Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add_2004 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Syriac Manuscripts


Bar-Hebraeus, Cream of the sciences.

ff. 1v-66v.
Title: The Cream of the sciences.
Language(s): In Syriac with a Garshuni Arabic translation.

A compendium of logic, physics, and theology. The Arabic and Syriac are in parallel columns.

ff. 66v-67v.
Title: A creed.
Language(s): Syriac
ff. 68r-72r.
Author: Athīr ad-dīn Mufaḍḍal ibn ʿOmar al-Abharī
Title: Brief introduction to the science of logic.
Language(s): In Garshuni Arabic.
ff. 72v-97a.
Author: Shams ad-dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah al-Fanārī.
Title: Commentary on al-Abharī's Introduction.
Language(s): In Garshuni Arabic.

Physical Description

Support: Paper, 17½ cm.
Extent: 97 ff.


Ff. 2-11 are a later supply.


Written in a neat serto hand and dated 1703 CE.


Crudely bound in canvas over paper boards.



Provenance and Acquisition

Acquired for the SPCK by George Percy Badger and presented to the Library in 1887.

Record Sources

For a full description see W. Wright and S. A. Cook, A Catalogue of the Syriac manuscripts in the library of the University of Cambridge (1901), i.496-500.


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Funding of Cataloguing

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