The will of Sitt al-Ahl

Wealthy Egyptian Sitt al-Ahl died in April 1143, leaving behind as her legacy, her last will and testament chronicling family ties beyond the grave. Jewish historian Renee Levine Melammed recounts her story in the Jerusalem Post.

In her will, Sitt al-Ahl left her home, bequeathed to her by her father, to her husband with the stipulation that her family should be allowed to remain in the house. On a stranger note, Sitt al-Ahl required that she be buried in the garden until the time when her family died. At that time she was to be unearthed and reburied near them. She left other instructions which may have left her husband questioning the value of the marriage.