State document: CUL Or.1081 1.2

State document CUL Or.1081 1.2



Petition from Abū l-Ḥasan b. Dāwūd to a Fatimid dignitary. The petitioner is a poor young man, whose father died destitute and left him only some pieces of furniture, which Abū l-Ḥasan would now like to sell. Dating: ca. 12th century. On verso there is a Judaeo-Arabic text on Jewish law divided into numbered paragraphs, regarding marriage contracts and mentioning Rabbi Shimʿon and the Mishna. (Information from CUDL)

CUL Or.1081 1.2 1r



Geoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).


  1.               المملوك
  2.             طاهر بن اسحق
  3.      بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
  4. عبد الحضرة السامية الاجلية العلية الاكرم الاسفهسلار الاشرف
  5. المقدم المكرم الامير بها الدين ذخرية السلاطين مختار الدولة 
  6. وفارسها خالصة امير المومنين ادام الله الامتاع ببقاية واحسن 
  7. الدفاع عن حوابيه وزاد في حراسة مجده وعلايه وامتع 
  8. امير المومنين بدوام عزه واطالة بقايه    وينهي انه رجل
  9. صعلوك غريب الدار من اهل ثغر الاسكندرية حرسها الله تعالى
  10. وكان قد استجار حانوت بها في دار لنصرانى واوفى اجرتها
  11. الي اخر المدة التي في الاجرة واوفي ما عليه من جميع الاجرة
  12. ولم يبقى عليه شيا والمملوك قد قصد باب الله سبحانه ويس{ل}
  13. المولا بحمله على تقضى الشرع والعدل والانصاغ وان 
  14. يخلي عن المملوك ليجد السبيل الى قيامته علي عايلته واطفاله وجمع
  15. شمله بهم انعاما عليه واحسانا اليه {                }.... ان شا الله تعالى
  16. والحمد لله وحده وصلواته على سيدنا محمد نبينا وسلم تسليما

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  1. ووراثة المملوك  [
  2. بان يباع الوراـ[ـثة]


Geoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
  1. His servant and slave,

  2. 'Abū al-Ḥasan ibn Dā’ūd

  3. In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.

  4. The slave of the lofty, mighty, much-sought-after presence, the leader, may God establish

  5. his glory, consolidate his good fortune and destroy his hater and his opponent, kisses

  6. [the ground before] his feet and reports to his magnificence that he is a poor young man

  7. [ ]the blessed [ ] under his auspicious supervision. The father of the slave

  8. [ ] his possessions and became poor and destitute. Poverty caused him to take refuge

  9. outside of Cairo to seek sustenance.

  10. The slave was unaware of the situation of his father and his destitution and heard no news of him until now.

  11. He left a few items of furniture and the wife of the slave's father said [ ]

  12. [ ] the slave its truth and what he left



  1. and the inheritance of the slave [ ]

  2. that the inheritance may be sold [ ]

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