Exploratory Multivariate Analysis of the Qur'an: the Problem of Variation in Sura Length

From May 2007 to July 2007
Project Leader(s): Dr Hermann Moisl
Sponsors: British Academy

The Qur'an is at the heart of Islamic culture. Careful, well-informed interpretation of it is fundamental both to the faith of millions of Muslims throughout the world, and also to the non-Islamic world's understanding of their religion.

There is a long and venerable tradition of Qur'anic interpretation, and it has necessarily been based on literary-historical methods for exegesis of hand-written and printed text.

Developments in electronic text representation and analysis since the second half of the twentieth century now offer the opportunity to supplement traditional techniques by applying the newly-emergent computational technology of exploratory multivariate analysis to interpretation of the Qur'an.

Completed August 31 2007; currently preparing a series of refereed articles.