Looking for Credit in 18th Century Damascus

A Case from the Court Records [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 22, March 2017]

by Astrid MEIER

What to do if you do not have enough money to hand? Today, many might use a credit card or overdraw their bank account if they could. In this blog, I will present a court case from 18th century Damascus that provides glimpses into the world of a woman who struggled to Continue reading Looking for Credit in 18th Century Damascus

How to marry right

Searching for a royal spouse at the Mamluk court of Cairo in the fifteenth century [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 21, February 2017]

by Albrecht FUESS

“Whoever does not marry an Egyptian woman, says Imam al-Shafi‘i, will never obtain the full wisdom” (Abdar-Raziq 1973, 123). This saying introduces the topic of the current paper well as choosing a spouse will always have direct consequences, in this case it is meant Continue reading How to marry right

Transmission of Polemics in Safavid Iran

A Case of Transmission of Knowledge       [DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 20, January 2017]


In the seventeenth century a cycle of religious polemics took place, which involved the two main courts of the Persian speaking world (namely the Mughal and the Safavid) and the Church of Rome. In this contribution I will briefly lay out the background surrounding these Continue reading Transmission of Polemics in Safavid Iran

The Banu Qadi ‘Ajlun: Family or Dynasty?

[DYNTRAN WORKING PAPER 19, December 2016]

by Torsten WOLLINA

In this contribution, I will present two additions to the conceptualization of ‘family’ in the context of premodern Islamicate societies. Firstly, I propose that we should understand ‘family’ as a symbolic resource in knowledge transmission, which could have as Continue reading The Banu Qadi ‘Ajlun: Family or Dynasty?