Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.43 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


3 works on poetry, grammar and astronomy

1. ff. 1-91
Author: Burhān al-Dīn al-Qayrawānī برهان الدين القيرواني

A series of elegant extracts from Arabic dīwāns , with notices of their authors.

The book is divided into an introduction, twenty-six chapters arranged according to the letters of the alphabet, and a khātimah .

The last part of the book is missing.

Incipit: الحمد لله الذي أشرق شمس البلاغة على من اصطفاه وأطلق عنان الفصاحة في ميدان البيان لمن ارتضاه وأشهد أنه لا إلاه إلا الله
Language(s): Arabic


2. ff. 92-111

A treatise on syntax in Arabic verse, followed by a prose version for less advanced students.

The work is divided into fifteen chapters, each consisting of a qaṣīdah , illustrative of some grammatical rule.

Incipit: حامد الله على تواتر آلايه وتقاطر نعمائه حمداً لا انتهاء لعدده ولا انقضاء لمجده
Explicit: فحمداً ثم حمداً ثم حمداً لخالقنا المعين لكل عاني والحمد لله رب العالمين||
Language(s): Arabic


3. ff. 112-211
Author: ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Ṣāliḥī al-Shāmī عبد الرحمن الصالحي الشامي
Title: تسهيل الصالحي في جامع أصول الالوغ بيگي

A commentary on the astonomical tables of Ulugh Beg,‏ ‎d. 1394-1449.

The tables have been copied in, and blank pages left for the explanation. These have, however, never been filled in.

Language(s): Arabic


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: thick paper
Extent: 211 ff.


Arabic Naskh




Origin: 16th century

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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