Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten





Writing Semitic: Scripts, Documents, Languages in Historical Context

The Sixth International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Conference

Tuesday, October 7th

BAdW (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539 München

09:00 – 11:00 Registration

11:00 – 13:00 Opening

  • Address of welcome by the BAdW and the ISAP
  • Opening lecture – Manfred Krebernik, Jena: The Genesis and Early History of the Alphabet - New Perspectives and Problems
  • Opening lecture – Hartmut Bobzin, Erlangen: The Qur'an and Semitic Studies

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 16:30 Session 1: Administration of Empires

  • Chair: Lucian Reinfandt  Respondent: Ursula Bsees
  • Petra M. Sijpesteijn, Leiden: Networks of Dependency: Requests and Petitions on Papyrus
  • Dieter Weber, Berlin: Reading History Anew: Pahlavi Documents from Early Islamic Times
  • Peter T. Daniels, New York: Aramaic Documents from Achaemenid Bactria: Connections to the West – and the East
  • Response by Ursula Bsees
  • Discussion

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 18:00 Session 2: Geniza Documents seen by new Perspectives

  • Chair: Anne Boud'hors Respondent: Oded Zinger
  • Tonio Sebastian Richter, Leipzig: Coptic Magic in the Cairo Geniza
  • Munther al-Sabbagh, Santa Barbara: Suhba
  • Response Oded Zinger
  • Discussion

19:00 – 20:30 Evening Lecture and Reception in the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München (LMU), Main building, room A021

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, D-80539 München

  • Welcome
  • Evening lecture – Peter Stein, Jena: Writing Semitic on wooden sticks: The manuscript tradition of pre-Islamic South Arabia
  • Reception and buffet


Wednesday, October 8th

Carl Friedrich von Siemens-Stiftung

Südliches Schloßrondell 23, 80638 München

09:30 – 11:00 Session 3: Literature and Documents

  • Chair: Tonio Sebastian Richter Respondent: W. Matt Malczycki
  • Daniel Potthast, Munich: Parallel transmissions of documents: On the value of the inshāʾ-literature for Arabic papyrology
  • Ursula Bsees, Vienna: Early evidence for the second source of Islam: A preliminary study of four ḥadīth papyri from the Austrian National Library
  • Abdulmalik Ahmad Essayed Shetewy, Riyadh: Sharḥ Ghunyat al-Kuttāb fī l-Khaṭṭ by Abi Baqr bin Shihāb ad-Dīn Aḥmad bin al-Himsīya
  • Response by W. Matt Malczycki
  • Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 4: Business and Daily Life according to Documents

  • Chair: Petra M. Sijpesteijn Respondent: Marina Rustow
  • W. Matt Malczycki, Auburn: Using Papyri to Determine the Purchasing Power of a Dinar in Early Islamic Egypt
  • Oded Zinger, Princeton: Patronage in the Legal Arena according to Geniza Letters
  • Beate Reinhold, München: Building a Tradition: The Icon of Writing and the Discourse on Language in the translocal Wakhi Communities in Pakistan
  • Response by Marina Rustow
  • Discussion

13:00 – 15:30 – Lunch and Visit to Nymphenburg Castle Park

15:30 – 17:00 Session 5: Inputs from Neighboring Fields

  • Chair: Alia Hanafi Respondent: Ahmad Al-Jallad
  • Ilana Wartenberg, London: Numeration Systems in Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic Medieval Scientific Texts
  • Mohamed Ahmed Abd Ellatif Ibrahim, Cairo: Archaeological and Cultural Study for Three Tombstones Newly Discovered in Elephantine Island in Aswan
  • Response by Ahmad Al-Jallad
  • Discussion

17:00 – 17:30 – Coffee break

17:30 – 18:30 Session 6: Documents from Bilād al-Shām

  • Chair: Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali Respondent: Lucian Reinfandt
  • Ronny Vollandt, Berlin: The Non-Muslim Fragments from the Qubbat al-Khazna of the Umayyad Mosque at Damascus
  • Mohamed Nasr Abdelrahman, Cairo: Marriage and Divorce Contracts from the Mamluk Jerusalem
  • Response by Lucian Reinfandt
  •  Discussion

18:30 – 19:30 - Snack

20:30 – 23:00 – Evening Tea in the Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten


Thursday, October 9th

BAdW (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539 München

09:30 – 11:00 Session 7: Language and Formulae

Chair: Lennart Sundelin Respondent: Andreas Kaplony

  • Craig Perry, Atlanta: The Practice of Domestic Slavery in Medieval Egypt: an analysis of Arabic and Judaeo-Arabic bills of sale from the Cairo Geniza
  • Hazem Hussein Abbas Ali, Beni-Suef: Words and Phrases of Arabic Papyri: Are they Systematic?
  • Lucian Reinfandt, Vienna: Arabic papyri, elite migration, and the Persianisation of Egypt in the 9th century AD
  • Response by Andreas Kaplony
  • Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 8: New Documents from Egypt

  • Chair: Saied Maghawry Mohammed Respondent: Andreas Kaplony
  • Mohamed Mohamed Morsy, Cairo: Two Unpublished Arabic Papyri from the Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣrīya
  • Sabine Ziegler, Leipzig / Jena, Germany: The decipherment of some recently found ostraca from Post-Roman North Africa
  • Response by Andreas Kaplony
  • Discussion

13:00 – 15:00 - Lunch

15:00 – 16:30 Session 9: Multilingualism, Arabicization, and Cultural Transfer

  • Chair: Robert Hoyland Respondent: Daniel Potthast
  • Lajos Berkes, Heidelberg: The Archive of the Fayum Pagarchy in the 8th century
  • Maher Eissa, Fayoum/Anne Boud’hors, Paris: The Coptic Papyri in the Egyptian Library and Archives
  • Alia Hanafi, Cairo: Treatment of Conjunctivitis in the Light of P. Grenf. I 52, P. Princ. III 155 and Arabic Manuscripts
  • Response by Daniel Potthast
  • Discussion

17:00 – 18:00 – Presentation of Oriental Manuscripts in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

19:30 – 22.00 – Dinner


Friday, Oktober 10th

BAdW (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539 München

09:30 – 11:00 Session 10: Signs, Numerals, and Orthography

  • Chair: Andreas Kaplony Respondent: Jessica Goldberg
  • Johannes Thomann, Zurich: Arabic Abjad Numerals: Origin, Usage and Form
  • Saied Maghawry Mohammed, Cairo:Numerals and Signs in Arabic Papyri
  • Ahmad Al-Jallad, Leiden: The phonetic Origins of Arabic Orthography
  • Response by Jessica Goldberg
  • Discussion

11:00 – 11.30 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 – General Meeting of the ISAP

13:30 – 20:00 – Excursion with dinner (optional)