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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), Berlin (2018), an online conference (2021), and in the Fayoum (2023), our next conference will be held in Istanbul.
  • 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 Naïm Vanthieghem (nvthiegh at or Marie Legendre (marie.legendre at

On the General Meeting of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology, held Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at Fayoum University, the Board of Directors was elected as follows:

  • Marie Legendre, University of Edinburgh, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, 19 George Square, UK-Edinburgh EH8 9LD, United Kingdrom, marie.legendre at (President)
  • 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, nvthiegh at (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Lorenzo Bondioli, Princeton University, bondioli at
  • Esther Garel, Université de Strasbourg, Institut de papyrologie, e.garel at
  • Ursula Hammed, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten, Veterinärstr. 1, D-80539 Munich, Germany, ursula.hammed at
  • Maher A. Eissa, Fayoum University, Egyptology Department, P.O.B. 63514, Fayoum City, Egypt, maher.eissa at
  • Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello, Fachbereich Alte Geschichte, Petersgraben 51, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland, i.marthot-santaniello at
  • Stefanie Schmidt, Freie Universität Berlin, Ägyptologisches Seminar, at
  • Khaled Younes, University of Sadat City, khaledyounes2100 at
  • Lev Weitz, The Catholic University of America, Department of History, weitz at