Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 1354 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



First of two volumes

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 435 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 32.2 × 21.1 cm.
Dimensions (written):
Foliation: Catchwords on each leaf, lower left verso
Foliation: Modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto.


Sewing of the manuscript is broken with many gatherings loose from the binding. Some discolouration throughout, old water damage to edges resulting in woolly paper fraying at edges, but without significant damage to text.


45 lines per page


Written in fine Naskhī by Aḥmad Abū al-Yaman al-ʿAlamī احمد ابو اليمن العلمي ; red headings and borderlines; many comments in the margins. Fol. 1v: illuminated headpiece executed in gold, blue, red and purple.



Redish-brown leather binding with fore-edge flap, envelope flap and a central blind-stamped almond-shaped medallion (mandorla) on front and back cover. Doublures of the covers made of yellow paper.


Origin: Dated Tuesday (?) Rabīʿ I 1184 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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    This work has two volumes: Vol. 1 bears the classmark Islamic Arabic 1354, Vol. 2 Islamic Arabic 1393.

Funding of Cataloguing

Cadbury Research Library



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