IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 205: Medieval Urban Literacy, I: Dispute Settlement in Town and Countryside

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval Urban Literacy Project
Organiser:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 205-aWhy Study Medieval Urban Literacy?
(Language: English)
Marco Mostert, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Mentalities
Paper 205-bLong Distance Complaints: The Role of Writing in Disputes between Taxpayers and State Servants in the Abbasid Empire in 10th-Century Iraq
(Language: English)
Maaike van Berkel, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Europese studies en religiewetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Administration, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

The session aims at analysing the use of writing in the recording and the resolution of conflicts within a comparative perspective. It will discuss the differences and similarities between dispute settlements in cities and the countryside and the use of writing in relation to other forms of communication used in the processes of mitigating disorder.