Dubai – November 2nd 2021 – Powered By MediaINFO, the ”Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language” website has been launched in November 2021. His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah, launched the first 17 volumes of the ”Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language” and the Dictionary website, during the opening of the 40th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) at Expo Centre Sharjah.
The dictionary outlines the history of a given word and distinguishes the first user and evolution of that specific word from pre-Islamic Arabia to the modern time language. More than 300 senior Arabic researchers and linguists, editors, and experts from ten countries worked on the dictionary, many are simultaneously accessing the MediaINFO based Research Platform that was specifically designed and developed for this project.
“We are privileged to be the technology partner for this historical project, the technology infrastructure employed to construct this project was co-designed and supplied by Forefront Technologies” said Saher Obeid, Director of Sales at Forefront Technologies.
The digital platform that was created to access the online Historical Corpus of the Arabic Language is extremely user friendly and can swiftly filter the search results in historical contexts. Moreover, it has an optical recognition software (OCR) that converts written texts in images to processable data. The website offers scholars, linguists, researchers, and language enthusiasts’ access to the 17 volumes of the corpus from anywhere in the world.
The website also features a section that hosts a bibliography of books that were consulted to write the first volumes of the Historical Corpus, and lists the names of the editors, linguists, and experts from the 10 Arabic language academies across the Arab world, who joined forces in this project.
The website can be accessed on the URL https://www.almojam.org/