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March 15, 2021 to March 18, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies


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Scholars working in pre-modern Arabic and Islamic studies are keenly aware of the importance of original documents. Yet, relevant documents have survived not only in Arabic, but also in Iranian languages, Coptic, Greek, Judaeo-languages and the other scribal idioms that mirror the multilingual past of the Islamic world. The International Society for Arabic Papyrology Online Conference (ISAP ONLINE 2021) will provide a platform to showcase the state of the art of Arabic papyrology, with an emphasis on the edges, connectivity and multilingualism of the Islamic world.

ISAP’s original plan was to hold this conference at Fayyum University, but the pandemic requires us to hold the conference online. As soon as possible, the society will also move ahead with the Fayyum conference.

The conference will consist of a series of afternoon panels and evening lectures (Central European Time) from Monday, 15 March 2021 to Thursday, 18 March 2021. The program will include 20-minute presentations, an evening lecture, as well as an introductory-level student workshop. All lectures will be in English, but questions and discussion can take place in English, Arabic, French or German.

Pure attendance will be free. Please send a notice of intent to participate to Manuella Wangert (m.wangert at no later than 1 March, 2021.

If you have any further questions about the conference, please contact Andreas Kaplony (andreas.kaplony at

Lajos Berkes (New Testament Studies, HU Berlin); Ursula Bsees (Arabic and Islamic Studies, LMU Munich); Maher A. Eissa (Egyptology, Fayoum University); Andreas Kaplony (Arabic and Islamic Studies, LMU Munich); Marie Legendre (Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh); Matt Malczycki (History, Auburn University); Marina Rustow (Near Eastern Studies and History, Princeton University); Naïm Vanthieghem (IHRT, Section arabe, CNRS Paris); Khaled Younes (University of Sadat City/Austrian National Library Vienna),



13:00 Room open

14:00 - 16:00 Session 1: Welcome - Christians and Muslims in Early Islamic Egypt
Andreas Kaplony (LMU Munich/ISAP): Welcome
Cecilia Palombo (Leiden University): Arabicization through the monasteries: the movement of scribes and documents between regional dīwāns and monastic libraries in the Abbasid period
Ursula Bsees (LMU Munich): "The monasticism of my community is to sit in the mosque awaiting prayer": the language of Islamic piety in Arabic papyri
Wafaa Abd El Raheem (Fayoum University): The Copto-Arabic Rite of the Jar: a new edition
Response / Discussion

16:00 - 17:00 Break / 16:15 - 16:35 Meet the IFAO
Frédéric Abécassis (Institut français d'archéologie orientale (IFAO): Recent publications in papyrology, submitting to the Annales islamologiques

17:00 - 19:00 Session 2: News from the Arabic Papyrology Database: Two New Tools
Launch of the Typology Tool and the Paleography Tool
Hands-on workshops on documents

TUESDAY, 16 March 2021

13:00 Room open

14:00 - 16:00 Session 3: Legal Documents
Lev Weitz (The Catholic University of America): Greek, Arabic, and a companion of Muḥammad in the oldest Egyptian bilingual entagion
Georgi Obatnin: Women under early medieval Islam: separation of property in marriage
Oded Zinger (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): A murder in Tyre and the use of Jewish legal documents in Muslim courts
Rocio Daga Portillo (LMU Munich): Network analysis applied to the collection of legal documents of the Cathedral of Toledo (11th-14th centuries)
Response / Discussion

16:00 - 17:00 Break /  16:15 - 16:35 Meet Brill
Teddi Dols (Brill): How to publish with Brill

17:00 - 19:00 Session 4: Rulers and Administration
Naïm Vanthieghem (CNRS Paris): P.Lond. IV 1447: an accurate portrait of Abd al-ʿAzīz b. Marwān’s ambition to the throne
Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali (Beni-Suef University/Middle Eastern College Muscat): An unpublished letter from Muʿāwiya b. Abī Sufyān to Caliph Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib after the killing Caliph ʿUthmān ibn ʿAffān (35/655)
Eugenio Garosi (LMU Munich/Israel Institute for Advanced Studies): Forging a new link: P.HerzfeldSamarra 6 Revisited
Response / Discussion

19:00 - 20:00 Break

20:00 - 22:00 Evening Lecture
Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary University London): The ʿĀʾidh Bedouin of the Sinai: monks, sultans and tribesmen in St Catherine’s documents (1169 - 1250)

WEDNESDAY, 17 March 2021

13:00 Room open

14:00 - 16:00 Session 5: Reconstructing Institutions
Ofir Haim (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Status of Arabic and Persian in early 11th-century eastern Iran: land sale documents from the "Afghan Geniza" as a case study
Gregor Schwarb ( Israel Institute for Advanced Studies /SOAS London): Salvaging the vestiges of a Jerusalemite dār ʿilm in a lesser-known "Cairo Genizah"
Response / Discussion

16:00 - 17: 00 Break / 16:15 - 16:35 Meet De Gruyter
Sophie Wagenhofer (De Gruyter): How to publish: tips and tricks from within the publishing business

17:00 - 19:00 Session 6: Material Culture and Documentation of Everyday Practices
Nicole Hansen: Kyphi on the Tigris and Euphrates: Ancient Egyptian origins of an Arabic recipe from Baghdad
Michail Hradek (LMU Munich): Bent over daftar lists: Investigating the remnants of a merchant’s ledger of a 14th century Jerusalem merchant
Johannes Thomann (University of Zurich): The kharājī calendar in literary and documentary sources
Response / Discussion

19:00 - 20:00 Break

20:00-22:00 Evening Lecture
Marina Rustow (Princeton University): Fatimid documents as a system and as the reflection of a system

THURSDAY, 18 March 2021

13:00 Room open

14:00 - 16:00 Session 7: Labor Contracts and Wrap-up
Jelle Bruning (Leiden University): Slave labour and the administration of Early Islamic Egypt
Belal Abu-Elela and Asmahan Abu-Alassad (Egyptian National Library): A labor employment contract from the collection of the Egyptian National Library
Artur Obłuski and Tomasz Barański (University of Warsaw): A shaykh, a king and a sheep: new Arabic documents from Old Dongola (Sudan)
Response / Discussion

16:00 - 17:00 Session 8: ISAP General Meeting

Contact Info: 

Andreas Kaplony

Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany

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