Lecture – An Early Papyrus Handbook for Addressing Prayers to God (3rd/9th century)
Date: Monday 13 November 2023
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Robert de Sorbon Amphitheatre, SUAD Campus
In this lecture, Prof Mathieu Tillier will introduce his latest publication Supplier Dieu dans l’Egypte Toulounide, by presenting the study of a booklet preserved on papyrus and dated 267/880-881. It offers a selection of some forty hadiths heard by Khālid ibn Yazīd, a minor local scholar, concerning the invocations that every pious Muslim has to use when addressing God. Composed during the reign of the famous governor Aḥmad ibn Ṭūlūn, the first autonomous ruler of Islamic Egypt, this manuscript bears exceptional testimony to the way traditional sciences were taught at the time. Not only does it open an unprecedented window on the milieu of ordinary transmitters, whose names soon fell into oblivion, but it also sheds new light on the Tulunids’ religious policy and on the Islamisation of Egypt.
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This lecture will be delivered in English.
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