Life in the Egyptian Valley under Ikhshīdid and Fāṭimid Rule: Insights from Documentary Sources

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

Abstract

Offering a micro-historical reading of extant legal deeds from Ashmūnayn in Upper Egypt, this article investigates the history of the diverse communities living in the Egyptian valley during the Ikhshīdid and Fāṭimid periods. It reveals the varied nature of settlements, the large extent of interconnections between towns and villages of different size and character, and the implications these had on legal and documentary practice. It presents a re-evaluated concept of centres and peripheries within the context of the Egyptian valley which highlights the varied pace at which developments taking place in central areas impacted on more remote regions, and argues for an understanding of the history of the Egyptian valley that looks beyond periodisation based on dynastic change.

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