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    LetterT-S 13J6.30

    Letter from Yosef to Abū l-Fakhr asking him to help contest his obligation to pay the capitation tax of his brother, who was missing in …

    ‏ בשם אל עולם יתברך נצח סלה ‎ 1
    ‏ שארע מן כאדמהא יוסף לכ גד קד מר ורב השר הגדול ‎ 2
    ‏ בעם ייי צבאות הנ…

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    LetterT-S NS J351

    Verso: Letter to a family member who had inquired about distant relatives. The writer states that his wife, son, and sister-in-law had died, while his …

    ‏ דיאר מצר מן אלתגמל ואלכלף ואשיאפאת ואכחאל ומראהם(?)[... ‎ 1
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    LetterStras. 4038/9

    Complete calligraphic letter of appeal to Yefet ha-Sar, a Levi, begging for money to help pay the capitation tax for the writer and his two …

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    List or tableHalper 468

    List of persons for whom the capitation tax was to be paid. Late eleventh century. (Information from Halper, Catalogue and Goitein, Med. Soc. II:467)

    ‏ הרון אכי אלאכרס ולה רבאעי ‎
    ‏ סלאמה בן הרון בצמאן כלף בן קבה ‎
    ‏ הבה בן מוסי צבי חנין ‎ …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 66/135

    Shelomo urges Abu'l-Makarim in Qalyub (?) to collect money to pay the capitation tax of needy people

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    LetterENA 2176.14

    Letter fragment from an unknown writer in Syria to 'Rabbenu' in Bilbays. In Judaeo-Arabic. Mentioning the capitation tax (... al-jawālī) in al-Shām and specifically mentions …

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    LetterT-S 6J9.7

    Letter to Mishaʾel ha-Sar from Hiba Ibn Zaʿafrān, a poor inhabitant of Fusṭāṭ. Hiba asks for assistance paying the capitation tax, and has already been …

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    LetterT-S AS 132.237

    Letter fragment (lower right of recto, lower left of verso) in lovely handwriting. Mentions the capitation tax, hunger, and charity. On verso a woman seems …

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    LetterENA NS 2.4

    Letter sent from Minyat Zifta by Abu al-Baha b. al-Mashmia to his father. The writer reports that his brother was caught by capitation tax collectors …

    ‏ בש רח ‎ 1
    ‏ קד עלם כאלק אלמוגודאת מא עלי קלבי ‎ 2
    ‏ מן אלשוק ואלוחשה אלי חצרה אלואלד אלעזיז שצ ‎ …

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    LetterCUL Or.1081 J14 + T-S AS 145.195

    Recto and part of verso: Letter from Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi, Qalyub, to his father in Fustat. He is concerned about how they will pay …

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    State documentENA 3945.5

    Tax reciept for jizya in the name of [..] b. Ghālib with two registrations marks; 'al-ḥamdu lil-lāh al-muʿīn al-dāʾim', praise be to God who is …

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    State documentAIU XII.15

    Official account mentioning the transfer of sums to the fisc (bayt al-māl) from the bureau of the capitation tax (bayt al-jawālī): "mablagh al-maḥmūl ilā bayt …

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    LetterHalper 358

    Letter to Eliyyahu concerning the thirty-dirham balance of the capitation tax (jizya) owed by Abu al-Makarim, who is in great need of it because he …

    ‏ בשמ רחמ ‎ 1
    ‏ כאן קד תקדם קולי ללמילי אלשיך אלאגל מר ור אליה שצ ‎ 2
    ‏ פי מעני אלשיך בי אלמכארם באנה…

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    LetterENA NS 21.12

    Letter from the office of Yehoshua Maimonides dealing with the capitation tax and with the kashrut of meat, first half of the 14th c.

    ‏ כק ונוגשיך צדקה וכאצה אלגאליה אנהא ‎ 1
    ‏ ען דם אלאנסאן ובהא יעמל אלישראלי ‎ 2
    ‏ דינה שבת ומועדים וכפור וגמיע מא ‎ 3
    ‏ יכתאר פי דינה ו…

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    LetterCUL Or.1081 J61

    Petition in Judaeo-Arabic to help Thābit al-Hazzan b. al-Munajjim, who was ill and had been imprisoned for two months for not paying his capitation tax. …

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    LetterENA NS I.99

    Letter from a woman to a certain Yosef written in the hand of Shelomo ha-Melammed b. Eliya. The woman calles herself "his mother" but it …

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    LetterCUL Or.1081 2.4

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic to a certain Abū Ṭāhir containing interesting technical details of the capitation tax administration. The writer heard from Manṣūr al-Dimashqī "may God …

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    LetterT-S NS 99.10

    Recto: Abū l-Faḍā'il the cantor begs for money from Sitt Futūn, who also helped fund the construction of the synagogue (!), since he owes four …

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    LetterT-S 13J24.4

    Letter from the office of the Nagid Yehoshua Maimonides (d. 1355), to the Jewish community in Cairo. He is ordering them to pay back to …

    ‏ שבת.... ‎
    ‏ הנה אל ישועתי וכולי ‎ …

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    List or tableHalper 465

    Lower part of list of male persons, mostly craftsmen or foreigners (Goitein surmises that they are people for whom the capitation tax was [to be] …


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    ‏ ..] בן יוסף טואף ס ‎ 1
    ‏ ..]. בן סלימאן דמשקי ‎ 2
    ‏ יוסף בן אבראהים צבאג ‎ 1
    ‏ י…

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    LetterENA 3754.11

    Petition. Dating: Late 16th or early 17th century, as it involves the well-known rabbi and judge Ḥayyim Kapūsī (1540–1631). The petitioner makes accusations against a …

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    LetterT-S 12.414

    Letter from Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi, Qalyub, to a family member in Fustat, dealing with sundry small business matters. He orders walnuts, sugar, and Sinnārī …

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    LetterHalper 410

    Letter from Shelomo b. Eliyyahu to an unidentified benefactor. Shelomo asks him to help him out with the payment of the capitation tax, as he …

    ‏ הנה לא ינום ולא יישן שומר ישראל יי ישמרך מכל רע ‎ 1
    ‏ אלממלוך אלאצגר שלמה המלמד ברבי אליה הדיין סט ‎ 2
    ‏ ינהי אלי אלמולא אלמנעם אלמתפצל אלצ…

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    LetterMoss. Ia,22.2

    Interesting, late letter in Judaeo-Arabic from "the land of the Christians" to al-Muʿallim Yūsuf, the shammas of the synagogue, Cairo. The writer narrates in brief …

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    LetterT-S 13J18.27

    Abū ʿAlī b. ʿImrān, Alexandria, writes to the son of his dead sister, to Abū Mūsā Hārūn b. al-Muʿallim Yaʿaqov, Fusṭāṭ, the shop of Abū …

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