International Conference "Treasures from the Jar: Reconstructing the early stages of Islamic rule in Egypt thanks to the papyrus archive of Papas (Edfu)"

Held in Basel University, 2-4 November 2021, with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW/ASSH), the Swiss Society for Ancient Studies (SVAW/ASEA), the Swiss Society for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (SGOA) and SCRIPTA Université Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL).

Papas archive is one of the three case studies in d-scribes project, see further information here.

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Click here for directions. Venue: Kollegienhaus, Regenzzimmer 111, Petersplatz 1, 4001 Basel

The conference will be held on hybrid form via Zoom. Due to unpublished material and ongoing developments, access to presentations marked with * is restricted to the conference participants!


Tuesday November 2


14:15Introduction (I. Marthot-Santaniello)


Panel Digital tools and new approaches (Chair Alain Delattre)
14:30Stephan Unter (Basel): “The ‘Virtual Light Table’: a research tool for papyrus reconstruction in development” (abstract)
15:15 Discussion
15:45 Coffee break
16:15*Isabelle Marthot-Santaniello (Basel): “Digital Papas: Online resources, ongoing developments and possible future"
17:00Discussion: What tools for the future of Papas’ project?
18:00Apéro dînatoire (for speakers)



Wednesday November 3




Thursday November 4




Panel Islamic Edfu (chair Jennifer Cromwell)
9:15*Nabil Ahmed (Cairo) “Cultural and intellectual documentary evidence of Islamic Edfu (1st-5th A.H /7th -11th A.D)”
10:00Naïm Vanthieghem (Paris) « Retour sur les papyrus arabes d’Edfou étudiés par Jean Maspero »
10:45Coffee break
11:15Discussion: Edfu in Late Antiquity
12:00Lunch break


Closing session (chair:  Jean-Luc Fournet)
Discussion on challenging aspects of specific texts and questions raised during the conference 
General Conclusion