Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 212 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Bidāyat al-hidāyah by al-Ghazzālī

Title: بداية الهداية
Title: The Beginning of Guidance
Explicit: فى جوار رب العالمين يوم لا ينفع مال ولا بنون الا من اتى الله بقلب سليم اعاذ بالله تعالى واياكم من الهوى ومودات الردى ووفقناكم لما نريه من الهدى وخطبنا فى الآخرة والاولى
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 420 [212]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 71 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 180 × 108 mm.


1 column, 13 written lines




Origin: circa 1660 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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