Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 208 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Fākihat al-khulafāʼ by Ibn ʻArabshāh

Title: فاكهة الخلفاء ومفاكهة الظرفاء
Title: Fruit of the Caliphs and Entertainment of the Witty
Incipit: اله اسود المعارك واصحابه شموس المسالك ... اما بعد فان الله المقدس فى ذاته المنزه عن سمات النقص فى صفاته
Colophon: علقه بيده ... يوسف بن محمد بن يوسف الوكيل البلوى الشافعى ... فى يوم الاثنين المبارك سادس عشر جماد الاخر من شهور سنة ثمانين والف
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 672 [208]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 211 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 207 × 148 mm.


1 column, 25 written lines




Origin: 1080 AH (1669 CE)

Provenance and Acquisition

From the collection of Colonel George William Hamilton (1807-1868) who served in India from 1823 to 1867 latterly as Commissioner in Delhi. He acquired over a thousand Indian and Persian manuscripts of which 352 were selected after his death for the British Museum. The remainder were purchased in 1868 by 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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