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  1. 1

    LetterDK 231.1 (alt: IX)

    Letter to Judge Elijah from Alexandria containing a request to send back a man whose daughters were in prison-- see Goitein Nachlass material

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    LetterT-S Misc.20.61

    Note in Hebrew requesting that the addressee intervene on behalf of a prisoner in his power (אשר אתה סותם אותו בשבי). It mentions R. Me'ir …

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    LetterT-S NS J554

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. Fragment: upper right corner only. Addressed to a cousin (ibn ʿamm). Deals with a legal case, a document from the Muslim courts, …

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    LetterAIU VII.A.29

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. Very faded. The writer may mention being imprisoned (ḥabsī fī hādhihi l-muda), but this is uncertain without all the surrounding context.

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    Legal documentBodl. MS heb. b 13/42

    Court record. In Hebrew. Fragment (left half only). Location: Fustat. Dated: 21 Tevet 1[3]27 Seleucid, which is 1016 CE. In the time of Efrayim b. …

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    LetterT-S 16.229

    Letter fragment reporting about a dignitary in prison from whom a declaration was taken to be given both in a Jewish and a Muslim court. …

    ‏ . . . . . .]ל[. .] אם לה אנא אכתב אלי מולאי אלריס ‎ 1
    ‏ . . . . . . . . . .] אליהוד ותצורהם ואלוקת מא יחתמל ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 12.57 + T-S AS 150.23

    Letter/petition from a woman to Yakhin Rosh ha-Qehillot. In the hand of Ḥalfon b. Menashshe. She asks for help for her son, who suffers in …

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    LetterT-S 10J15.18 + T-S 8J18.25

    Letter. Appeal written from prison by the son of Avraham to Yosef, Yiṣḥaq and Yehuda, sons of Menahem, in Hebrew. (Information from Goitein's index cards)

    ‏ קול אומר קרא ואומר מה קרא כי אין בלשוני מלה לדבר ולא בפי תהלות לחבר ‎ 1
    ‏ כי אני …

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    LetterT-S 8J16.1

    Note in which a physician is asked to help a captive woman, imprisoned probably due to debt. The addressee responds with a brief note on …

    ‏ בל אנא ממלוכהא ‎ 1
    ‏ אגתמע [[עבדהא]] מע גלאלהא פי אל ‎ 2
    ‏ כניסה אלמעמורה בבקא נצר (?) וערפתהא ‎ 3
    ‏ מא גרי לעבדהא מ…

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    Paraliterary textT-S Ar.39.238

    One side: Draft of the beginning of a letter from a wretched prisoner in "the dungeon" (al-muṭbaq). In Judaeo-Arabic. Possibly poetry and not a letter. …

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    LetterT-S 12.255

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic to Hananyah ha-Kohen from "his son" Abu l-Ḥasan. After a flattering introduction, the body of the letter begins about halfway down the …

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    Legal documentENA 2741.7

    Legal document. Location: Fustat. Dating: Probably 1082 CE. The approximate time period is established by the mention of Yaʾir ha-Nadiv Peʾer ha-Qahal, who also appears …

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    LetterT-S 18J4.26

    Letter from Ṭoviyya b. Daniel (as far as the first few words of line 31) and the Gaʾon Shelomo b. Yehuda (from the remainder of …

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    ‏ זה גורלם מנת מדם לתת להם כמעשה יד[ם ‎ …

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    List or tableBL OR 5549.8

    List of prisoners imprisoned for nonpayment of the capitation tax. Fragmentary. twenty-four names preserved, with sums representing the amounts still due, to be provided by …

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    LetterENA NS 69.20

    Recto: Letter fragment in Judaeo-Arabic. The same scribe probably wrote ENA NS 69.20 and T-S AS 156.42, based on the handwriting similarity combined with the …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. f 107/52

    Letter in the hand of Ḥalfon b. Menashshe. Addressed to someone important, possibly the Nagid, and possibly specifically Maṣliaḥ Gaon (based on some flattering phrases …

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    LetterMS 8254, fol. 13

    Letter from Moshe Maimonides to Abū l-Munā. Autograph. In Judaeo-Arabic. Abū l-Munā is asked to convey Moshe's gratitude to Najm [al]-Dīn on account of the …

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    LetterT-S 10J19.17

    Reuse: Letter sent to Shelomo ha-Nasi. In Judaeo-Arabic. The sender asks him for help on account of his illness, poverty, and "hot bedbugs. May God …

    ‏ . . . . . . . . . . . . . ] תפצל אלמגלס ‎ 1
    ‏ . . . . . . . . . . . . . ] אלעאלמי אלאוחדי ‎ 2
    ‏ . . . . . . . . . . . . ] נשיאנו שלמה ‎…

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    LetterMoss. II,176.1

    Letter in Hebrew written on an irregular piece of vellum from prison. David appeals to Avraham ha-Sar to try to bring about his release from …

    ‏ למרבה המשרה. ומקל תפארה. צר תעודה חתום תורה. עזרא ‎ 1
    ‏ ביהודים האמללים מרנו ורבנו אברהם השר. המזג ממך לא יחסר ‎ 2
    ‏ ותיכון שררו…

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    LetterT-S NS J36

    Note from Ḍiyā' ("Light") bt. Yūsuf al-Qamari, who is in distress over her son’s imprisonment, addressed to her relative Abu al-Ḥasan Allun al-Firnas, alias Eli …


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    ‏ בשמ' רחמ' ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterMoss. VII,164.2

    Note from Yosef Tamish (? טמיש) to Namir. In Hebrew. The sender is in prison (שורתיים אלו להודיע לכה איך אני בבית הסוהר) and he …

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    LetterAIU VII.A.43

    Letter fragment (bottom half) in Judaeo-Arabic, addressed to an important person (perhaps Avraham Maimonides). Dated: Middle third of Elul 1541 Seleucid, which is 1230 CE. …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. f 108/63

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. From several people, probably addressed to Sayyidnā al-Rayyis. The senders are currently being held in prison and it sounds like they are …

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    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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    Legal documentYevr.-Arab. II 354

    Letter, or rather a legal query, from [...] ha-Kohen b. Avraham to a communal authority addressed as 'exilarch.' In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Unknown, perhaps 13th or …

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    LetterYevr.-Arab. II 1452

    Letter draft from the Qaraite community of Cairo to the Qaraite community of Damascus. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Unknown. Regarding a marriage-related legal case that reached …

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    State documentT-S Ar.39.470

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

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    LetterT-S 18J2.10

    Letter to Abū l-Ḥusayn b. Abū l-Khayr al-ʿAkkāwī, Fustat, from his uncle (khāl) Ṣadoq b. Namir he-Ḥaver, Tiberias. "The imprisonment (and torture) of defaulting debtors …

    ‏ בשמ רחמ ברוך הגבר אשר יבטח בה' וג' ‎ 1
    ‏ מוגב הדה אלאסטר אלי אלולד אלעזיז (אטא)ל ‎ 2
    ‏ א…

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    LetterT-S NS J4

    Letter of a prisoner mistreated by a Maghribi guard and affected by illness, who asks a notable ("my brother, Abu Imran") to intervene for him …

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    LetterYevr.-Arab. II 1143

    Letter draft from an unknown man in Egypt to Marzūq Chelebi (? גלבי) in Damascus. Both writer and addressee are Qaraites. The latter is greeted …

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    LetterT-S 13J20.2

    Letter from a tax farmer in the Fayyum, who was cheated of his share by his partners, was unable to pay his debts, and was …

    ‏ עבדהא ‎ 1
    ‏ צדקה בן תאמאר ‎ 2
    ‏ בשמך רחמנה(!) ‎ 3
    ‏ אלמסתגאר באללה …

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    LetterT-S AS 146.15

    Letter to the judge Eliyyahu b. Zekharya requesting he intervene with the Nagid on behalf of the bearer of the letter, who had spent six …

    ‏ ורבצת ואין מחריד וג ‎ 1
    ‏ אלי אלמגלס אלעאלי אלריסי אלאגלי [ . . . . . . ‎ 2
    ‏ אלאגל כגק מרינו ורבינו א…

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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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    LetterT-S 10J7.4

    Letter from a man to his sister Umm Bū l-ʿAlā'. Sent care of Eliyyahu the Judge. In the hand of a scribe. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: …

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    ‏ יתפצל ר אלייה יקרא הדא אלכתאב פי דארה ולא…

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    LetterT-S 13J36.5

    Letter from Ramla, from Shelomo b. Yehuda to his son Avraham in Fustat, May 1029, describing in great detail the economic and other calamities which …

    ‏ קד כאן יא ולדי וקרה עיני אטאל אללה בקאך נפדת אליך כותבי מן [אלרמלה] ‎ 1
    ‏ במא ארגו אן תקף עליהא וע…

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J98

    Family letter. In Judaeo-Arabic. Almost certainly from a woman, addressed to her cousin (ibn ʿamm). Goitein describes it as a "fragment of a family letter …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. b 11/27

    Most of a long, very distressed letter from Menaḥem, writing in Fusṭāṭ/Cairo, to a business associate, whose family lives in Fustāṭ/Cairo and who has traveled. …

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    LetterDK 230.1 (alt: 22)

    Letter from Maymūn b. Khalfa, Palermo, to Nahray b. Nissim, Fustat. 18 August 1056 (Gil). Describes the movement of goods and ships to and from …

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    LetterT-S 10J19.17

    Letter of appeal addressed to Shelomo ha-Nasi. The writer asks for assistance after having been arrested. He suffers severe poverty and illness and bedbugs (al-baqq). …

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