Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 560 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



2 works by 2 authors on the subject of Astronomical instruments

1. ff. 1-30

Fol. 1 is a wholly extraneous leaf of much later date. The MS proper begins with fol. 2.

The work seems to be complete down to the 6th bāb of the first faṣl of the 4th maqāla. The remainder is missing, except that fol. 30 contains a fragment of text around the 2nd bāb of the first faṣl of the 5th (and last) maqāla.

Incipit: اتمام ... لجميع البلدان استنباط هبة الله بن الحسين الاسطرلابي البغدادي قال رحمه الله نحمد الله الحنان

Language(s): Arabic
Filiation: See also MS. Huntington 566, Bodleian Library, Oxford University.


Printed catalogue no. 1902
GAL Suppl. I 390. (The title fī ʿamal al-āla al-ʿamma given in GAL is a pure invention on the part of Brockelmann.
2. ff. 31-35

See Yāqūt, Irshād 7,241: '[Badīʻ al-Asṭurlābī] made good a deficiancy in the shāmila instrument which [Khujandi] had invented. The latter had constructed the instrument for one latitude, and proved that it was not possible to make it serve more than one latitude. [Badīʻ al-Asṭurlābī], however, pondered over it and discovered a method of constructing it to serve for various latitudes.' The present text is evidently Badīʻ al-Asṭurlābī's theoretical demonstration of the deficiency of Khujandi's work.

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 1902

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 35 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.9 × 15.3 cm.
Dimensions (written):


In very poor condition, faded and tattered.



Written in Naskhī of probably the 13th century



Origin: Undated, probably 13th 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.


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