Qom: Computers in the Holy City

The holy city of Qom is said to be the "spiritual center" of Iran. It is home to some of the most significant shrines and schools of theology in Shi’ite Muslim tradition. It is also the site of an ongoing effort to convert Islamic scholarly writings into a digital format. Students and others type book after book into the computers because it is too difficult to make scanners recognize the Arabic and Persian characters.

Photos by Reese Erlich and Keith Porter
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The holy city of Qom.Table full of books.

Scholars working on computers.
Working on a computer.