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Hirschler, Konrad (2016) 'From Archive to Archival Practices. Rethinking the Preservation of Mamlūk Administrative Documents.' Journal of the American Oriental Society, 136 (1). pp. 1-28.

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Abstract

This article proposes a new approach to the question why so few Arabic documents have survived in their original archival context. Taking the Mamluk period as a case study it argues that the category ‘archive’ itself needs to be reconfigured away from the idea of fixed archival spaces, or even a Mamluk State Archive, towards archival practices. These archival practices were spread across the Mamluk realms and involved numerous actors including the central bureaucracy in Cairo, individual secretaries and most importantly the small-scale administrations of officers. These archival practices emerge not from the normative and narrative texts, but primarily from a consideration of archival traces on surviving documents.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
ISSN: 00030279
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 11:59
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19122

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