Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 118 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


The second half of a history of the Muslim empires and dynasties by ʻAbd al-Malik ʻIṣāmī

Title: النجوم العوالي في أنباء الأوائل والتوالي
Title: Lofty Stars in Records of the Ancients and thier Successors
Incipit: المقصد الرابع وفيه سبعة ابواب. الباب الاول في الدولة الاموية. لا يخفى ان كان لبني عبد مناف في قريش محل من العدد والشرف لا يناهضهم فيه احد من بطون قريش وكان فخذاهم بنو امية وبنو هاشم حيا جميعا يباهون بعبد مناف وينتسبون اليه
Explicit: فتمت بابهى منظر وازهى نظام ولما كان اليوم الخامس من ذي الحجة الحرام
Colophon: ثم دخلت سنة ثمان وتسعين ... هذا مما حدث في هذه السنة نساله اللطف بنا وبالمسلمين فيها وفيما يليها
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 252 [118]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 232 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 225 mm.


1 column, 37 written lines



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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