Scholars working with Arabic texts are often confronted with an extraordinary number of sources at their disposal. Manually researching these texts can take an inordinate amount of time. Although many of the primary sources in Arabic have been available in digital form for some time now, the potential inherent in this development has not been fully realized yet. Inspired by the advent of digital humanities, the project team have started developing a number of tools for text mining and data analysis that more fully take advantage of the digitization of Arabic sources.
In the framework of the "Early Islamic Empire at Work" project, the Jedli Toolbox has been developed. With Jedli, scholar can search digitized Arabic sources and mine data from large sets of texts. It has been used to develope our Database and our Digital Atlas.