Persian Manuscript Initiative
 
 
 
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Preserving Persian Culture,

Building the Infrastructure for Digital Persian Manuscript Studies

 
 
 
 
 
 

our mission

The Persian Manuscript Initiative (PMI) is a collaborative venture of the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, dedicated to the preservation and digital enhancement of persian manuscripts throughout the world.

 
 
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PMI TEAM

PMI is currently working with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, the Library of Congress, and the National Archive of Afghanistan on a number of different projects. We are always open to new collaborations, so please get in touch if you have an idea for a new project.

 

co-principal investigators

 
 
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EMAD KHAZRAEE
 

Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, and Director or the Digital Initiatives Research Lab,
Kent State University

 
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MATTHEW THOMAS MILLER
 

Research Institute Research Fellow at the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, Associate Director of the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park

 
 

senior advisors

 

 

bridget almas

Software Architect and Co-Director,
Perseids Project, Tufts University

 

columba stewart

Professor of Theology, Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, and Director, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library 

AHMET T. KARAMUSTAFA

Professor of History, University of Maryland,
College Park

 

JOSHUA WESTGARD

Systems Librarian, Digital Programs and Initiatives & Digital Systems and Stewardship, University of Maryland Library

MARCIA ZENG

Professor of Library Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University.

 

FATEMEH KESHAVARZ

Roshan Institute Chair in Persian Studies and Director, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park

 
 

external board of advisers

HASSAN ANSARI

Member, Institute for Advanced Study in Near Eastern Studies and School of Historical Studies, Princeton

 

CARL W. ERNST

William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

FRANCIS RICHARD

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Former Sicentific Director of BULAC Library

 

chander shekhar

Professor of Persian
University of Delhi

arezou azad

Lecturer in Medieval History, Chair, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham 

 

christiane gruber

Associate Professor of Islamic Art
University of Michigan

 

SABINE SCHMIDTKE

Professor of Islamic Intellectual History
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

 

syed akhtar hussain

Professor of Persian
Jawaharlal Nehru University

MANDANA BARKESHLI

Associate Professor at the International Islamic University,
Malaysia (IIUM)

 

evyn kropf

Curator, Islamic Manuscripts Collection
University of Michigan

 

SUNIL SHARMA

Professor of Persian and Indian Literature,
Boston University

 

ursula sims-williams

Lead Curator, Persian and Turkish Collections, British Library.

 
 

project specialist

 
 

mahmood alam

Assistant Professor of Persian
The English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad, India)