Into the Digital Islamic Future: OpenITI Arabic OCR Catalyst Project (OpenITI AOCP)

The Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI) and SHARIAsource teams led an experts’ workshop on September 29 and 30 entitled ‘Into the Digital Islamic Future,’ held in-person on the University of Maryland, College Park’s campus. OpenITI and SHARIAsource invited some 30 researchers from around the world to share results from the first phase of the OpenITI Arabic OCR Catalyst Project (OpenITI AOCP). OpenITI AOCP Phase I was supported by an $800,000 Mellon Foundation grant, and extended through an additional $100,000 of bridge funding. 

On the first day of the workshop, participants shared their own digital humanities-adjacent projects with other attendees to solicit feedback from those present. Participants also uploaded Arabic-script texts of their choice to eScriptorium, OpenITI’s digital text production pipeline. From there, participants experimented with eScriptorium’s automatic text transcription tool.

The second day of the workshop continued the previous day’s work of exploring eScriptorium’s functionalities. Additionally, attendees shared their ideas for improving eScriptorium’s workflow and features. The workshop concluded with a group discussion of possible roads towards improving scholarly collaboration, pedagogy, and sustainability in the digital humanities and Islamic studies. 

Reflections on Interpretation and Serving in the Judiciary: Justice Stephen G. Breyer (SCOTUS) & Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah (Supreme Court of Pakistan) in Conversation with Professor Intisar Rabb

On Monday, September 19, 2022 4:30-5:30PM US EST in Milstein West at Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School, Justice Stephen G. Breyer (SCOTUS) and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah (Supreme Court of Pakistan), in conversation with Professor Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School), will reflect on their experience serving in the judiciary. This event is co-organized by Harvard Law School’s International Legal Studies, the Program in Islamic Law, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and will be open to the Harvard community. Entrance will require a Harvard University ID card.

Should a Muslim Woman Be President? Race, Gender, and the Insurgent Legacies of American Islam

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Should a Muslim Woman Be President? Race, Gender, and the Insurgent Legacies of American Islam

November 12 @ 4:15 – 5:45

Sylvia Chan-Malik, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University, author of Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color and American Islam (2018)
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
Nadia Marzouki, Research Fellow at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris); author of Islam: An American Religion (2017)
Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor, American Studies, Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Religious Studies at Yale University
Doug NeJaime, Anne Urowsky Professor of Law at Yale Law School
Intisar Rabb, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and Professor of History, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Science

PIL Book Talk 2020: Elizabeth Urban

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Join us on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00-1:00PM US EST via Zoom, with Professor Elizabeth Urban (West Chester University, Assistant Professor of History, Department of History) who will speak on her new book, Conquered Populations in Early Islam: Non-Arabs, Slaves and the Sons of Slave Mothers (Edinburgh, 2020).

She will be joined by discussant Professor Matthew Gordon (Miami University, Philip R. Shriver Professor of History, Department of History). 


Full event details.