State document: T-S H5.111

State document T-S H5.111

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Document of appointment. In Arabic script. Dating: 11th or 12th century. The appointment is likely for a position in the army, mentioning an ‘affair of the Turks’ that the appointed person had dealt with successfully. On verso there is Hebrew poetry including Judah ha-Levi’s יה למתי צפנת. (Information from Khan and CUDL.)

T-S H5.111 1r




Geoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).

T-S H5.111 1v

  1. ... from the abomination of death on the frontier and the affliction of annihilation.

  2. A soul should not die except by leave of God at its fixed time, which is written down.

  3. Since I have requited you for your services regarding the affair of the Turks

  4. [ ] in that, continuing the practice of your predecessors . . .


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