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Shaping a Muslim State: The World of a Mid-Eighth-Century Egyptian Official

Petra M. Sijpesteijn

Abstract

This book provides a synthetic study of the political, social, and economic processes which formed early Islamic Egypt. Looking at a corpus of previously unknown Arabic papyrus letters, dating from between ad 730 and 750, which were written to a Muslim administrator and merchant in the Fayyum oasis in Egypt, the book examines the reasons for the success of the early Arab conquests and the transition from the pre-Islamic Byzantine system and its Egyptian executors to an Arab/Muslim state. By examining the impact of Islam on the daily lives of those living under its rule, the book highlights the ... More

Keywords: Islamic Egypt, Fayyum oasis, early Arab conquests, Islamic society, governance, early Islamic Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673902
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673902.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Petra M. Sijpesteijn, author
Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, Leiden University

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Part I Discussion

Part II The Texts