Dagestan State University (DSU), the Geoscan Group, and the Qatari-Russian Center for Cooperation (QRCC) have begun a new stage of the historic mosque digitization as part of a joint academic research project.

This endeavor’s purpose is to capture the ancient historical-cultural objects and to provide their digital copies for further study. Within the framework of the trilateral collaboration, Kala-Koreysha, Derbent Juma Mosque, Datun Temple, and other historical monuments of Dagestan will be duplicated into digital replicas. The development of such 3D simulations is meant to help the researchers, such as professors and scholars from Qatar universities.

Ground and aerial photography are utilized to create simulations; using the Gemini remote-controlled complex. The Geoscan company’s device can freely maneuver in the air. Its camera has a resolution of over 20 megapixels which enables it to make ultra-high quality pictures. This time, the shooting occurs at ultra-low altitudes (up to 100 m), which means that the slightest details will be transmitted as accurately as possible. The data obtained will be processed using the Agisoft Metashape software, developed especially for creating highly detailed 3D models.

Dagestan is abundant in the historical legacy of Islamic culture and Arabic literature. The high concentration of such monuments is associated with the early expansion of Islam into this region. Nonetheless, not every historical site is studied well enough as yet. Among other goals, the trilateral collaboration targets the global recognition of the Dagestan’s historical heritage across the Arabic world.

The Qatari-Russian Center for Cooperation strives to consolidate the efforts of local Arabists and Qatari researchers. This year, scholars from Hamad bin Khalifa University, are planning their first research trip to Dagestan to get acquainted with the monuments and proceed with their joint project.