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Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

Objective

In the Arabian peninsula, before the advent of Islam some distinctive civilizations flourished with a remarkable cultural level and left behind an important epigraphic and artistic wealth in terms of quality and interest. The history of these cultures is known almost exclusively by epigraphic material. In fact, the majority of texts that the inhabitants of Arabia have left us are the inscriptions that are found in their tens of thousands all over the lands.
However, the inscriptions of pre-Islamic Arabia are only relatively known and often difficult to interpret, and scholars are obliged to draw on resources which are outdated or overly narrow in scope. On the basis of these considerations, DASI would like to apply the modern computer technology to the study of pre-Islamic inscriptions. The main objective of DASI is to improve and enrich the existing CSAI project (Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions: http://csai.humnet.unipi.it) in terms of methodology and contents creating a digital archive of the whole corpus of pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions. This archive is intended to become the virtual place where all the existing inscriptions from Arabia are gathered and can be managed, consulted and studied: the virtual ambient will collect the inscriptions that are physically located in different, faraway places such as archaeological sites in Arabia, as well as museums or private collections all over the world, but it will also document inscriptions by now physically lost and known only thorough previous publications.
By actually cataloguing and studying these texts, the aim of DASI is to achieve a better overall perception and knowledge of the epigraphic heritage of pre-Islamic Arabia - yet a very young field - and consequently of its languages and cultures.

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology/ethnoarchaeology
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

ERC-2010-AdG_20100407
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 276 800
Principal investigator
Alessandra Avanzini (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Elena Murelli (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 276 800
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Alessandra Avanzini (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Elena Murelli (Ms.)
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 852 400
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniele Altamore (Dr.)