The Qurra Papyrus - Oriental Institute No. 13759, 90-91 AH / 709-710 CE

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Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:

[] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna

Date

90-91 AH / 709-710 CE.

Size

87.5 cm x 20.5 cm. Medium brown, fine papyrus, but in poor condition. The beginning and the left half along almost the entire length are broken off and missing.

Accession No.

Oriental Institute No. 13759.

Contents

The translation of text is:

  1. What he received ...

  2. since ‘Abd Allāh

  3. ibn ‘Abd al-Malik was in it, of the gold tax and

  4. the imposts and the extraordinary taxes

  5. in that. If what ...

  6. of the gold tax and ...

  7. established in the ...

  8. no secret in it ...

  9. collected from the ...

  10. the gold tax, for what ...

  11. from Samāk, the brother of F r...

  12. and from Sālih ...

  13. letter for that ...

  14. therefore, when this present letter reaches you,

  15. then send me ...

  16. every dinar which you have paid ...

  17. or he who was before you over

  18. your district, to ‘Abd Allāh ibn

  19. ‘Abd al-Malik, of the gold tax and

  20. the extraordinary taxes and the fines ...

  21. and the mawārīth (?) (or mawāzīt ?) ...

  22. that is what has written ...r ibn

  23. al-... since he was in Egypt

  24. to this my day. And that

  25. is a clear document affirming

  26. the extraordinary taxes which you paid

  27. into the treasuries of ‘Abd Allāh ibn

  28. ‘Abd al-Malik ...

  29. the finance officers. Then do not ..................

  30. ........................................

  31. one except ...

  32. his letter and ...

  33. Peace be to those who follow

  34. the guidance. Written by ...

  35. in ........................................

Comment

This document deals with arrears from ‘Abd Allāh ibn ‘Abd al-Malik's time, it was probably among the first of Qurra ibn Sharīk's documents and hence dated 90 AH, at the latest 91 AH.

Location

Oriental Institute, Chicago.


References

[1] 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. 49-52, Plate IV.

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