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Research at St Andrews

Orhan Elmaz


Orhan Elmaz
Postal address:
School of Modern Languages (Arabic)
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463637

Research overview

My research area is Arabic linguistics, more specifically the emergence and development of Arabic and the philological and rhetorical exegesis of the Qur’an (and its use and abuse), as well as Digital Humanities, especially corpus and computational linguistics. In my published dissertation in Arabic Studies, I analysed the use of hapax legomena in the Qur’an. I have also compiled an Arabic-English dictionary of the 3,500 most frequent lemmas and multi-word items of contemporary Media Arabic which cover 95% of an Arabic media text based on a corpus of 200 million tokens. Recently, I have finished a volume on adaptations of One Thousand and One Nights including my contribution on the linguistics of the first printed edition of the Nights in Arabic and its editor’s adaptation of the manuscript(s) that it was based on. My current research is dedicated to a corpus linguistic exploration of Hadith Arabic, and transcultural Muslim women’s rights movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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