Editing New Testament Arabic Manuscripts in a TEI-base: fostering close reading in Digital Humanities

Abstract : If one is convinced that " quantitative research provides data not interpretation " [Moretti, 2005, 9], close reading should thus be considered as not only the necessary bridge between big data and interpretation but also the core duty of the Humanities. To test its potential in a neglected field – the Arabic manuscripts of the Letters of Paul of Tarsus – an enhanced, digital edition has been in development as a progression of a Swiss National Fund project. This short paper presents the development of this edition and perspectives regarding a second project. Based on the Edition Visualization Technology tool, the digital edition provides a transcription of the Arabic text, a standardized and vocalized version, as well as French translation with all texts encoded in TEI XML. Thanks to another Swiss National Foundation subsidy, a new research project on the unique New Testament, trilingual (Greek-Latin-Arabic) manuscript, the Marciana Library Gr. Z. 11 (379), 12th century, is currently underway. This project includes new features such as " Textlink " , " Hotspot " and notes: HumaReC.
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Claire Clivaz, Sara Schulthess, Martial Sankar. Editing New Testament Arabic Manuscripts in a TEI-base: fostering close reading in Digital Humanities. Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities, Episciences.org, 2017, Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages. ⟨hal-01280627v4⟩

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