Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 243 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A commentary by al-Quṭb al-Shīrāzī on Ḥikmat al-ishrāq

Title: شرح حكمة الاشراق
Title: A Commentary on Hikmat Ul-Ishrak
Incipit: الاشراق سبيلك اللهم والاشواق دليلك ... (؟ اما بعد) فان احوج خلق الله اليه محمود بن مسعود بن المصلح الشيرازي ... يقول ان المختصر الموسوم بحكمة الاشراق للشيخ الفاضل ... شهب الملة والدين ... عمر بن محمد السهروردي
Explicit: هذا آخر المقالة الخامسة وبتمامها تم الكتاب
Colophon: الامير الكبير مشير الوزير راجه مهراجه خاتم الزمان ... ادام الله اقباله وحشمته
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 401 [243]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 341 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 248 × 150 mm.


1 column, 17 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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