Geoffrey Khan

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pp. 145–184


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40 pages

5. Legal Documents

Chapter of: Arabic Documents from Medieval Nubia(pp. 145–184)
Documents 44–52 are legal documents of various types. These include a lease of land (44), a lease of a boat (45), a document of testimony relating to the sale of property (46r), a document of sale (46v), an acknowledgement of a debt (47), marriage contracts (48, 51), a document concerning the division of property after divorce (49r), a court record relating to divorce (49v), an acknowledgement relating to divorce (50) and a court record relating to marriage (52). Document 53 is a letter written by a judge relating to a marital dispute. The content and structure of the documents are described.


Geoffrey Khan

Regius Professor of Hebrew at University of Cambridge

Geoffrey Khan (PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1984) is Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge. His research publications focus on three main fields: Biblical Hebrew language (especially medieval traditions), Neo-Aramaic dialectology, and medieval Arabic documents. He is the general editor of The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Brill, 2013) and is the senior editor of Journal of Semitic Studies. His recent publications include The Tiberian Pronunciation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew, Cambridge: University of Cambridge & Open Book Publishers, 2020, Performance of Sacred Semitic Texts (editor, with co-editor Hindy Najman), Dead Sea Discoveries 29, Brill. 2022, and Language Contact in Sanandaj (co-authored with Masoud Mohammadirad), Berlin, de Gruyter, 2024.