By S.D. Goitien
Studi Orientalistic in onore di Levi Della Vida, Vol. 1 (1956)
Introduction: Among the many and variegated fields of research cultivated by the revered master to whom this volume is dedicated there is one which is particularly characteristic of a scholar who lives with manuscripts and, at the same time, is endowed with a keen sense of history: the publication of contemporary reports on historical events. Thus no student of Middle Eastern history would consent to miss such an excellent source of information as the eyewitness report of a Turkish officer who took part in the battle between Mongols and Mamluks at ‘Ain Galut, September 1260, outstandingly brought to light by Professor Levi Della Vida. As a small token of gratitude and admiration, three fragments of letters from the Cairo Geniza are published her, which also contain references to military events.