The Qurra Papyrus - Oriental Institute No. 13756, 91 AH / 709-710 CE
© Islamic Awareness, All Rights Reserved.
First Composed: 3rd December 2005
Last Modified: 6th December 2005
Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:
Figure (a): Recto and (b) verso of the papyrus
Safar, 91 AH / December 9, 709 CE - January 6, 710 CE.
53.7 cm x 20 cm. Medium fine papyrus, light brown. The entire length of the piece is preserved, but it is considerably damaged by worms, especially line 14. Much of the right half is broken off and lost; the left side is likewise broken, but to a lesser degree.
The seal in the end is of dark clay, in perfect condition, showing the figure of a four-footed animal with a star above its back.
Oriental Institute No. 13756.
The translation of recto is:
- In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
- Qurra ibn Sharīk to
- the sāhib of Ashqauh. I praise
- God, than whom there is no other
- God. Now, Ibshādah ibn Abnīlah
- has informed me that there are owed to him
- by farmers of the people of your district
- ... And ten dinars, and he claims
- that they have denied him his right.
- When this my letter has reached you
- and he has established the proof of what
- he has told me, then secure (it) for him,
- and do not oppress your slave.
- But should his case prove other than
- that, then write me.
- Peace be with those who follow
- the guidance. Written by Muslim ibn
- Labnan and copied by al-Salt
- in Safar of the year one
- and ninety.
The translation of verso is.
- From Qurra ibn Sharīk to Basil
- regarding Ibshādah ibn Abnīlah about his farmers (?)
Oriental Institute, Chicago.
 N. Abbott, The Kurrah Papyri From Aphrodito In The Oriental Institute, 1938, Studies In Ancient Oriental Civilization: No. 15, The University of Chicago Press: Chicago (IL), pp. 47-49, Plate III.
The images above are reproduced from the stated sources under the provisions of the copyright law. This allows for the reproduction of portions of copyrighted material for non-commercial, educational purposes.
With the exception for those images which have passed into the public domain, the use of these images for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the consent of the copyright holder.
Back To The Arabic Papyri