DescriptionTraditional Arabic poems are the only source of pre-Islamic history in the Arab World, making them works of great importance. These poems also continued to play a major role in recording events after the creation of Islam. All this was possible due to their musical structure making them easy to memorize. In this lecture we explore the structure of traditional Arabic and present an algorithm for scanning lines of Arabic poem and classify it into one of 16 classes introduced by Al-Khalil bin Ahmad (an Arabic mathematician and musician) in the 8th century. This event is part of our Brown Bag Lecture Series. A light lunch will be provided.
Mr. Qahtan is currently a PhD student in the computer science program at KAUST. He started his PhD in August 2010. Mr. Qahtan got his BSc and MSc from Cairo University, Egypt (2000) and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia (2008). He worked as a teaching assistant at Taiz university (2001 – 2003) and as a lecturer in KFUPM (2008 – 2010).
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