Digital Edition Announcement

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Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce the online release of our digital edition of the ʿAyn al-Naẓar, a short Arabic treatise by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad b. Ashraf al-Ḥusaynī al-Samarqandī (d. 722/1322) on three logical relationships essential to dialectical disputation. Collated from two manuscript witnesses held by the British Library, the edition is accompanied by an Introduction, Glossary, and Guide; and its features, accessed by hovering over the Arabic text or clicking on buttons, include line-by-line English translations, with glossary-linked Arabic terms; full critical apparatus for variants, scribal additions, substitutions, corrections, etc.; short glosses from the manuscript margins; and magnifiable folio images of one of the original manuscripts.

As co-creator Dr. Frederik Elwert explains: “A digital edition is not only an edition that is available online, it represents also a different approach to the very act of scholarly editing. As such, the edition consists of two parts: An XML file following the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative which captures scholarly statements about the text, and a rule set that converts these abstract statements into a navigable web page.”


The online edition is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, and is hosted by the Digital Humanities at the Center for Religious Studies (DH@CERES), Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Links to the project description and the digital edition itself are below. Feedback is welcomed, and we ask that you kindly disseminate this announcement to any who might find it of interest.


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Project Description:


Dr. Walter Edward Young
MA, PhD Islamic Studies
Society for the Study of Islamicate Dialectical Disputation