Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 2122 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: The Fetha Nagast (fətḥa nägäśt, "Law of the Kings") is a legal code compiled around 1240 by the Coptic Egyptian Christian writer 'Abul Fada'il Ibn al-'Assal in Arabic that was later translated into Ge'ez in Ethiopia and expanded upon with numerous local laws. 'Ibn al-Assal took his laws partly from apostolic writings, and partly from former law codes of the Byzantine rulers.The Fetha Nagast (fətḥa nägäśt, "Law of the Kings") is a legal code compiled around 1240 by the Coptic Egyptian Christian writer 'Abul Fada'il Ibn al-'Assal in Arabic that was later translated into Ge'ez in Ethiopia and expanded upon with numerous local laws. 'Ibn al-Assal took his laws partly from apostolic writings, and partly from former law codes of the Byzantine rulers.
ff. 1r-147r
Incipit: በስመ ፡ አብ… ንወጥን ፡ በረድኤተ ፡ እግዚአብሔር ፡ ወስነ ፡ ሠርሖቱ ፡ በጽሒፈ ፡ መቅድመ ፡ ጉባኤ ፡ ዘአስተጋብእዎ ፡ ሊቃውንት… እምድኅረ ፡ ሐልቀ ፡ ዓመተ ፡ ሰማዕተ ፡ ሰማዕታት ፡ ሶበ ፡ ረሰይዎ ፡ ንጉሠ ፡ ፫፻፲ወ፰ ፡ ለቈስጠንጢኖስ ።
Language(s): Geez

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 147 ff., 4 flyleaves
Dimensions (leaf): 34.5 × 26.7 cm.

Collation

14 (f. iv) + 2–98 (f. 64) + 109 (f. 73) + 11–148 (f. 105) + 1510 (f. 115) + 16–198 (f. 147)

Layout

3 columns, 28-37 lines per page.

Hand(s)

written in black ink

Binding

boards covered with tooled leather late eighteenth/early nineteenth century

History

Origin: 19th cent.; Ethiopia. Copied for mamher Germā Giyorgis and his father Ṣegē Mikā’ēl f. 144v.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ethiopia

Donated to Cambridge University by Armbruster, C. H. (Carl Hubert), 1874-1957 on 19 August 1957

Record Sources

Codicological description provided by Ted Erho

Availability

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures contact Cambridge University Library Admissions. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Bibliography

    Il Fetha Nagast : o Legislazione dei re ; codice ecclesiastico e civile di Abissinia / pubblicato da Ignazio Guidi a spese del R. Istit. orient. in Napoli. EdwardUllendorff Napoli R. Istituto Orientale 1936

Funding of Cataloguing

CUL


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