Online Conference: “Connecting Distant Worlds,” The International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP), March 15-18, 2021

Online Conference: “Connecting Distant Worlds,” The International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP), March 15-18, 2021

The International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) will hold the eConference “Connecting Distant Worlds” online from March 15-18, 2021. A number of leading scholars in the field of Islamic history will be presenting (see program here). 

econfParticipation in the conference without a paper is free, but interested participants should send a notice of intent to participate to Manuella Wangert (m.wangert at no later than 1 March, 2021. For more complete information about the conference, please visit the conference website

Description: Scholars working in pre-modern Arabic and Islamic studies are keenly aware of the importance of original documents. Yet, relevant documents have survived not only in Arabic, but also in Iranian languages, Coptic, Greek, Judaeo-languages and the other scribal idioms that mirror the multilingual past of the Islamic world. The International Society for Arabic Papyrology Online Conference (ISAP ONLINE 2021) will provide a platform to showcase the state of the art of Arabic papyrology, with an emphasis on the edges, connectivity and multilingualism of the Islamic world.

ISAP’s original plan was to hold this conference at Fayyum University, but the pandemic requires us to hold the conference online. As soon as possible, the society will also move ahead with the Fayyum conference.

The conference will consist of a series of afternoon panels and evening lectures (Central European Time) from Monday, 15 March 2021 to Thursday, 18 March 2021. The program will include 20-minute presentations, an evening lecture, as well as an introductory-level student workshop. All lectures will be in English, but questions and discussion can take place in English, Arabic, French or German.

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ISAP Conference 2014

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

The Sixth International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) Conference—hosted by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities ( and organized by the Image from ISAP's Arabic Papyrology Database (APD)Academy’s Committee of Semitic Philology, ISAP, and the Munich Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies—will 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.

An opening lecture by Hartmut Bobzin (Erlangen) will discuss “The Qur’an and Semitic Studies,” and other presentations will cover a range of issues including the early history and diversification of the consonantal alphabet, phonetic origins of Arabic orthography, the manuscript traditions of pre-Islamic South Arabia, biblical texts in Arabic, and a typology of Qur’anic and other Arabic calligraphies, all of which could have significant implications for the study of the Qur’an text.

For more information, and to view the full program and presentation abstracts, see here.

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