Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 98 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A collection of moral and religious tales

Title: حكايات الصالحين
Title: Stories of the Good
Incipit: الحمد الله الذى فضل اولياءه على كافة الناس ... اما بعد فهذا كتاب يقال له حكايات الصالحين الذين يكون ذكرهم سا لغطة الصالحين
Explicit: كما يسمع صوت وجعه ميلا وقد اصفر وجهه من خشية الله تعالى
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 500 [98]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 125 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 246 × 160 mm.


1 column, 11 written lines




Origin: circa 1750 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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