Digitised Legal Documents from the Indo-Persian World

Registered copy of an acknowledgement of a loan taken by Jamadi from Mamla bin Nanji

Jamadi acknowledges that he received a loan of eight silver coins (qurush) from Mamla bin Nanji and has sold his house as part of the loan transaction. At the behest of Krishnadas, this deed of acknowledgement (iqrar) was registered with the British Vice Consul of Zanzibar in 1886, twelve years after the document was written.1

Functional document type: Private Deeds

Formal document type: Iqrar

Themes: Buying and Selling, Debt and Mortgage, Money, Property

Gregorian calendar: 29 December 1886

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[Page 246]

clerical notes (top centre): English

Registered No. 1267 of 1886

main text: Arabic

1اقر جمادي سريح سيف بن سلطان ان عليه لماملاه بن نانجي وكيل السركار ثمانية قروش صرف
2البلد و قد باع له بحقه هذه بيته المبني بالحطب والطين الذي في ارض باجامويو مجاور بيت
3جمادار عيسى بن كزية البلوشي بيعاً قطعاً تاريخ يوم حادي في شهر القعدة سنة ١٢٩١ كتبه
4الحقير الى ربه عبدالله بن علي بن سالم بن عبدالسلام بيده و شهد بمعرفة جمادار عيسى بن كزية البلوشي
5و انا شاهده بذلك كتبه ناصر بن سليمان بيده تاريخ ما تقدم

1Jamadi, the freed slave of Saif bin Sultan, acknowledges that he owes Mamla bin Nanji, the agent of the sarkar, eight qurush in the currency
2of the town, and he has sold him his house, made of timber and mud, that is at Bagamoyo, neighbouring the house of
3Jamadar Isa bin [Kuzya] Al-Balushi, [and this is] a complete sale on the first of the month of Al-Qu‘da 1291,2 and this was written by
4the wretched for his Lord, Abdullah bin Ali bin Salem bin Abdussalam, in his own hand, and it was witnessed with the knowledge of Jamadar Isa bin [Kuzya] Al-Balushi
5and I am a witness to that, written by Nasser bin Sulaiman by his own hand, on the aforementioned date.

clerical notes (middle centre): English

1Dated 1st Elkadeh [Zu al-qaʿdah] 12913

2Deed of Sale of a house at Bagamoyo
3sold by Hamadi [Jamadi] Soreeh [sarih] Saiff [Saif] bin Sultan for $8
4to [Mamla] bin Nanji4 The Agent of Serkar [sarkar]
5produced by Kersendas [Krishnadas]

authorisation (middle centre): English

Zanzibar 29 December 1886 Ernest Berkeley5 H. M. Vice Consul Zanzibar [Figure: A small rectangle, containing the numbers 5/7. Below the box the words 'on Deed' are written.]


1. This deed was copied in the register on the same page as the registered copy of the acknowledgement of debt of Faraj bin Said Bajura to Jairam Shivji. [BACK]

2. This is equivalent to 10 December 1874 CE. [BACK]

3. This is written in line with the final line of the Arabic maintext above and refers to the date given in the copied deed. [BACK]

4. "Mamla bin" is written in dark ink as a correction over some other text. [BACK]

5. This name is signed. [BACK]

territorial division, larger than district; generic term for a sovereign or government (Mughal term)

a silver coin, equivalent to a Maria Theresa Dollar

commander of a body of troops

commander of a body of troops

manumitted slave (Formerly enslaved persons in Zanzibar used this term together with the name of their former master in legal deeds.)

territorial division, larger than district; generic term for a sovereign or government (Mughal term)




Zanzibar National Archives, AM 2/3 f. 246
Archival Collection: Arabic Deeds (Zanzibar) collection

Transcribed from manuscript image.

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