Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 28 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts



Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 105 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 150 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.

Arabic MS 28A


An anonymous moral treatise

folios 1-23
Incipit: اسمح يسمح لك
Explicit: مثل المنافق كمثل الشاة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 777A [28A]


Origin: circa 1700 AH

Arabic MS 28B


Summary of Contents: A treatise containing maxims of morality concerning a man's intercourse with other people and more especially with kings and princes
folios 24-34
Title: عطف العلماء على الامراء والامراء على العلماء
Title: Predilection of Learned Men for Nobles, and of Nobels for Learned Men
Incipit: الحمد الله الذي قسم ارباب التقويم والسياسة بعد ان قسم عليهم خلع الرياسة ... اما بعد فانى رايت عوام الخلق كلهم بعلمائهم وامرائهم
Explicit: والله مولف القلوب على طاعته وموفق الكل لخدمته انه قريب مجيب ... وحسبنا الله الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 777B [28B]


Origin: 597 AH (1200 CE)

Arabic MS 28C


A treatise on jurisprudence, incomplete

folios 35b-39
Title: تنقيح الفصول في علم الاصول
Title: Revision of the Chapters on the Science of First Principles
Incipit: الحمد الله ذى الجلال الذى لا تدركه الغايات ... اما بعد فان هذا الكتاب جمعت فيه مسائل المحصول للامام فخر الدين ... وسميته بتنقيح الفصول في علم الاصول
Explicit: فلا يلزم من عدمه العدم والشرط ما يلزم من عدمه العدم
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 777C [28C]


Origin: circa 1650 AH

Arabic MS 28D


Persian and Hindustani words translated into Portuguese

folios 40b-96
Incipit: امدن. آمده. بيايد. مي آيد. خواهد آمد. مي امد
Language(s): Persian


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 777D [28D]


Origin: circa 1670 AH

Arabic MS 28E


Portuguese text on verb conjugation

folios 100-105
Incipit: Regra geral pera saber coniugar os verbos persios
Language(s): Portuguese translations of Persian and Hindustani


Catalogue No. Arabic MS 777E [28E]

Additional Information

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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