Legal document: T-S AS 121.229

Legal document T-S AS 121.229



Report of the death of a Jewish woman. In Arabic script. Dated: Monday, 13 Shaʿbān 657 AH, which is 5 August 1259 CE. The deceased is Sutayt bt. Mufaḍḍal. Her heir is her father. The witnesses are Hilāl b. Bū ʿAlī and Bū Saʿd b. Sālim. There is a validation—stating that the witnesses are trustworthy elders of the Jews—written in the hand of the Nagid David I Maimonides, who signs his name "Dāʾūd the son of the ḥākim Ibrāhīm b. Mūsā, Head of the Jews (Rayyis al-Yahūd)." (Information from Khan.)

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Geoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
  1. In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.
  2. The slaves report the death of Sutayt daughter of Mufaḍḍal, the Jew.

  3. She left by way of heirs having right to her inheritance her aforementioned father.

  4. This was on Monday, the thirteenth of the month of Shaʿbān, in the year

  5. six-hundred and fifty-seven. When they (the witnesses) recognized the validity of this they attached their signatures,

  6. on the aforementioned date. Praise be to God, the eternal.

Witness clauses

  1. The slave recognizes the validity of this.

  2. Written by Hilāl ibn Bū ʿAlī on its date.

  3. The slave recognizes the validity of this. 

  4. Written by Bū Saʿd ibn Sālim on [its date].

  5. The slave reports that the people who attached their signatures hereto

  6. are all elders of the Jews whose word can be trusted. Their word is accordingly valid

  7. and sound in my opinion. Written by Dāʾūd son of the ḥākim Ibrāhīm ibn Mūsā, 

  8. head of the Jews.


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