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This, the first in the supplementary series of studies, contains a detailed examination of 36 of the papyri in the Collection, all written before the Fatimid conquest of Egypt in AD 968.
The documents, which consist of accounts, legal transactions and letters, were selected because they were preserved in a reasonably complete form or- when of a more fragmentary nature - because of the importance of their content.
They constitute a valuable source of information on a wide discipline of subjects, especially social and economic history, topography and diplomatics. They are also important for the study of the Arabic language.
The documents are fully illustrated, and the texts are reproduced in their original language with full translations and detailed commentaries on the script and the contents. The introduction includes a thorough, illustrated analysis of the scripts used.
Dr Geoffrey Khan is Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University.
264 pages; numerous halftone illustrations
39.7x 21.0 cm