(This is an argument I wrote as a “long abstract” for a Global Outlook::Digital Humanities competition two years ago, based on work I had done for The Syriac Gazetteer. I have decided to publish it here to make it as widely available as possible. References to the population of Mosul are estimates from before ISIS conquered … More Digital Maps are Still Not Territory
With some interested professors, library staff, and graduate students at my university, I have started a Digital History reading and discussion group. At the organizational meeting last month, it was clear that we represent a diverse range of backgrounds and viewpoints on the subject, although all interested to learn more. Our first discussion meeting will … More Digital History Reading Group I: What’s Out There?
My name is reasonably common. A quick Google search on my name turns up (just on the first page) not only me, but also a biology professor at Berkeley, a professor of religious studies at UC-Santa Barbara, a former US judge, an estate lawyer, and an industrial automation design sales person. I am geographically proximate to … More Why Your Best Username is Already Taken
Summer is over, Fall Semester has started, and I am teaching a new course entitled, “Minorities and Diversity of the Middle East.” The class covers both ethnic and religious diversity from Muhammad to the present, so we have a lot of ground to go over. As this is a topic of particular interest to me, … More Teaching Digital (Middle Eastern) History