The Qurra Papyrus - Instruction Concerning A Claim For Repayment Of A Debt - Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 339, 91 AH / 710 CE

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Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

[] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna


Safar, 91 AH / December - January, 710 CE.


44.5 cm x 18.6 cm.

Light brown, tolerably fine papyrus. The letter, of which 17 lines are preserved, is written by Muslim b. Lubnān in black ink on recto at right-angles to the horizontal fibres. Diacritical points are added sparingly, words are written freely divided at the end of the line. Verso blank. With the exception of the lost heading the letter is very well preserved.

Accession No.

Inv. No. 339.


The translation is given below:

  1. [In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.]

  2. [From Qurra bin Sharīk to Basil, administra]tor [of Ishqauh].

  3. [I praise G]od, [besides whom] there is no

  4. there is [no] god.

  5. As to the matter in hand. Victor, son of Jamul,

  6. has reported to me that he has a claim of

  7. eleven dīnārs against a peasant from among

  8. the [pe]ople of thy district;

  9. and now he says that he has deprived him

  10. of his right. Now when there comes to thee

  11. this letter of mine, if he brings

  12. [proo]fs of what he has reported to me

  13. procure him his right(s), and to thy

  14. servant must no wrong be done, save

  15. [th]at his matter be otherwise.

  16. So write to me about it.

  17. And [pe]ace be upon him who foll[ows]

  18. the [gui]d[ance]. And Muslim [b.]

  19. [Lub]nān has written (it), and al-Salt has copied (it)

  20. i[n] Safar of the year ninet[y]-one.


Egyptian National Library, Cairo, Egypt.


[1] A. Grohmann, Arabic Papyri In The Egyptian Library, Volume III (Administrative Texts), 1938, Egyptian Library Press: Cairo, No. 155, Plate V, pp. 33-35.

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