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Digital Edition of al-Samarqandī’s ʿAyn al-Naẓar

The ʿAyn al-Naẓar is a treatise by Shams al-Dīn al-Samarqandī (d. 722/1322) on certain logical elements of Islamic dialectical disputation theory. KHK fellow Walter Young and CERES digital humanities coordinator Frederik Elwert chose this text of manageable length to experiment with the possibilities of digital editions. A digital edition is not only an edition that is available online, it represents also a different approach to the very act of scholarly editing. As such, the edition consists of two parts: An XML file following the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative which captures scholarly statements about the text, and a rule set that converts these abstract statements into a navigable web page.

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