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Computational Reading of Arabic Biographical Collections with Special Reference to Preaching in the Sunni World (661--1300 CE).

dc.contributor.authorRomanov, Maxim G.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-16T20:40:50Z
dc.date.availableNO_RESTRICTIONen_US
dc.date.available2014-01-16T20:40:50Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.date.submitted2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/102300
dc.description.abstractA project in the digital humanities, the dissertation explores methods of computational text analysis. Relying on text-mining techniques to extract meaningful data from unstructured text, the study offers an effective and flexible method for the analysis of Arabic biographical collections, the most valuable source for the social history of the pre-modern Islamic world. It uses the largest collection, "The History of Islam" of al-Dhahabi (d. 1348), as a case-study of applying the new method and shows how almost 30,000 biographies can be studied as a whole. A step toward finding a viable solution for studying the entire digital corpus of classical Islamic texts (400 mln. words), Chapter I offers a detailed explanation of "computational reading" that was built upon existing digital approaches from a variety of disciplines. Chapter II models big data extracted from the main source to further our understanding of the social geography of the Islamic world and its major social transformations, simultaneously providing an important background for the next chapter. Chapter III applies the devised method to the study of Islamic preaching from chronological, geographical and social perspectives that have been overlooked in the academic treatment of this subject. Largely an exploratory overview, it traces long-term changes in preaching practices as well as statuses of preachers within the Islamic elites. This chapter demonstrates how exactly computational reading can contribute to the studies of specific phenomena and practices. The final section overviews broad prospects of the further application of "computational reading" to a variety of genres of pre-modern Arabic literature. The dissertation heavily relies on the visual display of information in the form of graphs, charts, maps, and tables that are used in the main body and supplied in Appendices.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectIslamic Preachingen_US
dc.subjectDigital Humanitiesen_US
dc.subjectSocial Historyen_US
dc.subjectIslamen_US
dc.subjectComputational Text Analysisen_US
dc.titleComputational Reading of Arabic Biographical Collections with Special Reference to Preaching in the Sunni World (661--1300 CE).en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.thesisdegreenamePHDen_US
dc.description.thesisdegreedisciplineNear Eastern Studiesen_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantorUniversity of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKnysh, Alexander D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberShryock, Andrew J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBonner, Michael Daviden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBulliet, Richard W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJackson, Sherman A.en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelHistory (General)en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelMiddle Eastern, Near Eastern and North African Studiesen_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelHumanitiesen_US
dc.description.bitstreamurlhttp://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/102300/1/romanov_1.pdf
dc.owningcollnameDissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)


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