NES 389 / MED 389 / JDS 389 / HIS 289

Everyday Writing in Medieval Egypt, 600-1500

Eve Krakowski

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This class explores medieval Islamic history from the bottom up — through everyday documents from Egypt used by men and women at all levels of society: state decrees, personal letters, business letters, contracts, court records, wills, and accounts. Even the smallest details of these everyday writings tell us big things about the world in which they were written. Each week examines a different topic in medieval Egyptian social history. We’ll cover politics, religion among Muslims, Christians, and Jews, social class, trade, family relationships, sex, taxes, and death, among other subjects.

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