Arabic Papyri: Selected Material from the Khalili Collection / Edition 1

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The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art is a growing private collection of over 15,000 objects, built up over the last 16 years in London. This volume is the first in an important new academic series, complementary to the main catalogue of the collection. It consists of a detailed study of a group of early Arabic papyri, dating mainly from the eighth to tenth centuries A.D. Most are from Egypt, but the collection also includes the only known papyrus to survive from Iraq. The texts range from tax and legal matters, to business accounts and personal correspondence. Each document is transcribed and translated, and there are copious notes on historical linguistic, and paleographic issues. These documents reflect directly the realities of life in the first centuries of the Islamic era.
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"In making available what certainly seems to me to be a judicious selection of papyri from Khalili corpus, Geoffrey Khan has rendered scholars of various disciplines within the broad field of Arabic studies a service deserving of a warm welcome....His work renders a valuable service to the study of the subject to which it is devoted and will enrich its readers with a fuller insight into the many aspects of that subject."--Journal of Semitic Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780197275009
  • Publisher: Khalili Collections
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: STUD. IN KHAL. COLL. Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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University of Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Acknowledgements 7
Bibliography and abbreviations 11
Introduction 23
Script 27
1 List of villages in the al-Bahnasa region to which zakat had been distributed for the poor and needy 49
2 Account of the cultivated land in the district of Dalas and the villages of Ahnas on the basis of the annual survey, divided into the sum entered in the registers of disposition and the survey increase 57
3 Account relating to the lease of agricultural land indicating the rent for each faddan, the crops grown, the land category and the instalments paid 68
4 Account relating to the land tax arranged by cultivator 76
5 Account of rent on urban property 80
6 Account of expenditure from a Christian community in Northern Mesopotamia 84
7 Bill of lading 92
8 Merchant's ledger 95
Legal Documents
9 Two quittances 99
10 Quittance for land tax 104
11 Receipt 108
12 Record of a testimony 112
13 Deed of lease of a shop 115
14 Letter concerning the detention of the writer in a Delta village 121
15 Two letters sending greetings 129
16 Petition to an amir 136
17 Letter to a woman concerning the delivery and dispatch of various items 143
18 Letter from the amanuensis of a Tulunid official 151
19 Letter requesting a meeting with the addressee 160
20 Letter concerning various types of animals and crops together with the reply to it 165
21 Letter from a textile merchant 173
22 Letter to a weaver 178
23 Letter requesting the addressee to write an important message 182
24 Letter concerning family matters 187
25 Letter concerning the delivery of textiles 191
26 Letter requesting the delivery of money together with the reply to it 195
27 Letter concerning various business matters 201
28 Letter requesting the postponement of the payment of a debt together with the reply to it 209
29 Letter concerning family matters 215
30 Letter concerning the delivery of wheat 219
31 Letter requesting the addressee to make a delivery of money 222
32 Letter concerning the delivery of corn and other business matters 228
33 Letter concerning family matters 233
34 Letter requesting the payment of a debt 240
35 Letter complaining that the addressee had not kept the writer informed about a certain matter 243
36 Letter complaining that the addressee had not replied to previous communications to him by the writer 247
List of papyri according to their edition number 254
List of papyri according to their inventory number 255
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