Letter: T-S Ar.40.73

Letter T-S Ar.40.73

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Recto: Literary. Page in calligraphic Hebrew from the beginning of Sefer Zmanim in the Mishneh Torah, dating the fragment to ~1180 CE at the very earliest. Verso: Notes in calligraphic Arabic script to a higher-ranked individual. There are two, oriented at 180˚ to each other. Probably drafts. The one at the top gives a string of titles (al-majlis al-sāmī al-ajallī al-ʿulwī al-dīwānī. . .), then praises for how the addressee helps those in need (... al-ṭālibīn wa-malja' al-muḥtājīn ʿindahā), then briefly brings up some matter relating to seafaring merchants (? aʿrāḍ al-tujjār al-sāfirīn). Concludes "fa-lahā waffaqahā allāh al-ra'y al-[...] fī dhālik." The one at the bottom complains that the addressee's letters have been cut off (inqaṭaʿat kutub sayyidī. . .) and requests that he please bestow the favor of continuing to including the writer in his business (fa-uḥibb an tamunna wa-tunʿima. . . bi-mā yashtaghilu bihi. . . wa-huwa waliyy bi-mā ya'mur bihi in shā' allāh). Needs further examination. ASE.