Phil Booth, New Light on the Muslim Conquest of Egypt (Re-reading John of Nikiou)

By | 3 października 2012

Zakład Historii Starożytnej Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego serdecznie zaprasza na referat New Light on the Muslim Conquest of Egypt (Re-reading John of Nikiou), który wygłosi dr Phil Booth (Oxford). Referat, który zainauguruje tegoroczne spotkania seminarium późnoantycznego, zostanie wygłoszony w czwartek, 11 października 2012 r., o godz. 16.45, w Bibliotece Zakładu Papirologii, w budynku Wydziału Prawa (Collegium Iuridicum I) na terenie głównym UW.

Abstrakt:

Since the publication of John of Nikiou’s Chronicle in the late nineteenth century, all researchers have assumed that its crucial chapters 111-15, which cover the Muslim conquest of Egypt, have somehow become disordered. That perception, this paper suggests, results from the false assumption – derived from the far later Islamic tradition – that the Muslims arrived in a single movement and as a single unit. It argues that John of Nikiou’s text is both clear and consistent, and that it offers a new vision of the conquest which is both familiar and unfamiliar: familiar in its intersection with the strategies of Muslim commanders elsewhere in the Middle East; and unfamiliar in its radical departure from the narrative contained within all subsequent accounts of the conquest, both medieval and modern.