DASI

digital archive for the study of pre-islamic arabian inscriptions

DASI

Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

DASI is a five-year project directed by prof. Alessandra Avanzini of the University of Pisa, which has been funded by the European Community within the Seventh Framework Programme “Ideas”, Specific Programme “ERC – Advanced Grant”.
 
DASI seeks to gather all known pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphic material into a comprehensive online database, with the aim to make available to specialists and to the broader public a wide array of documents often underestimated because of their difficulty of access.
 
By means of a digitization process through a hybrid data entry/xml system developed by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa according to international encoding standards, DASI gives access at present to the nearly 6,000 Ancient South Arabian inscriptions recorded by the University of Pisa team under the direction of Prof. Alessandra Avanzini.
Thanks to the fruitful collaboration with other two major European centres for the study of the epigraphic documentation of the Arabian Peninsula, also sections of the two corpora of Ancient North Arabian inscriptions (supervision by Mr. M.C.A. Macdonald, University of Oxford) and Aramaic inscriptions (supervision by Dr. Laila Nehmé, UMR 8167, CNRS-Paris) are being prepared for consultation.
 

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Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions

The ASA corpus is one of the most interesting collections of epigraphic documents of the Semitic world, first and foremost for its vastness. With its over 15,000 inscriptions, it is the first-hand, written documentation of the culture that flourished in South Arabia from the late second millennium BC to the sixth century AD. At present, CSAI contains a collection of some 6,000 texts digitized by the team of the University of Pisa directed by prof. Alessandra Avanzini.

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Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia

The Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia (OCIANA) is a project of the Khalili Research Centre of the University of Oxford, directed by Prof. J. Johns and Mr. M.C.A. Macdonald. It aims to present an easily updatable, online edition of all known Ancient North Arabian inscriptions: Taymanitic, Dadanitic, Hasaitic, Safaitic, Hismaic and Thamudic.

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Corpus of Aramaic Inscriptions

The Corpus of Aramaic inscription on DASI will comprehend the Nabataean inscriptions. This task will be accomplished thanks to the agreement with the CNRS laboratory UMR 8167 – Mondes Sémitiques, under the scientific supervision of Dr. Laila Nehmé. For the moment, the corpus contains no data.