Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.60 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Ḥilyat al-abṣār fī faḍā᾽il al-Anṣār by Abū ‘Abd Allah b. Muḥammad al-Anṣārī

Brightening the Eyesight: a treatise on the Virtues of the Assistants. A work on the Anṣārs, or Companions, of the Prophet.

On the title page is the motto: كبريات الآباء سند الأبناء ('The noble qualities of the sires are the testimonials of the sons').

The manuscript ends with a dedication to Süleyman‏ ‎I,‏ ‎Sultan of the Turks,‏ ‎d. 1494 or 1495-1566‏.

Incipit: الحمدلله الذي أعز الأنصار في ساير الأعصار والأمصار وجعلهم أعلاماً اهتدت بهم كبراء الجاهلية والفجار واقتدت بهم الأيمة اجمعهم الصغار والكبار
Language(s): Arabic.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 39 ff.


Clear Arabic hand


Origin: 1549

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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