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Volume :14 Issue : 54 1996      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Five Petitions and Consequential Decrees from Late Fourteenth Century Jerusalem

Auther : Donald P. Little

In this article ten documents from the Jerusalem Haram collection are analyzed as records of the history of Jerusalem under the Mamluks toward the end of the eighth/ fourteenth century. These documents consist of five petitions addressed by Muslims of Jerusalem to officials in the Mamluk government along with decrees Issued in response to the petitions. Two of the petitions are addressed to judges, probably ShafPls, requesting their intervention In legal matters. The three remaining petitions are addressed to Mamluk officers by a scholar named Burhan al-Din Ibrahim al-Nasiri, requesting remuneration for his services as a reciter and teacher In various pious institutions In Jerusalem. These documents are Invaluable not only for their content regarding the operation of religious institutions In Mamluk Jerusalem but also for their form as specimens of Mamluk petitions and decrees written In a tradition which can be traced back to the Fatlmids and Ayyublds.

 

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