Writing the History of the Muslim Conquest of Egypt

DR Philip Booth
A. G. Leventis Lecturer in Eastern Christianity, University of Oxford

This paper explores the Arab conquest of Egypt, and its immediate aftermath, through two sets of sources: the earliest Christian narrative of the conquest; and a series of spectacular but neglected documentary archives from the first decades of Arab rule.

In this it seeks an alternative route into the earliest interactions of conqueror and conquered, beyond those provided in later Arabic texts.