Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 513 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Al-kashshāf ʻan ḥaqāʼiq al-tanzīl by Zamakhsharī, Maḥmūd ibn ʻUmar, 1075-1144

Verses of the Qurʾān in red, headings of the sūrahs in gold; golden and blue borderlines, first page illuminated; some notes on the margins; no title-page.

Illuminated incipit page has a headpiece

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 9
GAL I 289-93, esp. no. 1; I 507-13
Hunt (1997):13

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 771 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.8 × 12.6 cm.
Dimensions (written):
Foliation: Contemporary foliation in black ink with Eastern Arabic numerals, top left recto.Catchwords on each leaf, lower left verso.
Foliation: Modern foliation in pencil with Western Arabic numerals, upper left recto.


Paper slightly stained. Binding in poor condition with pasteboards delaminating, old repairs



Written in Naskhī of probably the 18th century Index by a later hand.


Verses of the Qurʾān in purple-red.

Fol. 1v: Ornamental headpiece in gold and blue with floral motifs in red, purple and white.

Framing lines in gold and blue

  • Marginalia Some notes in the margins




Origin: Undated, probably 18th century CE

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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