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The front matter section of the book on Fünfundzwanzig arabische Geschäftsdokumente aus dem Rotmeer-Hafen al-Quṣayr al-Qadīm (7./13. Jh.) [P.QuseirArab. II] contains the Table of Contents. This book is the publication of twenty-five business letters and process slips from al-Quṣayr al-Qadīm, a lonely outpost on the Red Sea shore connecting Egyptian donkey caravans with ships coming from the Ḥidjāz and South Arabia. These unspectacular but elucidative documents follow clear rules in phraseology and in layout, as is shown by a multitude of close parallels with Arabic papyri and papers and with Judeo-Arabic Geniza documents. The book includes a short introduction on how online search strategies can be used in dealing with Arabic mass sources. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: al-Quṣayr al-Qadīm; Arabic mass sources; Egyptian donkey caravans; Red Sea shore

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