Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 132) (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Collection of texts on colloquial dialect of Morocco and Moorish tribes and customs

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 65 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 305 × 210 mm.


1 column, 13 written 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 132 A


A collection of dialogues in colloquial Arabic, of the dialect of Morocco, with Latin or German rendering in a parallel column

Folios 1-29
Title: هذا دفتر يشتمل علي تقييد مقالات العربية بلسان العامة يجتمع على عشرين بابا
Title: Dialogi Arabici, in lingua vulgari Arabica exarati ac divisi in viginti capita
Language(s): Arabic, Latin and German


Origin: circa 1790 CE

Arabic MS 132 B


A catalogue of Arabic books circulating in Morocco

Folios 31-58
Title: هذا بحمد الله تعالى برناميج الكتب الذين متداولين في بلاد المغرب
Title: Catalogus Manuscriptorum in Lingua Arabica exaratorum ac in Mauritania magis notorum
Language(s): Arabic and Latin


Origin: circa 1790 CE

Arabic MS 132 C


Moorish customs

Folios 59-62
Title: Sammlungen uber einige Gebriiuche der Marokkaner
Language(s): Arabic and German


Origin: circa 1790 CE

Arabic MS 132 D


Enumeration (in Arabic) of Moorish tribes

Folios 63-66
Title: قبايل العرب الذين فى المغرب
Title: Familiae seu Tribus in Mauritania
Language(s): Arabic


Origin: circa 1790 CE

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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