Letter: MIAC 238

Letter MIAC 238



Personal letter for Yeḥiʾel al-Qahlānī [from Yosef b. Shalom Siman] – 28 Kislev __96 [first two digits illegible on document] – Bassatine Cemetery – Museum of Islamic Art – (number 238) – in Hebrew. (information from Ḥassanein Muḥammad Rabīʿa, ed., Dalīl Wathā'iq al-Janīza al-Jadīda / Catalogue of the Documents of the New Geniza, 55). An original scan and translation of the letter is available in Al-Janiza wa-l-maʿābid al-Yahūdiyya fī Miṣr (pp. 203-207). The letter sender writes in order to ascertain why al-Qahlānī has not responded to previous letters and that he is ready to send payment. Given that most of the dated documents in the possession of the MIAC are twentieth-century the most likely reading of the date is [56]96 AM or December 24, 1935 CE. It is also possible that the year is Common Era dating (perhaps [18]96 CE) and the month/day are Anno Mundi as is the case in other 19th-20th-century documents, such as, MIAC 10). MCD.