Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 211 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


An encyclopaedic collection of the doctrines and duties of the Shi'ahs by an unknown compiler

Title: جامع الاخبار
Title: Collection of All the News
Incipit: الحمد لله الاول بلا اول كان قبله والآخر بلا آخر يكون بعده ... اما بعد فاني مذ كنت ابن عشرين حتى ذرف سني الى خمسين متشوق الى جمع كتاب يشتمل ابوابا وفصولا ... وسميته بكتاب جامع الاخبار
Explicit: الذين اخذ الله ميثاقهم بولايتنا وكتب في قلوبهم الايمان وايدهم بروح منه اللهم اجعلنا وشفاعة ابائه واجداده المعصومين الطيبين الطاهرين يوم الدين برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين اولئك هم المهتدون وعلى محبيهم رحمة الله وعلى اعدائهم لعنة الله والملائكة والناسش اجمعين
Colophon: تمام شد جامع الاخبار بتاريخ يازدهم ماه ذى الحجة سنة يكهزار ودوصد وهفتاد وپنج هجرى الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 98 [211]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 398 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 128 × 97 mm.


1 column, 8 written lines




Origin: 1275 AH (1858 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.


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