P. Louvre Inv. J. David-Weill 20 – A Papyrus Bearing Acknowledgement Of A Debt, 42 AH / 662-663 CE

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Assalamu-ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

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Figure: (a) Picture of the papyrus and (b) its content. [] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna.

Date

42 AH / 662-663 CE.

Size

33.0 inch x 20 inch.

Accession No.

P. Louvre Inv. J. David-Weill 20

Contents

The translation of text is given below.

  1. [In the jurisdiction of b]el[iev]ers. Testified ʿUqayb b. ʿImran and Ḥayy b. Sʿad. Wrote
  2. [[............]] until refilling the tanks the end of (year) forty-two
  3. In the jurisdiction of believers. ʿArib b. Yanah and ... b. Tafddul (?)... and wrote.
  4. ]..[.]...... from [.]... [...]...[.]
  5. [[............]] until the end of forty-two years of in the jurisdiction
  6. [of belie]vers. Testified ʿAmr b. Ḥayy and Buṭayr b. Saif [and] wrote
  7. [In the name of] Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. As establishing the right to ʿUmar b. ʿAsr on ʿUmar b. Malki: it must
  8. [...] [[.........]] until the end of (the year) forty-two of the jurisdiction of believers. Testified ʿAmr b. al-Ḥarth
  9. [and B]uṭayr b. Saif. The Janb tribe has a good [[......]]
  10. [...] [[.........]] on Šahr b. Malki: it has six and a half dinars until the end of (year) forty-two years
  11. [In the juris]diction of believers. Testified ʿUmar b. Malki and Buṭayr b. Saif and wrote
  12. [In the name of] Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. As establishing the right to [[Šahr b. Malki on As’ad b. ʿAmr: it must]]
  13. in the year forty two year in the jurisdiction of believers. Testified ʿAmr [b.]...

Comments

This papyrus has frayed edges at top which makes it impossible to determine its true significance. The remaining thirteen lines has four sets of different entries without diacritical points.

Location

Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, Cairo (Egypt).

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References

[1] Y. Ragib, "Une Ère Inconnue D'Égypte Musulmane: L'ère De La Juridiction Des Croyants", Annales Islamologiques, 2007, Volume 41, pp. 187-207, esp. pp. 194-201.

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