Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 22 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


An abriged version of Tabari's History, possibly retranslated in Arabic from Bal'ami's Persian version

Title: تواريخ طبرى
Title: The Chronicle of Ṭabari
Incipit: توكلت على الله حسبى الله وكفى به قال ابو جعفر محمد بن جرير الطبرى رحمة الله عليه الحمد الله الاول قبل كل اول والآخر بعد كل آخر
Explicit: فلما هجم العام الثلثة والثلثين والمائة خرج كثير من الناس من بقايا عسكر مروان ... فاشتعل ذلك العام بحرب اصحاب الشباب البيض والله اعلم بالصواب. ختمت بالخير والظفر هذا الكتاب تواريخ طبرى
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 232 [22]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 274 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 235 mm.


Origin: circa 1700 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 information compiled by Abdullah al-Rashidi from Alphonse Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester University Press, 1934.


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