Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16272 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Treatises on medicine


Summary of Contents: Two treatises on medicine. Other contents: 1v-2v, Fī l-nabż: tract in Arabic on diagnosis from the pulse; 2v, Bāb dar tang kardan-i farj-i zanān: brief extract from a treatise in Persian on narrowing the vulva; 104v-100r (written in reverse order to rest of codex), various notes and lists, including: 103r-102v, poem on diet, headed Tadbīr-i ma’kūl; 102r-101v, Mus-hilāt-i ṣafrā; 101r-100v, Mus-hilāt-i balgham va sawdā. Purchased from A al-Shakri, 20 January 2006.
1. ff. 2v-75v

A general treatise on medicine, part of which is an abridgement of the same author’s better-known Z̲akhīrah-'i Khvārazmshāhī. By Ismā‘īl ibn al-Ḥusayn al-Ḥasanī al-Jurjānī (d. 535/1136 or 531/1132). See FNKhF I, pp. 473-4; Storey, PL II/2 E pp. 209-10. Other BL copies: I.O. Islamic 1778, I.O. Islamic 2228 (damaged and defective), see Ethé IOL I cols. 1249-52.

Text may well have been copied at roughly the same time as the second treatise in this volume.

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 76r-98v

A treatise in Arabic on medicine, composed by Masʿūd ibn Muḥammad al-Sanjarī (?) al-Ṭabīb, for Qāsim ibn ʿAvvāq ibn Jaʿfar, described as al-ʿAlīm al-ʿĀdil Ṣadr al-Dawlah va al-Dīn Malik al-Vuzarāʾ.

The work comprises three parts (fann), which are subdivided into sections (qism). 1: Muhayyāt al-ashyā’ allatī yata‘allaq (sic) bi-kulliyyāt al-ṭibb va rusūmihā l-taqarrubiyya: general principles of medicine. 2: Kayfiyyat al-a‘māl va l-ṣinā‘at al-muṭa‘allaqa bi-uṣūl al-ṭibb: necessary skills and operations. 3: Kamiyyat aqsām al-umūr al-munqasima inqisāman kulliyyan: the number of detailed aspects.

Colophon dated 2 Ramaz̤ān 1178/23 February 1765

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 104 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 208 × 138 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 2 Ramaz̤ān 1178 AH; 23 February 1765 CE ; India

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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