‘And the property belonging to the heirs of the rabbi’s son, in partnership with the judge, Ali ibn Qasam’

In the ‘Mediterranean Society’ of the Genizah fragments, we find Jews, Christians and Muslims living and working alongside each other. This Jewish legal deed, written in Judaeo-Arabic, documents the sale of a sugar factory, a major industry in Fustat. It was sited in a mixed Muslim and Jewish neighbourhood, and was jointly owned by a Jewish family and a Muslim judge (qadi).

Judaeo-Arabic, parchment, Minyat Zifta, Egypt, 1140 CE

T-S 8.4

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