[Letter to Judah ben Moses ben Sujmar of Fustat] : manuscript.

Other records:
Salamah ben Musa ben Yitsḥaḳ.
[Mazara, Sicily. 1064?]
1 fol. : damaged; verso is blank.
Paper 15.5 X 19 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: columns: 1 lines: 20 (recto).
Salamah ben Musa ben Yitsḥaḳ -- Correspondence.
Abu Zekharyah Yehudah ben Mosheh -- Correspondence.
Taxes, Farming of.
Jews -- Italy -- Sicily -- History -- To 1500.
Jews -- Italy -- Mazara del Vallo -- History -- To 1500.
Normans -- Mediterranean Region -- Influence.
Indigo industry -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Flax industry -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Commercial correspondence, Judeo-Arabic.
Sfax (Tunisia) -- Commerce -- History -- To 1500.
Judeo-Arabic. Hebrew Oriental semi-cursive.
The writer, Solomon is an established sea merchant who has a high volume of international trade.
He is writing to his business partner not long after a previous letter, found above no. 389 (M. Ben-Sasson: Yehude Sitsilyah, 825-1068 / Menahem Ben-Sasson. Jerusalem : Mekhon Ben-Tsevi, 1991, p. 65-88, no. 12; M. Gil, Be-Malkhut Yishmaʾel bi-teḳufat ha-Geʾonim / Mosheh Gil. University of Tel Aviv, 1997, v. 4, p. 453-474, no.751), in which Solomon threatened to break up the partnership with Judah, amid political instability in his home port of Sfax, which caused him difficulty and losses, but is willing to absorb the losses, and to consider the continuation of the partnership.
Although there is an upper margin here, this is not the beginning of the letter, neither is it folded or addressed in mail format. Notwithstanding Goitein (Mediterranean Society vol. I, pp. 440), this is not a continuation of letter (Halper 389; see M. Gil: Italia judaica : atti del I Convegno internazionale : Bari 18-22 maggio 1981. Rome : Ministero per i beni culturali e ambiental, 1981).
Forms part of: Cairo Genizah Collection.
Penn Provenance:
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Cairo Genizah Collection (Dropsie College. Library).
Cited in:
Halper, no. 414
IMHMn, no. F38400.
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Published by M. Ben-Sasson, ibid. (Italia judaica, 1981) no. 13; Gil ibid. no. 752, among eight other letters sent by Solomon and his father Moses ben Isaac to the same Judah, or to Nahrai ben Nissim (nos. 745-753).
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
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Cairo Genizah Collection
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