PER Inv. Ar. Pap. 3976 - Fragment Of A Protocol, 98-99 AH / 716-717 CE

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Assalamu ʿalaykum wa rahamatullahi wa barakatuhu:



Figure: (a) Picture of the papyrus and (b) the content of the papyrus.

[] encloses letters supplied to fill a lacuna.


98-99 AH / 716-717 CE.


26.2 cm x 24 cm.

Accession No.

PER Inv. Ar. Pap. 3976.


The translation of text is given below. The Arabic translation is in italics:

  1. [In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful]
  2. [In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful]
  3. [There is no god except God, who is One]
  4. [There is no go]d but God alone, and He has no associate.
  5. He begets not, nor is He begotten [and He has none that is like unto Him]
  6. [] Maamet is the Apostle of God.
  7. [] guidance and to true religion.
  8. Muḥammad is the Messenger of God, [He has sent him with guidance and true religion]
  9. The servant of God Sulaymān, [Commander of the Faithful]
  10. [The servant of God Sulayman], Commander of the Faithful
  11. this my letter comes into thee,
  12. This belongs to that which was decreed by [the Amīr ʿAbd al-Malik]
  13. In the year... [and ninety]
  14. ?? son of ??


This fragment mentions the names Umayyad caliph Al-Walīd and the governer Sulaymān b. ʿAbd al-Malik.


Austrian National Museum, Vienna.

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[1] A. Grohmann, Corpus Papyrorum Raineri Archiducis Austriae III, Series Arabica I, Part 2: Protokolle, 1924, Burguerlag Ferdinand Zöllner: Wein, No. 65, pp. 55-60, Plate I.

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