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Trusting The Text As Far As We Canthrow The Scribe:Further Notes On Reading A Bilingual Jarīdat Al-Ḥudūd From The Royal Dīwān Of Norman Sicily

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This chapter focuses on the study of a long Jarīdat Al-ḥudūd issued to the church at Monreale which contained the descriptions of 50 boundaries written in Arabic and Latin, a comparative study of which not only raises important questions about what information the crown actually possessed in its record books but also dimly illuminates the way in which bilingual documents came to be composed while hinting at the relative importance of the royal administrative languages and scribes during the reign of William II and the foundation of Monreale. One of the internal boundaries within the magna divisa of Corleone is given in Latin as Fantasine. The chapter notes that the dīwān was unusually precise about property rights in this district which was an ex-barony and had been re-commended into the crown's lands after 1162.

Keywords: bilingual documents; Fantasine; Jarīdat Al-ḥudūd; Monreale; royal administrative languages; royal dīwān; William II



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