Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 137 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



1 copy of Al-ḥiṣn al-ḥaṣīn by Ibn al-Jazarī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, 1350-1429

Incipit: ةال شيخنا ... ابو الخير محمد بن محمد بن محمد الجزري ... اما بعد حمد الله الذي جعل الدعاء لرد القضاء ... فان هذا الحصن الحصين

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 77
GAL, 1c., esp. no. 19
Hunt 1997:14

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 46 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.2 × 13.4 cm.
Dimensions (written):



Written in Naskhī by ʿIzzat for the Royal Library جزينة همايون at Constantinople; fully vowelled; gold borderlines, red headings. Fol. 1v: headpiece with elaborate floral motifs in red, orange, and pink on blue and red grounds, with red and blue verticals above. This is framed with gold, blue and pink lines and there is a gilded cartouche below. Fol.45v-46r: gilded motif around the colophon and date



Contemporary brown leather binding with gold interlocking 'grill' design. Its frame is stamped with S-shapes.


Origin: Dated 1222. 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

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