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30 Jan 19

Fred Donner is Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Near Eastern History in The Oriental Institute and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. At the Academy, he plans to examine Berlin’s Arabic papyrus collection for seventh-century CE papyri. He argues that an understanding of early Islam demands close study of relevant documentary evidence, an endeavor that has been obscured by eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-century Islamic narratives of origin.

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