The Qurra Papyrus - A Reclamation Respecting A Fugitive & The Fine - Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 340, 90 AH / 709 CE

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Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

[] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna

Date

Rabī‘ I (or II), 90 AH / January-February (February-March), 709 CE.

Size

35.5 cm. x 16.6 cm.

It is a light brown, fine papyrus. The letter is written in black ink parallel on recto, verso is blank; diacritical points are but sparingly added, which in line 2 are in the form of small slanting lines, are but sparsely added.

Accession No.

Inv. No. 340.

Contents

The translation of the document is:

  1. One third (?) []

  2. of the part of your messenger []

  3. thou writest unto me that thou hast already [sent]

  4. the peasant ....[] to me

  5. who had flown, as also the fou[r]

  6. dīnārs and a third [of a dīnār] with which

  7. thou hast fined him. But I have not []

  8. for he has not yet presented himself to [me]

  9. nor has he rendered (the sum) with which thou hast fined him. And [peace]

  10. to upon him who follows the [guidance],

  11. and Mu[hammad b.]

  12. ‘Uqba has written (it) in the month of Rabī‘ []

  13. of the year ninety.

Location

Egyptian National Library, Cairo, Egypt.


References

[1] Adolf Grohmann, Arabic Papyri In The Egyptian Library, Volume III (Administrative Texts), 1938, Egyptian Library Press: Cairo, No. 152, pp. 25-27.

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