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The 16th Arabic Papyrology Webclass: Arabic Documents Referring to Jerusalem

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  • Although literary sources provide a very rich image of Muslim Jerusalem (7th-16th centuries), they mostly focus on religious buildings and feasts. In contrast to this, papyri and papers have a clear interest in routine economy. In order to  understand how markets and main streets worked; what houses and garden looked like; where food and water came from; how immigrants and residents interacted, etc., we will combine both. 
  • We will read (mostly published) documents and discuss recents scholarship.


  • This is an on-line webclass. Documents to be read and papers to be discussed will be made accessible in advance.
  • Communication will be in English.


  • Professor Andreas Kaplony, LMU Munich, Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies; co-director of the LMU Arabic Papyrology Research Group (


  • Monday, 4:00-6:00 (Central European Time); time might be changed, if all participants agree.
  • 16 April - 9 July 2018; no class on 21 May 2018.


  • A certificate of participation will be given if the student has attended at least ten meetings and if he or she has met the expectances as defined at the beginning of the semester.
  • The Arabic Papyrology Webclass forms part of the Webinar Initiative in Islamic Material Culture (


  • MA and PhD students in Arabic and in Near Eastern Studies; sscholars interested in Arabic documents; persons in charge of Arabic manuscript collections, etc.


  • 250 Euro or equivalent amount of working time. Fees are expected to be paid before the semester starts.
  • No fees for students of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at LMU Munich, Universität Bonn, Universität Hamburg, and the Bard Graduate Center New York. 

Technical issues

  • Students need a computer (download), internet access, and a headset. 
  • Technical problems showing up during the semester that prevent a student from attending the class are subject to his or her own responsibility; therefore, missed classes will not be substituted. However, if a technical event prevents all students from participating, the class will be substituted.
  • New participants will have a personal preparatory meeting, to adjust technical assets.

Further information and registration

  • by writing an informal message to andreas.kaplony at Give name, academic affiliation, current position and interest. Register until 6 April 2018. The webclass usually fills up quickly.


  • Asali, Kamil J. (ed.). 1997. Jerusalem in History: 3,000 B.C. to the Present Day. 2nd edition London/New York: Kegan Paul.
  • Burgoyne, Michael Hamilton. 1987. Mamluk Jerusalem: An Architectural Study, with Additional Historical Research by D[onald] S. Richards. Jerusalem: British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem/World of Islam Festical Trust.
  • Gil, Moshe. 1983. Palestine During the First Muslim Period (634-1099) (Hebrew). Publications of the Diaspora Research Institute, vol. 41; 57; 58. 3 vol. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University.
  • Gil, Moshe. 1992/Reprint 1997. A History of Palestine, 634-1099. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Grabar, Oleg and Benjamin Z. Kedar (ed.). 2009. Where Heaven and Earth Meet: Jerusalem’s Sacred Esplanade. 2009. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press/Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • Hawari, Mahmoud K.. 2007. Ayyubid Jerusalem (1187-1250): An Architectural and Archaeological Study. BAR International Series, vol. 1628. London: Archaeopress.
  • Hillenbrand, Robert and Sylvia Auld. 2000. Ottoman Jerusalem: The Living City: 1517-1917. Architectural Survey by Yusuf Natsheh. 2 vol. London: World of Islam Festival Trust.
  • Hillenbrand, Robert and Sylvia Auld. 2009. Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250. London: Altajir Trust 2009.
  • Kaplony, Andreas. 2002. The Ḥaram of Jerusalem (324-1099): Temple, Friday Mosque, Area of Spiritual Power. Freiburger Islamstudien, vol. 22. Stuttgart: Steiner.
  • Müller, Christian. 2013. Der Kadi und seine Zeugen: Studie der mamlukischen Ḥaram-Dokumente aus Jerusalem. Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, vol. 85. Wiesbaden: Steiner.

Earlier webclasses

  • 1: Letters from Quṣayr (Fall term 2007).
  • 2: Early Letters [from the Yale Collection] (Spring term 2008).
  • 3: Arabic Contracts of Renting and Buying Real Estate (Fall term 2008).
  • 4: Bilingual Greek and Arabic Documents, with Dr Raffaele Luiselli, Florence (Spring term 2009).
  • 5: Petitions to and Letters from Mamluk Officials (Fall term 2009).
  • 6: Authentification Procedures on Arabic Coins, Seals and Letters from Mamluk Officials, with Dr Lutz Ilisch, Tübingen (Spring term 2010).
  • 7: Documentary Evidence on Childhood (Fall term 2010).
  • 8: Lists, Registers, Accounts (Summer term 2011).
  • 9: Documents from al-Andalus (Winter term 2011/12).
  • 10: Documents from Edfu (Winter term 2012/13).
  • 11: Documents from the Berlin Collection (Winter term 2012/13).
  • 12: Documents on Rural Egypt (Summer term 2013).
  • 13: Petitions on Paper (Winter term 2014/15).
  • 14: Documents on Marriage and Divorce (Winter term 2015/16).
  • 15: Papyrus Letters from Umayyad and Abbasid Egypt (Summer term 2017).