Progress during the last couple of weeks

I had many research areas to explore:

1- Lexical semantics applied to The Holy Quran.

I’ve read some papers in this area:

  • Justin Washtell (2009) “Co-dispersion: A Windowless Approach to Lexical Association”, in Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the ACL, pages 861-869.
  • Justin Washtell & Katja Markert (2009) “A Comparison of Windowless and Window-Based Computational Association Measures as Predictors of Syntagmatic Human Associations”, in Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), pages 628-637.
  • Budanitsky, A., “Lexical Semantic Relatedness and its Application in Natural Language Processing”, (PhD thesis) Technical Report CSRG-390, University of Toronto, 1999

I’ve also contacted Mr. Justin Washtell to learn more about his work in Lexical Semantic and the Scooplex software.

2- Building a corpus for The Holy Hadith with various annotation layers such as POS tagging, morphological analysis, and syntactic analysis similar to the Quranic Arabic Qorpus.

I’ve read some papers regarding the Quranic Arabic Qorpus including:

  • Kais Dukes and Nizar Habash.” Morphological Annotation of Quranic Arabic”. The seventh international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2010). Valletta, Malta, 2010.
  • Kais Dukes, Eric Atwell and Abdul-Baquee M. Sharaf.” Syntactic Annotation Guidelines for the Quranic Arabic Treebank”. The seventh international conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2010). Valletta, Malta, 2010
  • Kais Dukes and Tim Buckwalter. “A Dependency Treebank of the Quran using Traditional Arabic Grammar”. Submitted to the 7th international conference on Informatics and Systems. Cairo,Egypt, 2010.
  • Kais Dukes, Eric Atwell and Abdul-Baquee. M. Sharaf. Online Visualization of Traditional Quranic Grammar using Dependency Graphs. Book Chapter (Submitted). The Foundations of Arabic Linguistics. Brill.
  • Kais Dukes, Eric Atwell and Nizar Habash. Supervised Collaboration for Syntactic Annotation of Quranic Arabic. Submitted to the Language Resources and Evaluation Journal (LREJ). Special Issue on Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources.

I also found a vowlized Arabic version of Sahih Al-Imam Al-Bukhari available at Almeshkat Islamic Library in MS Word format. This version has been verified to match the hard copy, and can be used as a source for the corpus.

3- Capturing text similarities in the Tafseer texts, or between The Holy Quran and The Holy Hadith.

I’ve taken a look at the Text Mining The Quran website which contains the work of Mr. Abdulbaqi Sharaf in capturing the related verses from The Quran using Ibn Kathir Tafseer.

4- Building a wiki semantic platform for The Holy Quran and Hadith.

I’ve taken a look at the following sites:

Text Mining The Quran website

Finally, I have to decide between the first three areas since I think that the last option is advanced and requires the completion of the first three areas.

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2 Responses to Progress during the last couple of weeks

  1. abdullahreed says:

    Peace be with you and God’s blessings.

    I hope you’re well and it sounds very interesting what you’re involved in. I thank Allah for his blessings. I testify that Muhammad is his messenger. (I became Muslim in 2005).

    I hope we can be friends. In sha Allah. I live in West Java, Indonesia, and I’m 37 with two children. My blog is at

    My comment is not meant to be an offensive one, even if it is contradicting something on your post.

    Brother, why do you say ‘Holy hadith’? Allah guaranteed the Qur’an. It is protected. However, as for the hadith, Allah guaranteed that they would have mistakes and that Satan would work within the hadith. See Qur’an 6:112-118.

    So, I believe its not right to call them holy.

    Thats the essence of what I’m saying and I hope we can discuss it more. God is the Most Merciful. Abdullah.

    • mahaalrabiah says:

      Brother Abdullah,

      As Salam alykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatu

      Hope you and your family are doing fine, and my congratulations for choosing Islam.

      Sorry for the late reply, I haven’t visited the blog for a while.

      Regarding your comment, the verses you mentioned are talking about the enemies of prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him, whether humankind or jinns, as will as the enemies of all the past prophets who inspire and dictate to one another false arguments in order to deceive the son of Adam.

      On the contrary, The Holy Quran explecitly states that the Sunnah (Holy Hadith) is inspired from Allah Ta’ala to prophet Muhammad Peaces be upon him, so it is part of the Islamic legislation, and this is a well known fact for Muslims but may be you got confused because you are trying to learn about Islam. Please refer to the following verses:
      3: 31
      24: 63
      53: 3-4

      Wish yo the best from Allah

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