Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4642 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Treatise on arithmetic


1 copy of Lubāb al-ḥiṣāb by ʿAbd al-Karīm ibn Maḥmūd

Brief treatise on arithmetic based on the Khulāṣat al-ḥisāb of Bahāʾ al-Dīn ʿĀmilī and other commentaries, composed by ʿAbd al-Karīm ibn Maḥmūd with the assistance of his own teacher, ʿAbd al-Raḥīm Bījāpūrī

Although the work talks of containing a muqaddimah and eight bāb, the present volume consists only of the muqaddimah

Arberry suggests this may be the author's autograph

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 18 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 216 × 156 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE Bijapur (?) ; India

Record Sources

Based on published description in Arberry, A.J., 'Notes on Islamic manuscripts recently acquired by the India Office Library,' in Islamic Culture, vol. 13, no. 4 (Oct. 1939), pp. 440-458.


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