a Gazetteer of the Classical Islamic World

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al-Ṯurayyā is a Gazetter of the Classical Islamic World, and a part and parcel of another project in progress—Ṣūraŧ al-arḍ, a geospatial model of the Classical Islamic World (being developed in collaboration with Cameron Jackson, a Senior, double majoring in Arabic and Computer Science @ Tufts University, 2013).

This is our first usable demo of al-Ṯhurayyā Gazetteer. 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.

Blog posts on major milestones of the project:

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Written by Maxim Romanov

Research fellow (PhD in Near Eastern Studies, U of Michigan, 2013) at the Humboldt Chair for Digital Humanities [Institut für Informatik], University of Leipzig. He studies Islamic historical texts with computational methods, currently focusing on the analysis of multivolume biographical and bibliographical collections.