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  1. 151

    State documentCUL Or.1080 15.77

    Petition to a Fāṭimid vizier concerning an allowance of a jurisconsult, which the petitioner used to receive from the auspicious office, which was to be …

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    1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    2. خلد الله تعالى ملك المجلس السامي الاجلي الجيوشي
    3. السعيدي الناصري الكافل الهادي عضد به الدين
    4. وامتع بطول بقائه امير المؤني…

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

    2. May God make eternal the rule of the lofty and exalted seat, the mighty lord,(commande…

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  2. 152

    LetterT-S 16.267

    Letter to a hazzan, Ben Sadoq, who is asked to intervene on behalf of the writer, Menashshe nin Shemaiah, before Sar Salom, head of the …

    1. . . . . . . . . . . . ] . . . . . והחזן זקן תורה אלוף [י]רא[ה]. . . .
    2. . . . ] . . . הנטועה והיתד הקבועה הנקוב בשם טוב והמעוט[ר] . . . לקח
    3. ] . . . וה…

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  3. 153

    LetterT-S 10J20.14

    Badly effaced letter to a business friend describing his dire situation and lack of wheat and asking the addressee for assistance. (Information from Goitein's index …

    1. אלי אכי אטאל אללה בקאה ואדאם עזה ונעמאה גמע אללה ביננא
    2. על[י] אסר חאל במנה וכרמה אן שא אללה ואלדי אעלמך בה לא תס[אל
    3. מא עלי קלבי מן גהת אלשדה אלדי ענד…

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  4. 154

    State documentBL OR 5566B.12

    Petition from ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. [...] to Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn (Saladin). In Arabic script. Has a tarjama at the upper left; 4 lines of introductory blessings; …

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  5. 155

    State documentT-S Ar.51.106

    State document. Petition to a Fatimid official titled ʿAmīd al-Dawla requesting that the state seize the petitioner's properties in Palestine because they are not producing …

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    1. والاجحاف به وبهم والظلم له ولهم وعدل الدولة النبوية خلد الله ملكها وحرس عزها

    2. ومولاي الاجل عميد الدولة ادام الله نعماه وكبت حاسديه واعداه يم…

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    1. ... harm and wrong done to him and to them. The justice of the prophetic dynasty, may God make its reign eternal and protect its strength,
    2. and…

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  6. 156

    State documentENA NS 8.10

    Recto: Petition in Arabic script. Draft. Dating: Probably Mamluk-era. The sender asks to be excused from having to go up to the dike. Reused for …

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  7. 157

    LetterYevr.-Arab. II 1064

    Letter "to the Sulṭān regarding. . ." written in calligraphic and vocalized Judaeo-Arabic. The header is too faded to be easily read from the microfilm. …

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  8. 158

    State documentBL Or. 10578E.16

    State document, ending line of a petition containing the raʾy clause. Hebrew liturgical text on verso.

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    1. حضرته {ارا} رايه العالي في ذلك ان شا الله

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  9. 159

    State documentT-S Ar.40.47

    Recto: Two drafts of the opening of an Arabic petition from Abū ʿAlī b. Abū l-ʿIzz al-Yahūdī to the sulṭān (possibly al-Malik al-Kāmil). Dating: ca. …

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    1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    2. المملوك ابو علي بن ابو العز اليهودي يقبل الار[ض
    3. الارض بالمقام العالي السلطاني السيفي
    4. الملكي خلد الله ملكه وجعل الارض با…

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  10. 160

    LetterT-S 8J22.27

    Recto: Petition addressed to Maṣliaḥ Gaʾon (r. 1127–39). In Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic, beautifully written but with rudimentary spelling. From a woman who had been married …

    1. בש רח
    2. ייי ישפות שלום למרנה ורבנה (!) מצליח הכהן
    3. ראש ישיבת גאון יעקב סררתו(!) תיכון לעד
    4. וממא אעלם חצרתה באן אלממלוכה להא מעה(!)
    5. הדה כמסטעשר סנה לם תע…

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  11. 161

    State documentT-S K25.211

    Recto: Petition or report to a Fatimid vizier, ending only, including raʾy, ḥamdala and ḥasbala. 5th century AH/11th century CE. Possible join with T-S Ar.22.140 …

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  12. 162

    State documentT-S Ar.42.129

    Petition from a woman to a high dignitary or perhaps to al-Malik al-ʿĀdil himself (one reigned 1200–18 and another reigned 1238–40) in a rudimentary hand. …

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  13. 163

    LetterT-S 8J9.12

    Letter from Damietta to the Fustat community (קהלת מצר) to collect money for alimony and travel expenses, it seems, to Palestine, for two individuals. David …

    1. מן וזנו ענה אלק . . . . [
    2. ופעלו מעהם מא וצלת אליה אלקדרה וקד תוגהו
    3. אלי מואליי קהלות מצר ברוכים יהיו ליעודו
    4. מן ענדהם אלי דמיאט . . . . . אלי דיארהם
    5. ו…

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  14. 164

    State documentT-S AS 177.116

    Fragment of an official-looking letter in Arabic script. The ends of 4 lines are preserved. Likely a petition for help (كل سنة من احوالهم... حتى …

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  15. 165

    LetterT-S 8J15.14

    Letter asking for charity in which the writer describes how “exacting” the upcoming holiday of Passover is in terms of expenses, noting that his "prayer …

    1. ויהי דויד בכל דרכיו משכיל
    2. אלממלוך ישרח בעץ מא הו פיה אלצאיקה
    3. מן קלה אלמכסב וכתרת אלעילה וגלא אלסער
    4. ומזאחמת מתל הדה אלעיד אלמבארך פאללה
    5. יעיד עלי אלמו…

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  16. 166

    State documentPUL Islamic Manuscripts, Third Series no. 584e.20 (Michaelides 20b)

    Petition, possibly Mamluk.

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  17. 167

    State documentT-S Ar.39.470

    Petition to the caliph al-Mustanṣir from a man who has been detained in the arsenal (khizāna, according to Khan khizānat al-bunūd, which was also used …

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    1. [علـ]ـى [مولانا وسيدنا الامام المسـ]ـتنصر بالله امير [المـ]و[ـمنيـ]ـن  [وعلى ابائه]

    2. الطاهرين عبد مولانا صلوات الله عليه ينهى الي

    3. الحضرة ا…

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  18. 168

    State documentT-S AS 178.230

    Petition to a Fatimid caliph, in Arabic script. The ends of ~8 lines are preserved from the upper left corner, including much of the preamble …

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  19. 169

    LetterCUL Or.1080 J112

    Petition in the hand of Makhlūf b. Mūsā, possibly in Alexandria, addressed to a judge, probably in Fustat. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Makhlūf was active ca. …

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    1. ]גב כלאצי
    2. מן אלנביל אלפאצל אלמשהור פי אל
    3. בלאד למא ראיתה תתעוק מן אבו אל
    4. מכארם בן בקא ומע יוסף בן איוב פי
    5. ורטאת הי אפעאלה וטראיקה כשית
    6. אן יפותנ…

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  20. 170

    LetterENA 2806.13

    Letter from a woman to Maṣliaḥ Gaʾon containing an update on a lawsuit between her and a male family member (possibly her son). She seems …

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  21. 171

    State documentENA 3939.7

    Recto: Fragment of a petition (?), 3 fragmentary lines, containing part of an inhāʾ section (al-mamlūk yunhī anna) in which reference is made to the …

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  22. 172

    State documentAIU XII.51

    Verso (original use): Fragment of a petition in Arabic script. Dating: Probably Fatimid-era. The beginnings of 4 lines are preserved. Moderately wide line spacing. Includes …

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  23. 173

    State documentT-S Ar.51.108

    Recto, with address on verso: Petition/letter from Muslim b. ʿAlī b. Muslim to Abū l-Faraj Mawhūb b. Yūḥannā. The sender is a state official or …

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  24. 174

    State documentENA NS 71.8

    Petition to a higher official from a military general or army veteran based on "ṣibyān al-khāṣṣ". The petitioner says he comes from the class of …

    1. كـ]ـان من احد المماليك صبيان الخاص وهو المخلص سيف الـ[ـدولة
    2. ـ]ـك واعبائهم مشهور بالنهضة والشجاعة والفروسية مستحق[

    3. ]في امره [  ] احضر تحته فرس ملك…

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    1. He is among the army knights of the illustrious Sayf al-Dawla
    2. ] they are known for their zeal in service, bravery and horsemanship capable of …

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  25. 175

    LetterT-S 12.478

    Original use: Letter or petition in Arabic script, mentioning the caliph, witnesses, a document (wathīqa), and a legal or political conflict. The Arabic hand also …

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  26. 176

    State documentMichaelides (charta) A169

    Petition to the caliph al-Āmir (1101–30) from a woman attempting to collect a large debt of 241 dinars on the estate of a deceased person. …

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    1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 1 بسم

    2. صلوات الله وبركاته ونوامى زكواته وافضل سلامه وتحيـ[ـاته على مولانا]

    3. وسيدنا الامام الامر باحكام الله امير الم…

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  27. 177

    LetterT-S AS 177.239

    Letter possibly to a negligent landlord, written (satirically?) in the style of an ornate petition. Dating: Probably 12th or 13th century. After approximately 10 lines …

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  28. 178

    LetterT-S 13J13.6

    Letter from the widow of the cantor Ben Nahman to a Head of the Jews (entitled Gaon) concerning the difficulties she is having with her …

    1. אלעבדה זוגה
    2. אלחזאן בן נחמן
    3. אלעבדה תנהי אלי הדרת הגאונות תכן משרתה לנצ[ח
    4. חאלהא הו וולדהא וגועהם ועריהם וכונהא להא אליום
    5. ענד? בין?] אלנאס משתתה ה שהור…

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    Your slave, the wife (= widow) 

    of the cantor Ben Naḥman 

    [I(n the name of the)] M(erciful) 

    Your slave informs your excellency the Gaon, may…

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  29. 179

    State documentMoss. IV,56.1

    Blessing formula for the caliph al-Ḥāfiẓ li-Dīn Allah (1131-1149 CE), possibly a draft petition. See also T-S NS 110.26. (“Prayers from the Geniza for Fatimid …

    (May) the prayer of God and His blessings, His ever-growing benefactions, His greetings and call of Peace (be) upon our lord and master, the Imām al-…

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  30. 180

    State documentENA 3974.4

    Petition draft. From Manṣūr b. Salāma (Khan) or b. Ṣadaqa (Elbaum and Rustow independently of one another) to the Fatimid caliph al-Āmir bi-Aḥkām Allāh (1101–30 …

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    1. العبد المملوك 

    2. منصور بن صدقة من اهل سنديون

    3. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

    4. صلوات الله وبركاته ونوامي زكواته وافضل سلامه وتحياته على مولانا وسيد…

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    1. The servant and slave 

    2. Manṣūr ibn Ṣadaqa from the people of Sandiyūn.

    3. In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate. 

    4. The blessing…

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  31. 181

    State documentT-S AS 149.39

    Verso (original use): Petition in Arabic script. Invokes the trope of a bad person "taking people's property" (akhdh amwālihim) and refers to the caliph (al-ḥaḍra …

    1. ] ازهر

    2. ] عليهم وباخذ اموالهم ولا احد

    3. ]ـه وىحوى الناس ويحلفون بالله

    4. ]صلوات الله عليه وبراس مولاي

    5. ]ـراه ويقال لي كان (دار؟) الترتيب //في//

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  32. 182

    State documentT-S 20.32

    Draft of a petition to the caliph al-Ḥākim, with tarjama and opening formulae. Recto contains a Hebrew legal deed (see separate entry). From Hibat Allāh …

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    1. بسم للهّ الرحمن الرحیم

    2. بسم

    3. بسم للهّ الرحمن الرحیم

    4. العبد المملوك هبة الله بن

    5. ابو منصور الیھودي

    6. صلوات للهّ وبركاته ونوامي زكواته وأفض…

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  33. 183

    State documentHalper 474

    Petition, Fatimid(?). In Arabic script. Last 9 lines. With hamdala and hasbala at end. Not a lot of context can be gleaned from the preserved …

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  34. 184

    LetterENA 1822a.4

    Letter/petition/recommendation to a Nagid. In Judaeo-Arabic. The sender asks him to help the bearer, Ibrāhīm b. Abū Dāʾūd al-Ashqar al-Bilbaysī, who betrothed (amlaka) a woman …

    1. קריב.[. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    2. חצרה רבינו אלנגיד [. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    3. וקד סבבך אללה תע לכל [. . . . . . . . .…

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  35. 185

    State documentT-S NS 321.100

    Verso (original use): Lower left corner of a petition in Arabic script, apparently asking for charity or assistance for a woman: . . . . …

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    1. عاد اليها الصدقة[
    2. السجـ]ـل الكريم زاده الله شرفا ونفاذا بالصدقة عليها
    3. ]....ويسل...عنها انعاما عليها
    4. ]......ادام امرها
    5. ]عليه الراي العالي في ذل…

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  36. 186

    LetterT-S 8J9.11

    Letter (petition) addressed to a certain notable named Perhaya. AA

    1. אליה ואלאשתמאל עליה ואלאחתפאל
    2. בה ואלאנתהא אלי כדמתה אלי חין
    3. אנפצאלה והו שאכר ואן כאן אלמולי
    4. מא יחתאג אלי מנבה פי חק מתלה
    5. לאני אעלם מן ..אנתתה ועקלה

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  37. 187

    State documentT-S AS 132.42

    Petition addressed to a lower official: وقد عطفت هده الرسالة على . . . ولمولاي السيد الاجل ادام الله علوه . . . الراي العالي …

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  38. 188

    LetterT-S 13J17.4 + T-S 10J10.9

    Letter from Shelomo b. Yehuda (or Avraham son of the Gaon?) to Efrayim b. Shemarya. In Hebrew. Asking Efrayim to organize the Jewish community in …

    1. שלומות להרבות וישועות קרובות ומגדים ותנובות
    2. וששונות וטובות והצלחות עריבות ליקירנו וחשוב[נו]
    3. [ו]אהובינו וגדולינו כב גד קד מרנא ורבנא אפרים
    4. החבר בסנה[…

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    1. This man was one of the notables of his community in his place, and he was rich.
    2. The ruler of his land imposed a punishment upon him, so he fl…

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  39. 189

    LetterENA 4020.34

    Petition to Shelomo ha-Nasi from a man whose name is missing, reporting that a pesiqa (pledge drive) in his favor had brought a substantial sum, …

    1. כאדמה [. . . . .
    2. אבו .[. . . .
    3. אלמסאול מן אללה תע ומן מושב הד יק צפ[ירת
    4. מר ור אדונינו מלכינו נשיאנו שלמה הנש[יא
    5. הגדול נשיא גליות כל ישראל ירום הודו …

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  40. 190

    State documentT-S K25.214

    Petition from Ṣāliḥ al-Khaybārī, a Jew from the community of Baghdad, to the Fatimid amīr Tāj al-Dawla. In Arabic script. Ṣāliḥ petitions regarding a miserable …

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    1. عبده وغلامه صلح الخيبرى البغدادي
    2. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
    3. عبد مولاى الامير تاج الدولة اطال الله بقاه وادام تاييده وعلاىه وكبت حسدته وعداه
    4. رجل …

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    1. .In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate.
    2. The slave of my master the amīr Tāj al-Dawla, may God prolong his life and cause to endur…

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  41. 191

    State documentT-S AS 183.2

    Formulary or draft of the opening of a petition to a vizier and qāḍī. Cuts off right after the "wa-yunhī."

    1. يقبل الارض امام المقام العالي المولوي الاجلي
    2. السيدي الوزيري القاضي مفتي الانام حجة الاسلام
    3. سيد الوزرا بنيه السلف الطاهر بسط الله في الخافقين
    4. احكامه …

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  42. 192

    State documentENA 4101.14a

    Fragment of a draft (?) of a petition opening with the taqbīl clause repeated twice (once in isolation) and followed by the caliphal honorific titles: …

    1. المملوك يقبل الارض اما 

    2. ….المملوك يقبل الارض امام المقام النبوي الطاهري(الظاهري؟) المعظم الشريف

    3. ضعف الله انواره واعلى لندامته/…اميره(؟)   وبالم…

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  43. 193

    LetterT-S K1.148

    Letter/petition of appeal for assistance written in a combination of Hebrew, Judaeo-Arabic, and Arabic. (The Arabic is notable for the use of an ihmāl sign …

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  44. 194

    State documentENA 4193.19

    Petition, late Fatimid period given the blessings on a vizier, from a certain Ibn Mūsā (no forename given) concerning a Jew named (2) Bū l-Faraj …

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  45. 195

    State documentT-S Ar.40.84

    Recto (original use): Bottom of a formal petition, or most likely a report due to state related affairs discussed, in Arabic script, mentioning "al-thaghr" (=Alexandria?) …

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  46. 196

    State documentT-S Misc.25.73

    Recto: Letter/petition in Arabic script to a qāḍī (al-majlis al-sāmī al-ajallī al-qaḍāʾī al-shamsī). The sender's name is given at the top but is tricky to …

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  47. 197

    State documentT-S NS 245.49

    Fragment from the bottom of a petition in Arabic script, containing a portion of a raʾy clause and blessings for the addressee (ṣalawāt allāh ʿalā …

    1. الراي العالي في ذلك ان شا الله

    2. ….المذكور

    3. عبده

    4. امتثل عبد مولانا صلوات الله عليه ما رسم وتولى المجلس المذكور يمتثل…

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  48. 198

    State documentT-S NS 113.14

    Petition for charity from Bū Bakr b. al-Bābā al-Ṭūrī to an amīr with many titles (including al-isfahsalārī). In Arabic script. Dating: likely Mamluk-era, based on …

    1. المملوك بو بكر بن البابا

    2. الطوري

    3. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    4. يخدم الجناب العالي المولوي الآمري الاجلي الكبيري

    5. الاسفهسلاري المجتبا المختار عمدة ال…

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  49. 199

    State documentT-S NS 320.45

    Petition submitted to the Fatimid caliph al-Mustanṣir upon his accession in 1036 CE. Requesting that he confirm the appointment of Yosef ha-Kohen, a judge of …

    TS NS Box 320, f. 45 verso, ed. M. Gil, Palestine, vol. 2, pp. 575-576, (Doc #315) A Petition to the Muslim Government to recognize the appointment o…

    1. …for Joseph the Aaronite...) 

    2. may God have mercy upon him.And Joseph did not cease to administer the affa(irs of the Alexandrian community until …

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    State documentENA 3287.5

    Petition from Naṣir b. Bū l-Faraj, who converted to Islam (ihtadā) under (ʿalā yad) Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn(?) (but perhaps different from the actual Saladin?) in the …

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