Legal document: T-S Misc.27.4.21

Legal document T-S Misc.27.4.21


Legal testimony. In Judaeo-Arabic. Location: Not recorded, but somewhere outside of Fustat. Dated: First decade of Adar 1453 Seleucid, which is 1142 CE. Shemarya b. Yakhin testifies concerning Shemuel b. ʿOvadya ha-Levi; Yeshuʿa b. Yiftaḥ ha-Kohen; Yeshuʿa and his female business partner (sharīka) in a women's jewelry business (bi-ḥilā al-nisā); possibly someone who died; an exchange of gold collaterals for a deed to a house; and the parties' desire to do it informally outside of a court, against Shemarya who told them to go get a proper document drawn up. They said, "We don't need a symbolic purchase; your knowledge of (the transaction) is enough for us." It seems that they didn't want to go up to Fustat. Shemarya now sends this document to the addressee to make it somewhat more official. Needs further examination.