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ISAP IV Conference 2009

International Society for Arabic Papyrology Conference Vienna

The fourth ISAP conference will be hosted by the Papyrussammlung ( of the National Austrian Library in Vienna. It will be sponsored by the Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, by the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften and by WienKultur, all Vienna, and by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf.

The conference will start on the evening of Thursday, March 26, and continue through Sunday, March 29. The programme will include 20-minute lectures presenting text editions or studies based on documentary material from the Islamic medieval world, workshops in which unedited Arabic documents will be presented, and evening lectures. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Papyrussammlung and the Papyrusmuseum in the National Library.

Participants are supposed to be or become members of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology.

Venue: Theatersaal der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna (a five minutes' walk from the Stephansdom)

Hotel recommended at a special rate for participants: Kolpinghaus Wien, Gumpendorfer Strasse 39, 1060 Wien, phone 0043-1-587 56 31-0, fax 0043-1-586 36 30, Please register asap. Prereservations will be cancelled at the end of February, 2009.


Thursday 26

14:00-15:00 Registration

15:00 Opening and Welcome

Professor Peter Schuster (President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Professor Petra Sijpesteijn (President of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology)

Professor Cornelia Römer (Director of the Papyrus Collection of the Austrian National Library)

Panel I

15:30-16:30 Sassanian Occupation

Chair: Bert Fragner (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Dieter Weber (Freie Universität, Berlin) ‘Pahlevi Dokumente aus Ägypten’

Patrick Sänger (Universität Wien) ‘Zur Verwaltung des sassanidischen Ägypten’

16:30-17:00 Coffee

Panel II

17:00-18:30 Language and Linguistics

Chair: Stefan Procházka (Universität Wien)

Andreas Kaplony (Universität Zürich) ‘The Greek Orthography, and the Pronunciation, of First Century Hidjra Arabic: The Arabic and the Greek Documentary Evidence Combined’

Raif Georges Khoury (Universität Heidelberg) ‘Arabe ancien et arabe moyen dans les sources anciennes’

Sebastian Richter (Universität Leipzig) ‘Arabic Loanwords in Coptic Texts’

From 19:30 Reception in the Papyrus Museum


Friday 27

Panel III

9:00-11:30 Umayyad Period I

Chair: Werner Diem (Universität zu Köln)

Petra Sijpesteijn (Leiden University) ‘Une nouvelle Lettre de Qurra b. Sharik’

Tasha Vorderstrasse (Leiden), ‘Museum Archaeology in Early Islamic Papyri’

Hugh Kennedy (SOAS) (Title to be announced)

Lucian Reinfandt (Universität Wien), ‘Prisons and Prisoners in Umayyad Egypt’

Frank A. Trombley (University of Cardiff), ‘A Review of Some Post-Conquest Papyri from Egypt‘

11:30-12:00 Pause

Panel IV

12:00-13:00 Women and Children

Chair: Avram L. Udovitch (Princeton University)

Abd al-Bary Al-Mudarris (Universität Heidelberg), ‘Die Rolle der Frau in den ersten islamischen Jahrhunderten in den Papyri’

Jennifer Cromwell and Arietta Papaconstantinou (University of Oxford), ‘Families, Monks and Scribes: Child-Donation Deeds from Islamic Egypt and Carolingian Europe’

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Panel V

14:30- 16:00 Umayyad Period II

Chair: Hugh Kennedy (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)

Wadad al-Qadi (University of Chicago) ‘ ‘Umayyad Hims’ Stipends Bureau: Valuable Documentary Texts in a Literary Source’

Robert Hoyland (University of St Andrews) ‘Power, Patronage and Arabic Inscriptions’

Stephen Humphreys (University of California, Santa Barbara) ‘An Early Inscription from Tell Hesban, Jordan’

16:00-16:30 Pause

Panel VI

16:30-18:00 Umayyad Period III

Chair: Stephen Humphreys (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Federico Morelli (Universität Wien), ‘Die frühesten Dokumente des arabischen Ägypten’

Alain Delattre (Freie Universität, Brussels) ‘La fiscalité au début de l’époque arabe’

Mohammad Nasr (‘Ayn Shams University) ‘The System of the Tribute in Egypt during the First Century of Hidjra’

19:00 – 20:30 Reception at the Egyptian Embassy; departure to the embassy by bus at 18:15 from the conference venue


Saturday 28

Panel VII

9:00-11:00 Paper Documents from the Later Middle Ages I

Chair: Petra M. Sijpesteijn (Universiteit Leiden)

Eva Grob (Universität Zürich), ‘Paper Documents Before the 4th/10th c. in the Viennese Collection’

Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge), ‘Arabic Legal Documents from Qasr Ibrim’

Avram L. Udovitch (Princeton University), ‘Merchants of Fayyum, Merchants of Fustat 800–1200: Continuities and Comparisons’

Anne Regourd (Louvre) ‘15 Shipping-notes on Paper from the Remondon Collection, The Louvre, Department of Islamic Arts

11:00-11:30 Pause

Panel VIII

11:30-13:00 Paper Documents from the Later Middle Ages II

Chair: Geoffrey Khan (University of Cambridge)

Frederic Bauden (Université de Liège), ‘Une mutala’a datée de 816/1414 relative aux Vénitiens’

Marina Rustow (Emory University), ‘Arabic Chancery Documents from the Cairo Genizah’

Marie Legendre (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne) ‘New Developments for the Study of Bawit After the Islamic Conquest’

13:00-14:30 Lunch

Panel IX

14:30-16:30 Literary Texts I

Chair: Robert Hoyland (University of Oxford)

Matt Malczycki (Auburn University), ‘A Historical Fragment from the Reign of al-Mutawakkil’

Khaled Younes (Universiteit Leiden), ‘Fragment of a Lost Hadith Collection of Sufyan al-Thawri Preserved on Papyrus’

Said Maghawry (Munufiyya University), ‘New Publishing of Literature and Artistic Texts from the Egyptian National Library’

Johannes Thomann (Universität Zürich) ‘Two Arabic Fragments of Astronomical Ephemerides in the Vienna Papyrus Collection’

16:30-17:00 Pause

Panel X

17:00-19:00 Coptic Papyri

Chair: Sebastian Richter (Universität Leipzig)

Florence Calamant (Louvre) and Anne Boud’hors (CNRS), ‘Pour une études des archives coptes de Medinet el-Fayoum (suite)’

Jacques van der Vliet (Universiteit Leiden), ‘Naqloun and the Late Coptic Account Book B.L.Or. 13885’

Gesa Schenke (Universität zu Köln), ‘New Coptic Documents from the Early Islamic Period’

Hans Förster (Wien) ‘A Demand for Dates and its distribution: A Text from the Archive of Shenoute (P.Vindob. K. 4712)’

19:30 Reception by the City of Vienna, City Hall, Ratskeller, Lanner Saal


Sunday 29

Panel XI

9:00-10:30 New Editions

Chair: Bernhard Palme (Universität Wien)

Werner Diem (Universität zu Köln), ‘Some Remarkable Arabic Documents from the Heidelberg Collection’

Ahmed Nabil (Munufiyya University), ‘An Unpublished Papyrus from the Aziz S. Atiya Collection’

Alia Hanafi (Ayn Shams University) ‘Two Arabic Documents from Egypt and Copenhagen’

10:30-11:00 Pause

Panel XII

11:00-13:00 Literary Texts II and Technical Aspects

Chair: Cornelia Römer (Östereichische Nationalbibliothek/Universität Wien)

Gideon Bohak (Tel-Aviv University), ‘The Arabic Magical Texts from the Cairo Genizah’

Ayman Shahin (Universität Zürich), ‘Paläographie und Orthographie der arabischen amtlichen Dokumente und Steuerquittungen in den ältesten Corpora’

Abd al-Latif Afandy and Abd al-Salam al-Aesely (Cairo University), ‘Physical Properties of Papyrus in the Islamic Period’

Andreas Kaplony (Universität Zürich), ‘The Arabic Papyrology Database’

13:00- 14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Workshop Arabic Papyri

Petra Sijpesteijn and Geoffrey Khan






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