Legal document: T-S NS 297.58

Legal document T-S NS 297.58

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Possibly a certificate of conversion to Islam. In Arabic script. May be part of a will (says "bi-amri hādhihi l-waṣiyya" in the last preserved line). It is for a Sicilian named ʿUthmān b. ʿUmar al-Ṣiqillī/al-Siqillī al-Anṣārī (or al-Naṣārī?). Lines 6–15 consist of his profession of faith in the tenets of Islam. Much of the scholarship on legal certificates of conversion to Islam has focused on formularies rather than actual documents. E.g., see Linda Jones, "Notarial Forms for the Conversion of Non-Muslims to Islam, by Ibn al-ʿAttār (d. 399/1008)," in Conversion to Islam in the Premodern Age (ed. Nimrod Hurvitz), University of California Press 2020. This document differs substantially from the formularies which have been published so far and merits further examination. The same ʿUthmān b. ʿUmar al-Ṣiqillī appears in T-S AS 177.607. ASE