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Giving Voice to Ancient Texts: Manuscript Scholarship in the Digital Era

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The study of manuscripts was traditionally the preserve of scholar-curators in research libraries who devoted their lives to the exhaustive study and description of collections that were often gathered from several sources. The expected result of their solitary labor was a printed catalog that might describe at most a few hundred manuscripts from a particular linguistic or religious culture. That model has been challenged by the advent of large-scale digital projects that aggregate thousands or even tens of thousands of manuscripts from multiple libraries in a single database or portal.


Published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, DOI: 10.1017/S002074381700099X.