Rauner.

More see here.

Ptolemæus Arabus et Latinus

Ptolemæus Arabus et Latinus is a project of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the University of Würzburg. It has been established as part of the Akademienprogramm of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German federal states for a period of 25 years beginning in 2013. The project is dedicated to the edition and study of the Arabic and Latin versions of Ptolemy's astronomical and astrological works and related material. The project director, Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse, is professor at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, while the researchers of the project are based at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich. The team includes two research leaders, Dr. David Juste and Dr. Benno van Dalen, and three full-time researchers, currently Dr. María José Parra Pérez, Dr. Henry Zepeda and the doctoral student Bojidar Dimitrov. A listing of the complete PAL team can be found here.

Digital Averroes Research Environment

The Digital Averroes Research Environment (DARE) collects and edits the works of the Andalusian Philosopher Averroes or Abū l-Walīd Muammad Ibn Amad Ibn Rušd, born in Cordoba in 1126, died in Marrakesh in 1198.

DARE makes accessible online digital editions of Averroes's works, and images of all textual witnesses, including manuscripts, incunabula, and early prints. Averroes's writings and the scholarly literature are documented in a bibliographical database.
More, see the website of the project here.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

"Avec toi de Suzanne Taha Hussein"s Arabic translation is republished by Hindawi foundation (free)

Hindawi foundation republishes the Arabic translation of the memoirs of Suzanne Taha Hussein about her life with Taha Hussein "Avec toi": De la France à l’Egypte: «un extraordinaire amour» Suzanne et Taha Hussein (1915-1973).

See the Arabic translation here. If you want the French buy it from here.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Arabian Epigraphic Notes An Open Access Online Journal on Arabian Epigraphy

Two new articles online!

The first two articles of the 2015 issue of AEN are now online:
  1. M.C.A. Macdonald, On the uses of writing in ancient Arabia and the role of palaeography in studying them
  2. A. Al-Jallad & A. al-Manaser, New Epigraphica from Jordan I: a pre-Islamic Arabic inscription in Greek letters and a Greek inscription from north- eastern Jordan.
The Arabian Peninsula contains one of the richest epigraphic landscapes in the Old World, and new texts are being discovered with every expedition to its deserts and oases. Arabian Epigraphic Notes is a forum for the publication of these epigraphic finds, and for the discussion of relevant historical and linguistic issues. The Arabian Peninsula is broadly defined as including the landmass between the Red Sea and the Arabo-Persian gulf, and stretching northward into the Syrian Desert, Jordan, and adjacent cultural areas. In order to keep up with the rapid pace of discoveries, our online format will provide authors the ability to publish immediately following peer-review, and will make available for download high resolution, color photographs. The open-access format will ensure as wide a readership as possible. more here

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Al-Thurayyā Gazetteer of Arabic Toponyms of Maxim Romanov

This is our first usable demo of al-Thurayyā Gazetteer, see here . Currently it includes over 2,000 toponyms and almost as many route sections georeferenced from Georgette Cornu’s Atlas du monde arabo-islamique à l'époque classique: IXe-Xe siècles (Leiden: Brill, 1983). The gazetteer is searchable (upper left corner), although English equivalents are not yet included; in other words, look for Dimashq/دمشق, not Damascus.

al-Raqmiyyātالرقميات : Digital Islamic History of Maxim Romanov

Digital Islamic History, see here  is the website of Maxim Romanov, an expert in digital Arabic, who will be joining the Leipzig team of Digital Humanities this September. 

Maxim Romanov says about himself that he  is a "Postdoctoral Associate (PhD, U of Michigan) at the Department of Classics and the Perseus Project, Tufts University, who studies Islamic historical texts with computational methods, currently focusing on the analysis of multivolume biographical and bibliographical collections".

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Filāḥa Texts Project: The Arabic Books of Husbandry

The purpose of the Filāḥa Texts Project is to publish, translate and elucidate the written works collectively known as the Kutub al-Filāḥa or ‘Books of Husbandry’ compiled by Arab, especially Andalusi, agronomists mainly between the 10th and 14th centuries These systematic and detailed manuals of agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry have been somewhat neglected and remain largely unknown in the Anglophone world - apart from some of the Yemeni works they have never been translated into English. They not only provide primary source material for the understanding of what has been called the ‘Islamic Green Revolution’ but constitute a rich body of knowledge concerning a traditional system of husbandry which is as valid today as it was a thousand years ago and has much relevance to future sustainable agriculture.

More in the website of the project here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Garth Fowden's Inaugural lecture in in the Faculty of Divinity

On the 4 December 2013 gave his Inaugural lecture in in the Faculty of Divinity  as Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths and Shared Values. Video, Audio and Print versions are online.

Seven reasons why we need an independent Digital Humanities, by Gregory Crane

A very interesting piece of writing by Gregory. Warning: more than 40 pages ! so enjoy !

Seven reasons why we need an independent Digital Humanities

Gregory Crane
[DRAFT as of April 27, 2015]

Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities
Department of Computer Science
Leipzig University

Professor of Classics
Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship
Tufts University


This paper describes two issues, the need for an independent Digital Humanities and the opportunity to rethink within a digital space the ways in which Humanists can contribute to society and redefine the social contract upon which they depend.

The paper opens by articulating seven cognitive challenges that the Humanities can, in some cases only, and in other cases much more effectively, combat insofar as we have an independent Digital Humanities: (1) we assume that new research will look like research that we would like to do ourselves; (2) we assume that we should be able to exploit the results of new methods without having to learn much and without rethinking the skills that at least some senior members of our field must have; (3) we focus on the perceived quality of Digital Humanities work rather than the larger forces and processes now in play (which would only demand more and better Digital Humanities work if we do not like what we see); (4) we assume that we have already adapted new digital methods to existing departmental and disciplinary structures and assume that the rate of change over the next thirty years will be similar to, or even slower than, that we experienced in the past thirty years, rather than recognizing that the next step will be for us to adapt ourselves to exploit the digital space of which we are a part; (5) we may support interdisciplinarity but the Digital Humanities provides a dynamic and critically needed space of encounter between not only established humanistic fields but between the humanities and a new range of fields including, but not limited to, the computer and information sciences (and thus I use the Digital Humanities as a plural noun, rather than a collective singular); (6) we lack the cultures of collaboration and of openness that are increasingly essential for the work of the humanities and that the Digital Humanities have proven much better at fostering; (7) we assert all too often that a handful of specialists alone define what is and is not important rather than understanding that our fields depends upon support from society as a whole and that academic communities operate in a Darwinian space.

For the full text, see the Google Doc 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Taha Hussein and the [Ancient] European Civilization

I do know now what is the meaning of my department's name in Ain Shams University : The Ancient European Civilization. It's basically a Greek and Latin (Philology) department, but I've always wondered why it is so called and who coined this name. Taha Hussein, the one who revived Greek and Latin in Egypt, is the one who coined it. Below is p. 386 of the Arabic translation of Albert Hourani's Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798–1939 (Cambridge University Press 1983), which states that Taha Hussein was one of the Arabic intellectuals of the so-called "liberal age", who saw the European civilization as "the superior civilization of the human history". To name "Greek and Latin" (philology) departments in Egypt as the department of "Ancient European Civilization", would have been, back then, very prestigious both for scholars and students alike.

In 2015, I don't think though that this remains the case. Simply because "πάντα ῥεῖ"  and πάντα χωρεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει" καὶ "δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης (Plato, Cratylus ,402a). The middle east now, as we all know and see, in a state of radical change; not only (geo)politically, but also socially and mentally too.

Jones, The cities of the eastern Roman provinces (Amsterdam 1983) into Arabic Ihsan Abbas

Arnold Hugh Martin Jones's Book (Amsterdam 1983) The cities of the eastern Roman provinces, was translated by  the  late Palestinian professor at the American University of Beirut Ihsan Abbas.  Its main interest to me is in the fact that in this Arabic translation one finds the modern Arabic names side by side ( usually in square brackets) with the ancient names of the levantine cities. The book was published in 1987 by Dar El-Shorok publishing house in Amman (Jordan).  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ain Shams' Classics go digital

 Abdel-Monem Zaki, my Friend and colleague in Ain Shams University, has begun blogging in Arabic about digital humanities. His newly started blog is called : Digital Humanities: A New Reading of the Arab Cultural Heritage.

I'm excited to see and fellow what he will be posting in this. I think also that his students will be very much appreciated for this contributions to this field of study which we seek to implement, in cooperation with colleagues from Europe and the USA, in the curricula and study programs of classics department in Ain Shams and else where in Egypt.

This is an excellent start and I wish him all the success and hoping for more to come.

Rethinking Late Antiquity—IAQS' Review of Garth Fowden's BAM by Michael Pregill

Rethinking Late Antiquity—A Review of Garth Fowden, Before and After Muḥammad: The First Millennium Refocused

Posted on March 17, 2014

By Michael Pregill

Beginning in the 1970s, the work of Peter Brown revolutionized the way scholars approach the “fall of Rome,” the decline of Roman and Sasanian power in the Middle East, and the rise of Islam in Late Antiquity. In his classic The World of Late Antiquity, AD 150-750 and other works, Brown argued that the emergence of Islam and the establishment of the caliphal empire was not a radical disruption of the course of history, but rather represented the continuity of older cultural, political, social, and religious patterns. Despite the wide influence of Brown’s work and the general recognition of Islam’s importance in the overall trajectory of Mediterranean and even European history, substantial obstacles to a full integration of ancient, early Christian, Jewish, and Islamic phenomena into a general history of the civilization of Western Asia remain.

To read the whole review go here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 News: New Horizons in Graeco-Arabic Studies

D. Gutas and S. Schmidtke, New Horizons in Graeco-Arabic Studies = Intellectual History of Islamicate World 3 (2015) (forthcoming).

See the content here; New Horizons.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Plato's Menexenus into Arabic by Abullah Almosalammy

Menexenus (dialog) of Plato was translated into Arabic by Abullah Almosalammy  of Ain Shams University (Cairo) . The translation was published in Libya by the faculty of Arts of the Libyan University in 1972 while the late professor of Ain Shams University was teaching Greek and Latin there.

Menander's Dyskolos into Arabic by Abdel Moaty Shaarawy

Abdel Moaty Shaarawy of Cairo University has translated the only new comedy preserved for us in almost a complete form i.e. Dyskolos (Δύσκολος) into Arabic. The translation has been published in the first month of this year (January 2015) by the Kuwaiti National Council of Culture, Arts and Literature (KNCCAL).


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Characters of Theophrastus (Ἠθικοὶ χαρακτῆρες) into Arabic by Adel Elnahas

Adel Elnahas, the head of the Cairo department of Greek and Latin Studies, has just announced the publication of his translation of Character of Theophrastus (Ἠθικοὶ χαρακτῆρες) into Arabic. The translation is published by the NCT Cairo (2015). Congratulations for the translator and looking for more.
About Theophrastus see and cf. also  Philosophia Antiqua Vol. 54 William Fortenbaugh et alli (eds.) Theophrastus of Eresus. Sources for His Life, Writings, Thought and Influence, Brill 1993.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Review of Garth Fowden's BAM at Al-Araby al-jadeed Newspaper (London) 27.01.2015

My Review of Garth Fowden's Before and After Muhammad:The First Millennium Refocused
Princeton University Press 2014. The review is in Arabic and don't pretend to be exhaustive, but I have tried to highlight the main ideas treated in the book. A special emphasis has been given to his apt critics to the Eurocentricity of European histories in neglecting the role of Islam in history.

The Review is written in Arabic and you will find it in this link :