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The Finances of the Caliphate: Abbasid Fiscal Practice in Islamic Late Antiquity

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The Paperwork of Taxation: Abbasid Fiscal Documents from Egypt

The administration of taxation in the Abbasid Caliphate generated a substantial amount of paperwork. A fraction of this documentation, in the form of pieces of papyrus and paper written in Arabic, Coptic, and Greek, has been excavated in Egypt and dispersed to various collections, predominantly located in Europe and the United States. These documents provide insight into the management of taxation on the ground. In this blog, we provide a first look at the various types of documents that were produced in the context of the Abbasid fiscal administration in Egypt.


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