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SHARIAsource Lab Research Assistantship (RA) Application, Fall 2022

Professor Intisar Rabb is accepting applications for Fall 2022 student research assistants for the SHARIAsource lab.

The SHARIAsource Lab will meet for six sessions this term, on four Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00PM US EST via Zoom and two noon meetings. This Lab allows students to engage emerging tools and research in the Islamic digital humanities / data science space, and to contribute to new components of three in-house data science tools: (1) Courts & Canons – Qayyim: automated annotation and named-entity extraction from Arabic historical texts, (2) SEARCHstrata: ‘hacking the library’ to make library/metadata searches in our field more useable and precise, and (3) Courts & Canons Research: better understanding and mapping various legal canons and genres in Islamic law with the help of an online database to collaboratively organize the work. Lab sessions will last for one hour, consisting of a 15-20 demo or presentation of completed work, and 40-45 minutes of discussion or hands-on problem solving. A second hour is devoted to collaborative Lab work. The Lab will result in the production of new research and data science tools for Islamic law; it may also result in papers for those taking it for course credit. Selected work may be considered for publication on the Islamic Law Blog or the Journal of Islamic Law (research) and the SHARIAsource Hub (tools).

TO APPLY: Interested students, including students enrolled in the Fall 2022 Islamic Law class, should apply by submitting a statement of interest in projects relating to Islamic law and data science, a CV, and transcript via application link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled [and prior to Sep. 16]. Attendance at a noon organizational meeting on Sep. 13 is mandatory [by Zoom]. Students are eligible to take the Lab for 1credit. RAships may be for the Fall term (through December 31, 2022) or full year (through May 31, 2023).

DEADLINE: September 16, by noon (EST).