Dear friends and colleagues,
I would like to draw your attention to the blog of the Leiden University “ Embedding Conquest” project, which focuses on how the Islamic conquests were consolidated in the diverse regions they reached. It is aimed at both students and scholars.
Recent posts include:
-Eline Scheerlinck’s imaginative exploration of what Arab conquests of Egypt meant for the average Egyptian villager, based on a Coptic document stemming from the Arab-Muslim administration.
-Alon Dar’s meditation on the social mechanisms of protection, both ancient and modern, including the fruits of our January 2019 workshop on “Acts of Protection.”
-Reza Huseini’s anatomy of the arrival of Islam in Central Asia, and the new insights we can gain from studying the corpus of documents in Bactrian, a Middle Iranian language written in the Greek alphabet that was brought to today's Afghanistan by the conquests of Alexander the Great.
Watch out for regular future posts: https://emco.hcommons.org/category/eyeopeners/