Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions
DASI is a five-year project directed by 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 nearly 8,000 Ancient South Arabian inscriptions recorded by the University of Pisa team under the direction of 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 Michael C.A. Macdonald, University of Oxford) and Aramaic inscriptions (supervision by Laila Nehmé, UMR 8167, CNRS-Paris) are being prepared for consultation.