Dr. Maxim Romanov
Maxim Romanov’s dissertation (Near Eastern Studies, U of Michigan, 2013) explored how modern computational techniques of text analysis can be applied to the study of premodern Arabic historical sources. In particular, he studied “The History of Islam” (Ta’rikh al-islam), the largest surviving biographical collection with over 30,000 biographies, written by the Damascene scholar al-Dhahabi (d. 1348 CE).
He is continuing his research and develops methods of computational analysis for other genres of premodern Arabic literature, mainly large volume collections that can offer insights into long-term and large-scale developments that took place during the pre-modern period of Islamic history. He is working on two book projects: (1) “The History of Islam”: An Essay in Digital Humanities continues the study of al-Dhahabi’s tremendous collection of biographies, while (2) The Gift to the Knowledgeable 2.0, explores cultural production in the Islamic world until the beginning of the 20th century through the study of the Hadiyyat al-‘arifin, a bibliographical collection composed by Isma‘il Basha al-Baghdadi (d. 1920).
Selected Recent Publications:
For a full list of publications see: http://maximromanov.github.io/
- [accepted for publication] “Toward Abstract Models for Islamic History,” in The Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, ed. Elias Muhanna (Berlin, De Gruyter, forthcoming 2016) (Download Submitted Version in PDF)
-  “Toward the Digital History of the pre-Modern Muslim World: developing text-mining techniques for the study of Arabic biographical collections,” in T.L. Andrews, C. Macé (eds.) Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts: Digital Approaches, Lectio 1, Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2014, 229-244 (Download PDF) DOI: 10.1484/M.LECTIO-EB.5.102573
-  “Dreaming Ḥanbalites: Dream-Tales in Prosopographical Dictionaries,” in Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies, edited by Alexander Knysh & Özgen Felek, SUNY Press, 2012, 31–50 (Download PDF)
-  “The Term Ṣūfī: Spiritualizing Simple Words,” in Pismennyie Pamyatniki Vostoka / Written Monuments of the Orient, issue 5 (2007), 149–159 (Download PDF)[2005, in Russian]
- “Electronic Databases on Islam in Arabic, Persian and English: a Review,” in Pismennyie Pamyatniki Vostokaslash Written Monuments of the Orient, issue 2(3), 2005, 240–257; in cooperation with Dr. Stanislav M. Prozorov; summary in English (Download PDF)