Universiteit Leiden

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Cornelis van Lit


Dr. L.W.C. van Lit
+31 71 527 2727

My main expertise lies in Islamic philosophy, e.g. my first book The World of Image in Islamic Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). I recently published Among Digitized Manuscripts. Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World (Leiden: Brill, 2020). It is a handbook introducing a conceptual and practical toolbox for working with digital photos of text materials, starting with the very basics assuming no prior computer skills and ending with explaining automated image analysis using Python and OpenCV. Through my online magazine The Digital Orientalist, which now has a team of twenty editors, I have been at the forefront of making the digital world more inclusive to non-Latin languages, ancient or modern, dead or alive. I currently investigate the discussions of Ibn Arabi (d. 1231) and his commentators on the imagination.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.04


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