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Sitt al-Husn was married to a scholar/judge, and dictated her deathbed will on a Saturday. Due to the prohibition of writing on Sabbath, the will could not be recorded until the Sabbat was over. The bequests include manumissions and real estate gifts…

DETAILED DESCRIPTION FROM THE PRINCETON GENIZA PROJECT: Deathbed will of a rich woman, made during the absence of her husband. Location: Fustat. Dated: Wednesday, 26 Iyyar 1454 Seleucid, which is 13 April 1143 CE, under the reshut of Shemuel b.…

Sitt al-Dallal's will functions as a manumission writ for an enslaved woman. This is a common use of wills across the medieval Mediterranean, though less common for Jews in Christian Europe (since Jews could not keep Christian slaves). DESCRIPTION…

This will is a copy of the original, and is recorded as part of a court register. The scribe is the well-known court clerk Halfon ben Menashe. (Note: The document at times refers to the testator as Khulla, and at times Kullat.)DETAILED DESCRIPTION…
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