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This publication is the 1st complete examine of the Arabic files exposed in Quseir, higher Egypt, throughout the Eighties. the loads of paper fragments make clear actions and operations of a kinfolk delivery company at the pink Sea shore within the 13th century. half One is an introductory essay on old and cultural context of those files. the 3 chapters take care of, respectively, the "Sheikh’s house," the place the records have been chanced on, the pink Sea trade as mirrored within the exchange actions round the residence, and features of pop culture as published throughout the texts. half includes a severe version of eighty-four Arabic texts, the vast majority of that have by no means been released earlier than, with translation and observation.

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24 MK, 34; the ranking is as follows: al-mamlùk, 'abduhu wa-khàdimuhu, al-'abd, mamlùkuhu, al-'abd al-khàdim, al-khàdim, 'abduhu, khàdimuhu, 'abduhu wa-akhùhu, akhùhu, shàkir tafa∂∂ulihi, shàkir i˙sànihi, shàkir muwallìhi, mu˙ibbuhu wa-wàdduhu, shàkiruhu, name only, and the 'alàma only. 25 MK, 35. 22 the “ sheikh’s house” 25 ground. 26 As will be explored further in the next chapter, the Mecca pilgrimage connection may be reasonably established in light of this kind of direct textual evidence. Another important aspect these tarjamas may prove significant is the military connection.

The “ sheikh’s house” 19 (RN 1042a*), A˙mad (RN 1025), 'Abd al-Ra˙màn Abù Óamd (RN 1040b, who collected grains from 'Asàkir ibn 'Umayr, Muslim ibn Mufarrij, Jalìl, Mu˙sayn ibn 'Àmir, and others), and more. There are also a few “suppliers” known to have sent shipments to Ibràhìm’s brothers Óusayn and Mu˙ammad; among them are one 'Uthmàn al-Nàjì (RN 1003b*) and one Abù al-Qàsim Yùsuf Mukhallaf (RN 1062a*). It might be a stretch to lump together the random fragmented texts and then to jump to conclusive quantitative statistics of the exact traffic flow through the warehouse.

While it is hard to form an adequate and complete picture of the business practices and commercial activities in Quseir, given the fragmentary nature of the unearthed textual evidence, there is still a considerable amount of information that can be gathered. Archaeological finds3 may also help to substantiate some of the claims suggested by readings of the texts. But before going further, a brief discussion of weights and measures is in order. Weights and Measures In general, weights and measures in the medieval Near East are a thorny, and at times confusing, matter.

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