The following posts are a little different, re-imagining and reconstructing evidence in narrative form, to bring to life the impact that documents had on real people in their day-to-day lives – how they were  written, used, and how people reacted to them.

The Governor’s Orders
By Eline Scheerlinck
Have you ever wondered what the Arab conquests of Egypt meant for the average Egyptian villager? The following story takes place a few years after 700, in the countryside of Middle Egypt. It’s based on a Coptic document that belonged to the management of the country by the Arab-Muslim government. Read more here.

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