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Publications and Projects of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology

Publications

  • al-Bardiyyat is the newsletter of ISAP which ISAP members also receive by mail.  Free download of al-Bardiyyat 1 (2002-2003) here; Free download of al-Bardiyyat 2 (2007) here.
  • The proceedings of the First ISAP Conference (Cairo, 23-25 March 2002) PAPYROLOGY AND THE HISTORY OF EARLY ISLAMIC EGYPThave appeared. Information on the book can be found here.
  • The proceedings of the Second ISAP Conference (Granada, 24-27 March 2004) FROM AL-ANDALUS TO KHURASAN: DOCUMENTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL MUSLIM WORLD have appeared. Information on the book can be found here.
  • The proceedings of the Third ISAP Conference (Alexandria, 23-26 March 2006) DOCUMENTS AND THE HISTORY OF THE EARLY ISLAMIC WORLD have appeared. Information on the book can be found here.
  • The proceedings of the Fourth ISAP Conference (Vienna, 26-29 March 2009) FROM BAWIT TO MARW: DOCUMENTS FROM THE MEDIEVAL MUSLIM WORD have appeared. Information on the book can be found here.
  • The proceedings of the Fifth ISAP Conference (Carthago, 28-31 March 2012) NEW FRONTIERS OF ARABIC PAPYROLOGY: ARABIC AND MULTILINGUAL TEXTS FROM EARLY ISLAM have appeared. Information on the book can be found here.
  • The proceedings of the Sixth ISAP Conference (Munich, 7-10 October 2014) are on their way.
  • The Checklist for Arabic Papyrus editions providing standardized abbreviations for documentary text editions on papyrus and other writing material in Arabic has been published in the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 42 (2005) 127-166. An updated version of the Arabic checklist can be consulted online. Suggestions for additions or corrections can be e-mailed to Petra M. Sijpesteijn (p.m.sijpesteijn at hum.leidenuniv.nl) or Andreas Kaplony (andreas.kaplony at lmu.de).

Projects

  • At the Arabic Papyrology School (www.ori.uzh.ch/aps) which was developed at the University of Zurich students of all levels can train themselves in the reading of Arabic papyrus and paper documents. The Papyrus School is set up so that students can test their progress by working with increasingly harder texts. The web-site contains a dictionary with the vocabulary appearing in the texts and explanatory notes on the texts.
  • The Arabic Papyrology Database (www.ori.uzh.ch/apd) is a tool enabling the user to access the editions of Arabic documents written on different material such as papyrus, parchment or paper. The entire texts of all documents in stock are searchable on different layers and with variant readings. Each document is also provided with its metadata, amongst others place and date of origin or its genre as for instance a contract of lease or a petition.
    The Arabic Papyrology Database is the first electronic compilation of Arabic papyri and aims at including all scholarly publications of pre-modern Arabic documentary sources. It is a non-commercial project running under the patronage of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) and a partner of the Trismegistos metadata project of Greek, Demotic, Coptic, Arabic, etc. documents. It is currently run by the Ludwig-Maximilan-University in Munich, in cooperation with the Universities of Zurich and Vienna. Access is free via the Internet.

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