This project studies, through the organization of four international conferences, Egypt during the seventh century. The project's focus is the cultural dynamics that transformed Byzantine Egypt into Islamic Egypt with emphasis on documentary, literary and archaeological source material.
In this project, M. Riep studies the complexity of historical events related to the Arab conquest of the region along the upper course of the Syr Darya in Central Asia and especially of the micro oases of Shash and Ferghana. This project focusses on mobility, action and dynamics and will place the Arab conquest in its local geographical, social and economic context.
This project's main aim is to find out how the relative position of a group within society influences the formation and negotiation of communal identities: how and why do people stand out or fit in? Four researchers will study Egyptian Christians and Muslims from a comparative and diachronic perspective.
This NWO project, which is being be carried out in close cooperation with the universities of Oxford (contact: Prof. Robert Hoyland) and Princeton (contact: Prof. John F. Haldon) and the UMR 8167 (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, University Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, University Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I and École Pratique des Hautes Études, contact: Prof. Anneliese Nef), explores the dynamic transitional period from late antiquity to early Islam in the Mediterranean basin (sixth to tenth centuries).
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