digital archive for the study of pre-islamic arabian inscriptions

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 8,000 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.

By entering each of the three sections of the archive, the user will be able to access their content by different indexes (Corpora, Collections, Epigraphs, Objects and Sites). Moreover, thanks to the xml mark up of the textual features and to the record of extra-textual features, the DASI user can enjoy two useful sections for the consultation and study of inscriptions: a Search tool on text and metadata and the Lists of words by alphabetical order (both for lexicon and onomastics). A Map is also available in the Tools section.
In a short time, a common search on the epigraphic text and on some main extra-textual features across the three main corpora (Ancient South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian and Aramaic) will be possible. For more information about the project, see www.dasiproject.eu.