Credit instrument or private receipt: JRL Gaster ar. 263

Credit instrument or private receipt JRL Gaster ar. 263



Verso: Receipt. In Arabic script. For Ibn Mazhar the Jew. The scribe's name appears at the bottom: Abū l-Majd b. ʿAlī. Dated: 506 AH (or possibly 560, but this seems less likely on paleographic grounds). The payment was 4.5 (dinars) cash, which is written both in words and in Greek/Coptic numerals. The payment is for the ground rent (ḥikr) for a compound in the Sūq al-Kabīr (in Fustat?). The scribe has written sūq al-kabīr rather than al-sūq al-kabīr, omitting the definite article, probably due to elision of the vowel after fī and the consonant before the sun-letter in sūq.

JRL Gaster ar. 263 1 / 1 leaf, recto

1 / 1 leaf, recto


Yusuf Umrethwala, unpublished editions (n.p., 2023).


  1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم [vacat]
  2. صح دليل بن مزهر اليهودي //عن حكر//
  3. نصف الدورة الذي في سوق الكبير
  4. لسنت ست وخمسمائة [vacat]
  5. [vacat] من الورق اربعة ونصف
  6. وكتب ابو المجد بن علي


Marina Rustow, [digital geniza document edition].


  1. In the name of God, the merficul, the compassionate
  2. A valid receipt has been issued for Dalīl b. Mazhar the Jew for ground-rent
  3. on half the compound that is in the Great Bazaar
  4. for the year 506 (560?).
  5. In cash: 4½ (dīnārs).
  6. Written by Abū l-Majd b. ʿAlī.  

JRL Gaster ar. 263 1 / 1 leaf, verso

1 / 1 leaf, verso
Image Permissions Statement
  • JRL Gaster ar. 263: Image rights: The University of Manchester Library. Access rights: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0