Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 515 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Khulāṣat al-athar fī aʿyān al-qarn al-ḥādī ʿashar by Muḥibbī, Muḥammad Amīn ibn Faḍl Allāh, 1651-1699

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 414 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.9 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written):


45 lines per page


Written in Naskhī; red headings, gold borderlines. Names of persons on whom there are biographies are in red in the margins. Fol. 1v illuminated headpiece with the basmala flanked by a floral motif with red flowers. Above is a rectanngle with a plain gold cartouche flanked by 'corners' of gold foliage over blue. Above that is a canopy of white flowers with gold on blue in trefoil shape. The rest of the canopy is of orange, purple and yellow flowers against gold, with prickings to indicate the outline to the artist. Verticals above are in blue with flower head patterns. There is a border of blue and orange dots.



Flap-binding of red leather stamped front and back with a cartouche in gold with foliage picked out in black. Flap has a similar, circular scalloped motif with a rope border in gold.


Origin: Dated Friday night, end of Shaʿbān 1164 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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