Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 139 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Sīrat Bani Hilal (volume 1 of 5)

Title: سيرة بني هلال
Title: Adventures of Banū Hilāl
Incipit: الحمد الله الذى خلق الانسان من صلصال ... اما بعد فقد قال الاصمعي وابو عبيدة وجهينة اليمنى وابو عمر الغسامي يروون ذلك عن كعب الاحبار ووهب بن منبه واوس وخزرج رواة هذه السيرة اليمانية
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 623 [139]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 263 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 160 mm.


1 column, 21 written lines



Origin: 19th century 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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