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Thomas Milo: A New Model of Digital Arabic Script

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Silicon Valley has shown indifference to communities who use the Arabic script in many different languages. For Arabic characters are diminished by the computing industry standard of Unicode, which cannot account for the calligraphic legacy of Arabic with its complicated orthography and elaborate script rules.

Thomas Milo will present a new concept, independent of Silicon Valley restraints, that preserves the characteristics of Arabic-related script--and that has the potential to be developed into a comprehensive solution suitable for browser-based applications. This new concept is embodied in the Mushaf Muscat, the Omani electronic edition of the Qur'an, launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman.

This event is for Georgetown faculty, students, and staff interested in digital design, Arabic script, and/or the politicization of technology.

About Thomas Milo:

Thomas Milo is a linguist (Slavic, Turkic, Arabic), researcher, and pioneer of Arabic font technology, who works in a team with a designer-architect (Mirjam Somers), an aircraft engineer (Peter Somers), a mathematician (Stan Jesmanowicz) and a designer-artist (Lara Captan). Thomas Milo has been working to bridge the gap between scholarship and computer technology since the 1980s, with a focus on Cyrillic and Arabic text encoding and modeling traditional Islamic scripts. He holds the Peter Karow award for exceptional innovations in digital type and typography and represents the Sultanate of Oman as full member of the Unicode Consortium.

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)
The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies (AIS)
The Communication, Culture, and Technology Program (CCT)

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