Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 258 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


Manār al-Anwār by al-Nasafī

Title: منار الانوار
Title: Beacon of Lights
Incipit: الحمد لله الذي هدانا الى الصراط المستقيم ... اعلم ان اصول الشرع ثلثة الكتاب والسنة واجماع الامة والاصل الرابع القياس
Explicit: ولهذا اذا صبر في هذين القسمين حتى قتل صار شهيدا والله اعلم بالصواب
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 157 [258]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 242 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 142 mm.


1 column, 5 written lines




Origin: circa 1750 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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