State document: T-S Ar.39.464State document T-S Ar.39.464
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Petition from Mubārak b. Ibrahīm Ibn Sabra to Muʿtamid al-Dawla, who seems to be a Fatimid dignitary. The sender asks for (or heavily implies that he would like) a renewal of business relations. There is at least one other Mevorakh b. Avraham Ibn Sabra who appears in many other Geniza letters. See T-S Ar.39.11 for another mention of a Muʿtamid al-Dawla. (Information in part from Goitein’s index card and Khan.)
Edition: Khan, Geoffrey
Translation: Khan, Geoffrey (in English)
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TranscriptionGeoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
- عبدها مبارك بن ابرهيم بن
- بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
- عبد حضرة مولاي الشيخ الاجل الكافي معتمد الدولة اطا[ل الله]
- بقاها وادام تاييدها وعلاها وتمكينها وكبت اعداها كثير
- الدعا لها والثنا عليها في كل محفل لما قد خصها الله تعالى. [ ]
- من الكرم الظاهر والخلق الطاهر والعصبية والجود و[ ]
- وعبدها يبذل روحه لها ان تشرفه بما يسنح [من اجل ]
- ومهماتها ليقف عند اوامرها من غير جزا ولا [شكر]
- الا فخر بخدمتها ولها عالى [الراي] في ذلك ان شا الله
- الحمد لله وحده وصلواته [على سيد]نا محمد نبيه واله و[سلم تسليما]
- حسبي الله [ونعم الوكيل]
TranslationGeoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents in the Cambridge Genizah Collections (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993).
- His slave Mubārak b. Ibrāhīm b.
- In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.
- The slave of the presence of my master, the most glorious elder, the sufficient Muʿtamid al-Dawla, may [God] prolong
- his life and cause to endure his support, his eminence and his strength, and crush his enemies, is full
- of prayers and praise for him in every gathering on account of what God, the exalted, has distinguished him with [ ]
- of external grace and pure disposition, esprit de corps, generosity and [ ].
- His slave would lay down his life for him if he would honour him with what is available regarding [ ]
- and his duties, so that he may be under his authority, not with (a view to gaining) reward or gratitude,
- but pride in his service. To him belongs the exalted opinion in this, if God wills.
- Praise be to God alone and [his] blessings [be upon our lord] Muḥammad, his prophet, and his family and [save them].
- My sufficiency is God. [What an excellent keeper is he!]
- His slave Mubārak b. Ibrāhīm b.
- In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.
- The slave of the presence, my lord, the most glorious, sufficient elder Muʿtamid al-Dawla, may [God] prolo[ng]
- his existence, make eternal his support, his loftiness and his power, and smite his enemies, is full
- of prayers and praise for him in every assembly on account of what God, may he be exalted, has distinguished him with [ ]
- by way of manifest grace, pure character, solidarity, generosity and [ ].
- His slave would offer his life for him if he were to honor him with an opportunity [ ]
- and his provisions, so that he may fall under his orders without (seeking) recompense or [gratitude],
- but out of pride in his service. To him belongs the exalted opinion in this matter, if God wills.
- Praise be to God alone, and [his] prayers [be upon] our [lord] Muḥammad, his prophet, and his family, and [save them].
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