The 3rd Assemani Symposium was dedicated to the transitional period
of Islamic coinage, aiming at putting in context the Umayyad numismatic
materials. The bulk of the papers published in these Proceedings is therefore
focused on this theme, but the contributions also take into account
Arab-Sasanian and Arab-Byzantine issues, as well as early Umayyad coins
from various regions of the Dār al-Islām (Transoxiana, Sogdiana, Libya,…).
Other papers throw light on different periods and objects of Numismatic
interest (seals, glass stamps, history of collecting), as the vocation of this
Symposium is to be the occasion of a wide-range scientific exchange on Arabic and Islamic Numismatics.
Bruno Callegher: His scientific interests can be defined with in two major
research ambits, one relating to Roman coin finds in North-Eastern Italy,
the other regarding Byzantine coinage. He has been Keeper at the ‘Museo
Bottacin’ in Padua and since 2006 associate professor of Numismatics
at the University of Trieste.
Researcher of Arabic Language and Literature at the
Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza – University of Rome. Her domains
of research are Islamic Numismatics and Arabic manuscripts.
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The traditional written records from the period uder review are rather scanty and information they provide is far from desired commpleteness and reliabilities; in these conditions, the coins can be considered a primary historical source.
The dual (Chinese and Inner Asian) nature of the Qara Khitay Empire
(Western Liao dynasty) is a well-known and thoroughly investigated fact. The
cited duality was evident in all aspects of life of the Qara Khitay society –
political, economical, social, cultural, etc. No exception in this regard is the
numismatic aspect as well, although the very existence of intrinsic Qara
Khitay coinage has been disputable until recently.
The problem of coin production and money circulation in the state of
Western Liao still belongs to the least studied, first of all due to particular
difficulties with singling the proper Qara Khitay coins out of the entire
numismatic legacy of pre-Mongol Central Asia. For the moment being we
know about a few coin issues undertaken in the Muslim (Qarakhanid) state,
just most of those issues could be related to the Qara Khitays only on the basis
of other sources witnessing that in the given years, mostly within the 2nd
half of the 12th century, those towns or regions – in particular, Balkh and
Tirmidh (modern Termez/Termiz) – were ruled by the Qara Khitay khans;
however, the coins proper may not bear such indications at all – neither
specific names nor any other obvious features; equally scarce are the
respective publications on the topic [FEDOROV 2000; KOCNEV 2001; FEDOROV 2004;