State document: Moss. IXa,2.37

State document Moss. IXa,2.37



State document, in Arabic script. The perfumers/druggists (ʿaṭṭārīn) petition to the Ayyubid Sultan al-Malik al-Ṣālīḥ regarding the injustice of the notables (ʿurafa) in the construction of the garden of al-Malik al-Ṣāliḥ (Najm al-dīn Ayyūb? This garden is believed to have been constructed near the Bāb al-Lūq). Their trade has been affected by this and they have been unfairly demanded money. This petition could refer to the unfair market conditions during that time. “The slaves, druggists/perfumers of Fusṭāṭ, are oppressed by the injustice of the ʿurafā (notables) in the construction of the garden of al-Malik al-Ṣāliḥ, may God glorify him, and they have been affected by the magnitude of which cannot be known, from the seizure of business arrangements/partnerships (the scribe may have intended to write قطع المصانعات, meaning "bribes"), and they demanded from us a raṭl for the sake of……. 20 raṭls and …..3000 dīnārs and there remained no Jew or a Christian…”. Needs examination.


Yusuf Umrethwala and Alan Elbaum, unpublished editions (n.p., 2022).
  1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
  2. المماليك يقبلو الارض بالمقام العالي المولوي الملكي الصالـ[ـحـ]ـي خلد الله
  3. ايامه واجعله منصور ابدا     وينهو ان المماليك العطارين بمصر 
  4. افتقرو من ظلم العرفا في عمارة [[ا]] بستان الملك الصالح عزه الله وحصل لهم
  5. ما لا يعرف مقداره من قطع المصالحات(؟) فطلب منهم رطل من حاجة 
  6. ….] عشرين رطل ويرجعو يبيعوه ولم صبي ىـ[...]ـى يعبر (بغير؟) ..لا…
  7. …..] الدين(؟) ثلاثة الاف دينار ما بقي يهودي ولا نصراني