Lists of various kinds, whether freestanding or as part of longer documents, are found in more than 10 percent of documentary materials from the Cairo Geniza. This essay surveys both the most common categories of lists and the key editions and secondary scholarship for each type. It then provides an example of a common type of list, the merchant draft account, including a discussion of its relation to type norms and significance, a reproduction of the original, a transcription, and an annotated translation. The document edited contains information about the purchase of flax, the premier Egyptian commercial export of the eleventh century, and forms of money and accounting used in Fustat-Cairo, the greatest Islamic Mediterranean metropolis of its time.

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Goldberg, J.L. Lists. JEW HIST 32, 419–428 (2019).

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  • List
  • Account
  • Money
  • Economic history
  • Merchants