Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 75 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts



Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 122 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 170 mm.


1 column, 11 lines


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 75A


A work of Muslim eschatology

Folios 1-67
Title: شجرة اليقين
Title: Tree of Certainty
Incipit: وقد جاء في الخبر ان الله تعالى خلق شجرة ولها اربعة الاف اغصان (sic) فسميها (sic) شجرة اليقين
Explicit: على كل مائدة الف صحيفة من ذهب كما قال الله تعالى يطاف عليهم بصحاف
Colophon: قد تمت هذه النسخة الشريفة الموسومة بالشجرة اليقين من يد الضعيف الذليل ... احمد بن باتريك ... فى قرية يخسانى فى محلة تومان الحنفيان ... فى سنة احدى وسبعين بعد الف ومائة
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 779A [75A]


Origin: 1171 AH (1757 CE)

Arabic MS 75B


An anonymous commentary on a treatise of jurisprudence by Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī

Folios 70-109
  • Author of original work: (Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī, Naṣr ibn Muḥammad أبو الليث نصر بن محمد السمرقندي)
  • Title: Commentary on al-Samarqandī treatise on jurisprudence
    Incipit: الحمد الله الذى شرح صدور ائمة الفقه بنور الاجتهاد ... اما بعد فانى لما رايت هذا الكتاب مرغوبا للمبتدئين مع اشكال احكامه ... قال الفقيه ابو ليث وهو منصور بن محمد بن ابراهيم السمرقندى
    Colophon: حرره الحقير الفقير ... احمد الملقب بجتم ابن بتريك ... فى قرية يخسانى فى محلة تومان فى مدرسة ملك شريف الشروانى الشماخى فى شهر ذو الحجة فى ... تاريخ سبعون بعد الف ومائة
    Language(s): Arabic


    Catalogue no. Arabic MS 779B [75B]


    Origin: 1170 AH (1756 CE)

    Arabic MS 75C


    Two short stories plus a text on prayer and faith

    Folios 109b-115b
    Language(s): Arabic


    Catalogue no. Arabic MS 779C [75C]

    Arabic MS 75D


    The story of the Prophet's night journey

    Folios 116-122
    Title: قصة نبينا محمد صلعم ليلة المعراج الى السماء
    Language(s): Arabic


    Catalogue no. Arabic MS 779D [75D]

    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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