Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Mine, residence, or home - the meaning of "ma'din amîr al-mu'minîn" on Umayyad coins

Sep 12, 2022, 4:20 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall D

Auditorium Maximum - Hall D


Lutz Ilisch (Forschungsstelle für Islamische Numismatik, Tübingen )


The original understanding of the term ma'din amîr al-mu'minîn was that of a mine providing gold for caliphal dinars. But the appearance of the expression on copper coins, especially as an epithet following the mint name al-Madîna has challenged this interpretation and numerous alternatives with references to the Arabic lexicography offering other meanings were discussed over more than the last thirty years without arriving at a common consensus. Apart from linguistic considerations the present paper will follow a different approach of historical contextualisation of the mintage years 89, 91, 92 and 105 H. to arrive at an understanding of the term.

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Lutz Ilisch (Forschungsstelle für Islamische Numismatik, Tübingen )

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