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

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

by Geoffrey Khan
     
 


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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Foreword5
Acknowledgements7
Bibliography and abbreviations11
Introduction23
Script27
Accounts
1List of villages in the al-Bahnasa region to which zakat had been distributed for the poor and needy49
2Account 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 increase57
3Account relating to the lease of agricultural land indicating the rent for each faddan, the crops grown, the land category and the instalments paid68
4Account relating to the land tax arranged by cultivator76
5Account of rent on urban property80
6Account of expenditure from a Christian community in Northern Mesopotamia84
7Bill of lading92
8Merchant's ledger95
Legal Documents
9Two quittances99
10Quittance for land tax104
11Receipt108
12Record of a testimony112
13Deed of lease of a shop115
Letters
14Letter concerning the detention of the writer in a Delta village121
15Two letters sending greetings129
16Petition to an amir136
17Letter to a woman concerning the delivery and dispatch of various items143
18Letter from the amanuensis of a Tulunid official151
19Letter requesting a meeting with the addressee160
20Letter concerning various types of animals and crops together with the reply to it165
21Letter from a textile merchant173
22Letter to a weaver178
23Letter requesting the addressee to write an important message182
24Letter concerning family matters187
25Letter concerning the delivery of textiles191
26Letter requesting the delivery of money together with the reply to it195
27Letter concerning various business matters201
28Letter requesting the postponement of the payment of a debt together with the reply to it209
29Letter concerning family matters215
30Letter concerning the delivery of wheat219
31Letter requesting the addressee to make a delivery of money222
32Letter concerning the delivery of corn and other business matters228
33Letter concerning family matters233
34Letter requesting the payment of a debt240
35Letter complaining that the addressee had not kept the writer informed about a certain matter243
36Letter complaining that the addressee had not replied to previous communications to him by the writer247
List of papyri according to their edition number254
List of papyri according to their inventory number255
Indices

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