The Persian Digital Library (PDL) project and the multi-institutional Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI), of which it is a part, is building digital resources for the study of the premodern Persian world. Currently our work is primarily focused on the construction of a scholarly-verified and machine actionable corpus and optical character recognition (OCR)/handwritten text recognition (HTR) tools for Persian (and other Arabic-script languages). This work has generously been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please see the PDL and OpenITI websites for more information.
The Persian Manuscript Initiative (PMI) partners with leading libraries and archives around the world to digitally preserve Persian manuscripts and improve the quality of metadata we have for them. PMI is focused especially on preserving Persian manuscripts that may be at a risk of loss. In partnership with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) and local partners we have initiated projects in the Raja of Mahmudabad Palace Library (Lucknow, India) and the Anjuman-i Taraqqi-i Urdu (Karachi, Pakistan). Please see the PMI website for more details on all of these projects.
The Digital Guide to Theatre of the Middle East: 21st Century Volume (DGTOME) provides essential information on the most significant, influential, and relevant plays/performances written and/or performed in MENA theatres and their diasporas since 2000. The goal is to recognize and display the breadth and diversity of theatrical visions, creations, and collaborations of the MENA theatre artists to the members of the world academia and theatre community in an accessible and sustained form. As the first and only searchable database in the field of MENA theatre, DGTOME is designed for a variety of users, including educators, students, researchers, practitioners, translators, and the general public.
Senior Lecturer at Leiden University
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at University of Michigan
Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures and former Director of Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia
Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University
Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Boston University
Associate Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literature
Professor of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto and the Chair of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto-Mississauga.