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  1. 1

    State documentENA 1487.71

    Petition from a man described as having many dependents (the first two lines read: wa-huwa ṣuʿlūk kathīr al-ʿāʾila wa-yasal al-inʿām ʿalayhi wa-al-iḥsān ʾilayhi bi-khurūj ilā …

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    State documentENA NS 77.200

    Fatimid state document, perhaps a petition (...min iḥsānik...). On verso, Hebrew literary text.

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    State documentT-S Ar.40.3

    Petition (draft) from […] Mukhliṣ, in Minyat Ghamr, to an Ayyubid dignitary. In Arabic script. The petitioner complains about the young son of a neighbor …

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    1. المملوك [           ]
    2. [          ] المخلص من اهل منية غمر
    3. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    4. وينهى الى مجلس المولا شمس الدين سيف المجاهدين 
    5. عمدة الملوك وا…

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    1. The slave

    2. [ ] Mukliṣ, inhabitant of Minyat Ġamr.

    3. In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.

    4. (The slave) reports to the seat o…

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    State documentT-S Ar.38.13

    Probably a petition, but possibly a legal document. In Arabic script. On parchment. About 6 lines are preserved. Includes phrases such as "as your [excellency] …

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    State documentT-S Ar.39.493

    Recto: Petition, probably. In Arabic script, in a Fatimid chancery hand, with huge space between the lines. Portions of two lines are preserved: ...ʿalā yadih …

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    State documentT-S Ar.41.131

    Petition to the vizier of al-Ẓāfir, Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī Ibn al-Salār, regarding a fief worth 5500 dinars and a market worth 1000 faddān that were …

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    1. صلوات الله وبركاته ونوامى وافضل تحياته و[سلامه]

    2. ما اخذ لهم من طين اقطاعهم وهو ماية فدان احتوى عليها النايب 

    3. وقد خرجت الاوامر العالية باعا…

    1. The benedictions of God and his blessings, his increasing benefactions and most excellent greetings [and peace]

    2.  ... what was assigned to them as…

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    State documentT-S Ar.20.21

    Fragment of a petition in Arabic script. The petitioners complain to the authorities that a certain person is corrupting their religious status quo (niẓām) and …

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    1. وقد فسد بذلك نظامهم ويعذر عليهم

    2. الاقامة بموجبات شريعتهم واختلت

    3. اجتماعاتهم وهم يسالوا من المراحم العـ[ـميمة]

    4. ان يشملهم من العدل ما شمل م…

    1. And it affects their order and makes it difficult for them

    2. to adhere to their tenets of faith and demobilizes

    3. their congregations. They seek fr…

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    State documentT-S Ar.42.94

    State document. Dating: early 13th century (Ayyubid period). Petition from Khuyalāʾ b. Ḥasan and Abū l-Jaysh to the caliph al-ʿĀdil regarding an iqṭāʿ in the …

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    1.                              الناصرية

    2.                            خيلا بن حسن وابو الجيش

    3.                             بن احمد

    4. بسم الله ال…

    1. [ ] al-Nāṣiriyya

    2. Kuyalā’ ibn Ḥasan and ‘’Abū al-Jayš

    3. In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.

    4. The slave kisses the ground before t…

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    LetterT-S NS J88

    Letter/petition from an unknown writer to the Head of the Jews. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer complains about ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz and his mistreatment of a woman …

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    1. יא סידנא רייס אליהוד
    2. לא תסאל מא נחן פיה
    3. מן עבד אלעזיז אלעאדה
    4. אלדי תערפהא מנה מא
    5. תגיירת ירמי להא אלכב[ז
    6. וחדה ואלפלוס תבקא חאירה
    7. עלי מן ישתרי ל…

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    State documentENA 3935.4

    Petition in Arabic script. There are multiple senders, evidently Jewish. Much of the remaining text is formulaic. They refer to khurūj al-amr al-ʿālī ('the issuing …

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    State documentT-S Ar.39.219

    End of a petition in Arabic script. Asking for permission to enter Egypt on behalf of a group of people. In a different hand, there …

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    State documentT-S NS 305.19

    Petition. In large Arabic script, wide space between the lines, in a chancery hand. This is a small fragment from the lower right corner of …

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    1. ولمولاي الامير الجـ[ليل
    2. فيما يامر به الـ[ـالراي الاعلى
    3. والحمد لله وحده وصلى الله[على سيدنا محمد واله وسلم تسليما]
    4. [وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل]

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    State documentT-S AS 150.2

    Verso: Fragment of a petition in Arabic script. The beginnings of ~6 lines are preserved. Contains phrases such as: "wa-l-kashf ʿammā . . . al-sharīfa …

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    State documentT-S AS 111.37

    Petition fragment. Contains part of a raʾy clause and a reference to Dīwān al-Shām al-Maʿmūr, and then perhaps "the response of the slave with what …

    1. ]ـته ورفعته عالي الراي في
    2. ]الى ديوان الشام المعمور واجابة العبد بما يمسكه(؟) و
    3. ان شا]الله تعالى

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    State documentT-S Misc.11.221

    Official correspondence in Arabic script. Portions of 7 lines are preserved. Seems to be either a petition or a letter of gratitude after a favorable …

    1. استمطار سحب المكارم الالهية بما يصلحها       وعليها..

    2. صنائع هذه الايام الناضرة[    ]

    3. من الحكام في هذه الاعمال ولو لا يتم بالاعراف في شكر النعمة…

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    LetterENA 1628.35

    Jottings and drafts of phrases both from a petition (yuqabbil al-arḍ) and an order of payment (yadfaʿ li-muwaṣṣilhā) addressed to al-Shaykh al-Makīn Abū l-Faraj (early …

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    State documentT-S NS 111.63

    Official correspondence in Arabic script. Maybe a petition (at least in the sense that the sender is buttering up the addressee and asking for a …

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    LetterT-S NS J591

    Letter/petition to a certain Net[an'el]. Written in Judaeo-Arabic. Little of the content remains; mentions household items (ḥawā'ij al-bayt) and the writer's shame.

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    LetterT-S NS 264.74

    Letter in Hebrew. Fragment, only the first few lines are preserved. Calligraphic and formal style. Probably the beginning of a letter of appeal.

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    State documentJRL Gaster ar. 372

    Petition from a Jewish man to a dignitary. In Arabic script. Fragment (upper left corner). Opens with two lines of grand titles for the presumably …

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    1. بسم الله] الرحمن الرحيم

    2. المملوك يقبل الارض امام الحضرة السامية الاجلية] القضائية السعيدة الماجدة الامينية

    3. ذ]خيرة(؟) الدين جمال الروسا صـب…

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    State documentENA 2808.56

    Petition in Arabic script, in a chancery hand. The sender is saying, to paraphrase, "I am your most devoted servant, so don't force me to …

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    1. ويكون المملوك مملوك مولانا عمري كل يحرجني
    2. ان اشتكي للسلطان على هذا المقدار
    3. ومولانا محاشا من هذا المملوك ينهي
    4. ان وسيد المملوك الذي في البلد ما …

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    State documentT-S 13J36.12

    Verso (original use): Petition. The bottom 10 lines are preserved. The specific request is hard to make out, perhaps for government employment. Needs further examination.

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    LetterENA 2540.1

    Letter of petition to Saʿadya the great prince, probably the father of Mevorakh b. Saʿadya. The writer complains that he and his family are hungry. …

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    1. [. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]
    2. מידות השבח היא הדרת יקרת צפירת תפארת
    3. מרנא ורבנא סעדיה השר האדיר בישראת…

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    State documentT-S 6J1.16

    Verso (original use): Fragment of a petition from the group/community/tribe of Banū al-Thimāl(?). Only the opening blessings for the caliph are preserved. Someone has re-copied …

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    1. العبيد المماليك
    2. جماعة بني الثمال
    3. [بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم]
    4. صلوات الله ونوامي زكواته] وافضل تحياته وسلامه على مولانا
    5. وسيدنا الامام              …

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    State documentT-S H5.129

    Petition to an Ayyubid sultan, possibly Al-ʿĀdil I (13th century), opening only. On verso there is a piyyuṭ, possibly for Yom Kippur. (Information from Khan …

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    1. …….
    2. [    ا]لهمام ناصر الاسلام غياث الانام سيف المومنين سلطان جيوش المسلمين 

    3. خليل امير المومنين وادام قدرته واعلى ابدا كلمته وانفذ احكامه

    1.     …..

    2. [ ] the heroic, the helper of Islam, the succour of mankind, sword of the believers, sultan of the armies of the Muslims,

    3. the friend of…

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    State documentT-S Misc.28.169

    Petition to the caliph al-Mustanṣir from a man seeking employment in the caliph’s service. Draft, opening only. Dating: ca. 427–87/1036–94. On the other pages is …

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    1. الحمد لله وحده الحمد لله وحده وصلواته على خير خلق من الورى
    2. صلوات الله وبركاته ونوامي زكواته وافضل تحياته على مولانا وسيدنا
    3. ال…
    1. The benedictions of God and his blessings, his increasing benefactions and most excellent greetings be upon our master and lord

    2. the 'imām al-Must…

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    State documentT-S 12.1 + T-S B12.39

    Fatimid fiscal report or account for the fiscal (kharājī) year 417, from the period of the Fatimid caliph al-Ẓāhir. Dated: 417 kharājī/419 AH. Document is …

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    1. عبد مولانا وسيدنا الامام الظاهر لاعزاز دين الله امير المومنين 

    2. صلوات الله عليه وعلى ابائه الطاهرين وابنائه الاكرمين

    3. ومملوكه حسين…

    1. The servant of our master and lord, the ’imām al-Zāḥir li-’I‘zāz Dīn Allāh, commander of the faithful,

    2. the blessings of God be upon him and upon …

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    LetterENA 4020.5

    Right fragment: Letter/petition in Hebrew from the widow of the well-known judge Hiyya b. Yishaq (active in Fustat 1129–60s) to the Jewish congregation of Fustat. …

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    State documentT-S Misc.22.286

    Petition opening to a vizier of al-Ḥāfiẓ. Dating: 531–33/1137–39. Al-Ḥāfiẓ had three viziers: the general Yānis (for nine months in 526/1132), Bahrām (529–31/1135–37 and Riḍwān …

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    1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    2. [صلوات] الله وبركاته ونوامى زكواته وافضل سلامه [و]تحياته 

    3. على مولانا وسيدنا وامام الحافظ لدين الله اميرالمومنين

    1. In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.
    2. The blessings and benedictions of God, his increasing benefactions and most excellent salutation…

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    LetterT-S 10J17.28 + T-S AS 151.30

    Letter addressed to Yosef ha-Kohen Segan ha-Kohanim. In Hebrew. Containing greetings and an apparent request for charity. The letter is written in the same hand …

    1. אברכה את ייי בכל עת תמיד תהלתו בפי
    2. בייי תהלל נפשי ישמעו ענוים וישמחו
    3. פודה ייי נפש עבדיו ולא יאשמו כל החוסים בו
    4. חונה מלאך ייי סביב ליריאיו ויחלצם
    5. חזק…

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    LetterT-S AS 183.254

    Petition, or petition-like letter. From a woman ("al-mamlūka"). Very damaged; unclear if any of the substance of the request is preserved. She mentions her occupation …

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    State documentT-S NS 305.23

    Petition, or maybe its draft, to the Fatimid Caliph al-ʾĀmir bi Aḥkām Allah. Verso is also some form of state document in a chancery hand, …

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    1. بسـ]ـم الله الرحمن [الرحيم]
    2. صلوات الله وبركاته ونوامي زكواته [وافضل تحياته على سيدنا ومولانا

    3. [الامام] الامر باحكام الله امير المؤمنين وعلـ[…

    1. In the name] of God the merciful [and compassionate]
    2. The blessings of God, his benedictions and increased benefactions [and best greetings be upon o…

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    LetterENA NS 2.18

    Letter addressed to a 'Sar ha-Leviim,' asking him to help his son, who is imprisoned in Cairo for a debt. Fifteen dirhams had been pledged, …

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    1. בר
    2. כאדם חצרה אלמולא שר הלויים אדאם אללה
    3. סעאדתהא ואחסן עאקבתהא וינהי אלי
    4. מגלסהא אן קד כתר תקלתה עליהא לא כאן
    5. אללה אלעאלם מא א[. . . . . .]תק[.]לה כ…

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J195

    Letter fragment, written in poetical phrases, in which the writer asks Yehuda and his brother Meshullam for help. (Information from Goitein's index cards)

    1. ידיד שבטי ישורון גם פארם ומעוזם והודם והדרם
    2. חכינו אל כסלע תוך ש. .ה .ע. . . . . . . . . .ם ו. . .ם
    3. וגם שמו כמו פלג בעייה לכל צחים כי .ו. . ירם
    4. אשר ג…

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    State documentT-S Ar.4.10

    Petition from a certain Jaʿfar to a Fatimid dignitary (qāʾid) in which Jaʿfar asks that the support (maʿūna) granted to him not be withdrawn because …

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    1.                                   العبد جعفر 

    2. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

    3. عبد مولاى القائد الجليل اطال الله بقاه وادام عزه وتاييده وحراـ[ـسته…

    1. The slave Ja‘far

    2. In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.

    3. The slave of my master, the glorious leader, may God prolong his life and …

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    LetterENA 1822a.61

    Letter in which the sender sends a request for help. R. Avraham is mentioned

    1. ר אברהם לאן מא. .[. . . . . . . . .
    2. לה שי לאנה יתפצל כתיר ולו //לי// א.[. . .
    3. כאן לי חיאה ואסעה אלשדה עטימ[ה
    4. אגל תוב לי ולצגיר ואלה אדא קלעת
    5. אלתוב א…

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    LetterT-S Ar.39.57

    Petition from a certain Manṣūr to an unidentified addressee (though Goitein assumed that "Sayyidnā" meant "the Nagid"). In Arabic script. The sender is a poor …

    1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    2. المملوك
    3. منصور
    4. يقبل الارض وينهي انه رجل صعلوك
    5. وهو في شدة من العايل والقلة والدين
    6. وانا في ستر في هذه الوقت ووصل السكين
    7. للعظم وم…

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    LetterENA NS 17.13

    Letter of request for help, probably sent to Abu al-Wahsh. The letter begins with words of praise.

    1. תקובץ עוד בתוך אומא פ. .ה וישיב צור לעם גו
    2. פתח ידך לכל אביון ועני ויתוסיף ממוניך ות[
    3. ותזכה עוד לנין נכון וישר בעת תשים לפניך למ[
    4. שנות חיים כאליה ו.מ…

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    LetterENA NS 2.19

    Letter from Ibrāhīm, Yosef b. Hillel, and Moshe to Yehuda ha-Rav. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: No earlier than 13th century. Asking to have some produce sent …

    1. עמי עשו
    2. אלמולא אלאגל אלפאצל אלשיך רבי
    3. יהודה הרב אנה אלעלום אלכרימה
    4. מחיטה כתרת אלאשתיק אלי נצר
    5. וגה סיידי פנסאל אללה תע אן
    6. יגמע אלשמל בכדמת סיידי
    7. פאנה…

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    LetterENA 4020.10

    Letter of appeal for charity addressed to the Gaʾon Netanʾel ha-Levi (1160s CE). On the back there is a draft of a piyyut.

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. e 94/27

    A bashful pauper informs the judge Rabbi Eliyyahu b. Zechariah who was in charge of public charity, that he had not eaten anything for two …

    1. ממלוכה . . .
    2. . הבה.
    3. אלדי יעלם בהי ר אליה הדיי[ן
    4. באן ממלוכה יקים הונא ומא
    5. לי שי יקום בי ולי אליום יומי[ין
    6. מא אכלת שי ואלממלוך [ליס
    7. לה וגה יכלם אחד ול…

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    LetterT-S 10J12.13

    Petition. Calligraphic letter with wide line-spacing in which the writer asks the recipient, whom he addresses as 'my father,' for support, emphasizing that his poor …

    1. ונחנא מקלין מן אחואלנא אלדי נחנא פיהא [ . . . . . . . .
    2. אלגלה אן מא ענדנא קמחה [[פ]] וקד גאת הדה אלנובה פזאדת
    3. עילנא אופא [[עטים]] ממא ענדנא מן אלקלה…

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    State documentT-S AS 152.63

    Verso (original use): Fragment from the upper left corner of a petition or official letter in Arabic script. ASE

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    1. بسم]الله الرحمن الرحيم
    2. المملوك يقبل الا]رض امام المجلس
    3. ]الاجلي المولوي
    4. ]الدين

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    LetterJRL Series A 527

    This is a fragment of a letter asking for assistance, possibly on behalf of a man and his dependents. The author mentions that the subjects …

    1. ......]א[...............
    2. ....א]לדי יפ[..............
    3. ]רגל מעיל פי כמסה מן אלעילה
    4. ]ת עשרה .... עריאנה ומא לעבדך
    5. ...] מולאי אל[ש]יך אלאגל באן ינעם
    6. ...…

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    LetterJRL Series A 546

    Beginning of a letter of appeal by an individual named Makin who addresses his plea to an elder. The verso contains a much faded letter …

    1. אלממלוך מכין]
    2. יכדם כבוד גדולת]
    3. אלהי ישראל יבר[ך
    4. שני חמודיו ויאר]
    5. בנעימים אלדי .]
    6. ותערף אן אלמ]מלוך
    7. ........]ואל]

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    LetterT-S 10J14.18

    Letter in Hebrew with introductory phrases of appeal. Closes with verses about the ephemeral nature of wealth and the mitzvah of charity. (Information from Goitein's …

    1. פתחו שערים ויבא גוי צדיק שומר אמונים:
    2. ויהי ייי משגב לדך משגב לעתות בצרה:
    3. רודף צדקה וחסד ימצא חיים צדקה וכבוד:
    4. קראו לפתחי תום ושערי רחמים יפי מגוריכם…

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    LetterT-S 10J17.29

    Letter addressed to Yosef ha-Kohen. Contains initial greetings, a request for assistance, a congratulations on recovering from an illness, and wishes for the forthcoming high …

    1. עזרי מעם ייי עושה שמים וארץ
    2. ויהי דויד לכל דרכיו משכיל וייי עמו
    3. חזקו ויאמץ לבבכם כל המיחלים //לייי//
    4. אשרי משכיל על דל וג ימלטיהו ייי
    5. מלוה ייי חונן דל…

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    Unknown typePUL Islamic Manuscripts, Third Series no. 584e.22b (Michaelides 23)

    Petiton from some students at al-Azhar against a landowner. [Described on the paper wrapper as: "Complainte des etudiants d'El Azhar au Waliʹ" ; on a …

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    LetterPUL Islamic Manuscripts, Third Series no. 584e.18 (Michaelides 19)

    Petition from the Mamluk period. [Described on the paper wrapper as: "Un esclave mamelouk demandant à son ancienne maitresse de retourner dans sa première maison" …

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    State documentPUL Islamic Manuscripts, Third Series no. 584e.31 (Michaelides 31)

    Petition to ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar to Jawhar al-Ṣafawī, asking him for money. [Described on a separate small piece of paper: "Important"; [next line] "A letter …

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