The 17th Arabic Papyrology Webclass: "Merchants, Mules, and Misunderstandings: Commercial Letters on Papyrus and Paper"
Permanent link: http://www.naher-osten.lmu.de/apw
- Though basically dealing with the exchange of goods and sums of money, commercial letters record communication that touches on various aspects: complaints about insufficient quality, strategies for achieving a higher price at the market, as well as advice to deputy traders about business in the addressee’s absence all appear in documents from 8th-16th century Egypt. We will explore different issues merchants faced, as well as get acquainted with the goods most commonly traded according to Arabic documentary texts
- We will read unpublished documents and apply new ways to display their formal side best. And we will 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.
- Dr. Ursula Bsees, LMU Munich, Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, co-director of the LMU Arabic Papyrology Research Group (www.naher-osten.lmu.de/papyrology).
- Monday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (Central European Time); time might be changed, if all participants agree.
- 20 April - 20 July 2020; no class on 1 June 2020.
- A certificate of participation will be given if students have attended at least twelve meetings and if they have met the expectations as defined at the beginning of the semester.
- The Arabic Papyrology Webclass forms part of the Webinar Initiative in Islamic Material Culture (www.islamic-material-culture.uni-hamburg.de).
- MA and PhD students in Arabic and in Near Eastern Studies; scholars interested in Arabic documents; persons in charge of Arabic manuscript collections, etc.
- 250 Euro or an 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 New York University.
- Students need a computer for downloading, Internet access, and a headset.
- Technical problems arising during the semester that prevent students from attending the class are the students’ 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 set up technical requirements.
Further information and registration
- Please send an informal message to ursula.bsees at lmu.de. Give name, academic affiliation, current position and interest.
- Register until 6 April 2020. The webclass usually fills up quickly.
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