An experience of developing Quran ontology with contextual information support

Iqbal Rizwan (Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Mustapha Aida (Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Mohd. Yusoff Zulkifli (Centre of Qur'anic Research, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Multicultural Education & Technology Journal

ISSN: 1750-497X

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

Ontologies play an important role in enabling machines to understand and navigate a knowledge base. Currently, a number of ontologies covering specific topic in the Quran have been created to serve a particular application. However, these existing Quran ontologies are limited in scope and knowledge. Specifically, existing ontologies do not support contextual information that is considered necessary for correct interpretation of the verses of Quran. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to fill this gap, this paper reports development of an ontology for Juz' Amma that encapsulates contextual information support, which are the translations, revelations place, tafsir, and hadiths.

Findings

The developed ontology was evaluated and was found to satisfy the requirements specification.

Originality/value

In addition, this ontology can be reused and further enhanced to support many Quran-related semantic applications in the future.

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Acknowledgements

This research is funded by Fundamental Research Grants Scheme by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia in collaboration with the Centre of Quranic Research at University of Malaya, Malaysia.

Citation

Iqbal, R., Mustapha, A. and Mohd. Yusoff, Z. (2013), "An experience of developing Quran ontology with contextual information support", Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 333-343. https://doi.org/10.1108/METJ-03-2013-0009

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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