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Finding Aid for the Ilmiyah collection of Arabic and Persian manuscripts, ca. 1516-1893
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Manuscript no. 1  The book of one who has never visited a jurist / The book of one who has never visited a jurist 1585 July

Physical Description: 486 leaves : paper ; 280 × 153 mm. bound to 281 × 158 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work of Shiite theology and jurisprudence, in five parts.
  • Author: Ibn Bābawayh, Άlī ibn al-Ḥusayn, d. 941
  • Scribe: Άbd al-Raḥīm Māzandarānī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman Mecca
  • Layout: 21 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather with brown and burgundy leather paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings and marked passages in red; double border in gold blue; some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 2  The book of belief and unbelief from the book [called] al-kāfī / Prayer book / The book of belief and unbelief from the book [called] al-kāfī / Prayer book 1700

Physical Description: 239 leaves : paper, ill. ; 245 × 165 mm. bound to 257 × 166 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Two works of Shiite theology.
  • Author: Kulaynī, Muḥammad ibn Yẚqūb, d. 941?
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in faux red Morocco, stamped in gilt.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings in red; illuminations on 1b and 162b; few marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 3  [The light of the Sheikh of Tus] / [The light of the Sheikh of Tus] 1539

Physical Description: 305 leaves : paper ; 213 × 140 mm. bound to 216 × 145 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work of Shiite theology.
  • Author: [Ṭūsī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan, 995-1067?]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 8 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in red leather, stamped in gilt, with purple, green and blue marbled paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings and marked passages in red; double borders in gold and blue; some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 4  The laws and precepts of Islam / The laws and precepts of Islam 1670 April

Physical Description: 334 leaves : paper ; 285 × 189 mm. bound to 285 × 193 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Works of Shiite jurisprudence and theology.
  • Author: Muḥaqqiq al-Ḥillī, Jẚ far ibn al-Ḥasan, 1205 or 6-1277
  • Scribe: Mu̓min ibn Sayyid Iftikhār al-Lalih'ābādī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia or Ottoman empire
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind-stamped, with leather fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings and marked passages in red; double borders; marginalia; water damage.
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Manuscript no. 8  The jewel of desire / The jewel of desire 1712 July

Physical Description: 192 leaves : paper ; 287 × 188 mm. bound to 291 × 190 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Philosophy dedicated to Shāh Άbbās II (r. 1642 to 1667).
  • Author: Lāhījī, Άbd al-Razzāq, 17th cent.
  • Scribe: Muḥammad Ḥusayn Tabrīzī IṢfahānī
  • Language: Text in Persian
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, stamped in gilt; black canvas spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 9  The source of faith / The source of faith 1696 June

Physical Description: 167 leaves : paper ; 162 × 89 mm. bound to 162 × 95 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Philosophy.
  • Author: Lāhījī, Άbd al-Razzāq, 17th cent.
  • Scribe: Ḥasan ibn Tāj al-Dīn Ṣulṭān Muḥammad.
  • Language: Text in Persian
  • Origin: Ottoman empire
  • Layout: 14 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in green and burgundy leather with marbled paste-downs; fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 10  Delightful elegance commenting on the Alfīya / Delightful elegance commenting on the Alfīya 1649

Physical Description: 172 leaves : paper ; 162 × 89 mm. bound to 162 × 95 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Suyūṭī's commentary on a work of poetics by Ibn Mālik (d. 1274).
  • Author: Suyūṭī, 1445-1505
  • Scribe: Άlī Taqī al-Khurāsānī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman empire
  • Layout: about 12 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, blind-stamped, with orange and green paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; marginalia. Leaves [9-135] in different hands. Fore-edge title.
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Manuscript no. 11  Commentary on Ibn Ḥijjah's rhetorical excellence / Commentary on Ibn Ḥijjah's rhetorical excellence 1684

Physical Description: 108 leaves : paper ; 201 × 141 mm. bound to 202 × 145 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Four works, by three authors.
  • Works 1 and 2 are by Suyūṭī, [2-21] and [24a-80b], Sharḥ badī ᾽ īyah Ibn Ḥijjah and Sharḥ badī ᾽ īyah ᾽ā'isha, respectively;
  • 3. Bā ᾽ ūnīyah, ᾽ā'ishah bint Yūsuf, d. 1516 or 17, religious and secular poetry, [81a-98b];
  • 4. al-Māridīnī, Abū al-Ḥasan Άlī ibn al-Musharraf fl. 1442, Qasidah (hymn), [105a-108b].
These works are seperated by one-page texts on various topics, such as a list of Ottoman emperors to Mehmed IV (r. 1648-87), on leaf [24a].
  • Author: Suyūṭī, 1445-1505 [et al.]
  • Scribe: Άbd al-Qādir ibn Aḥmad Ḥāzim
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman empire [Iraq]
  • Layout: 19 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather with burgundy inlays; burgundy spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 12  [Commentary on the Tā̓īyat of ibn al-Fāriḍ] / [Commentary on the Tā̓īyat of ibn al-Fāriḍ] [16--]?

Physical Description: 96 leaves : paper ; 180 × 117 mm. bound to 185 × 121 mm.

Scope and Content Note

QayṢarī's commentary on the works of Sufi poet Ibn al-Fāriḍ (1181 or 2-1235).
  • Author: QayṢarī, Dāwūd ibn Maḥmūd, d. 1350 or 51
  • Scribe: Muḥammad ibn Abū Bakr
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman empire [Iraq]
  • Layout: 25 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia. Title written on lower edge of text block.
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Manuscript no. 13  [Commentary upon the curative book in the science of conjugation] / [Commentary upon the curative book in the science of conjugation] [16--]?

Physical Description: 173 leaves : paper ; 182 × 134 mm. bound to 192 × 140 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Commentary on the grammatical work of Ibn al-Ḥājib (1175-1249).
  • Author: Jārbardī, Fakhr al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥasan, d. 1345
  • Scribe: Ḥusayn ibn Άlī ibn Tāj al-Dīn al-Najafī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 18 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather with blind-stamped inlays.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, words marking quotations in red; marginalia. Author's name on bottom-edge.
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Manuscript no. 14  The adequate book commenting upon the complete book / The adequate book commenting upon the complete book 1690 January

Physical Description: 153 leaves : paper ; 245 × 137 mm. bound to 245 × 137 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Commentary on the grammatical work of Ibn al-Ḥājib (1175-1249), dedicated to a prince called Ibrāhīm ibn Yghrsh(?) Bilgä, the Khotanese king.
  • Author: Astarābādī, Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad, d. 1315
  • Scribe: Muḥammad Ismẚ īl ibn Mīr Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 21 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind-stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, underlining in red; marginalia. Cover title.
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Manuscript no. 15  [Anthology of religious prose and poetry] / [Anthology of religious prose and poetry] 1753

Physical Description: 97 leaves : paper ; 203 × 129 mm. bound to 203 × 142 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Literary anthology containing the works of Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Suhrawardī, Muḥīy al-Dīn ibn al- Άrabī, Muḥammad al-Ḥamadānī, Muḥammad al-Ḥaṭṭāb, Badr al-Dīn al- ᾽ādilī, Abū Ishāq al-Asfarānī, and Abū al-Ḥasan Shādhilī.
  • Language: Text in Arabic, Persian, Turkish
  • Origin: Ottoman empire [Iraq]
  • Layout: 14 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in blue cloth over boards.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 16  The forty / The forty [16--]?

Physical Description: 388 leaves : paper ; 203 × 142 mm. bound to 200 × 140 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite theology. An apologetic account, comprising 40 theses, of the Άlawite dynasty, paticularly of the twelve Imams in the light of various humanistic aspects.
  • Author: [Qummī, Muḥammad Ṭāhir, d. 1686 or 7]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia?
  • Layout: 15 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in tan leather with blue, yellow and pink marbled paste-downs; black tooling on edges. Fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia. Leaves [1-38] possibly in author's hand.
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Manuscript no. 17  [Anthology of astronomy] / [Anthology of astronomy] [between 1795 and 1818?]

Physical Description: 167 leaves : paper ; 157 × 108 mm. bound to 157 × 107 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Contains seven separate essays, in both verse and prose, on astronomy, including astrology, the science of astrolabes, and cosmic psychology.
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: Qājār Iran
  • Layout: Average 15 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh and Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, blind-stamped, with brown leather paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 18  [Treatise] on the science of prosody / [Treatise] on the science of prosody 1854 March

Physical Description: 46 leaves : paper ; 176 × 109 mm. bound to 177 × 113 mm.

Scope and Content Note

  • Author: Ṭabāṭabā̕ī, Muḥammad Rafί ibn Άlī AṢghar
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Qājār Iran
  • Layout: 12 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather, with green paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia. Possibly signed by the author on leaf [1a].
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Manuscript no. 19  The pilgrim's gift / The pilgrim's gift 1733

Physical Description: 284 leaves : paper ; 197 × 129 mm. bound to 198 × 130 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Popular work on pilgrimage to Shiite holy sites.
  • Author: Majlisī, Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Taqī, 1627 or 8-ca. 1699
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 20 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, with red leather on spine and edges; blue, red and yellow marbled paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 20  Exegesis of the [Koranic] chapter Iron / Exegesis of the [Koranic] chapter Iron [18--]?

Physical Description: 108 leaves : paper ; 197 × 129 mm. bound to 198 × 130 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Theology. Exegesis by the Ṣafavid philosopher Ṣdr al-Dīn Shīrāzī on the 57th chapter of the Koran.
  • Author: Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm, d. 1641
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Qājār Iran?
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red.
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Manuscript no. 21  Book of guidance for learning about the authority of God over [his] servants / Book of guidance for learning about the authority of God over [his] servants 1654 June

Physical Description: 138 leaves : paper ; 243 × 157 mm. bound to 247 × 168 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work on the lives of Shiite Imams.
  • Author: Mufīd, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, d. 1022
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 22 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown and tan leather with green, blue and yellow marbled paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red. Extensive marginalia. Title on spine and lower edge of text block. Insect damage.
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Manuscript no. 22  Blessed invocations / Blessed invocations 1580 March

Physical Description: 162 leaves : paper ; 166 × 108 mm. bound to 169 × 113 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Sayings attributed to the eighth Shiite Imam, with Persian commentary.
  • Author: Άlī al-Riḍā ibn Mūsá, d. 818 or 19
  • Scribe: Khalīl Allāh Shīrāzī
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 10 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in soft black leather, with tan leather along edges and spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 23  [Treatise on dialectics] / [Treatise on dialectics] 1697

Physical Description: 83 leaves : paper ; 186 × 111 mm. bound to 1889 × 117 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Two philosophical works, consisting of a treatise by Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ᾽Umar Rāzī entitled Risalah fi ᾽ilm al-kalam [1a-50b], and marginalia by Khalīfah Sultan entitled Tẚlīqah fī ᾽ilm al-kalām [51b-83b]. The preliminary pages of the first tract are missing, though the author may be identified on leaves 4b and 6b, where his name is written between the lines.
  • Author: Rāzī, Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ᾽Umar, 1149 or 50-1210 / Khalīfah Sultan (d. 1653)
  • Scribe: Muḥammad Karīm
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 19 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather with tan leather spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and underlining in red. Extensive marginalia on the first title. Title on lower edge of text block.
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Manuscript no. 24  Commentary on the [book called] UṢūl al-kāfī / Commentary on the [book called] UṢūl al-kāfī 1665 May

Physical Description: 151 leaves : paper ; 193 × 98 mm. bound to 193 × 102 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite jurisprudence. Also known as The marginalia of our lord Mullā Khalīl on the Preparation of the Fundamentals, by Muḥammad ibn al- Ḥasan Ṭūsī (995-1067).
  • Author: Qazwīnī, Khalīl ibn al-Ghāzī, 1592 or 3-1678 or 9
  • Scribe: Muḥammad NaṢīr ibn Afḍal Beg
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia or Ottoman Mecca?
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in burgundy leather with green, pink and blue marbled paste-downs. Fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 25  Mirror of truth / Mirror of truth 1790 July

Physical Description: 180 leaves : paper ; 205 × 118 mm. bound to 208 × 128 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Sufism, including anecdotes of holy men's lives, and verses from popular literature.
  • Author: Majẕūb Άlī Shāh, Muḥammad Jẚfar, d. 1823 or 4
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: Zand Iran
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather, blind-stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; some marginalia. Title on lower edge of text block.
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Manuscript no. 26  Treatise on the proper reading of the glorious Koran / Treatise on the proper reading of the glorious Koran 1854 October

Physical Description: 68 leaves : paper ; 153 × 101 mm. bound to 153 × 104 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Compilation of traditions on the proper reading of the Koran.
  • Scribe: Άlī ibn Aḥmad
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Qājār Iran
  • Layout: 11 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather over stiff paper boards.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red. Water damage.
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Manuscript no. 27  Synopsis of the Quintessence / Synopsis of the Quintessence 1654 February

Physical Description: 267 leaves : paper ; 174 × 83 mm. bound to 174 × 88 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Arabic grammar.
  • Author: Taftāzānī, Mas᾽ūd ibn ᾽Umar, 1322-1389?
  • Scribe: Abū Turāb ibn Ismā̓īl al-Ḥusaynī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black and brown leather, with canvas spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red. Some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 28  The solar tractate on logic / The solar tractate on logic 1788

Physical Description: 187 leaves : paper ; 206 × 104 mm. bound to 206 × 108 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Treatise on logic.
  • Author: [Taftāzānī, Mas᾽ūd ibn ᾽Umar, 1322-1389?]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Zand Iran
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; occasional charts and marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 29  Treatise on the Friday prayer / Treatise on the Friday prayer 1716 June

Physical Description: 56 leaves : paper ; 161 × 96 mm. bound to 161 × 98 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Religious text on the regulation of Friday prayers.
  • Author: [Shahīd al-Thānī, Zayn al-Dīn ibn Άlī, 1506-1559 ]
  • Scribe: Muḥammad Taqī
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in multi-colored leather fragments.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, some underlining in red.
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Manuscript no. 30  [The treatise on the peculiarities of Friday] / [The treatise on the peculiarities of Friday] [before 1708?]

Physical Description: 8 leaves : paper ; 212 × 139 mm. bound to 220 × 147 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Religious work in a fine, ornamental script enumerating the forty peculiarities of Friday.
  • Author: [Shahīd al-Thānī, Zayn al-Dīn ibn Άlī, 1506-1559 ]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 21 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown wrappers over boards.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; extensive marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 31  Commentary on the summary of mathematics / Commentary on the summary of mathematics 1635 February

Physical Description: 110 leaves : paper ; 212 × 139 mm. bound to 220 × 147 mm.

Scope and Content Note

The author calls his work a commentary on the secondary problems of the text on mathematics by Bahā al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn ᾽āmilī (1547-1621). Contains charts, tables, and drawings.
  • Author: al-Ṭabāṭabā́ī, Muḥammad Ashraf b. Ḥabīb Allāh al-Ḥasanī al-Ḥusaynī
  • Scribe: Άbd Allāh ibn Khalīfa
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in orange-brown leather, blind stamped, with blue paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink; extensive marginalia. Appendix on the last three leaves. Fore-edge title.
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Manuscript no. 32  The essence of the foundations / The essence of the foundations 1638

Physical Description: 104 leaves : paper ; 190 × 126 mm. bound to 192 × 131 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite theology by the famous scholar, sometime vizier to Shāh Abbās, the Ṣafavid monarch.
  • Author: ᾽āmilī, Bahā al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn, 1547-1621
  • Scribe: Άbd al-Qādir ibn Ḥaydar
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia?
  • Layout: 7 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, with blue, yellow and white marbled paste-downs. Fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; extensive marginalia; some stains and smearing.
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Manuscript no. 34  The book of the Άsharīyah / The book of the Άsharīyah 1893

Physical Description: 132 leaves : paper ; 190 × 126 mm. bound to 192 × 131 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Fourteen tales of the martyrdom of the third Shiite Imam, Ḥusayn.
  • Author: Hāj Shaykh Jẚfar
  • Scribe: [Illegible] Bāqir
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Qājār Iran
  • Layout: 6 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in red leather, blind-stamped, with a brown leather spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words in red; some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 35  Pathway of the faithful / Pathway of the faithful 1743 September

Physical Description: 136 leaves : paper ; 211 × 125 mm. bound to 211 × 132 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Religious text on Sufism.
  • Author: Ghazzālī, 1058-1111
  • Scribe: Shams al-Dīn
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Afshār Persia
  • Layout: 16 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words in red; some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 36  Tractate on Arabic lingustics / Tractate on Arabic lingustics 1820 February

Physical Description: 116 leaves : paper ; 207 × 147 mm. bound to 207 × 147 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Two works. The first work is Qatr al-nadá, [1-84]. The second work is entitled MukhtaṢarī dar abyāt-I sharḥ-I qatr, (Brief remarks on the verses of Sharḥ-I qatr), a commentary on the first text, by Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Ardabīlī. Leaves [88b-116b] contain an Arabic grammar.
  • Author: Ibn Hishām, Άbd Allāh ibn Yūsuf, 1309-1360 / Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Ardabīlī
  • Scribe: Afrāsīyāb ibn Malik al-Ḥaddād
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Qājār Iran
  • Layout: 15 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, blind-stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and underlining in red; some water damage.
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Manuscript no. 37  Systematic account of the principal means of Shiism / Systematic account of the principal means of Shiism [16--]?

Physical Description: 82 leaves : paper ; 187 × 120 mm. bound to 197 × 122 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite theology and jurisprudence.
  • Author: Ḥurr al-᾽āmilī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan, 1624-1693
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 16 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, with green leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and some underlining in red; some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 38  The book of important chapters about the fundamentals regarding the Imams / The book of important chapters about the fundamentals regarding the Imams 1697

Physical Description: 300 leaves : paper ; 180 × 116 mm. bound to 182 × 127 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work of theology on Shiite Imams.
  • Author: Ḥurr al-᾽āmilī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan, 1624-1693
  • Scribe: Ḥāj Khudā Bakhsh
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Herat
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind-stamped, with orange leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and some underlining in red; some marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 39  Part one of the book for the guidance of the community / Part one of the book for the guidance of the community [16--]?

Physical Description: 214 leaves : paper ; 223 × 160 mm. bound to 223 × 167 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite religious jurisprudence for common practice; written by multiple scribes.
  • Author: Ḥurr al-᾽āmilī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan, 1624-1693
  • Scribe: Muḥammad Ṣālih ibn Muḥammad Jẚfar
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 22 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, with green leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and some underlining in red; some marginalia. Occasional stains and ink smears. Title on lower fore-edge of text block.
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Manuscript no. 40  The book of the eminent selection / The book of the eminent selection [after 1640?]

Physical Description: 116 leaves : paper ; 182 × 115 mm. bound to 180 × 122 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite jurisprudence concerning day-to-day issues.
  • Author: Fayḍ al-Kāshī, Muḥammad ibn Murtaḍá, 1598 or 9-1680 or 81
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, with green leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and some underlining in red; some marginalia. insect and water damage. Title on lower edge of text block.
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Manuscript no. 41  [Commentary on the wine poem of al-Fāriẓḍá] / [Commentary on the wine poem of al-Fāriẓḍá] 1626 August

Physical Description: 40 leaves : paper ; 209 × 134 mm. bound to 210 × 135 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Jāmī's commentary on the Arabic poem of the Sufi poet Ibn al-Fāriḍ.
  • Author: Jāmī, 1414-1492
  • Scribe: Asad Allāh al-Ardalānī
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: 19 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind stamped, with red paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words, original verses, and some underlining in red; some water damage.
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Manuscript no. 42  [The exhaustive one] / [The exhaustive one] 1648 December

Physical Description: 233 leaves : paper ; 245 × 127 mm. bound to 247 × 135 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Taftāzānī's commentary on a work of Arabic rhetoric by Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Qazwīnī.
  • Author: [Taftāzānī, Mas᾽ūd ibn ᾽Umar, 1322-1389?]
  • Scribe: al-IṢfahānī (mostly erased)
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid IṢfahān
  • Layout: 23 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, with black leather spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, underlining in red; extensive marginalia.
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Manuscript no. 43  Gardens of eternity / Gardens of eternity 1713 [chronogram]

Physical Description: 35 leaves : paper ; 415 × 255 mm. bound to 425 × 272 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Encyclopedic work of Ṣafavid times, dated by the chronogram of its title, which adds up to 1125 AH. Dedicated to Shah Sultan Husayn (1694- 1722), the work furnishes a survey of contemporary knowledge (religious, historical, geographical, medicinal, etc.).
  • Author: Khatūnābadī, Muḥammad Riẓā ibn Muḥammad Mu̓min, fl. 1715.
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: Ṣafavid Persia
  • Layout: Average nine rows of text per page.
  • Script: Nastẚlīq.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words or passages in red and blue; text contained in silver, red, and blue borders; leaves on brown, blue, green, pink, and purple paper.