Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research
at Columbia University

Mapping Mughal Hindustan, 1500-1600 CE

  • Manan Ahmed
  • Juan Francisco Saldarriaga
  • Sriharsha Devulapalli
  • Nadine Fattaleh
  • Moacir P. de Sá Pereira

The aim of the project is to publish a co-authored paper where the various sites of early Mughal Hindustan are re-framed as affective geography. A secondary aim is release the data-sets for Mughal India on git. Parameters are below.

  1. Aim: To produce a data-set, visualization, and position paper for a DH journal.
  2. Data: To extract place-names from three sixteenth century texts. The texts are in English and Persian and exist in both print-form and manuscript form. Besides place-names, we would also extract qualifiers and descriptors of the place-names. The texts are Baburnama, Humayunnama and Akbarnama. Baburnama was written in the first two decades of the sixteenth century by Zahiruddin Babur (1483-1530)– English edition and Persian edition. Akbar Nama and Humayun Nama were both compiled in the last decade of the sixteenth century– the first by Abu’l Fazl and the second by Gulbadan Begum. We will use the Bilingual Persian-English edition of Akbarnama and Akbarnama’s Persian edition and Humayunnama’s Persian Edition.
  3. Data Entry: We will be using @muziejus’s TextWalker app for data-input.
  4. Visualization: To create a ‘heat’ map for place-names based on frequency of appearances and an ‘affect geography’ map.
  5. Timeline & Budget: We aim to have the data-set and site done by May 30, 2019 and the paper submitted to the journal by July, 2019. We have a budget of $5,000 for coding and programming towards the student authors.