Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique

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  • SOUDAN Frédérique
  • KALUS Ludvik


The Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique is a database of Islamic inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish funded by the Max van Berchem Foundation. The project started in 1992. The first issues of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique were presented to the public in the form of a CD-Rom. The first saw the light in 1998, offering inscriptions from the Maghreb, followed in 1999 by those from the Arabian Peninsula, in 2001 from Central Asia, in 2003 from Egypt (double delivery) and in 2005 from the Indian world. In April 2009 a decisive restructuring allowed, on the one hand, to search by word in the Arabic texts - which is the greatest value of the Thesaurus - of the PC version, on the other hand the addition of photos, to the benefit of the precious photo library by Max van Berchem and other fonds. Since October 2011, it has been available online. The Max van Berchem Foundation offers access to its site free of charge. The 15th instalment of the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique was released in June 2020; its name is "Edition 2020". It contains inscriptions from Eastern Europe grouped together with the 14 previous instalments which cover Maghreb countries, the Arabian Peninsula, Central (ex-Soviet) Asia, Egypt, the Indian World, Sub-Saharan Africa, Iraq, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Near East, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Caucasus, Russia and Ukraine. Approximately 49'000 epigraphical files of inscriptions are available (4'500 toponyms) as well as 14'000 photographs. All regions in the program of the Thesaurus are covered. New editions will be issued every two years and will contain newly discovered inscriptions as well as additions and edtions of previous inscriptions.