Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 213 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


al-Milal wa-al-Niḥal by al-Shahrastānī (two volumes in one)

Title: كتاب الملل والنحل
Title: The Book of Religions and Sects
Incipit: الحمد الله حمد الشاكرين بجميع محامده ... لم وفقنى الله تعالى لمطالعة مقالات اهل العلم من ارباب الديانات والملل
Explicit: هذا ما وجدته من مقالات اهل العلم () ونقلته على ما وجدته فمن صادف فيه خللا فى نقله فاصلحه اصلح الله حاله ويسدد اقواله وافعاله وحسبنا الله الخ
Colophon: تم الجزء الاول من كتاب الملل والنحل ويتلوه الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 293 [213]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 78 + 146 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 263 × 173 mm.


1 column, 19 written lines




Origin: circa 1770 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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