ISAP Conference 2014

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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