מכתב: T-S Ar.42.55

מכתב T-S Ar.42.55



Letter/petition/recommendation from Ṭalḥa (Nabaṭī?) to a dignitary, probably in New Cairo. In Arabic script. Dating: Probably Ayyubid-era or later, based on hand and formulary. Not addressed to the caliph (as Baker and Polliack suggest) but merely to a dignitary. The addressee is asked to look after the bearer ʿUthmān al-[...] and three other men and all of their companions, and "not to abandon them to the Miṣrīs (either Egyptians or people of Fustat)." On verso, there are jottings and possibly a draft of another petition. Needs further examination. (Information in part from Baker & Polliack Catalogue.)