The Qurra Papyrus - Concerning The Fugitives - Egyptian National Library Inv. No. 330, 91 AH / 710 CE

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Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

[] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna

Date

Jumada II, 91 AH / April-May, 710 CE.

Size

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.

Accession No.

Inv. No. 330.

Contents

The translation of text is:

  1. [In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.]
  2. [From Qurra b. Sharīk]
  3. [t]o [Basil, administra]tor [of Ishqauh. I]
  4. praise God, besides whom there is no
  5. God.
  6. As to the rest: Hishām b. ‘Uma[r]
  7. has written to me mentioning
  8. fugitives of his in thy district.
  9. And I had already applied t[o]
  10. the administrators and had written to them (to tell them)
  11. not to give refuge to a fugitive. Therefore, when
  12. this my letter reaches thee
  13. give back to him what
  14. fugitives are his in they district,
  15. and I do not wish to hear again that thou sendest back
  16. his messengers, or that he write
  17. his complaints about thee to me. And peace be on
  18. him who follows the guidance. And Yazīd
  19. has written (it) in Jumada II
  20. of the year ninety-one.

Location

Egyptian National Library, Cairo.


References

[1] 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.

[2] 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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