Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 250 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


al-Shamaʼil by al-Tirmidhī

Title: الشمائل
Title: (External) Qualities of the Prophet
Incipit: الحمد لله والسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى. قال الشيخ الحافظ ابو عيسى ... باب ما جاء فى خلق رسول الله صلعم. اخبرنا ابو رجاء قتيبة الخ
Explicit: قال هذا الحديث دين فانظروا عمن تاخذون دينكم
Colophon: وفق الفراغ من تسويد هذا الكتاب الملقب شمائل ترمذي ... يوم الاثنين عاشر جمادى الثانى سنة الف على يد احقر عباد الله
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 131 [250]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 164 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 244 × 150 mm.


1 column, 9 written lines




Origin: 1000 AH (1591 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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