The Arabic Papyrology Database allows you to search Arabic documents on papyrus, parchment and paper from the 7th up the 16th century A.D. – there are now 414 (out of ca. 2,000) at your disposal. Use this database to locate relevant historical data, investigate linguistic peculiarities, find references and more. [The APD is for] papyrologists, historians, philologists, editors, professors, students: Specialists in Arabic studies, Islamic studies, history of the Middle East upt to the 10th/16th c., Islamic law, linguisits, historians in general – just anyone dealing with Arabic documents. Try it out!

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  1. Fantastic! Thanks for blogging this.

  2. Far out, this is fantastic!
    If only I was smitten by a language as rich in terms of recorded history with a vibrant and diverse speech community as Arabic rather than a language with no written history and as few as 6 remaining speakers.
    Oh well, to each their own. And besides, I love what I do!

  3. Great find! Those papyri are really hard to read – they couldn’t be bothered with dots most of the time.

  4. I second all previous comments. Thanks a lot, Steve.
    BTW, did anyone else start the online course?
    Dang it, too bad I’m not teaching anymore, it would have made a great final year course…

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