Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 42 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A heterogeneous compilation of an ethical character basen on traditions in which only the first rawi is mentioned. Also contains chapters on eschatology, jurisprudence, and mysticism.
Title: Ethical Compilation
Incipit: وقال وهب بن منبه اليمانى طلبت الرفعة فوجدتها في التواضع وطلبت الرياسة فوجدتها في النصيحة وطلبت الفخر فوجدته في الفقر
Explicit: ثم يقول الله تعالى عظموا صلوة عبدي ... يكتب ثواب ذلك كله للمصلي على النبي صلعم الى يوم القيمة روضة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 429 [42]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 235 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 155 mm.


Origin: circa 1670 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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.



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