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In: New Frontiers of Arabic Papyrology
Greek, Sogdian and Arabic Documents and Manuscripts from the Islamicate World and Beyond
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Documents open up another an approach complementary to the overwhelming richness of literary tradition as preserved in manuscripts. This volume combines studies on Greek, Sogdian and Arabic documents (letters, legal agreements, and amulets) with studies on Arabic and Judeo-Arabic manuscripts (poetry, science and divination).
In: Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World
In: Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World
In: Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World

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This paper is about wages and work life in Early Islamic Egypt. Its methodology is essentially historical rather than philological. It contains no new editions but rather relies on the work of other papyrologists. This research is, therefore, not so much a work of discovery as of collation, synthesis, and analysis. One of the major criticisms of Arabic papyrology is that it is too philological. Papyrologists spend a lot of time locating and editing texts, but they don’t do much with them in terms of historical interpretation. Their scope is too narrow and their work too technical to serve the purposes of the larger historical community, or so the critics contend. This paper attempts to address that criticism.

In: From Qom to Barcelona

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The article challenges Karabacek’s and Grohmann’s classic thesis that the Abbāsid state maintained a monopoly over all Egyptian papyrus production. As demonstrated here, there is no evidence for state monopoly. Documents show that the Abbāsids maintained a contract with Egyptian papyrus producers which secured a high price for the producers in return for the best quality papyrus. There is neither evidence nor reason to believe that this contract was forced on the manufacturers by the government. Another free market provided lower quality papyrus at lower prices.

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
In: From Samarqand to Toledo
Arabic and Multilingual Texts from Early Islam
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
In: New Frontiers of Arabic Papyrology