SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Daisy Livingston

MA (Hons) History (University of Edinburgh), MPhil Islamic Studies and History (University of Oxford)


Daisy Livingston
Daisy Livingston
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Thesis title:
Archival practices in the medieval Arabic lands. Documents and archives at the centre and periphery in Egypt and Syria: institutional, communal, and private practices in a diverse literate society.
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Internal Supervisors

External Supervisors

Konrad Hirschler (FU Berlin), Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck)

PhD Research

My research investigates archival practices in a range of surviving documents from medieval Egypt and Syria, focusing particularly on the Ayyūbid and Mamlūk periods. In the past the study of the history of archives in the medieval Middle East has been hampered by the non-survival of state archives from this period. My research revisits this history from a different perspective, broadening the definition of archives to include smaller and more short-term collections of documents, and examining archival practices in a range of social settings, including those outside major urban centres, and in communities outside the political and religious mainstream. My research makes use of scholarship that has been produced in the study of medieval archives in other parts of the world, such as Europe, as well as in later periods, such as under the Ottomans, benefiting from this rich literature, whilst contributing new perspectives from which to approach the history of pre-modern archives.


  • 'Archival and Documentary Practices in a Peripheral Milieu', Second Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS). London, 13-15 April 2015.


  • Member of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP)