Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 256 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Muntahá al-suʼāl by Ibn al-Ḥājib

Title: منتهى السؤال والامل في علمي الاصول والجدل
Title: Full Attainment of Desire and Expectation in Both Sciences of First Principles and of Discussion
Incipit: الحمد لله الذي كرمنا بطلب العلم الذي هو افضل العمل ... ولما كان علم اصول الفقه من الامر الجليل ... ندبني ذلك الى تصنيف مختصر
Explicit: ويتركب من الترجيحات في المركبات والحدود وامور لا تنحصر وفيما ذكر ارشاد لما بقى والله اعلم بالصواب
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 153 [256]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 268 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 217 × 118 mm.


1 column, 17 written lines




Origin: circa 1650 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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