Workshop on Documenting Multiculturalism in Norman Sicily and the Islamicate East - Friday 29 November 2019

We are pleased to invite you to an all-day workshop on Documenting Multiculturalism in Norman Sicily and the Islamicate East. The workshop is being organised by the Khalili Research Centre (University of Oxford) and will be held on Friday 29 November at Wolfson College (Oxford OX2 6UD). The workshop will consist of a series of 30-minute talks concerning the administrative and legal documents of the Islamicate world (full programme below and attached). 
Those wishing to attend the workshop should complete the accompanying form and email to by Friday 22 November. Places are strictly limited to 30 and in the event of oversubscription priority will be given to those who have particular research interests in the topics under discussion. Applicants will be informed by email whether they have been allocated a place by the end of Monday 25 November. 
If you have any further queries about the event, please email

Documenting Multiculturalism in Norman Sicily and the Islamicate East - A workshop organised by the Khalili Research Centre at Wolfson
Friday 29 November — The Buttery, Wolfson College


9:30  Registration, coffee and croissants

10:00—10:30  Documenting Multiculturalism in Norman Sicily: a brief introduction to the project - Jeremy Johns (KRC, Oxford)

10:45—11:15  “Persian in Documents” and “Going Local in the Perso-Islamic Lands”: the Afghan Geniza, islamisation and language in the pre-Mongol Islamicate East: a brief introduction to the two projects - Arezou Azad (KRC, Oxford)

11:30—12:00  The DocuMult database: cataloguing, tagging, and interrogating the multilingual documents of Norman Sicily - Daniel Burt (KRC, Oxford)

12:15—12:45  Persian Land Sale Documents from the Archive of Yehuda ben Daniel - Ofir Haim (Jerusalem)

1:00—2:00  Lunch

2:00–2:30  The anathema as penalty clause. A good example of plurality of iura in Sicily during the Norman period - Marta Cerrito (Palermo)

2:45–3:15  The documents of Norman Sicily as a source for the study of Medieval Greek - Francesca Vuturo (Palermo)

3:30–4:00  The opus sectile Arabic inscriptions of the Norman palaces: style and context - Umberto Bongianino (KRC, Oxford)

4:15–4:30 Tea

4:30–5:00  Zaynab the captive: the Norman dīwān and the ransom of Muslim prisoners held by foreign Christian powers - Nadia Jamil (Oriental Studies, Oxford)

5:15–5:45  “Occidit, occidit spes omnis, et fortuna nostri nominis”: the Banū Raǧāʾ qāḍīs of Norman Palermo - Jeremy Johns (KRC, Oxford)

6:00 Closing remarks, drinks and canapés