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By examining the impact of Islam on the daily lives of those living under its rule, the volume highlights the striking newness of Islamic society while also acknowledging the influence of the ancient societies which preceded it. The book applies theoretical discussions about governance, historiography, (social) linguistics, and source criticism to understand the dynamics of early Islamic Egypt, as well as the larger process of state formation in the Islamic world.
Petra Sijpesteijn is Professor of Arabic Language and Culture at Leiden University. Her research focuses on the transition from Late Antiquity to early Islam in Egypt.
Table of Contents
Note on Editions, Dates, and References
List of Maps
List of Plates
Part I: Discussion
1. The Egyptian context: Geography and History
2. Arab Egypt: The first fifty years
3. The Second Fifty Years: Consolidation and Reform
4. Beyond Words
PART II: The Texts
Note on the Orthography and Grammar of the Papyri
Letters to 'Abd Allah b. As'ad from Najid b. Muslim
Other Letters to 'Abd Allah b. As'ad
Letter from 'Abd Allah b. As'ad
Letters from/Related to Najid b. Muslim