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"New Frontiers of Arabic Papyrology: Arabic and Multilingual Texts from Early Islam" by Bouderbala S., Denoix S. (June 2017)

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Sobhi Bouderbala, PhD (Université de Paris 1, 2008), is an assistant professor at the University of Tunis and a member of the Laboratoire d’Archéologie et d’Architecture Maghrébines.

Sylvie Denoix, PhD (1984), National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), is director of the research team “Islam médiéval”, UMR 8167, and of Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée.

Matt Malczycki, PhD (Utah, 2006), is an associate professor in the Department of History at Auburn University.


New Frontiers of Arabic Papyrology contains research presented at the 5th congress of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) held in Tunis in 2012. Like previous ISAP volumes, this one focuses on the transformative era of the Islamic conquests, although some of the articles treat later periods. The volume contains articles relevant to Arabic, Coptic, and Greek papyrology. There is also work on folk religion, astronomy, and epigraphy.


Contributors: Lotfi Abdeljaouad, Lajos Berkes, Ursula Bsees, Janneke de Jong, Manabu Kameya, Marie Legendre, Matt Malczycki, Tonio Sebastian Richter, Johannes Thomann, Khaled Younes

Conférence 2012: Beit al Hikma (Carthage)


Wednesday March 28: Beït al-Hikma
13:00 - 14:00 Registration
14:00 - 14:30 Welcome by Petra Sijpesteijn, president ISAP; President of Beït al-Hikma; Sylvie Denoix, Director of Research (IFAO)
14:30 - 16:30 Power in Practice 1: Chancellery Practice and Administration (Chair: Petra Sijpesteijn)
Lucian Reinfandt, Scribal Traditions in Early Islamic Chancelleries

Sobhi Bouderbala, Le sauf-conduit: étude d’une procédure chancelière (Ier/VIIe-IIe/VIIIe siècles)

Marina Rustow, The Life-Cycle of a Fatimid Decree

Daniel Potthast, Arabic Letters to Aragon and their Romance Translations

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee and tea
17:00 - 18:00 Power in Practice 2: Fiscal Practice (Chair: Sobhi Bouderbala)
Manabu Kameya, Jahbadh and Qustal: Change in Taxation System and Their Role in Medieval Egyptian Society

Gladys Frantz-Murphy, Transformation of Egyptian Agriculture from the 10th to the 12th Centuries

18:30 – 19:30 Hichem Djaït, Muhammad et la naissance de l’Islam en Arabie at the Center of the Arabic and Mediterranean Music (Sidi Boussaïd)
20:00 Reception at Dar Zarrouk – Sidi Bou Saïd
Thursday March 29: Bibliothèque Nationale de Tunisie
9:00 – 11:00 Power in Practice 3: Legal Documents and Practice (Chair: Sylvie Denoix)
Ahmed Nabil, Report about Deputation and Mazalim Cases

Farouk Bouaziz, Les actes de mariage en Egypte du IIe/VIIIe. au Ve/XIe.: étude formulaire

Julien Loiseau, À propos de l’acte de waqf de Barquq (788-797/1386-1395: le document comme archive de la fondation

Jo van Steenbergen On Royal Pilgrimage and Patronage in 15th-Century Egypt: the Kitab al-Dhahab al-Masbuk by A?mad b. ?Ali al-Maqrizi (d. 1442) and its Documentary Value

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and Tea
11:30 – 12:30 Visit of the Islamic manuscript collection of the National Library of Tunisia
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Trade and Circulation of Goods 1: Provincial and Urban Centers of Trade (Chair: Avrom Udovitch)
Jelle Bruning, On the Influence of the Creation of Fustat on Alexandrian Commerce: A Question of Rivalry?

Petra Sijpesteijn, A Third/ninth-Century Mercantile Archive

Andreas Kaplony, Some more Documents from al-Qu?ayr al-Qadim (13th century)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and Tea
16:00 – 17:00 Trade and Circulation of Goods 2: Money and the Circulation of Goods (Chair: Andreas Kaplony)
Arietta Papaconstantinou, The Circulation of Goods in Early Islamic Egypt: Tales of Dispossession and Accumulation

Mohamed el Maghrabi, A Contract of Sale (421 AH) for Part of a House in the Fayyum

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee and Tea
17:00 – 18:30 Workshop 1: Commercial Letters and Amulets (Chair: Ayman Shahin, Commercial Letters)
Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali, Amulets from the Dar al-Kutub

18:30 – 19:30 Evening lecture at the National Library of Tunisia
20:00 Dinner sponsored by Auburn University and CEMAT
Friday March 30: Beït al-Hikma
9:00 – 10:30 Linguistic Crossing 1: Linguistic Exchange (Chair: Sebastian Richter)
Lajos Berkes, Practising Greek Legal Formulas in a Post-Conquest Hermopolite Monastery (P. Heid. Inv. K 153)

Sylvie Denoix, Le multiculturalisme en Egypte

Vincent Walter, Arabic Influence on Coptic Letter-Writing: The Case of the Late Blessing Formulae

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Tea
11:00 – 12:00 Linguistic Crossing 2: Linguistic Exchange (Chair: Alain Delattre)
Marie Legendre, Penser en arabe, compter en grec, écrire en copte : quelques documents de compte du Fayoum fatimide

Sebastian Richter, Changing Money and Shifting Languages in Fatimid Egypt: A late Coptic Account Book from the Papers of Noël (Aimé-)Giron

12:00 – 12:30 Coffee and Tea
12:30-13:30 Linguistic Crossing 3: Epistolary Style and Language (Chair: Gladys Frantz-Murphy)
Khaled Younes, Letters of Condolence in the Arabic Papyri

Florence Calament, Une lettre copte inédite, en provenance d’Akhmîm : P.Louvre E 27652

13:30 – 14 :30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Workshop 2: Arabic terms in CopticDdocuments (Chair: Arietta Papaconstantinou)
Sebastian Richter, Marie Legendre and Alain Delattre

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and Tea
16:00 – 18:00 Communities and Religions 1: Communities (Chair: Saïd al-Mughawri)
Janneke de Jong: Arabs in Pre-Islamic Egypt

Hmida Toukabri, Les fondations pieuses juives médiévales d’après les documents de la Géniza du Caire

Alain Delattre, Un serment à la mosquée dans un document copte?

Naïm Vanthieghem, Un nouveau document mamelouk de Sainte-Catherine du Sinaï

18:00 Departure for Kairouan
20:30 Dinner in Kairouan
Saturday March 31: Museum of Islamic Arts of Raqqada - Kairouan
9:00 – 10:30 Communities and Religions 2: Religious and Artistic Expressions (Chair: Robert Hoyland)
Lotfi Abdeljawad, Grafittis arabes inédits de la Grande mosquée de Kairouan

Johannes Thomann, A Fragment of an Unusual Arabic Almanac for 297H. / 910 C.E. (P.Berl.inv. 12793)

Shamsiddin Kamoliddin, Portrait Art in Early Islamic Coinage

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Tea
11:00 –12:30 Communities and Religions 3: Literary Sources as Documents for Religious Aspects (Chair: Mohamed Saïd)
Matt Malczycki, Wa-ma ana min al-mushrikin: Prayers of a Recent Convert to Islam

Ursula Bases, What is it and why is it? A scroll from the Eastern Nile Delta village ?af? Zurayq

Asma Sayeed, Texts and Textual Communities: The Worlds of Non-Canonical Sunni Literature

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Visit of the papyrus and manuscripts collection of the Musée national d’art islamique de Raqqada

14:30 – 15:30 Workshop 3: Numismatics and Epigraphy (Chair: Hayet Amamou)
Abdelhamid Fénina, Coins from North-Africa and Egypt

Lotfi Abdeljawad, North-African Inscriptions

15:30 Departure for Tunis
19:30 Final reception at the Netherlands Embassy

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