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DOC 11 [AR 14]
DOC 11 [AR 14]

Document Confirming the Emancipation of a Slave (‘Itq)

DOC 11 [AR 14]

Khurasan

dated Sha‘ban 160 (May – June 777)

DOC 11 [AR 14]
DOC 0011 BULLA
DOC 0011 BULLA DET

Document Confirming the Emancipation of a Slave (‘Itq)

DOC 11 [AR 14]

Khurasan

dated Sha‘ban 160 (May – June 777)

ink on light-coloured parchment; bulla of red clay

28.1 x 18.1cm

Arabic document.

The document (‘itq) confirms that al-Harith ibn Malik has emancipated a slave belonging to him called Nufah and her three children, al-‘Abbas, Hatim and a girl Sindiyya. Eleven witnesses are named.

The document was sealed with a bulla bearing a number of seal impressions. One has the name ‘Harith ibn Malik’, another the name ‘Muhammad’ with a six pointed star, and a third ‘May God be praised’, repeated. Besides the textual impressions, the bulla also contains a seal impression representing a quadruped, blank impressions and thumbnail marks.

G. Khan, Arabic Documents from Early Islamic Khurasan, Studies in the Khalili Collection, volume V, London 2007, no.30, pp.155–7.