Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 1338 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



1 copy of Shams al-maʿārif wa-laṭāʾif al-ʿawārif by Būnī, Aḥmad ibn ʿAlī, -1225

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 161 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.0 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written):
Foliation: Catchwords on each leaf, lower left verso. Additional pagination in pencil with eastern Arabic numerals, top left recto and top right verso.
Foliation: Modern foliation in pencil with western Arabic numerals, upper left recto


The manuscript has suffered from damp and wear.



Written in Naskhī by ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Kurdī al-Quṣayrī


Red headings

Two red framing lines

  • Orthography Fully vowelled
  • Marginalia Some marginalia and corrections.


Reddish-brown leather binding with blind-tooled decoration, central ornament and corner cartouches filled with flowers on front and back cover. Spine repaired with green leather, now mostly faded to light brown. Remains of green fabric doublures.


Origin: Dated 23rd Ṣafar 994 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on H. L. Gottschalk et al.: Islamic Arabic Manuscripts. Catalogue of the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts. Vol. IV. Revised edition edited by Derek Hopwood. Birmingham: Selly Oak Colleges, 1985, with additional enhancements.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Cadbury Research Library


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