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La barā’a : réflexions sur la fonction et l’évolution de la structure de la quittance (ier-ve/viie-xie siècles)

Abstract : Documents regarding barā’a pertain to both legal documents delivered by a third party (attested by witnesses) and other official ones (not attested) delivered by the fiscal administration as such. Although textual editions on barā’a loom large in recent scholarship, its function and practice remain unresearched. What were the practical, structural, diplomatic or administra- tive reasons that determined the legal and administrative fate of barā’a during the first five centuries of Islam? To what extent these very reasons contributed to its disappearance and total replacement by the the acknowledgement “deed” (iqrār) in the early vth/xith century, and subsequently by other similar documents? By reviewing the evolution of quittance through different studies of arabic papyrology, this article will examine the correlation between the various textual and structural forms of barā’a as well as the cultural and geographical areas where these forms appeared.
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Lahcen Daaïf. La barā’a : réflexions sur la fonction et l’évolution de la structure de la quittance (ier-ve/viie-xie siècles). Annales Islamologiques, Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 2014, ⟨10.4000/anisl.2081⟩. ⟨halshs-02074518⟩



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