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Romanov, Maxim

Universitätsassistent, History & Digital Humanities


Maxim Romanov is a Universitätsassistent für Digital Humanities at the Institute for History, University of Vienna. His 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 of surviving biographical collections with over 30,000 biographies, written by the Damascene scholar al-Dhahabi (d. 1348 CE). Currently, he continues his study of this biographical collection (“The History of Islam”: An Essay in Digital Humanities), which will serve as methodological and infrastructural foundation for the study of all surviving Arabic biographical collections and chronicles. Additionally, he is working on a series of foundational projects for the field of Arabic and Islamic studies, which include 1) a machine-readable corpus of classical Arabic texts (see, OpenITI/OpenArabic), 2) a text-reuse project (see, KITAB), and 3) a gazetteer of the classical Islamic world (see, al-Thurayya).

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
7th-13th Centuries   
Arabic   
Islamic Studies   
Historiography   
13th-18th Centuries   
Information Technology/Computing   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
SPECIALTIES
Social history of the premodern Islamic world   
Arabic written tradition and historiography   
digital history, gis, text analysis   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
English (Fluent)   
Russian (Native)   
EDUCATION
DPhil2013Near Eastern StudiesUniversity of Michigan
MA2010Near Eastern StudiesUniversity of Michigan
MA2001SociologySt.Petersburg State University
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