Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Arabic MS 840 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Arabic Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: A richly illuminated Ottoman collection of Qurʼānic suras, prayers and passages of popular religious interest, including tables of holy names and illustrations of the Ka'ba and the Prophet's tomb. It is of Turkish origin, with a typical Muṣḥaf-style flapped binding.
Title: انعام شريف
Title: Mecmū'a
Title: مجموعه
Language(s): Arabic and Turkish
  • (Ibn Mushteji-zade, fl 1804-1805.)
  • 1b-61a
    Title: A selection of Qur'anic suras
    Language(s): Arabic
    61a-68b
    Title: Prayers, composed of Qur'anic verses, for various occasions
    Language(s): Arabic
    68b-70b
    Title: The Most Beautiful Names of God
    Language(s): Arabic
    70b-74b
    Title: The Names of the Prophet
    Language(s): Arabic
    75a-112a
    Title: Various prayers.
    Language(s): Arabic, some with headings in Turkish
    112b-114a
    Title: Description of the physical attributes of the Prophet
    Language(s): Arabic
    114b-114b
    Title: On the blessedness of the seal of the Prophet.
    Language(s): Turkish
    115a-139a
    Title: Tables of the names and descriptions of the prophets, illustrations of the Ka'ab and the Prophet's tomb at Medina, and ornamental designs built around Muhammad's staff, sandals, etc.
    Language(s): Turkish
    139b-157b
    Title: Various prayers in Arabic and Turkish, the last one, a prayer for reading when one has finished the Qur'an (folio 157b), in a different, more careless hand.
    Language(s): Arabic and Turkish

    Physical Description

    Form: codex
    Support: Brown, glazed paper.
    Extent: 159 folios
    Dimensions (leaf): 162 × 110 mm.

    Layout

    1 column, 11 written lines

    Hand(s)

    Naskh

    Decoration

    Richly illuminated: gold rules round script areas, gold fleurons between verses, illuminated headings, and finely drawn borders for folios 139b-157b.

    Contains an illustration of the Kaʿba and the Prophet's tomb at Medina (folios 125b-126a) and ornamental designs built around Muḥammad's staff, sandals, etc. and ʿAlī's sword Dhū l'Faqār (folios 126b-139a).

    History

    Origin: circa 1804-1805 CE; Turkey, apparently by the same scribe as Arabic MS 827 (839), Ibn Mushteji-zade, fl 1804-1805..

    Provenance and Acquisition

    Douanes, bureau d' Algers stamped inside the cover.

    Presented to the John Rylands Library In 1954 by G.P. Young (R104383).

    Record Sources

    Catalogue information compiled by Elizabeth Gow from C.E. Bosworth, A catalogue of accessions to the Arabic manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 56 (1973–74), pp. 34-73.

    Availability

    The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.


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