In the medieval Islamic world, the petition served as the primary vehicle for appealing to governing authorities. Jews used the same device, particularly the poor seeking charity, although those petitions rarely followed the exact structure of the Islamic petition and usually were shorter. This essay offers an edition and a translation of a petition seeking charity that is unusually long and follows nearly completely the structure of the Islamic model.
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Cohen, M. Petitions of the Jewish Poor. JEW HIST 32, 373–378 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10835-019-09317-3
- The poor
- Yaḥyā ben ͑Ammār