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Monday, June 15, 2015

Conference at Leiden: Egypt Connected: Cultural, Economic, Political and Military Interactions (500-1000 CE)

Thu-Sat 18-20 June 2015 | 
Egypt Connected: Cultural, Economic, Political and Military Interactions (500-1000 CE)
Leiden University
From Thursday 18 until Saturday 20 June the conference entitled "Egypt Connected: Cultural, Economic, Political and Military Interactions (500-1000 CE)" will take place at Lipsius 227 (Cleveringaplaats 1) at Leiden University.
Egypt Connected

This conference is the third meeting of the 'Provinces and Empires: Islamic Egypt in Late Antiquity' network of the French Archeological Institute in Cairo (IFAO).

The conference addresses from different disciplinary and chronological perspectives the political, economic, and cultural networks of which Egypt was part in the late Roman and early Islamic period (c. 500-1000 C.E.). Although often considered as marginal to the history of the Roman, Byzantine or Islamic empires, Egypt played an important role in the maintenance of imperia and in processes of social and cultural transformation. Bringing together an international group of archaeologists, papyrologists, historians, numismatists and philologists, the conference will shed light on Egypt’s role in the fundamental historical changes of this period that led to new political, social and cultural constellations in the region.

How did commercial, diplomatic and military engagement with the world around Egypt effect developments in the province and how did Egypt impact the world around it including the geographically remotely located centers of power? To what extent, in other words, was Egypt integrated in larger imperial structures and trans-regional networks? Another important question therefore will be whether Egypt’s conditions and position was exceptional and whether Egypt’s experience can be used to explain empire wide developments.

Partner institutions

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University
Faculté des sciences humaines et sociales Université de Tunis
CNRS-UMR 8167 Oriënt et Méditerrannée
Leiden University

Hayat Ahlili - Leiden University
Gideon Avni -Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University
Lajos Berkes - University of Heidelberg
Antoine Borrut - University of Maryland
Sobhi Bouderbala - University of Tunis
Jelle Bruning - Leiden University
Sylvie Denoix - University of Paris I
Janneke de Jong - Leiden University
Hugh Kennedy - University of London
Yaacov Lev - Bar-Ilan University
Bernhard Palme - University of Vienna
Vivien Prigent - CNRS, Paris
Lucian Reinfandt - University of Vienna
Peter Sarris - Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Petra Sijpesteijn - Leiden University
Irene Soto - New York University
Mathieu Tillier - University of Paris-Sorbonne
Joanita Vroom - Leiden University
Khaled Younes  - Menoufia University Egypt