Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 334 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



3 works by 3 authors on the subject of Muḥammad

1. ff. 1v-20v

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 1866
GAL II 387-9, no.29
2. ff. 21v-61v

Author and title added by a different hand.

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 1859
GAL I 259; Suppl. I 459
3. ff. 62r-83v

Propbably an extract from one of the several works attributed to Bakrī

Incipit: قصة زواج عبدالله و ما جرى له مع اليهود كما ذكره ابوا الحسن البكري في سيرته نسب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم و ذلك ان ابد الله لما كبر و بلغ مبالغ الرجال

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 1860
GAL II 362; Suppl. I 459

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 83 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.1 × 15.4 cm.
Dimensions (written):
Foliation: Contemporary foliation in black ink in Eastern Arabic numerals, top centre recto and verso. Pages of parts 2 and 3 (ff. 21r-83v) numbered separately. Catchwords on each leaf, lower left verso.
Foliation: Modern foliation in Western Arabic numerals in pencil, top left recto.


Good. Slight water damage to outer binding.



Naskh script, black ink Copyist ʿAbd al-Raḥman al-Yakhnī


Red headings.

Frontispiece with ornamental patterns in black, orange and gold on ff. 1v-3 and ff. 21v-22r.

Headpiece with rough geometrical design in gold and purple on fol. 62r

Framing lines in black and gold.

Large gold dots separate the sentences.

  • Orthography Fully vowelled


Green paper on pasteboards for upper and lower covers, and envelope flap. Brown leather spine and fore-edge flap. Inside of envelope and fore-edge flap covered with marbled paper doublures.


Origin: Dated night of ʿAshūrāʾ 1295 AH Dated end of Dhū al-Ḥijja 1294 AH Dated end of Dhū al-Ḥijja 1294 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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