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Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

DASI – Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions is a five-year project funded by the European Community within the Seventh Framework Programme “Ideas”, Specific Programme “ERC – Advanced Grant”.
The Arabian Peninsula in the pre-Islamic period was home to a numerous and diverse cultures, the inscriptions and artwork of which provide our only primary source for the history of this part of the ancient Near East.
The DASI project, which improves upon the existing CSAI - Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions project both in terms of methodology and content, seeks to gather all known pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphic material into a comprehensive online database which can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
DASI ARCHIVE, which is already online, is freely available to the scholarly community at [http://dasi.humnet.unipi.it].
This archive is intended to become the virtual place where all the existing epigraphs from Arabia are gathered and can be managed, consulted and studied: it will collect the inscriptions that are physically located in different, faraway places.
Inscriptions preserved in museums and private collections, or located in archaeological sites in Arabia or now physically lost and known only through previous publications are being studied and photographed and digitized for online and paper publication.
For the first time, the rich cultural heritage of the pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula can be studied in a holistic manner to fill an important gap in the history of the ancient Near East.