Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 143 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Sīrat Bani Hilal (volume 5 of 5)

Title: سيرة بني هلال
Title: Adventures of Banū Hilāl
Explicit: فلما فرغ السلطان بريقع بن السلطان حسن بن سرحان بن جرمون بن قيس بن عامر بن هلال بن تامر بن زيد بن مهلهل بن حازم بن نزار من عنصر من النبي () المختار قعد على كرسي مملكته وهي تونس الغرب ... وهذا ما انتهى الينا من هذه السيرة العربية وامورها المطربة العجيبة وما وقع مع العرب من القتال والطعن والنزال والاحوال على التمام والكمال والحمد الله الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 627 [143]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 455 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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.


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