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Several years ago, a trove of manuscripts was discovered in central Afghanistan, part of which explicitly dated to the early 5th/11th century and to the several decades before the Mongol invasion of Iran (early 7th/13th century). This trove is quite diverse and contains texts of different genres (legal documents, letters, ledgers, poetry, prose, exegesis, etc.) written in six languages (Persian, Judeo-Persian, Arabic, Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic). Despite the range in genre, date and language, it seems that most of these texts originate in the Bāmiyān valley, making them a unique source for the history of this area and its adjacent regions during the pre-Mongol period.

In the talk, Ofir Haim will offer an overview of the different kinds of documents. A special emphasis will be given to the documentary material written in Persian and in Judeo-Persian, which sheds light on the economic activity of the inhabitants of the Bāmiyān valley, as well as on the administrative norms and practices of its ruling powers.

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Ofir Haim is a doctoral candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in the history and culture of Jews in early Islamic Iran.

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