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ISAP VI Conference 2014

"Writing Semitic: Scripts, Documents, Languages in Historical Context: The Sixth International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Conference" (Munich, October 7th-10th, 2014)

During the last years, Arabic papyrology has started to contribute significantly to Arabic and Islamic studies: we now dispose of a number of high standard editions of documents; scholars working on the Islamic World up to the 16th century counterbalance literary tradition with documentary evidence; and cooperation with Demotic, Greek, and Coptic papyrology has steadily improved.

The thematic framework of the "Sixth International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Conference" in 2014 will be somewhat wider. We intend to bring together scholars using documentary evidence for the history of the Early Islamic world (including Arabic, Coptic, and Greek papyri, inscriptions and coins) with scholars working on Semitic languages and writing systems in general. About one third of the contributions will be devoted to this wider perspective.

The Sixth ISAP Conference will be hosted by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities ( and be organized by the Academy's Committee of Semitic Philology, ISAP, and the Munich Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies. The conference will start on the morning of Tuesday, October 7, 2014, and continue through the afternoon of Friday, October 10, 2014. The programme will include 20-minute lectures, evening lectures, and a poster exhibition of current PhD projects, as well as a visit of the Bavarian State Library with its holdings in Oriental manuscripts (and Sabaic wood sticks). Optional visits will include the newly reopened Egyptian Museum and the State Museum for Ethnology. Conference languages will be English, German, French and Arabic. However, all lectures will be given in English.

Giving a lecture and/or presenting a poster

Please send a 400-word abstract to Dr. Kathrin Mueller ( no later then end of December, 2013. Notification regarding the acceptance of proposals will be made by end of March, 2014.

Participation with no lecture

Please send a notice of intent to participate to Dr. Kathrin Müller ( no later then end of August, 2014. There will be no conference fee charged. Yet, participants will be asked, on spot, to be or become members of ISAP. Information on membership can be found on the ISAP website (

Travel Subsidies

It is hoped that the Conference will be able to offer a few awards for scholars not able to get institutional subventions for travel to Munich. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you will be in need for such sponsoring.

Conference Organizers

If you have any further questions about the Conference, please contact Dr. Kathrin Müller (, Professor Andreas Kaplony ( or Dr. Daniel Potthast (


Poster (pdf, 763 KB)

Flyer (pdf, 556, KB)