[Event] The Quranic Arabic Corpus Project



We would like to draw the attentions of colleagues and friends to a valuable opportunity to hear from Dr Kais Dukes, the man behind the Quranic Arabic Corpus Project . Organised by Islamic Courses, an innovating community-based network from East London, and supported also by Ibn Jabal Institute of Arabic language training and Ebrahim College, an institute of higher Islamic learning, this event will outline the objectives and ambitions of this exciting web-based, and collective, intellectual venture. 


Bringing advanced linguistics and computer science together to aid understanding and exploration of the Qur'an, Dr Kais Dukes has made a widely acknowledged contribution to contemporary and online Muslim knowledge culture. 

Used by over 2 million people each year, the Quranic Arabic Corpus is an annotated linguistic resource consisting of 77,430 words of Quranic Arabic. The project aims to provide morphological and syntactic annotations for researchers wanting to study the language of the Quran.

The grammatical analysis helps readers further in uncovering the detailed intended meanings of each verse and sentence. Each word of the Quran is tagged with its part-of-speech as well as multiple morphological features. Unlike other annotated Arabic corpora, the grammar framework adopted by the Quranic Corpus is the traditional Arabic grammar of i’rab (إﻋﺮﺍﺏ).

Presentation Outline

In this presentation, Dr Kais will talk about the project, its objectives and impact and future ambitions and how it can help those studying Quran and arabic in general and possibilities into moving to hadith corpus. This project is particularly of importance to Quran teachers, arabic teachers, academics of Quranic Studies and anyone interested in computational linguistics with potential if used properly revolutionize study and learning of Classical Arabic online.

About the presenter

Dr Kais Dukes was born to an English father who converted to Islam and Saudi mother, and grew up bilingual. He graduated and completed his Masters at Imperial College, and PhD Computer Science, University of Leeds on Quranic Arabic natural language processing with machine learning and statistical parsing. For the wide and global impact of his PhD research he was awarded Postgraduate Researcher of the Year (2011) and this year, PhD Thesis Research Excellence Award (2014) from the University of Leeds. As Artificial Intelligence scientist and software developer, in particular .NET Framework enthusiast, Dukes began work in the early 2000s on one of the world’s largest financial software systems using the framework and has worked with many investment banks and financial institutions and his work was awarded the Winner of the Banking Technology Awards (2012). Currently he works as a software engineer in an investment bank and lives with his wife and children in London.

Event Details

Date: Saturday 11th October 2014 Time: 5pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Ebrahim College, 80 Greenfield Road, London, E1 1EJ

Nearest Tube: Whitechapel