‘If God, exalted is he, grants sight, his remuneration will be two dirhams. If the outcome is the opposite, he will evaluate the fee accordingly’

Here we learn that Nasir’s daughter had an infected eye. Nasir agrees the terms under which a Jewish doctor called Makarim will operate on it. All the details are covered: the implement of surgery (a sharp knife), the fee due under different outcomes (2 dirhams if the operation is successful), liability, and God’s role in the process.

Egypt, 12th century

Arabic, paper

T-S Ar. 34.94

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