P. Berol. 15002 - One Of The Earliest Arabic Papyri From 22 AH / 642-643 CE

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Papyrus Berol. 15002: (a) recto and (b) the transcription. [] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna.


22 AH / 642-643 CE.

Accession No.

P. Berol. 15002


12 cm x 5 cm


The translation of the document is given below.

  1. []
  2. [d]īnar and half a d[ī]nar (in the form of counted) []
  3. [... in the] year twenty-two.


This papyrus fragment of Arabic tax demand is requesting one and a half dinars for the year's taxes. This is one of two earliest Arabic papyri; the other one being the celebrated PERF No. 558. Not much attention had been paid to this parchment because of its fragmentary nature.

Very much like PERF No. 558, P. Berol. 15002 also shows dotting. Dots can be seen on the letter ن. Other papyri from 22 AH / 643 CE are PERF 555, PERF 556, PERF 557 and PERF 558.


Staatsbibliothek, Berlin.

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[1] A. Grohmann, "Aperçu De Papyrologie Arabe", Études De Papyrologie, 1932, Tome Premier, p. 44.

[2] A. Grohmann, I Arabische Chronologie. II Arabische Papyruskunde, 1966, Handbuch Der Orientalistik, E. J. Brill: Leiden/Köln, Plate II:2.

[3] W. Diem, "Philologisches Zu Den Arabischen Aphrodito Papyri", Der Islam, 1984, Volume 61, p. 272.

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