New Frontiers in Qurʾanic Studies: Qurʾan Gateway’s Simple Yet Sophisticated Approach to the Field

As a newly matriculated student at Oxford in 2011, the idea of learning Arabic seemed daunting. Despite the fact that I had acquired other research languages before beginning my master’s programme, Arabic still presented a particularly difficult problem. In Biblical Studies, for example, there were (and still are!) numerous computer software tools available, from Logos…

Why I Built Qurʾan Gateway

Qurʾan Gateway grew out of what was for me, a very practical need: the need to be able to analyse the Qurʾan exhaustively, repeatedly and rapidly, looking for formulaic patterns in the Arabic text. During the early years of my doctoral work, I had become interested in the question of whether the Qurʾan, or at…

In Memoriam, Keith Small (1959-2018)

Keith Edward Small, scholar of Qurʾan manuscripts who made significant contributions to the field of Qurʾan textual criticism, passed away early morning Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Oxford, UK, having been admitted to hospital earlier in the week. Keith was diagnosed in 2016 with AL Amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder without known cure that causes protein deposits on…

Qurʾan Gateway celebrates one year from first introduction at IQSA

The 7th Annual meeting of the International Qurʾanic Studies Association (IQSA) in Denver (November 16-19, 2018) marked the passage of one year since Qurʾan Gateway was first introduced at IQSA’s annual meeting in Boston. Andy Bannister and myself were both in attendance. At the opening session, I presented a paper highlighting challenges and opportunities presented…

Qurʾan Gateway Team Fine-Tunes and Enhances in Preparation for Full Launch

Since first presenting Qurʾan Gateway at IQSA in Boston last year, the Qurʾan Gateway team has been hard at work making improvements and readying the platform for its wider public release. We’ve given access to nearly 80 beta users, several of whom have given valuable feedback. Helping our end users easily find what they need…

Qurʾan Gateway Presented To Oxford Students And Faculty

At the invitation of Dr./Prof. Christian Sahner, the Oriental Institute hosted a presentation of Qurʾan Gateway by Dr. Andrew Bannister and Dr. Daniel Brubaker on Tuesday, 24 April, 2018, at the Khalili Research Centre in Oxford. The event was well-attended and well-received by graduate students and faculty, including Dr./Prof. Nicolai Sinai. Excellent questions were fielded in…

First Introduction of Qurʾan Gateway Met With Accolades by Qurʾanic Studies Community

“A powerful and sophisticated digital concordance whose advanced search functionalities […] tie in with debates that are […] at the forefront of Qurʾanic Studies.” – Nicolai Sinai “Qurʾan Gateway is an incredibly powerful tool, both enhancing as well as replacing earlier digital Qurʾan projects. QG’s depth and breadth of examination are simply unprecedented. The user…