Letter: Bodl. MS heb. f 108/63

Letter Bodl. MS heb. f 108/63


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Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. From several people, probably addressed to Sayyidnā al-Rayyis. The senders are currently being held in prison and it sounds like they are making their case to the addressee to exert himself to help them. They had evidently antagonized some man in a legal battle. This man then showed up drunk to a gathering and attacked them and insulted them and tried to smash jars of oil. When this didn't get him anywhere, he went to some government office (Dār al-Sulṭān) and cried out for help, "O Muslims! I do not say... the religion of Islam." They tried to appease him, but he said, "You 'wrote' (a contract?) in Muslim courts... I will take revenge on you!" The authorities responded to the ruckus by throwing everyone in prison. ASE