Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 4 (1). BOX 3. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

1 copy of al-Ṣahīfah al-Kāmilah by Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn ʻAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn, d. 710?

Legendary attribution. The reputed author is the fourth Imam of the Shi'ites.

Bound with Nos 4 (1B), 4 (2), 4 (3), 4 (4) Bound upside down. .

Incipit: Haddathana al-saiyid al-ajall Najm al-Din Baha' al-Sharaf Muhammad
Language(s): Persian

References

Not in Morley Printed Cat. Arabic. (Not Persian) But placed by Morley in the section Persian Theology. Under his number 30 Morley has a final item, a fragment of a prayer book by Khwaja Nasir Tusi, but this is not with this MS at present (2007).
Otto Loth, A Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Library of the India Office, No 334, pp. 3-5.
GAS, i, pp. 526-7.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 114
Dimensions (leaf): 7.75

Layout

11 lines on a page

Hand(s)

ff. xx-xx Naskh Shaykh ʻAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad Bāqir al-Hakīm شيخ عبد الله بن محمد باقر الحكيم ff. xx-xx The prayer for Friday follows the colophon and appears to be in a different hand. However, the layout of the pages and their fabric is the same as in the earlier part.

Decoration

Iluminated panel at beginning.

Headings in red and gold.

Additions:
  • marginalia English descriptive notes on front flyleaf, recto.

Binding

Binding: Oriental leather binding with inset tooled panels. Paper of text panels inset, the join covered by ruled margins.

Central panels with inscriptions: a) Allāh Kāfī ( الله كافي ). b) Yā Muḥammad ( يا محمد ).

On attached leather panel on spine: R.A.S. MS. Cat. 30. On pieces of paper on spine: Persian 4.

Condition

Poor condition

History

Origin: Thursday 24 Jumada 2 A.H. 1079; Thursday 11 November 1668 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Major David Price.

Availability

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