Finished Workshop “Visualizing Trust” (Jan. 7)


Category: Workshop

Research Group: B01 State SystemsC01 Digital Humanities

The workshop “Visualizing Trust” will be jointly organized by Group B01 “The Ideas of the Muslim Community and State Systems”, Group C01 “Analyses of Connectivities by Digital Humanities Methods” and Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A) “A study of civilian elite nexuses via digital analyses of pre-modern Arabic historical sources” (21H05374).

Date & Time: January 7, 2023, 14:00-16:00

OTA (TSUKADA) Erina(ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies/Project Assistant Professor)
“Trust-building through nominal relationship among the 15th century intellectuals: Analysis of their connectivity using RDF graphs” (tentative title)

There is a lot of prosopographical research into prominent individuals and families as the study of intellectuals (ʻulamāʼ), who occupied the core of biographical dictionaries written in the Mamluk Sultanate. Previous studies of their connectivity have mainly focused on substantial relationships such as teacher-student and marriage.

 In this presentation, I will focus on nominal teacher-student relationships built by ʻulamāʼ in the 15th century based on ijāzas (licenses) of “istidʻāʼ” (prayer), which were recorded in biographical dictionaries. This type of ijāza was collectively applied and granted from remote places and had applicants who mediated between grantors and recipients; therefore, it had profoundly different characteristics from ordinary ijāzas, which guaranteed the academic attainment of the applicants.

 This presentation will aim to analyze the 15th-century ʻulamāʼ‘s networks formed and expanded from mediators using the RDF graph. After that, I will discuss the social meaning of the large-scale construction of nominal connectivity from the viewpoint of trust.

Discussant: ITO Takao (Kobe University/C01 Co-investigator)

Language: Japanese
Venue: Online meeting via Zoom, Open to public/Admission free, Pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration: Please use the form for pre-registration.

Co-organizer: Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “The Ideas of the Muslim Community and State Systems” (Principal Investigator: KONDO Nobuaki (ILCAA); 20H05827)/Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “Analyses of Connectivity by Digital Humanities Method” (Principal Investigator: KUMAKURA Wakako (ILCAA); 20H05830)/Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A) “A study of civilian elite nexuses via digital analyses of pre-modern Arabic historical sources” (Principal Investigator: OTA-TSUKADA Erina (ILCAA); 21H05374)

Contact: MORITA Madoka (mmorita[at]

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