Letter: ENA 3958.6

Letter ENA 3958.6


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Letter from Manṣūr(?) b. [...] possibly to a younger relative Yūsuf (وينهي ان المملوك مشتاق الى خدمة ولده يوسف). In Arabic script. Looks like a chancery hand and the document opens with expressions of patronage, but it does not seem to be a petition. The sender has been protecting the interests of the addressee (والمملوك حامل هم المولا من جهة...) with regard to Abū l-Faḍl Fakhr al-Dīn, who may have arrived in Fustat from the Fayyūm. The addressee is told that he might still catch him if he comes quickly. The next section is about Jalāl al-Mulk, who may be trying to take over Yūsuf's fief as ḥāshir (tax collector), and he (or somebody else ) is spreading bad rumors about the addressee (...جلال الملك عمل في حشارتك له ويقبح عليك...). The margin mentions the arrival of ʿIzz al-Dīn b. al-Zandī(?), and the addressee is urged to come with him. Verso is almost entirely greetings. Abū l-Ḥasan sends regards. Regards to Abū l-Faḍl, to a paternal uncle, and to a woman and her children. Hiba sends his regards. The addressee is urged to respond quickly, send a report on the taxes he has collected (? والمدعى اكتب عن الذي حشرته) and not to pay attention to ignoramuses (ولا تسمع كلام الجهال). He is urged again to act quickly so that they can kill two birds with one stone (ونعمل شغلين في شغل) and to try to meet with Fakhr al-Dīn. ASE

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