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What Unicode will make possible

What Unicode will make possible

If King Tut were around today, could he send a text in Egyptian hieroglyphics? Yes, with the right font and keyboard. That’s because the writing system of the pharaohs has already been included in the Unicode Standard, meaning that a character like the Eye of Horus has a code point, 13080, that will render the same way on a tablet in Cairo and a smartphone in Beijing. Because Mayan hieroglyphs have yet to be encoded, the ancient Mayan emperor K’inich Janaab’ Pakal would have to stick to emoji—but that’s about to change.

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Mayan-Language Manuscript

Mayan-Language Manuscript

On March 13 and 14, an international team of linguists visited the Library of Congress to transcribe and translate, for the first time, the “Guatemalan Priests Handbook,” a rare and important manuscript in the Library’s Jay I. Kislak Collection.

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Dakake: room for gender equality in Quran interpretation

Dakake: room for gender equality in Quran interpretation

Religious studies professor Maria Dakake spoke at a conference on “Gender in the Quran,” held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She discussed Islamic intellectual history scholarship that interprets open-ended, sometimes controversial texts with a consideration of gender equality.

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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An interview with Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina on his life and scholarship

An interview with Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina on his life and scholarship

Prof. Sachedina, who holds the IIIT Chair of Islamic Studies at Mason and whose career spans more than three decades of scholarly work, is a major figure in contemporary Islamic thought. His pioneering excavations of classical Islamic sources in relation to major contemporary themes such as democracy, human rights, and biomedical ethics have established him as a scholar of truly international standing.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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