Islamic History Open Data Platform

Islamic History ODP is an Open Source & Open Access Data Platform for ’Medieval’ Arabic Humanities Research. It is being constructed from, and integrates, several interconnected open data projects, including the Mamluk Prosopography Project (MPP), the Bibliography of 15th Century Arabic Historiography (BAH) and Corpus: Texts from Late Medieval Egypt and Syria.

Islamic History ODP is a flexible, sustainable, user-friendly and multi-purpose solution, integrated in UGent’s IT-environment, an active partner of the semantic web, and allowing for the creation of multiple independent and/or integrated data projects with freely definable multiple user roles, default back up and export facilities, and opportunities to work with various metadata ontologies, annotation tools, and Arabic text corpora.

After a public tender procedure the development of Islamic History ODP (and MPP) was awarded to open source developers INUITS ( (2017-20, 20-2). Development has happened in a Drupal environment and Symfony2 PHP framework. For full Arabic text indexing and searching the Apache SOLR platform is used, in combination with the Arabic Light10 stemmer. Metadata are stored as RDF data in a Virtuoso environment. SPARQL is used for querying the RDF graph, directly and via Drupal UIs.

The project has been funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO/ Hercules Foundation) and by the European Research Council (ERC CoGr MMS-II). 



Mamluk Prosopography Project (MPP) (2016-2020)

MPP is an Open Source Prosopographical Data application. It is constructed from the MP3 Filemaker 12 database and from related datasets. 

In the period 2015-16 new funding was obtained to create from MP3’s Filemaker 12 database a more widely accessible, connected and multifunctional research infrastructure and to expand its textual component and analytical potential. The Mamluk Prosopography Project runs as a pilot project on the Islamic History Open Data Platform, where its prosopo- and sociographical data are stored as RDF data organised along the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (

MPP's development is being achieved between 2016 and 2020; MPP is funded by the FWO-Flanders (Medium-Size Research Infrastructure), in a joint venture with the ERC Consolidator Grant Project MMS-II. MPP's development has been awarded to INUITS.

For more information see the MPP page.

Mamluk Political Prosopography Project  (MP3) (2009-2016)

In the period 2009-16 a relational prosopographical database MP3 was constructed at Ghent University for the study of late medieval Syro-Egyptian political elites, institutions and practices, in the context of a specific collaborative research project on ‘Mamluk’ state formation.

MP3 was an ongoing 'open' relational database that operated as the basic research tool ('laboratory') for those members of the UGent Mamluk team that used prosopographical, sociographical and discourse-oriented methodologies; it was hosted on an external server (Clickworks-server), and could be worked with by any team member from any working station with internet access and a FilemakerPro12 subscription.

MP3 Entities & Relationships Diagram:

MP3_ERD (simplified)

MP3 Frontend User Interfaces:


MP3 FM Backend Tables and Queries: