The research tool Project Jara’id started in 2009; and since 2011 it has been a constantly evolving chronology of historical periodicals in Arabic. All versions are only working versions that we publish online free for the scholarly community and the public. The Github page of the project is here, with the codes of Adam Mestyan and Till Grallert, and with contributions from Hugh Cayless. The latest dataset is published through Zenodo.
“La fabrique du Caire moderne” is a large international cooperation with participants in Egypt, Turkey, France, and the US. It is a pilot project about urban development, architecture, Euro-Mediterranean entanglements and global investment in Cairo in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its main goal is to combine thorough archival research with historical topographic iconography, using digital tools (visualization, GIS and TEI-XML texts), in order to produce a global urban history of the Egyptian capital. The “Digital Cairo” sub-project focuses on urbanism news in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish from al-Waqāʾiʿ al-Miṣriyya, the government gazette of Egypt, 1828-1914, supported by NEH. See more in the website. Follow us on Twitter at @cairemoderne !
Co-directed with Kathryn Schwartz (†), “Project Naggari – The Books of a Sheikh in Nineteenth-Century Cairo” digitally reconstructed the large book collection of Sheikh Mustafa Salamah al-Najjari (d. 1286/1870), an important intellectual in late Ottoman Egypt. Hugh Cayless (Duke Libraries) created the website’s JS and XSLT transformations. We have described the printed books but the manuscripts still await analysis. The blog of the project is here and the Github project files are here. We published the cleaned data through Zenodo.