“Digital Documentation of Inscriptions” in a Workshop at the BA

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The BA Writing and Scripts Center, in cooperation with Anasi Media Company, organizes a workshop entitled “Digital Documentation of Inscriptions: The Arabic Script from Engravings to Digitization”, from 16 – 18 May 2023, in the BA Main Building, Third Floor Floating Room (F3).

The workshop sheds light on the sites of ancient Arabic inscriptions in the Arab region, which are considered an important reference for tracing the history of Arabic writing, in addition to the studying of the aesthetics and functions of Arabic scripts on printing plates. It also aims to introduce inscription photography techniques, and identify past and current experiences in the field of inscription digitization, while highlighting the impact of climate change on world heritage sites in the Arab region.

The workshop will be delivered by Prof. Ameeda Shaalan, Professor of Archaeology, Writings and Ancient Arabic Languages in Yemen; Prof. Heba Abdel Aziz, Director of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH); and Prof. Ziad Mahdi Al-Salameen, Professor of Classical and Nabataean Archaeology, College of Arts and Humanities, Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities, United Arab Emirates. In addition, Dr. Ahmed Mansour, Director of the BA Writing and Scripts Center, will present and discuss the film The Journey of Writing in Egypt, produced by the BA. A group of researchers from the BA will participate in lectures and training workshops on reading and digitizing ancient Arabic inscriptions.

The workshop targets teaching staff at universities and scientific institutes, specialists in the history of ancient Arabic writing and inscriptions, museum curators, antiquities inspectors and workers in the field of the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the ancient Near East.

An art exhibition will also be held at Sinnari House in Cairo from 14-21 May 2023, entitled "Contemporary Inscriptions", showcasing a collection of works by contemporary Arab and foreign artists from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Italy, which are all inspired by Arabic scripts.