British Library, OR 5552.2a

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OR 5552.2a

British Library (London, United Kingdom)

Document

Fihrist (list of books)

Document Definition

Vertical rectangle

Originally a rotulus

Uncertain

Horizontal folding marks in two places.

The fragment has a joint with BL, OR 5552.2 which includes part of the Fatimid decree on one side and a quotation of Talmud Bavli in Aramaic on the other side.

Content Description

  • Book list
  • Inventory

Arabic

Recto:

1.          פהרסת לר֗ שמואל גאון ז֗צ֗ל֗

2.    כתאב אלשהאדה כתב אלשופעה

3.    כתאב אלהבה כתאב אלרהן {צח} כתאב

4.    אלנפקאת {צח} כתאב אלאדראך {צח} כתאב

5.    אחכאם אלשרוט {צח} כתאב אלחואלה

6.    ואלספאתג כתאב אלצ֗מאן {צח} כתאב

7.    אלעאריה כתאב אלביוע {צח} כתאב

8.    אחכאם אלקנין כתאב לואזם {צח}

9.    אלחוכאם כתאב אחכאם אלמהור

10. כתאב אחכאם אלמציאה כתאב

11. אחכאם אלמגאוראת כתאב

12. אחכאם כרי אלנהאר ואלסואקי

13. ואלאבאר כתאב אלמוארית

14. כתאב אלחגר כתאב אלמלאך

15. כתאב אלוכאלה {צח} כתאב אלוצאיא

16. כתאב אלקסמה {צח} כתאב אלימאן

17. כתאב אלדעאוי ואלבינאת

18. כתאב אלגצב כתאב אל[עיבה] {צח}

Verso:

1.    אלחוקה ופיהא ז מחקקה

2.    [ב]אלכרכה

Notes:

recto, l. 12: אלנהאר= אלאנהאר

recto, l. 16: אלימאן=אלאימאן

List of compositions dedicated to Law by Samuel b. Ḥofni Gaon. Margoliouth suggests that it cou

פהרסת לר֗ שמואל גאון ז֗צ֗ל֗

After 1034

Date estimated to the 12th century, and estimated from the decease date of Samuel b. Ḥofni (date estimated by FGP). 11th century according to Margoliouth.

Egypt

Physical Description

130.00 mm

95.00 mm

118.23 mm

74.35 mm

Unidentified

Stained

Cut and reused Fatimid chancery document

Visible

Folding lines are visible in two places

Paper

Black (carbon based)

No pricking

No ruling

Text on the verso upside down in respect of the recto

Left-hand margin is not even

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew

Oriental

Non-Square (beinoni)

Current

Scholars' note

Scholars'

The definition refers to the main hand of the list.

3

  • Hand #1 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Hand in recto, author of the list of books.
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified

  • Hand #2 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Hand in the verso in Judeo-Arabic
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified
    - Observations:

    It appears to be an addition to the list in the recto, but in a different hand.



  • Hand #3 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Arabic hand, scribe of the Fatimid decree
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified

  • Hand #4 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Illegible brown inked writing on the bottom of the verso
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified

  • Hand #5 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Hand in recto, author of the list of books.
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified

  • Hand #6 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Hand in the verso in Judeo-Arabic
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified
    - Observations:

    It appears to be an addition to the list in the recto, but in a different hand.



  • Hand #7 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Arabic hand, scribe of the Fatimid decree
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified
    - Observations:

    Arabic writing in tawqīʿ script, partially undotted



  • Hand #8 of Item "OR 5552.2a"
    - Type: Main text scribe
    - Type Description: Illegible brown inked writing on the bottom of the verso
    - Scribe Identifications: Scribe not identified

No vowels or accents

Dots above letters

The interlineal inscription צח appears in some places by the same hand and pen

Bibliography

Gil, Kingdom, vol. 2, #059, pp. 162-163

Margoliouth, JQR, 14:2 (1901), p. 311

Rustow, Marina, The Lost Archive. Traces of a Caliphate, p. 499 n. 57, p. 515 n. 26.

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