Dr. Samuel Ross on Islamic Studies in the Digital Humanities

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Dr. Samuel Ross’s research focuses on the history of Muslim Qur’an commentary, a voluminous literature spanning fourteen centuries, much of which remains in manuscript. Working with TCU undergraduate students, he has been slowly digitizing the most important catalog of Arabic Qur’an commentary manuscripts in the world.

Over the break, he traveled to Amsterdam and Istanbul to deliver academic papers drawing upon this work at two back-to-back conferences. The first, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, assessed the representativeness of the growing corpus of digitized Qur’an commentaries. The second, in Istanbul, proposed a method for studying Ottoman-era Qur’an commentaries, which are largely unknown to American and European scholarship.