Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Keble MS. 89 (Keble College Library, Keble College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts


A calligraphic work containing the advice of Amīr al-Muʼminīn ʻAlī to his son al-Ḥasan.

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وبه ثقتي أوصى أمير المؤمنين وإمام المتقين علي بن أبي طالب ولده الحسن رضي الله عنهما ... يا بني أوصيك بتقوى الله
Explicit: استودع الله دينك ودنياك واسئله خير القضاء لك في العاجلة والآجلة والدنيا والآخرة إن شاء الله اللهم صل على سيدنا محمد وآله
Language(s): Arabic


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 25
Dimensions (leaf): 273 × 197 mm.


One column of 7 lines per page. 230 × 180 mm.


Script: Apart from fol. 1b and fol. 25b, there are three lines of fine calligraphic thuluth script interspersed with two groups of two lines of calligraphic naskh script.


Fol. 1b contains a title heading panel in blue and gold. Sentences throughout are punctuated with small gold, red, and blue florettes. Text box in red, blue and gold lines.


Eastern binding with envelope flap severely damaged with only portions of the original leather remaining and the boards crumbling. Rear board has a stamped medallion.


Origin: Undated.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented to Keble College Library by Rev. Greville J. Chester, May, 1880.

Record Sources

Born digital, with reference to Keble College's Handlist of Manuscripts.


Contact librarian@keble.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


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