The Qurra Papyrus - Concerning The Fugitives - Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 330, 91 AH / 710 CE
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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:
Figure: (a) Picture of the papyrus and (b) the content of the papyrus.
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Jumada II, 91 AH / April-May, 710 CE.
42 cm x 21.6 cm. Light brown papyrus. The text of the letter is written on recto in black ink, at right angles to the horizontal fibres, diacritical points are added sparingly. The black is blank. The papyrus was folded parallel to the lines and parallel to the side margin, the widths of successive folds can't be made out.
Inv. No. 330.
The translation of text is:
- [In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.]
- [From Qurra b. Sharīk]
- [t]o [Basil, administra]tor [of Ishqauh. I]
- praise God, besides whom there is no
- As to the rest: Hishām b. ʿUma[r]
- has written to me mentioning
- fugitives of his in thy district.
- And I had already applied t[o]
- the administrators and had written to them (to tell them)
- not to give refuge to a fugitive. Therefore, when
- this my letter reaches thee
- give back to him what
- fugitives are his in they district,
- and I do not wish to hear again that thou sendest back
- his messengers, or that he write
- his complaints about thee to me. And peace be on
- him who follows the guidance. And Yazīd
- has written (it) in Jumada II
- of the year ninety-one.
Egyptian National Library, Cairo.
 B. Moritz (Ed.), Arabic Palaeography: A Collection Of Arabic Texts From The First Century Of The Hidjra Till The Year 1000, 1905, Publications of the Khedivial Library, No. 16, Cairo, Plate 105.
 A. Grohmann, Arabic Papyri In The Egyptian Library, Volume III (Administrative Texts), 1938, Egyptian Library Press: Cairo, No. 151, pp. 23-25.
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