Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 259 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts


al-Arbaʿīn fī uṣūl al-dīn by al-Ghazzālī

Title: الاربعين فى اصول الدين
Title: Book of Forty (Divisions) Concerning the Principles of Faith
Incipit: الحمد لله رب العالمين حمدا يوازى نعمه ويكافى مزيده ... كتبنا من كتاب جواهر القران القسم الثالث المصنف الامام الهمام حجة الاسلام ... بعد اذنه لمن اراد ان يكتب هذا القسم مفردا اذ هو قد افرده بالاسم وسماه كتاب الاربعين فى اصول الدين
Explicit: فان اردت ان تتعلم طريق مناظرتها ومراقبتها ومحاسبتها ومعاقبتها فاطلبه فى كتاب المحاسبة والمراقبة فان هذا الكتاب لا يتحمله. والله تعالى ... كمل كتاب الاربعين
Language(s): Arabic


Catalogue no. Arabic MS 72 [259]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: 95 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 125 mm.


1 column, 23 written lines




Origin: circa 1640 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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