Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.21 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A compendium of Astronomy by al-Jighmīnī, followed by a commentary on the text.
1. ff. 1r. - 22r.
Incipit: الحمد لله كفاء أفضاله والصلوة على نبيه محمد وآله
Explicit: ولعل هذا المقدار الذي أوردت كاف لتحصيل ما أردت واف بما مرّت الإشارة إليه فأولى أن يقتصر عليه

The treatise consists of a preface and two discourses.

Language(s): Arabic
Title: Preface

On the Divisions of the Celestial Bodies

Title: Discourse One

On the Spheres or Firmaments

Title: Discourse Two

On the Aspects of Terrestial Bodies

2. ff. 23v. - 108v.
Author: anonymous
Title: Commentary

A commentary on al-Mulakhkhaṣ fī al-hayʼah al-basīṭah of Jighmīnī, Maḥmūd ibn Muḥammad, d. 1221?

Incipit: الحمد لله الذي جعل الشمس ضياء والقمر نورا وبسط على بساط اليسيطة ظلا وحرورا رفع خضراء ذات بروج سراج
Explicit: ... على قول من يقول السنة الشمسية ثلثمائة وخمسة وستون يوما وربع يوم وعشرة أيام واحدى وعشرون ساعة وثلاثة اخماس ساعة على رأي بطليموس وعشرة أيام واحدى وعشرون ساعة إلا دقيقة وثلاثة اخماس دقيقة من دقائق الساعات على ما ذهب البتاني كما لا يخفي على من له درية في الحساب وهو أسرع الحاسبين. ||

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 109 ff.


Persian Naskhi handwriting


Both works are copiously illustrated with diagrams in red and black, showing the cycles and position of the heavenly bodies, the theory of eclipses etc.


Origin: 1582-3

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".


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Funding of Cataloguing

Trinity College Cambridge


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