P. Berol. 15002 - One Of The Earliest Arabic Parchments From 22 AH / 643 CE

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

Date

22 AH / 643 CE.

Accession No.

P. Berol. 15002.

Contents

The translation of the document is given below.

  1. .. and half ... in ...
  2. [... in the] year twenty-two.

Comments

It is a parchment fragment of a receipt for the settlement of accounts. This is one of two earliest Arabic papyri; the other one being the celebrated PERF No. 558. Not much attention had been paid to this parchment because of its fragmentary nature.

Very much like PERF No. 558, P. Berol. 15002 also shows dotting. Dots can be seen on the letter ن.

Location

Staatsbibliothek, Berlin.

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References

[1] A. Grohmann, "Aperçu De Papyrologie Arabe", Études De Papyrologie, 1932, Tome Premier, p. 44.

[2] A. Grohmann, I Arabische Chronologie. II Arabische Papyruskunde, 1966, Handbuch Der Orientalistik, E. J. Brill: Leiden/Köln, Plate II:2.

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