Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 18 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A continuous fragment of the fourth juz of the Qurʼān

Title: القرآن
Explicit: كمل الرابع بحمد الله
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 47 [18]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 118 folios


Origin: circa 1000 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865). Bland’s oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford, for the John Rylands Library.

Record Sources

Catalogue record based on Alphonse Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1934).


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