Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Islamic Arabic 618 (Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham)



2 works by 2 authors on the subjects of Dream interpretation and Divination

1. ff. 1-218

Treatise on the interpretation of dreams

There is some discrepancy in the MSS as to the number of chapters contained in the work, which varies between 58 and 60. The presen MS has 58 chapters, and the preface here explicitly states the same.

Incipit: بلغنا و الله اعلم اول من دبّر في امر الاختلاج و ضربان الجوارح وبحث عنه ذو القرنين اسكندر

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 634 and 1922
GAL I 200, no. 2; Suppl. I 361
2. ff. 218v-223r

Language(s): Arabic


Printed catalogue no. 1922

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 223 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.7 × 15.1 cm.
Dimensions (written):


21 lines per page


Written in Naskhī by Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī Bakr al-Fanāʾ al-Dimishqī; important words in red.



Origin: Dated, 9th Jumādā II 980 AH ; Hama

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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