Yemeni Manuscript Studies Come to UO

October 5th, 2010 by swood Leave a reply »

WHP has been in conversation with David Hollenberg, the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Religious Literature at the UO, and director of the Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative (YMDI). YMDI is a collective of scholars and librarians dedicated to preserving and virtually disseminating the manuscripts of Yemen, and is now hosted by the UO. Working with Princeton University Library and the Free University, Berlin, YMDI recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities/Deutschland Forschungsgemeinshaft Bilateral Digital Humanities Grant of $330,000 to train Yemeni technicians to produce archive-quality images of three private libraries of Yemen, virtually link them to manuscripts held by Princeton University and the Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, and store and disseminate them through Princeton University Library’s digital library. ┬áThese grants are administered by Princeton University and the Free University of Berlin. WHP is currently exploring ideas for a grant proposal hosted by UO which would develop scholarship around the manuscripts that are being digitized.

You can find more information on the project at YMDI’s website.

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