Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.19 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


A work on complex points of Islamic theology, according to the doctrines of the Ḥanafī sect.

Title: نصرة الدينية
Title: بيان السنة والجماعة

This work consists of a preface and fifteen sections, followed by a number of fragments.

Incipit: الحمد لله رب العالمين جاعل الانبياء سادةً للعالمين والعلماء قادةً للمؤمنين والفقهاء حافظةً للمخطين
Explicit: وأما تعلّم علم الطبّ فيجوز لانه سبب من الاسباب فيجوز كساير الاسباب
Language(s): Arabic
Title: Section One

On Sect.

Title: Section Two

On the proposition “That faith is neither increased by just works, nor diminished by the commission of sins.”

Title: Section Three

Whether the commission of sins excludes a man from faith.

Title: Section Four

Whether good works are nullified by evil works.

Title: Section Five

Whether the Believer who has committed an offence against God is to be designated by the term عدو 'Enemy of God'.

Title: Section Six

Whether our faith is to be likened to that of the angels and the prophets.

Title: Section Seven

On faith and its motives.

Title: Section Eight

On God’s Unity, and the considerations which confirm a belief in it.

Title: Section Nine

On استثناء, i.e. the use of the formula: ‘If it please God’

Title: Section Ten

On the origins and causes of schism amongst Muslims.

Title: Section Eleven

On the interpretation of a saying of Mohammed with reference to the above.

Title: Section Twelve

On the unrighteous character of the Sufis, and the illegality of all unseemly mirth and amusements, such as dancing and the like.

Title: Section Thirteen

A fatwa of al-Dubūsī on the origin of schism.

Title: Section Fourteen

On the sect of the Sunnis, and the sayings attributed to ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib,‏ Caliph,‏ d. approximately 600-661.

Title: Section Fifteen

On Intelligence.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 77 ff.


Origin: 1566

Provenance and Acquisition

[Any information about a single identifiable episode in the life of the manuscript between origin and acquisition]

Record Sources

"Manuscript description based on "E. G. Browne: A supplementary hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1922", and "E.H. Palmer A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, London 1870".


Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card. (For admissions procedures contact Wren Library Admissions). Contact wren.library@trin.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Trinity College Cambridge


Comment on this record

Please fill out your details.

How are we using your feedback? See our privacy policy.