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An Archive in a Book: Documents and Letters from the Early-Mamluk Period

04 May 2020-Der Islam (De Gruyter)-Vol. 97, Iss: 1, pp 120-171
TL;DR: In this paper, a case study of the binding of Leiden Or. 122 was presented, which preserved letters, decrees, and lists from Egypt and Syria at the beginning of the Mamluk reign.
Abstract: Abstract The nature and place of archives in the premodern Islamicate world is a much debated topic and various explanations are offered for the relative scarcity of preserved material as well as the regional imbalance in the record. One factor that stands out in this discussion is the general prominence of counter-archival practices for the survival of what we are studying today. This contribution is the first to examine one such practice that has led to the preservation of a great number of documents: the reuse of discarded papers for the production of bindings. The case study looks at the binding of Leiden Or. 122, which preserved letters, decrees, and lists from Egypt and Syria at the beginning of the Mamluk reign. They likely belonged to a large household in Cairo, more precisely located in the Ayyubid palace Iṣṭabl al-Quṭbiyya. The article offers an edition of the material with an analysis of the historical circumstances, namely the eventful early years of Mamluk rule in Egypt and Syria.
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TL;DR: The Mongol Empire and its Legacy as mentioned in this paper is a valuable addition to the historical literature on the Mongol era, and its chapters will become standard in course syllabi and required reading for graduate exams.
Abstract: sources to illuminate social history from a different angle. The contribution of Sh. Bira, of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, on Qubilai Qa'an and his Imperial Preceptor, the Tibetan ' Phags-Pa bLa-ma, offers readers familiar only with the Islamic languages another important lesson, just how opaque an article studded with transliteration from an unfamiliar language can be. The Mongol Empire and Its Legacy \\s a valuable addition to the historical literature on the Mongol era. Its chapters will become standard in course syllabi and required reading for graduate exams. DOUGLAS STREUSAND North Potomac, Maryland

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  • ...2 Chamberlain 1994, 2‒3, 13‒16....

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28 Apr 2004
TL;DR: The first comprehensive study of the Arabic documents uncovered in Quseir, Upper Egypt, during the 1980s is presented in this paper, where hundreds of paper fragments shed light on activities and operations of a family shipping business on the Red Sea shore in the thirteenth century.
Abstract: This book is the first comprehensive study of the Arabic documents uncovered in Quseir, Upper Egypt, during the 1980s. The hundreds of paper fragments shed light on activities and operations of a family shipping business on the Red Sea shore in the thirteenth century. Part One is an introductory essay on historical and cultural context of these documents. The three chapters deal with, respectively, the "Sheikh's house," where the documents were found, the Red Sea commerce as reflected in the trade activities around the house, and aspects of popular culture as revealed through the texts. Part Two comprises a critical edition of eighty-four Arabic texts, the majority of which have never been published before, with translation and commentary.

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"An Archive in a Book: Documents and..." refers background in this paper

  • ...Quseir82 1063 b, recto l. 5 هدضو هيداعأ كلهأو, see Guo 2004, no.10 and the emendations in Diem 2008b, 166....

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  • ...…consisting of more than 700 documents, mostly fragments and at least to a large extent from a merchant’s archive found in a rubbish trench, see Guo 2004; Kaplony 2014; Regourd 2004; Regourd 2011; for the documents, unearthed in more than 1.500 fragments throughout the so-called Sheykh’s…...

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