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The International Society for Arabic Papyrology

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The International Society for Arabic Papyrology, Inc. (ISAP) was officially founded on the 24th of March 2002 in Cairo and is currently based at Princeton University. Its goals are to increase, address, explore and exchange information and knowledge relevant to Arabic papyrology in the widest sense.

  • Projects ISAP is involved in include: the Checklist of Arabic papyrus editions, the List of Major Collections,the list of scholars involed in Arabic papyrology, as well as the Arabic Papyrology School, the Arabic Papyrology Database for Arabic text editions, plans for cataloguing and digitilisation of Arabic papyrus collections.
  • After the ISAP conferences in Cairo (2002), Granada (2004), Alexandria (2006), Vienna (2009), Carthage (2012), Munich (2014), and Berlin (2018), the Eighth ISAP Conference will take place in the Fayoum in 2021.
  • To subscribe to the ISAP e-mail list (Arabic Papy-list), please send a short message containing your name, e-mail address and a brief description of your research interests to: arabic_papyri at
  • If you would like more information, please write to Matt Malczycki (malczycki at or Andreas Kaplony (andreas.kaplony at

On the General Meeting of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology, held Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, and through an additional ballot, the Board of Directors was elected as follows:

  • Andreas Kaplony, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten, Veterinärstr. 1, D-80539 Munich, Germany, andreas.kaplony at (President)
  • Matt Malczycki, Auburn University, Department of History, 310 Thach Hall, USA-Auburn, AL 36849, malczycki at (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Lajos Berkes, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Theologische Fakultät, Seminar: Neues Testament, Burgstrasse 26,D-10099 Berlin, Germany, berkesla at
  • Ursula Bsees, University of Cambridge, Wolfson College, Barton Road, UK-Cambridge CB3 9BB, ub226 at
  • Maher A. Eissa, Fayoum University, Egyptology Department, P.O.B. 63514, Fayoum City, Egypt, maher.eissa at
  • Marie Legendre, University of Edinburgh, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, 19 George Square, UK-Edinburgh EH8 9LD, United Kingdrom,
  • Tonio Sebastian Richter, Freie Universität Berlin, Ägyptologisches Seminar, Fabeckstr. 23-25, D-14195 Berlin, Germany, sebastian.richter at
  • Marina Rustow, Princeton Geniza Lab, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA, mrustow at
  • Naïm Vanthieghem, Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT), Section arabe, Collège Sainte-Barbe, 4 rue Valette, F-75005 Paris, France, n.vanthieghem at
  • Khaled Younes, University of Sadat City/Institut français d'archéologie orientale, kyounes at