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This is a collaborative site where people can share and discuss historical texts from South Asia. At the moment, we&rsquo;re still getting going, but the hope is to have a friendly and active community of people working in a variety of [[:Category:Languages|languages]] and interested in a range of [[:Category:Topics|topics]] and [[:Category:Eras|eras]].
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This is a collaborative site where people can share and discuss historical texts from (or related to) South Asia. At the moment, we&rsquo;re still getting going, but the hope is to have a friendly and active community of people working in a variety of [[:Category:Languages|languages]] and interested in a range of [[:Category:Topics|topics]] and [[:Category:Eras|eras]].
  
Many of us have hard drives, bookshelves, and boxes full of texts that we&rsquo;ve picked up here and there. When we finish writing, we&rsquo;re left with big piles of delicious books that we&rsquo;re ready to set free. On Zer-o-Zabar, we can upload scans of things that are in the public domain, talk about these texts, and learn from each other.
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Many of us have hard drives, bookshelves, and boxes full of texts that we&rsquo;ve picked up here and there. When we finish writing, we&rsquo;re left with big piles of delicious books that we&rsquo;re ready to set free. Zer-o-Zabar is a place to share things that are in the public domain, talk about these texts, and learn from each other.<randomimage size="300" choices="Birds.jpg|Tabassum.jpg|Lohekaadmi.jpg|Behoshi-tall.jpg|Scotland-yard-ki-jasusa.jpg|Chitralekha.jpg|Benares.jpg|Oldbookcenter.jpg|Printing-plate.jpg|Danish-mahal.jpg|Dhaydhaydhay.jpg|Bhago.jpg|Yaksha.jpg|Pahelwan.jpg|Monster.jpg"  float="right">&nbsp;</randomimage>
  
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==What does Zer-o-Zabar mean?==
 
==What does Zer-o-Zabar mean?==
''Zer'' and ''zabar'' are diacritical marks that go below and above letters in the Arabic script to change the vowel sounds. In Urdu, ''zer-o-zabar'' means &ldquo;topsy-turvy.&rdquo; Sometimes it can feel discombobulating, but also thrilling, to read things from a different time, or in a language that&rsquo;s not our own. This site is meant to be a place where we can help each other feel that excitement&mdash;and maybe some disorientation, too!
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''[http://dsalsrv02.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.4:1:4801.platts Zer]'' and ''[http://dsalsrv02.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.4:1:4595.platts zabar]'' are diacritical marks that go below and above letters in the Arabic script to change the vowel sounds. In Urdu, ''zer-o-zabar'' means &ldquo;topsy-turvy&rdquo; (''[http://dsalsrv02.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.9:1:1041.platts o]'' means &ldquo;and&rdquo;). Sometimes it can feel discombobulating, but also thrilling, to read things from a different time, or in a language that&rsquo;s not our own. This site is meant to be a place where we can help each other feel that excitement&mdash;and maybe some disorientation, too!
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==Sounds awesome! I want in!==
 
==Sounds awesome! I want in!==
Great! First you need to [[Special:RequestAccount|request an account]], or just [[Special:UserLogin|log in]] if you already have one. Then you can start uploading text and editing pages, more or less [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Wiki_markup the same way you would on Wikipedia.] Soon there will be even slicker ways to add things.
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Great! First you need to [[Special:RequestAccount|request an account]], or just [[Special:UserLogin|log in]] if you already have one. Then you can [[Help:Contents|start uploading texts and editing pages]]. Soon there will be even slicker ways to add things.
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*Research Repositories
 
*Research Repositories
 
** [http://eprints.hec.gov.pk/ Pakistan Research Repository] &mdash; recent dissertations from Pakistan
 
** [http://eprints.hec.gov.pk/ Pakistan Research Repository] &mdash; recent dissertations from Pakistan
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Latest revision as of 22:36, 26 September 2014

Welcome to Zer-o-Zabar!

This is a collaborative site where people can share and discuss historical texts from (or related to) South Asia. At the moment, we’re still getting going, but the hope is to have a friendly and active community of people working in a variety of languages and interested in a range of topics and eras.

Many of us have hard drives, bookshelves, and boxes full of texts that we’ve picked up here and there. When we finish writing, we’re left with big piles of delicious books that we’re ready to set free. Zer-o-Zabar is a place to share things that are in the public domain, talk about these texts, and learn from each other.

 


What does Zer-o-Zabar mean?

Zer and zabar are diacritical marks that go below and above letters in the Arabic script to change the vowel sounds. In Urdu, zer-o-zabar means “topsy-turvy” (o means “and”). Sometimes it can feel discombobulating, but also thrilling, to read things from a different time, or in a language that’s not our own. This site is meant to be a place where we can help each other feel that excitement—and maybe some disorientation, too!


Sounds awesome! I want in!

Great! First you need to request an account, or just log in if you already have one. Then you can start uploading texts and editing pages. Soon there will be even slicker ways to add things.


Useful Links


Languages


Recent Uploads