Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 241 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A commentary of Marāḥ al-arwāḥ by Ibn al-Aswad

Title: شرح مراح الارواح
Incipit: الحمد لله الذى صرف افكار قلوبنا الى الصراط المستقيم ... وبعد فان الكتاب المسمى بمراح الارواح فى التصريف للامام المحقق ... احمد بن علي بن مسعود ... كتاب جليل القدر ... فاردت ان اكتب شرحا
Explicit: باتمام روز رسيد اين نسخه مسمى شرح مراح رقيمه فقير ... عرف عبد الله بوقت ظهر روز بنجشنبه تاريخ سبت نهم شهر رجب المرجب سنه
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 739 [241]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 208 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 165 mm.


1 column, 13 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.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.


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