Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS Arab. SM 4272 (Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project)

Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project collection


Summary of Contents: This manuscript contains a commentary on the book of Aphorisms attributed to Hippocrates.

Original manuscript in Houghton Library, Harvard University.

This is a lemmatically arranged commentary. The introduction begins on f. 1b; the beginning of each Book is as follows: Bk1: 4b; Bk2: 22b; Bk3: 41b; Bk4: 55a; Bk5: 79a; Bk6: 101b; Bk7: 118b.

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 108 leaves (ff. 1a-108b)
Dimensions (leaf):
Dimensions (written):


One column with 25 lines.The beginning of each lemma and the beginning of each commentary are in rubric.


The text is written in naskh.


The copy has been collated with the exemplar. The copyist has entered many corrections in the margins (frequently marked with صح). Other hands also have added notes.


Origin: The copy was completed by Darwīsh Muḥammad ibn Shaykh Bahāʼ al-Dīn; it has a date, but has been cut off and obscured by irresponsible correction to the folio.

Provenance and Acquisition

Ownership or waqf stamp is obliterated on f. 1a.


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Funding of Cataloguing

European Research Council


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