Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 248 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


A commentary on the Wiqāyah, a compendium of Ḥanafi law

Title: شرح الوقاية
Title: Commentary on the Wikāyah
Incipit: الحمد لله رب العالمين ... يقول العبد المتوسل الى الله تعالى يباقوى ذريعة عبيد الله مسعود بن تاج الشريعة سعد جده وانجح جده هذا حل المواضع المغلقة من وقاية الرواية في مسائل الهداية التى الفها جدي مولانا الاعظم استاذ علماء العالم برهان الشريعة والحق والدين محمود بن صدر الشريعة
Explicit: قلنا التحري يصار اليه لدف الحرج واسواق المسلمين لا تخلو عن المسروق والمغصوب والمحرم ومع ذلك يباح التناول اعتمادا على الغالب
Colophon: قد تمت هذه النسخة الشريفة في علوم الفقه المشهورة بشرح الوقاية بيد ... آدم بن خير الدين الخ
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 170 [248]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 180 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 225 mm.


1 column, 19 written lines




Origin: circa 17th century 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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